The Short List
Published: September 28, 2011
WEDNESDAY: D.R.I., the grubby thrash/hardcore band now nearly 30 years in without much of a break, lays into Frederick’s Krug’s Place with Misery Index, Strong Intention, and Coke Bust. Chris Brown is all class at 1st Mariner Arena with Kelly Rowland, T-Pain, and TYGA. Dustin Wong brings his loopy, inward-gazing guitarscapes to the Metro Gallery with Hume and Avocado Happy Hour. Don’t miss: Shellac, Steve Albini’s mighty and kinda rarely seen slab of fuck-you noise-rock, makes its only area appearance at Sonar with Helen Money.
THURSDAY: Strike Anywhere starts a fire at the Ottobar with A Wilhelm Scream, the Copyrights, and Younger Years. Jenny Owen Youngs makes wicked-smart singer/songwriter pop at the Golden West Café with Hank and Cupcakes. Mogwai can still set a mood and does so at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club with the Soft Moon. Indie-rock high priest Stephen Malkmus brings his Jicks—and a bunch of new songs—to Rams Head Live with doom-folk outfit Holy Sons. Georgia college-rock band Passafire starts from scratch at the 8X10 with Jimkata. Local old-time/folk ensemble Dead Whale Ramblers take on the Windup Space with Eliza Rickman, Honeyboat, and Jon Lipscomb. New-folk big name Ray LaMontagne brings his Pariah Dogs to Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion with Brandi Carlile and Dawn Landes. Montreal ska-punk band the Real Deal plays Charm City Art Space with Stone Leek and Kill Lincoln. Dutch house DJ Sidney Samson guests at the semiregular Bassdrop party, now at Mosaic, with DJ Who, Uncle Jesse, and DJ Plan-B.
FRIDAY: Egg Babies Orchestra takes on a whole new batch of cover songs at the Ottobar with Plurals; upstairs, DJs James Nasty and Antonio Harper’s Physical Education party keeps time with Mathias guesting. Mega-blissy psych-wave unit Woodsman goes to mystic places at the Metro Gallery with Sri Aurobindo and Brendan Sullivan. Jazz improv trio Sons of Daughters perform at An die Musik. Chadwick Stokes, of Dispatch and State Radio fame, flies solo at the 8X10 with the White Buffalo. Easy Action, featuring John Brannon of Laughing Hyenas and hardcore titan Negative Approach, lays into the Sidebar with Radical Discharge, Strong Intention, and Lifetime Shitlist. Bourbon Street has one final party before turning in the keys, with Flinch, Smash Gordon, and many, many more. Don’t miss: Postrock-plus bands We Used to Be Family and the Water head up a benefit for polycystic kidney disease at the Windup Space with House and Home, Of the West, and Her Fantastic Cats.
SATURDAY: Girls Rule!, a new all-female vocalist/artist dance party, takes over the Ottobar. Michael Monroe, former frontman for glam-rock band Hanoi Rocks, goes solo at Sonar with the Factory and Late to the Party. Yuk and DJ Dyrti host Delirious—A Hip-Hop Experience at the Talking Head with MCs Clever One, Kartel, Asire, Bobby Scola, Trig Wiggz, 5 Thrizzle, Fly Tribe, and Venomist. Deerhoof, the by now well-established scrambler of indie rock, plays the 9:30 Club with Benjy Ferree and the Dees and Edie Sedgwick. Explosions in the Sky build to burn at Rams Head Live with the Antlers. Classical vocal/piano quartet Le Dive Divine performs at An die Musik. Bel Air jam band Tribe of Ben reunites at the 8X10 with the Country Devils and Brian Comotto. California Fat Wreck band Old Man Markley marries punk and bluegrass at the Sidebar with Sal Bando, the Snallygasters, and Crimes. Lafayette Gilchrist brings his New Volcanoes out of hiding for some most-worthy jazz fire at the Windup Space. Scum Again, a recentish Baltimore punk band drawn from bands such as Warpriest and Marrow, tear into Charm City Art Space with the Eeries, Post Freedom, and D’artagnan. D.C.’s Son Cosita Seria helm the Creative Alliance’s afternoon Son Jarocho Family Music Party. Don’t miss: Pissed Jeans make fuck-all caveman noise-rock at the Golden West with Useless Eaters, Hey Hon Let’s Go, and Travis Jackson of Windian Records.
SUNDAY: Don’t miss: Three Red Crowns bring their Peabody-bred expansive jazz/classical/rock hybrid to the Metro Gallery with Erik Spangler and the Expanding Man.
MONDAY: Christian-metal band Sovereign Strength gives thanks at the Talking Head with With Life in Mind and Delusions. Winks bring their very bedroom and quite cool bedroom-pop to the Metro Gallery with Gem Club, Holy Spirits, and Soft Cat. James Nasty spins ’80s and ’90s at Joe Squared at Power Plant both tonight and tomorrow. Don’t miss: Dark Dark Dark makes lovely chamber folk at the Golden West with Pillars and Tongues and Secret Mountains.
TUESDAY: Portland, Ore.-based ur-psych unit Eternal Tapestry burrows into the Metro Gallery with Arbouretum, Weyes Blood, and Horse Bladder. Pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz present their Shuffle.Play.Listen program/album, a broad melange of pop, indie-rock, and classical music, at An die Musik. The Out of Your Head collective delivers yet another brand-new ensemble to the Windup Space for improv scramblings. DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis’ weekly funk party Dig once again takes over Joe Squared at Station North.
WEDNESDAY: Electro-pop songwriter Anika makes her full-band debut at the Talking Head with Simon Phoenix. Andy Friedman makes hard-times country-folk at the Metro Gallery with Ray Bonneville and Linda Nelson. Skrillex is totally sold out of course—but check around—at Rams Head Live with 12th Planet, Foreign Beggars, and Nadastrom; Dillon Francis heads up a Skrillex after-party at Paradox. Skate-punk band Sic Waiting takes on the Sidebar with the Recently Deceased, 88MPH, and the Foxtrots.
IN THE WINGS: The Dirty Heads bring “a sound as original as the band members themselves” to Rams Head Live Oct. 19 with Gym Class Heroes. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Odd Future returns to Sonar Oct. 24. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Double Dagger, simply one of the best punk/post-hardcore/whatever bands of the past decade, delivers its last show ever Oct. 21 at the Ottobar. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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