The Short List
Published: November 9, 2011
WEDNESDAY: Swamp metal/sludge outfit Black Tusk plays the Talking Head with Thou, Monstro, and Ambition Burning. 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 Café with Tremors II and Holy Ghost Party. Zach Myers, the guitar player from Shinedown, plays Baltimore Soundstage.
THURSDAY: Early-days indie champion Sebadoh keeps on its already years-long reunion jag at the Ottobar with Mazes and Slow Jets; meanwhile, at the upstairs bar, techno party Kowli Nights is the total opposite of that. Rare Candy, an apparently Pokemon-themed band spun from Entertainment System, plays the Metro Gallery with Ice Cap Assault and the X-Hunters. Fusion/rock big name Steven Wilson, of Porcupine Tree, performs at Rams Head Live. The Waffle Stompers make “post-ska” music at the Sidebar with Free Lobster Buffet, the Foxtrots, and the Interstate Rivals. John Brown’s Body, a reggae band from Boston, plays the 8X10. Baltimore beatboxer/cultural ambassador Shodekeh duos with Baltimore-bred jazz drumming force Eric Kennedy at An die Musik. Ben Frock’s Love Unit, a 30-person ensemble of local jazz/other heads performing compositions that should redefine “lush,” has its second show ever at the Windup Space with Ghost Mode and Rod Hamilton. While the Short List tends to think the excitement over the date “11/11/11,” is a tad overblown—the year is actually 2011, not 11 or 111 or even 1111—the 111111 Ball of Wonder at Floristree should be a good, weird time; Lexie Mountain (the Short List’s roommate) and Shana Palmer make “dark synth-pop” as Speaker, along with Skoal Kodiak, Adventure, and DJs Cex and Soft Pink Truth. High Places make rain-streaked, afterhours dance-pop—think Italians Do It Better crossed with Baltimore warehouse—at the Soft House.
FRIDAY: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club brings its goth-country-whut to the Metro Gallery with Sterling Sisters. Queen P and DJ Pablo Fiasco guest at Amanda Otto’s monthly mod bash Reaction at the Sidebar. Old-school hard-bop pianist Freddie Redd leads his quintet at An die Musik. The Windup Space hosts a night of Spinal Tap tribute with karaoke, videos, and bands UNNH and My Useless Self. Straight Up Tribal makes this easy for me at Joe Squared Station North. The Creative Alliance hosts a special Veteran’s Day performance with Letters to Baltimore From the War creator Michael Beresh. Neil Feather, craftsman of many a whimsical new instrument, makes new music at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Flandrew Fleisenberg and Victor Torres. Melungeon, some of the finer new heaviness to come around in Baltimore, plays the Golden West with the Matrimonials.
SATURDAY: Death-metal band Exhumed gets blood everywhere at Sonar with Goatwhore, Cephalic Carnage, and Havok. Red Sammy makes the bleakest sort of folk-rock at the Metro Gallery with the Things and Sister Ex. Washington, D.C. hardcore band Supreme Commander takes over the Sidebar with Common Enemy, Walk the Plank, and more. Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge performs at the 8X10 with Locksley. Composer Lorraine L. Whittlesey and performance artist/sculptor/weaver Joyce J. Scott team up once again as Ebony and Irony for their “Unnatural Disasters” program at An die Musik. Baltimore instrumental out-rock/chamber-rock ensemble Yeveto celebrates the release of its first record in four years at the Windup Space with Small Sur, Soft Cat, and Omoo Omoo. Caleb Stine’s Round the Mountain showcase of deep-Appalachia returns to the Creative Alliance with the Honey Dewdrops, Hugh Campbell, Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle, and Leah Weiss and Gary Wright. Singer/songwriter “wunderkind” Howie Day performs an early show at Baltimore Soundstage; later, latter-day electronica outfit Future Rock plays with Segway and Tek Subport. The Save Your Soul dance party moves uptown to the Golden West with guest DJ Jonathan Toubin.
SUNDAY: Lo-fi big names/lo-fi creams of the crop Thee Oh Sees play the Talking Head with Total Control, Sri Aurobindo, and Hollywood. Trumpet-player Lewis “Flip” Barnes, of a number of ensembles including freak-improv notable Burnt Sugar, performs at Creative Difference’s Second Sunday jazz series at the Windup Space with a all-star backing band including Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Michael Formanek, Lafayette Gilchrist, and Eric Kennedy. Singer/songwriter big name Eric Lindell plays Baltimore Soundstage with the March Fourth Marching Band. Saves the Day can’t slow down at Towson’s Recher Theatre with Bayside, I Am the Avalanche, and Transit.
MONDAY: Florida’s Hear Hums make mutant psych at the Metro Gallery with Other Colors.
TUESDAY: Pedro the Lion main guy David Bazan thinks this is all bullshit at the Ottobar with Cotton Jones. Garage-rock three-piece Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children return to the Sidebar with Sioux City Pete. New-/chamber-/pop-folk quintet Strange Fur plays an early show at the Windup Space with Amy Reid and You Won’t; later on, the Out of Your Head collective stirs the improv pot once again, tonight with John Dierker, Amanda Bloom, Savino Palumbo, and Matt Rynes. Dig with Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace warms up Joe Squared Station North. Black Crowe Chris Robinson brings his Brotherhood to Baltimore Soundstage.
WEDNESDAY: Bane makes hardcore acid at Sonar with Defeater, Miles Away, and Dead End Path. Hank3, a wisely rebranded Hank Williams III, plays Rams Head Live. Baltimore new/old folk trio Sea Couch performs at the Sidebar with Her Fantastic Cats and Dead Whale Ramblers. Creative Differences brings Marc Ribot and his post-everything trio Ceramic Dog to the Windup Space. Texas alt-country five-piece Reckless Kelly kicks some shit at Baltimore Soundstage with Micky and the Motorcars.
IN THE WINGS: Dashboard Confessional screams infidelities at the Recher Theatre Dec. 1 with Madi Diaz and Say Chance. (For more information visit rechertheatre.com or call  337-7178.) The Bridge does a farewell show at Rams Head Live Nov. 23. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Daybreak, the foundational area hardcore band, reunites for a Todd Painter benefit show at the Golden West with the Piltdown Men and the Quarantines. (For more information visit goldenwestcafe.com or call  889-8891.)
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