The Short List
Published: October 5, 2011
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—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. The Emmitt-Nershi Band brings New Country Blues to the 8X10 with Cris and Kenny of the Bridge. New Jersey rapper Joe Budden takes the mic at Baltimore Soundstage with Billy Lyve.
THURSDAY: Punk-plus DJ night Terminal Love takes over the Ottobar’s upstairs bar with some combination of DJs Little Dana, Tony Pence, Adam Savage, and Simon Phoenix. New Orleans funk-rock band Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes play the 8X10 with 3 Fifths. Sac au Lait makes its monthly Dixieland outing at Joe Squared Station North. Electro-house DJ and Deadmau5 associate Morgan Page guests at Mosaic’s Bass Drop Vol. 5 with DJ Who and Uncle Jesse. The charming indie-dance mini-orchestra of Rubblebucket packs onto the Baltimore Soundstage, uh, stage, with Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt and Son of Coco. Don’t miss: Trans Am plays new-classic record Futureworld at the Talking Head with Psychic Paramount and Dope Body.
FRIDAY: The Ivan Smart Mob delivers a “funk jazz fusion event” to An die Musik. Technicolor Motor Home pays tribute to Steely Dan at the 8X10 with Steely Dan guitarist Jon Herington. Early-days power-pop band Sorrows get their hooks into the Sidebar with Thee Lexington Arrows and Pipe Smoking Rabbits. Trapped Under Ice, celebrating the release of its newest record Big Kiss Goodnight, delivers “total aural brutality” to Charm City Art Space with Wisdom in Chains, the Rival Mob, Stout, Give, and Turnstile. Singer/songwriter forces Howard Markman and Phil Wiggins perform at the Creative Alliance’s Streets of Baltimore: Songs of Our City program, with City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes hosting. Don’t miss: Tune-Yards, the deservedly much-hyped future-pop/live-looping project of New Englander Merrill Garbus, gives the bizness to the Ottobar with Pat Jordache and Les Blondettes.
SATURDAY: The Toasters, the first and oldest name in third-wave ska, celebrate 30 years at the Ottobar with the Evokatones, Kill Lincoln, and Stacked Like Pancakes. The Trey Anastasio Band, a new Phish material “testing ground,” performs at Rams Head Live. Smooth-jazz sax/keyboard player Norman Evans performs at An die Musik. Splintered Sunlight pays tribute to the Dead at the 8X10. Poly/Western is “rock enough for the rockers, hip enough for the hipsters, and stoney enough for the stoners” at the Sidebar with Puddle, Muscletwin, and Goodbye New Plans. The Baltimore SDIY Group’s 2011 Wind Me Up Fest Concert takes over the Windup Space with Bear and Lampshade, Music From the Film, Peaks, Stargazer 21, Jonathan Badger, and the Synth Tech Project. Pennsylvania hardcore label Youngblood Records hosts a massive showcase at Charm City Art Space with Sacred Love, No Tolerance, Give, Police and Thieves, Mob Mentality, Face Reality, Disengage, and Beware. Kings of Salsa give the BSO a week off at the Meyerhoff.
SUNDAY: Bear Hands, a Brooklyn, N.Y., indie-rock band that would seem to perfectly encapsulate Brooklyn, N.Y. indie-rock—for good and bad—play the Ottobar with Grandchildren, Deaf Scene, and Days Run Away. Baltimore rock vets Sam Nitzberg and Matt Douglass guest at City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes’ Roots Café songwriter series at An die Musik. Don’t miss: Rusty-blade Louisiana doom band Thou leaves a trail of blood at the Golden West Café with the Body and Full of Hell.
MONDAY: Kansas City indie-rockers the Life and Times play the Golden West with Deleted Scenes. Indie-Baltimore mainstay Celebration perhaps unveils another layer/more new songs at the Metro Gallery with Lands and Peoples and Steve Strohmeier. The Hank Levy Legacy Band keeps the Baltimore jazz legend’s name alive at An die Musik. James Nasty spins ’80s and ’90s at Joe Squared Power Plant. Loveasaurus Records hosts a showcase of local folk, folk-punk, and punk finery at the Ottobar with the Baltimore String Felons, Bobby E Lee and the Sympathizers, the Woolly Moon, and Her Fantastic Cats. Don’t miss: Future Islands celebrate the release of their much-anticipated On the Water at the Depot with Extreme Animals making busted-up, hyperkinetic electro-pop.
TUESDAY: 98 Rock’s Revenge of the Riff brings groove-metal/metalcore band Chimaira to Sonar with Impending Doom, Revocation, and Rise to Remain. The Celtic rock big names of the Young Dubliners play Rams Head Live with Crossing Celtic and Down Hollow. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace’s Dig party brings boomboxes and funk to Joe Squared Station North; Scottie B mans the decks at Joe Squared Power Plant. Alt-rock rising name Parachute performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Kate Voegele. Don’t miss: Mates of State can still deliver a mean earworm at the Ottobar with Other Lives and Yawn.
WEDNESDAY: Irish indie-folk songwriter Lisa Hannigan performs at Rams Head Live with Gavin Glass. The Expedition Quartet string band performs works by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók at An die Musik. Country singer/songwriter Phil Vassar dusts up Towson’s Recher Theatre.
IN THE WINGS: Joe Preston’s mighty and seldom-seen doom one-man-band Thrones comes to the Golden West Oct. 25 with Danava and Slow Bull. (For more information visit goldenwestcafe.com or call  889-8891.) Shonen Knife brings its 30th anniversary tour to the Ottobar Oct. 24 with the Quarantines, Plurals, and the Degenerettes. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Ani Difranco needs no introduction at Rams Head Live Oct. 22 with Anais Mitchell. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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