The Short List
Bret Michaels, DJ Anchor, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Wye Oak, and more.
Published: December 14, 2011
WEDNESDAY: Bret Michaels is hilarious at Annapolis’ Rams Head Tavern. 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 Puppets-y proto-indie-rock to the Golden West Café with Other Colors, Dave Fell, and Quiet Hooves.
THURSDAY: Punk-plus DJ night Terminal Love takes over the Ottobar upstairs with some combination of resident DJs Adam Savage, Tony Pence, Little Dana, and Simon Phoenix. DJ Anchor, Ambush, and Billy Lyve host this month’s edition of local rap mixer/networking event Welcome to the Court at Sonar. Singer/songwriter luminary Lyle Lovett performs at Rams Head Live. Trombone player/improviser Patrick Crossland performs solo at An die Musik. R&B singer Tank makes sex music at Baltimore Soundstage. Ace singer/songwriter Reina Williams plays early at Joe Squared Station North; later, the Herd of Main Street takes over with its well-honed Americana. Eureka Bird Justin Levy goes solo at Joe Squared Power Plant.
FRIDAY: Dan Deacon Ensemble, Celebration, and Matmos make the Ottobar a very hectic place to be; Antonio Harper and James Nasty’s dance weekly Physical Education does another lap upstairs at the club. Dave Gee and Diggadee MC guest at Always Dope’s Holiday party at Sonar. The Garnet Hearts, the Fleabops, and DJ Old Skool Shaun guest at the return of the Sidebar’s rockabilly night. Harpsichordist Andrew Arceci and viola da gamba player John McKean lead a string-heavy ensemble doing Baroque instrumentals at An die Musik. Austin guitar virtuoso/blues-rock guy Gary Clark Jr. performs at the 8X10. Andrew Morgan, founder and operator of boogie-funk archive Peoples Potential Unlimited Records, makes a super-rare DJ outing at Four Hours of Funk at the Windup Space with resident DJs Exclaime and Fleg. Red Sammy brings its bleak take on country-folk to Joe Squared Station North. DJ Outer Dave Litz plays records at El Suprimo night at the Golden West. Garage-cum-barn-rock outfit Bobby E Lee and the Sympathizers kick some shit at the Metro Gallery with Her Fantastic Cats, Frum the Hills, and Sun Wolf.
SATURDAY: Wye Oak sells out the Ottobar with Pattern Is Movement. Fishbone frontman Dr. Madd Vibe (aka Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore) plays the after-party at the Metro Gallery for tonight’s screening of documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone with Late Bloomer Band. The Firecrackers make powerpop good times at the Sidebar with Thee Lexington Arrows, Edgewood, and Braceface. E-dubble, of Hampden rap group Young English, goes solo at the 8X10 with Breaking Reign, Pro and Reg, and DJ Addikt. Dub Nation comes back to town at Baltimore Soundstage with guest DJ Hype. Charm City Klezmer goes at the Lost Tribe in a Yiddish battle of the bands for Colossal Klezmer Shlakht at the Creative Alliance. DJ Kalfani spins at the Bohemian Coffee House. Baltimore psych-rock/whiskey-rock outfit the Pilgrim plays a Toys for Tots benefit at the Golden West with Jones, the Matrimonials, and Big Mouth. Post-genre banjo shred project Seabrook Power Plant performs at the Windup Space with Les Rhinoceros and Quartet Offensive.
SUNDAY: New York lo-fi folk outfit Woods plays the Ottobar with Mmoss. OperaBelle does Christmas music—the fancy sort—at An die Musik. MONDAY: DJ James Nasty mans the decks at Joe Squared Power Plant.
TUESDAY: The Out of Your Head improv/new-music collective goes fully out of bounds at the Windup Space. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace are right on time with their funk weekly Dig at Joe Squared Station North.
WEDNESDAY: Washington, D.C., band the Dance Party brings its very Washington, D.C., alt-rock to the Ottobar. Corner Quartet marries bop to improv at An die Musik. The New Flesh, the Baltimore noise-rock force, plays at the Golden West with Roomrunner and Microkingdom.
IN THE WINGS: Erstwhile Baltimorean Cass McCombs makes another swing through town at the Ottobar with Frank Fairfield. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) G. Love and Special Sauce likes, you know, cold beverages and such at Rams Head Live Jan. 13 with Kristy Lee. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Generally ruling heavy-music label A389 has a fairly nutso anniversary show at Sonar looking like a mini-Death Fest with Eyehategod, Integrity, Gehenna, Starkweather, Weekend Nachos, and many more. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.)
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