The Short List
Published: October 12, 2011
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. Don’t miss: Double Dagger, one of the finest damned bands—punk or otherwise—to come out of Baltimore, plays one of its final two local shows at Charm City Art Space with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Holy Tongues.
THURSDAY: The Soiree Debauche Tour “Something Wicked This Way Comes” packs a whole lot of burlesque and vaudeville into the Ottobar, including but not limited to “The Carny Preacher,” Armitage Shanks, Maria Bella, and Little Luna doing some combination of the above; upstairs, omni-dance party Kowli Nights delivers techno for brains. DJ Cliffstar and DJ Anchors hold down the beats for another edition (No. 12) of the Welcome 2 the Court hip-hop networking event/concert at the Talking Head. Alt-country big name Langhorne Slim passes through Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern with the Spring Standards. Joe Brent and Christopher Acquavella come together as Duo Mandolins at An die Musik. A remnant of Helmet—which could still be worth something, dunno—plays Washington, D.C.’s Black Cat with Regents and Galloping Ruin. Southern Culture on the Skids brings its weird and surprisingly resilient country-rock something-or-other to Baltimore Soundstage with the Roadhouse Clams. The Down to Funk dance party goes aboveground at the Golden West Café with Secret Weapon Dave, IVDB, and Rick Rab. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s SuperPops kicks off four nights of Elton John at the Meyerhoff with guest vocalist Michael Cavanaugh. Don’t miss: Boston baroque-pop outfit Box Five keeps on its Poe-themed tour of the East Coast at the Windup Space with Deep Sea Cavalry, Alexandra Day, Ms. Fridrich, and the Creepers.
FRIDAY: Baltimore hardcore/metal/thrash band Bet the Devil celebrates a record release at the Ottobar with Stout, Radical Discharge, Passage Between, and Visceral Discharge; Bmore Original’s Benny Stixx guests at Antonio Harper and James Nasty’s dance weekly Physical Education. Thrash band Warbringer fires the first shot at Sonar with Lazarus AD, Landmine Marathon, Diamond Plate, and more. Moss of Aura, the synthscaper/beat maker/programmer behind Future Islands gone solo, performs at the Metro Gallery with Norwegian Arms, Bamboo, and Chester Gwazda. The AP Tour takes over Rams Head Live with Four Year Strong, Gallows, Title Fight, the Swellers, and Sharks. Jazz guitarist Michael Raitzyk brings his Organic Trio to An die Musik. Maggie Brown and Friends do the songs of Oscar Brown Jr. at the 8X10 with Carl Filipiak. Les Sans Culottes, a French rock band from Brooklyn, N.Y., guest at Amanda Otto’s monthly mod party at the Sidebar with DJ Fluffy McPothead. Saint Solitude, an indie-pop loop project out of North Carolina, performs at Joe Squared Station North with Down Hollow. Tommy Lee—yes, the totally awesome guy of celebrity culture/drumming fame, it appears—performs at what appears to be a dance party at Towson’s Recher Theatre with DJ Aero and DJ Who. The ever-evolving live-band hip-hop outfit Soul Cannon performs at the Windup Space with P.I.C and the Trees. Creepoid, a lo-fi/folk/quality mess out of Philly, performs at the Golden West with Far-Out Fangtooth. Don’t miss: Snack aficionados—though, who isn’t really?—and all-around sonic madmen Tom Borax and Dan Breen collaborate with Jenny Graf Sheppard at the Red Room at Normals Book’s and Records with Geneva’s DTA.
SATURDAY: Vibrate, what looks like yet another new Ottobar omni-dance party, brings in Dillon Francis, Heartbreak, Billy the Gent, and Uncle Jesse. Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg does 32—specifically, 32—Ramones songs at Sonar. Impiety makes black metal—no foolin’—at the Talking Head. The indie Brits-gone-way-big of Arctic Monkeys come out of hiding—with new material—at Rams Head Live with the Smith Westerns. College-y Vanguard Records songwriter Trevor Hall returns to the 8X10 with Chelsea Lee. Swedish hardcore band E.A.T.E.R. makes free music for free people at the Sidebar with Violent Party and Dirty Wars. Red Sammy brings its bleak-times alt-country to Joe Squared Power Plant. Tony Bennett dips into his 70-odd album discography at the Lyric. Early NWBHM band Saxon takes another lap 30-odd years later at Baltimore Soundstage with Borealis and LeftStronger. Don’t miss: Annapolis-born, New York-based out-folk duo Tall Firs play the Windup Space with Northernmost and Rosemary Stretch.
SUNDAY: We Got Next MusikFest doesn’t have a lineup posted, but it’s supposed to be all rising LGBT artists, so perhaps a worthy trip to the Ottobar. Arizona’s Lydia brings its desert-bred piano-rock to the Talking Head with Look Mexico and Ocean Is Theory. New-country fella Josh Turner headlines WPOC-FM’s Sunday in the Country at Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. Altcore big name Thrice plays the Recher Theatre with La Dispute, O’Brother, and Moving Mountains. Filter is about as ’90s “alt” as it gets at the Recher Theatre with Menew, Evolver, Carbonstone, and Down to Everything. Vermont postpunk band the Static Age tunes in at the Golden West with the Drapes and Tremors II. Vertical Horizon is still a band at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: A most-impressive crew of electro-acoustic artists/ambient deep-thinkers/composers/improvisers gathers at 2640 Space, including Liz Merideth (yep, still the Short List’s violin teacher), Erik Spangler, Chang Park, Jason Sloan, and Ayako Kataoka.
MONDAY: Goof-rapper of note MC Chris performs at the Ottobar with MC Lars, Mega Ran, and Adam WarRock. The Smashing Pumpkins, or something kinda like them, are sold out at the 9:30 Club, so search the usual spots. Local self-described instrumental math-rock duo Time Columns actually pull that off—plus some proggy and postrock-y bits—pretty well at the Metro Gallery with Aloud and Bravenoise. John Maus, composer of semigothic synth-wave and genius of note, returns to D.C.’s Black Cat with Big Troubles and Young Prisms.
TUESDAY: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart brings its pretty, gazey indie-pop to the Ottobar with Twin Shadow and the Dialogue. Post-Little Brother production ace 9th Wonder pairs with MC Phonte at Sonar. Tennessee rockers Those Darlins dust up the Golden West with the Matrimonials and the Dead Ships. Philly prog/emo band Circa Survive plays Rams Head Live with Maps and Atlases and Sleeper Agent. Indie-rock/garage two-piece Sleepy Eye Giant plays the Sidebar with Shallow Palace, Neutron Bomb, and Elise Major. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace’s Dig weekly returns to Joe Squared Station North. The Out of Your Head collective rounds up yet another batch of improvisers at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Fat Wreck punk band Cobra Skulls initiate the Ottobar with the Skipjack, Nothington, and Restless Ammunition.
IN THE WINGS: Queensryche celebrates 30 years at Baltimore Soundstage Oct. 30. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com.) Dam-Funk and Master Blazter headline Sonar’s “disco Halloween party” with Cullen Stalin and the Four Hours of Funk DJs. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Zola Jesus headlines the kind of awesome, weird lineup that should be every lineup at the Ottobar with Xanopticon, Nautical Almanac, and Cullen Stalin. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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