The Short List
Published: October 26, 2011
WEDNESDAY: New Jersey rock-rock band the Parlor Mob plays the Ottobar. Just-off indie-poppers the Front Bottoms look like they just woke up at the Metro Gallery with Eureka Birds and Pompeii Graffiti. Lucinda Williams goes ramblin’ at Rams Head Live. John Mancini Band sounds a bit like an extravagant full-band take on G Love at Joe Squared Station North. Recent Shady Records sign Yelawolf performs at Baltimore Soundstage with DJ Craze, Rittz, and D. I..
THURSDAY: Kowli Nights brings the techno love back to the Ottobar with Love/Hate, Craig Sopo, Adam Ross, and Ebiz. No Divide brings its “unique brand of progressive melodic rock” to the Metro Gallery with Border State and Stars and the Sea. Pop-rock songwriter and notable behind-the-stars force Butch Walker brings his Black Widows to Rams Head Live with Shovels and Rope. The Twisted Circles Quartet brings its “Second Wind” program to An die Musik. Los Straitjackets head up a “Rock ‘n’ Burlesque Spectacular” at the 8X10 with Lake Street Dive. Harp/saxophone chamber duo Pictures on Silence premieres Anthony Lanman’s Viridian Soliloquy at the Windup Space. Dub and bass producer Mt Eden headlines Baltimore Soundstage’s Monsterbash with Sal Flip. Arizona pop-punk/emo band the Summer Set borrows a sweater at Towson’s Recher Theatre.
FRIDAY: The Ottobar dresses up in cover songs for its Halloween tribute-band show with Stillborn Monster Babies doing the Misfits, the Snallygasters doing the Sex Pistols, and plenty more. Keytar-sporting party wizard Dam-Funk brings his full band Master Blazter to Sonar’s disco Halloween party with Cullen Stalin and the Four Hours of Funk DJs. Puerto Rican garage-rock breakout Dávila 666 plays the Golden West Café with Barreracudas and Hollywood. The Screws are “more raucous than a gang of winos on cough syrup!” at the Sidebar with Blackout Brigade, Hellcat Maggie, Z.T.S., and Wasted. Classical guitarist Mark Edwards goes solo at An die Musik. The Cris Jacobs Band sates Bridge lovers at the 8X10 with Society. The Manly Deeds make their monthly old-time outing to Joe Squared Station North. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 and more at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with guest conductor Vasily Petrenko and pianist Barry Douglas. American dubstep producer Downlink dresses Baltimore Soundstage up in bass for the club’s Freaks Come Out at Night party. Bob Friedman, Walker and Jay, and Eleanor Ellis get together for a night of murder ballads at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Naturally, the Bank goes all-in for Halloween with Matmos’ Drew Daniel in his Soft Pink Truth punk-techno guise, Container, Laser Poodle, Unicorn Hard On, and Narwhalz of Sound. New York’s Ben Miller does alien, wonderful things with a saxophone at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Lexie Mountain (the Short List’s roommate, for disclosure’s sake). Don’t miss: Melungeon, a new and very awesome out-metal project with a couple of guys from Whoarfrost, gives hope to heavy music at the Windup Space with the Pilgrim, Heaviness of the Load, and the Flying Eyes.
SATURDAY: The Pietasters, the Washington, D.C., ska standards, play the Recher Theatre. Girls Rule! takes over the Ottobar with a night of all-girl pop for the dance floor. Detroit party-rock big name—if rather waning, as these things go—Electric Six plays Sonar with Kitten. Mississippi’s Colour Revolt brings its broken-edge post-indie oddness to the Golden West with Empires and the Painter and the Canvas. Ballyhoo brings its “irresistible ‘life of the party’ approach” to Rams Head Live. Way old death-metal band Vital Remains are more Halloween than whatever else it is you’re doing at the Sidebar with Shotgun Surgery, Strong Intention, Condemn the Infected, and more. The Peabody-bred Misto di Voci Ensemble delivers a mixed-genre program/discussion to An die Musik. Gunwife Gone heads up the Windup Space’s variety show of a Halloween party with the Bellevederes, Voodoo Pharmacology, and Sticky Buns Burlesque. Japanther gets the youths all kinds of stoked at the Bell Foundry with Weekends, Teenage Souls, and Beyond Say. Don’t miss: Gutter magazine’s yearly Dead Celebrity Ball returns to the Metro Gallery with Human Host, Benny Stixx, and Cullen Stalin.
SUNDAY: Immortal Technique, heading up the “Martyr Tour,” breathes fire at Rams Head Live with Diabolic, Akir, DJ GI Joe, and Bishop. Sax man Benny Russel performs with his trio at An die Musik. Oakland garage-wavers Wax Idols play the Golden West with Terry Malts and the Bam Bams. Queensryche celebrates 30 years at Baltimore Soundstage.
MONDAY: Wouldn’t you know, there are actual Halloween events on a Monday Halloween. Tax Lo throws a bash at the Golden West with Publicist, the Chain Gang of 1974, Chris Devlin, Stereo Faith, Emily Rabbit, and Simon Phoenix. King Gilbert spins spooky tunes for the Ottobar’s one-day haunted-house makeover. A Bag of Humans gets dumped off at the Sidebar with Reason to Rebel, Ghouls’ Night Out, and Stoned Demise. Metal frontman (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden) Blaze Bayley goes solo at Baltimore Soundstage with Man the Destroyer.
TUESDAY: The Black Angels head up a night of big-name psych blear at the Ottobar with Dead Meadow and Spindrift. Prog-metal heavy Opeth plays Rams Head Live with Katatonia. The Out of Your Head collective creates something totally new at the Windup Space. Dig with Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace is right on time at Joe Squared Station North. The Evolution Contemporary Music series presents the music of Peabody’s Michael Hersch as performed by violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen at An die Musik. Don’t miss: Jay-Z/Kanye West’s Watch the Throne tour can’t possibly get any more hyped at 1st Mariner Arena.
WEDNESDAY: Bay Area hardcore band Loma Prieta makes hell at Charm City Art Space with Highway Cross and Holy Tongues. Japanese noisecore luminary Melt-Banana plays the Ottobar with Dope Body, Witch Hat, Sprayer, and the Dry Season. Norwegian black metal OG Mayhem shits all over your god at Sonar with two rooms’ worth of opening bands (find the list at sonarbaltimore.com). Don’t miss: Pygmy Lush, a Virginia band drawn in part from screamo big name Pg. 99 that makes doomful folk cut with its ancestral heaviness, does so at the Golden West with Lady Piss.
IN THE WINGS: Maryland doom overlord Wino brings his new band Premonition 13 to Sonar with Gates of Slumber and, heh, Weed Is Weed. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Fugazi’s Joe Lally comes to the Golden West Nov. 19 with Zomes and Helen Money. (For more information visit goldenwestcafe.com or call  889-8891.) Hank3, Hank Williams III’s new and perhaps well-advised pseudonym, comes to Rams Head Live Nov. 16. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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