The Short List
Published: November 23, 2011
WEDNESDAY: Balti Mare makes Balkan gypsy music at the Ottobar with Many Mansions.
THURSDAY: You should be doing something wholesome but will probably be digesting in your hometown’s one dive-bar.
FRIDAY: GivingThanks, a local collective of musicmakers and music supporters dedicated to providing resources for inner-city school music programs, hosts a benefit show at the Ottobar with Shook, Lifted, the Dialogue, and more. Always Dope returns to Sonar with ace Baltimore MC Rome Cee, Sean-Toure, Scarlette, and more. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band make that old-time rock ’n’ roll at 1st Mariner Arena. Something called “Gala at the Gallery” goes down at the Metro Gallery with Scottie B. Jamland electronica favorite Lotus does two nights at Rams Head Live with Damn Right. Sax player T.K. Blue and his four-piece do the North Star Suite, a musical homage to Solomon Northrup, at An die Musik. The David Jacobson Band brings its “heavily influenced Jerry Garcia style of melodic soloing and fluid rhythmic structure” to the 8X10 with Gypsy Dawg, dog. Don’t miss: Femi the DriFish and the Out of Water eXperience bring their no-name-for-it hip-hop/spoken-word/theater mutant genre to the Windup Space with Wendel Patrick and DJ Dubble 8.
SATURDAY: DJs Dr. Fleschopper and Inkfairie’s synth-pop/goth/industrial party A.D. takes over the upstairs bar at the Ottobar. The Welcome to the Court hip-hop-and-more networking party celebrates its one-year anniversary at Sonar. You still owe They Might Be Giants something at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club. Vibes player Warren Wolf plays with his quartet and guest trumpet player/vocalist Nicholas Payton at An die Musik. York, Pa. garage-rockers the Black Saxons play the Sidebar with the Woolly Moon. Accordion player Billy McComiskey brings his Irish Family Thanksgiving to the Creative Alliance with Donna Long and Laura Byrne. New York alternaband MeTalkPretty looks fabulous at Baltimore Soundstage with Madina Lake and Hell or Highwater. The massivest Massive ever takes over at D.C.’s RFK stadium with Moby, Diplo, Infected Mushroom, and a wide variety of things more or less representative of dance music in the year 2011. Baltimore alt-rock/adult-contemporary-rock band Alice Anna plays the 8X10 with Eleven:54 and Jim From the Moon. Don’t miss: The seventh edition of MT6Fest takes over the Windup Space with a flood of psych, noise, punk, “experimental hardcore,” and much more from Bad Liquor Pond, Beresh vs. Clyde, Black Whiskey, IED-IUD, and other bands you might classify, generally. as a grubby punk take on the avant-garde.
SUNDAY: “Deathcore” band Winds of Plague headlines the Thrash and Burn two-room night o’ metal at Sonar. Staind is so raw and real (and sold out, as in tickets) at Rams Head Live that the harbor fills with the tears. Classical guitar wunderkind Gohar Vardanyan does an afternoon show at An die Musik.
MONDAY: Devon Williams, the former frontman of Los Angeles punk trio Osker and current guitar player in Lavender Diamond, goes solo at the Golden West Cafe. Reel Big Fish sells out at Rams Head Live with Streetlight Manifesto. James Nasty spins ‘80s and ‘90s at Joe Squared Power Plant.
TUESDAY: Breathe Carolina fans the “crunkcore” flames at the Ottobar with Big Chocolate. R&B force Allen Toussaint performs at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern. DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis’ Dig weekly returns to Joe Squared Station North. Scottie B spins at Joe Squared Power Plant. Don’t miss: Animal Collective guy Avey Tare plays the Metro Gallery with Black Dice guy Eric Copeland and Ecstatic Sunshine guy Co La.
WEDNESDAY: King Gilbert hosts a Smiths/Morrisey live band karaoke night at the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS: Spank Rock and the Baltimore Bass Connection’s yearly holiday party returns to Sonar for sweaty, youthful good times, lineup TBA. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) The Ottobar hosts two big-time local shows Dec. 16 and 17 with the Dan Deacon Ensemble, Celebration, and Matmos on the 16th and Wye Oak on the 17th. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Kyuss Lives!, a current touring incarnation of the desert-rock legend minus Josh Homme, comes to Rams Head Live on Dec. 7. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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