The Short List
Grham Colton, Kowli Nights, James Nasty, Alkemists, and many more.
Published: December 7, 2011
WEDNESDAY: Super-mainstream singer/songwriter guy Graham Colton performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Postrock duo the Water returns to the stage after what seems like a bit of a break at the Windup Space with the Deaf Scene, Grandfather, and USSA Pleasuredome. German death-metal band Obscura takes on the Talking Head with Abysmal Dawn, Enfold Darkness, and more. New Jersey rock-rock outfit the Parlor Mob plays the Ottobar with Pandomonia. Vince Gill and Amy Grant bring their 12 Days of Christmas tour/program to the Lyric. Don’t miss: Kyuss Lives!, a mostly intact version of desert-rock legend Kyuss, performs at Rams Head Live with the Sword.
THURSDAY: The Kowli Nights techno-plus dance party takes over the Ottobar upstairs. Alabama metalcore band Maylene and the Sons of Disaster play the Talking Head club room with Holy Tongues. Ace Baltimore MC the Boy Blesst heads up the Show With No Name local hip-hop showcase at the Talking Head lounge with BNOC, Landlord, and many more. Monteclair makes left-field-leaning pop-rock at the Metro Gallery with Minimus the Poet and Sun Buffalo. Washington, D.C., folk songwriter Nancy Eddy performs at the Sidebar with the Keys, Beggar’s Ride, and Sarah Rudy. Baltimore hip-hop producer Wendel Patrick brings his brainy, sample-skipping, jazz-influenced sound to the Windup Space with Saleem and the Music Lovers and DJ Swyft. Latter-day soul star Anthony Hamilton performs at the Meyerhoff for Magic 95’s 30th-anniversary celebration with Chrisette Michele. Don’t miss: Local out-music deep-thinkers Neil Feather and Samuel Burt gather an impressive roster of players for their Time and Note Conglomerate—imagine a sort of rapid-fire collaborative in-the-round performance—at 2640 Space, including Dan Breen, Martin Schmidt, Tiffany Defoe, former City Paper contributor Shelly Blake-Plock, and more.
FRIDAY: Holiday Hop for the Animals, benefitting local animal rescue groups, takes over the Ottobar with music from J.P. McDermott and Western Bop, Danny Kay and the Nightlifers, and DJ Franke Deth Feige; upstairs at the club, James Nasty and Antonio Harper’s dance weekly Physical Education returns. Local psych tripper Telesma heads up a night dubbed Introspection at Sonar with Tek SubPort. Yeveto brings its cinematic instrumental rock/postrock explorations to the Metro Gallery. Amanda Otto’s monthly mod party Reaction at the Sidebar brings in guests the Living Kills and DJ Rob J. Area five-piece Bossalingo does Latin American jazz at An die Musik. Freedom Enterprise makes “jazz rock acid pop” at the 8X10 with the Rez and Hunger Strike. Local songwriter favorites Victoria Vox and ellen cherry bring their Not All Holiday Holiday Show to the Creative Alliance. All Fruits Ripe, a new reggae and dancehall party, takes over the Golden West Café with DJs Adam Savage and Nick Hope. Don’t miss: The Pajama Jammy Jam takes over the Windup Space with DJ Benny Stixx spinning old-school club and hip-hop.
SATURDAY: Japanese alt-metal favorite Dir En Grey plays Sonar with the Birthday Massacre. “Swab for Amit,” a night/show supporting the Be the Match bone-marrow donor registry, takes over the Metro Gallery with Squaaks, the Garnet Hearts, Rodney Henry, and Swanage. Come Together 2011, a benefit for Young Audiences/Arts for Learning of Maryland, finds Tears of Mars, the Cheaters, Mason Vixon, Brickfoot, and more doing Beatles tunes at Rams Head Live. New York doom-metal band Archon tears into the Sidebar with Graven, Sour Mash Survival, and Icefox. Baltimore-bred vibes/jazz-composition force Warren Wolf returns to An die Musik. Splintered Sunlight does the Grateful Dead at the 8X10 with Jordan August. White Lodge, an occasional supergroup of local out-jazz heads, pays tribute to Tom Waits at the Windup Space. Joel Knispel, Owen Gardner, and Sharif Sehnaoui explore the outer limits of the guitar at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records. Ensemble Galilei takes over the Creative Alliance at the Patterson with traditional music of various stripes. Corey Taylor, of Slipknot fame, has already sold out Baltimore Soundstage, but check the usual marketplaces. Baltimore throwback punk/rebel-rock standards the Fishnet Stalkers play the Golden West with the Cheap Thrills and Rekless Youth. Don’t miss: Awesome Baltimore feminist hardcore band War on Women plays Charm City Art Space with Radical Discharge, Westminster’s Whiff, and South Carey.
SUNDAY: Latter-day indie-rock shining lights White Rabbits play the Ottobar with Sonoi and the Alkemists. Duncan Sheik is barely breathing at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern. Boston thrash band Razormaze peels the paint at the Sidebar with Blackout Brigade, Sour Mash Survival, and Mind as Prison. Arty Hill, Paul Margolis, and John Shock guest at City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes’ songwriters series Roots Cafe at An die Musik. Trombonist/composer Steve Swell leads an impressive ensemble of Baltimore-and-beyond jazz-and-beyond freethinkers—Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Lafayette Gilchrist, and more—at the Windup Space.
MONDAY: The Herd of Main Street, the “only band in Baltimore with a full time pedal steel guitarist,” brings its smart alt-country/Americana take to the Ottobar with Who Is Atlas. Baltimore indie-pop usual suspects Gary B and the Notions play the Metro Gallery with Bozmo, the Clippers, and Balkan Falcon. DJ James Nasty spins “’80s and ’90s jams” at Joe Squared Power Plant.
TUESDAY: Pennsylvania alt-folk act Good Old War plays the Ottobar. Pocket Vinyl makes “piano slam rock” at the Sidebar with Noah Kain, Box Elders, and Little Lungs Little Hips. The Out of Your Head improv collective returns to the Windup Space. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace’s Dig weekly is still weekly at Joe Squared Station North. Scottie B keeps it old-school at Joe Squared Power Plant.
WEDNESDAY: JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound tell the Ottobar why Baltimore is the new Brooklyn with the Bellevederes, the Evokatones, and DJ Robbie Fearless. Don’t miss: The Art Department brings its witty, Meat Puppet-y proto-indie-rock to the Golden West with Other Colors, Dave Fell, and Quiet Hooves.
IN THE WINGS: Canadian electronica outfit the New Deal comes to Baltimore Soundstage Dec. 29 with Eliot Lipp. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com.) Dark Star Orchestra does the Grateful Dead at Rams Head Live Dec. 28. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Woods and Mmoss get together Dec. 18 at the Ottobar for the greenest show of the month. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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