The Short List
Pygmy Lush, Saleem and the Music Lovers, The Defenders of the Old festival, War on Drugs, MacGregor Burns, and more.
Published: November 2, 2011
WEDNESDAY: Japanese noisecore luminary Melt-Banana plays the Ottobar with Dope Body, Witch Hat, Sprayer, and 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 Café with Lady Piss.
THURSDAY: Le Butcherettes, a Mexican garage-rock band boasting some blood from both the Locust and the Mars Volta, play the Ottobar with the Black Belles; Terminal Love delivers a fitting DJ night upstairs at the club with some combination of Little Dana, Tony Pence, Simon Phoenix, and Adam Savage. Baltimore MC DirtRoad celebrates the release of his mixtape Water at Sonar with way more MCs supporting than I’m going to list here (lineup at sonarbaltimore.com). Thoroughly great New Jersey art-punk outfit the Screaming Females peel the paint at the Golden West with Double Dagger drummer Denny Bowen’s new band Roomrunner and Crimes. Baltimore punk-rock usual suspects Thee Lexington Arrows take on the Metro Gallery with Neutron Bomb and Drunk Monk. San Diego new-reggae band Tribal Seeds sprout at the 8X10 with Lucky Dub and EN Young. Sac au Lait makes its monthly Dixieland outing at Joe Squared Station North. Dehasse guests at Bassdrop, back at Mosaic, with DJ Who, Kevin Melito, and Cloud 9. A band calling themselves the Misfits play Towson’s Recher Theatre with Juicehead, Singleton, Wasabi, and Chasing Morgan.
FRIDAY: Knoxville college/roots-rock band the Dirty Guv’nahs play the Ottobar. Always Dope moves a bit further into new-dubstep/dance territory at the Talking Head with Bassdread, Ruckus, Fish Food, Neumann, and Snax. Local out-rock ensemble Vinny Vegas plays the Metro Gallery with Poly Western, Goodbye New Plans, and Apophenia. The Skipjack, celebrating an album release, beaches at the Sidebar with Tim Kaye, Cake Eater, and the Desert Boys. Los Angeles funk band Orgone plays the 8X10 with John Mancini Band. Pianist Stanley Cowell and guitarist Vic Juris join forces in the Empathlectro Quartet for electroacoustic exploration at An die Musik. Strange Fur makes strange folk at Joe Squared Station North. Pulling Teeth plays a European tour send-off show/Thanksgiving food drive at Charm City Art Space with Seraphim, Full of Hell, Pharoah, and Eddie Brock. The opera returns to Baltimore at the Lyric with a performance of Verdi’s La Traviata, with help from conductor Steven White and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Mahoney Brothers pay tribute to the Beatles at the Recher Theatre. Atlanta powerpop four-piece Biters latch onto the Golden West with Murder and Savage Suns. Don’t miss: Underground hip-hip outfit Saleem and the Music Lovers celebrate the release of their new EP in Sonar’s club room with Wendel Patrick and DJ Swyft; the Fat Laces and Fades old-school hip-hop party takes over the main room with Kwame, Mike Crosby, and Kenny K.
SATURDAY: The Fall Brawl 2011 takes over the Ottobar with a whole buncha hardcore of a certain stripe, including Madball, Murphy’s Law, Bitter End, No Redeeming Social Value, and plenty more. Mister Heavenly, what looks like a sort of lesser indie-canon supergroup with folks from Modest Mouse, Islands, and Man Man, plays the Metro Gallery with Mr. Dream and Brett Gelman. Blues great Buddy Guy performs at Rams Head Live with the Michael Williams Band. Bad Brains’ HR goes solo at the Sidebar with the Evokatones and Pipe Smoking Rabbits. Yellow Dubmarine does pretty much what you can imagine at the 8X10 with the Lever and Rail. Canadian art-punk/prog-punk band Life in Vacuum gasps for air at Charm City Art Space with Sinatra, American Womanhood, and whenskiesaregray. Dub ‘n’ bass duo Nero performs at Soundstage. World-fusion-etc. band Scythian plays the Recher Theatre. Don’t miss: The Defenders of the Old festival takes metal back to its roots at the Talking Head with Tension, October 31st, Midnight, Zuul, and Acid Queen.
SUNDAY: “Nerdcore” rapper MC Frontalot takes the mic at the Ottobar with a “mural jam” sideshow from the Super Art Fight folks. Premonition 13, a new band from doom grandfather Wino, plays Sonar with Gates of Slumber and Weed Is Weed. R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius performs at Rams Head Live. City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes’ songwriters series Roots Café returns to An die Musik with Arty Hill and the duo of John Shock and Paul Margolis. “Avant garde rocketship” Pet Bottle Ningen makes the Windup Space dizzy with Dream Zoo and Friday Night Book Club. The Slow Death, a Minneapolis punk band with some Ergs DNA, lingers on at Charm City Art Space with In Between, Aspiga, and Bearcat. Colorado chilltronica guy Michael Menert lays back at Soundstage with Gramatik and SuperVision. Don’t miss: Philly’s War on Drugs, a luminary of new-American-rock music, performs at the Talking Head with Purling Hiss and Carter Tanton.
MONDAY: Beach-wave band Surfer Blood comes ashore at the Ottobar with Dead Mellotron and Sal Bando. Don’t miss: Out-folk songwriter MacGregor Burns plays the Windup Space with Breakfast in Furs, Naomi Dee and the Warlocks, and the Woolly Moon.
TUESDAY: Florida dorm-reggae outfit the Supervillains play the Talking Head with the Movement and Kill Lincoln. Elizabeth!, the pop-jazz vocalist/trombonist, celebrates a record release at An die Musik. The Out of Your Head collective makes yet more improv good times at the Windup Space. Dig with Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace isn’t going anywhere at Joe Squared Station North. Los Angeles new-dubstep producer Mimosa plugs in at Soundstage with the M Machine.
WEDNESDAY: Christian metal band the Chariot gives thanks and praise at the Talking Head. Berlin’s Molly Nisson makes dreamy, vaguely gothic popscapes at the Windup Space with Noisy Pig, American Folklore, and No Dancing. Everlast is just fucking adorable at the Recher Theatre with Redlight King. The Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble delivers a program of new music to 2640 Space for the Mobtown Modern series. Natural Child makes still more sweaty lo-fi/garage rock at the Golden West with Tremors II and Holy Ghost Party. Zach Myers, the guitar player from Shinedown, plays Soundstage.
IN THE WINGS: The Smokers Club Tour invades Rams Head Live Nov. 20 with Curren$y, Method Man, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, and the Pricks. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Lo-fi big names Thee Oh Sees come to the Talking Head with Sri Aurobindo, Hollywood, and Total Control. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) The English Beat makes one of its semiregular rounds through the area at Baltimore Soundstage. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com.)
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