The Short List
You Me at Six, A lot Like Birds, Ruckus, Let the Monkey Go, Bone Thugs, and more.
Published: February 1, 2012
WEDNESDAY: You Me at Six, a young British major-label pop-punk band, plays the Ottobar. Early-days alt-metal band Machine Head burns red at Rams Head Live.
THURSDAY: Sacramento progcore band A Lot Like Birds is “nothing like fish” at the Ottobar with Just Like Vinyl, Decoder, and more. California thrash band Warbringer brings war, one supposes, to Sonar. Post Freedom makes straight-ahead Fat Wreck-y punk at the Sidebar with Widow’s Watch, Whiff (of Westminster), and Dead Women. The flute-led Trio Chiaroscuro brings its “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” four-century-spanning program to An die Musik. Omni-pop singer/songwriter Raul Midón performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Sac Au Lait does Dixieland at Joe Squared Station North. Don’t miss: Alexander Trust, a new solo project from Polygons Miguel Sabogal, makes foggy, early-days Warp-y beats at the Metro Gallery with Winks, NARC, and Brother Simon.
FRIDAY: A new Ped-X party kicks off at Sonar called Itsyourz with Ruckus, Snax, Ajaax, P-Cef, Fatality, and Skrobe. The Bryson Dudley Band brings its barroom indie-rock take to Among Wolves and Desert Boys. Baltimore punk trio Disarmer celebrates the release of its aptly titled new tape This Is Crunch at the Sidebar with Glocca Mora, Balkan Falcon, and GOAT. Jazz percussionist Eric Kennedy performs with his quartet at An die Musik. Georgia college-rock/reggae band Passafire needs to fix its web site because its flagged by Chrome for spyware at the 8X10 with Tomorrow’s Bad See and Pacific Dub. Bosely does his soul shtick/persona/thing at the Windup Space with Miss Tess and the Bon Bons. Jamgrass band Cornmeal, uh, mixes with water at Baltimore Soundstage with Cris Jacobs. Straight-Up Tribal speaks for itself, hopefully, at Joe Squared Station North. Ballyhoo, a Baltimore “party band” in that same general category as Sublime, et al, plays Towson’s Recher Theatre. Postrock duo the Water comes out of hiding with a new record in tow at the Metro Gallery with Yeveto.
SATURDAY: Let the Monkey Go, a Baltimore-based band with some membership in the Funkadelic family, delivers a “funk experience for adult audiences” at the Ottobar. Alt-metal band Eye Empire plays the Talking Head. HeidnSeek Ent. moves its monthly Rock and Soul showcase to the Metro Gallery. Pittsburgh hardcore tough Killer of Sheep has blood on its hands at the Sidebar with Sacri-Fidelis, Spoilage, Endless Bummer, and Hammerthrow. The Ebony and Irony Divas brings their Un-Natural Disasters program to An die Musik. Splintered Sunlight does the Grateful Dead again at the 8X10. The Baltimore Electronic and Techno Electronica Dance Music 2012 Concert is all in a name and then some at the Windup Space with Hal Schmulowitz, Safe2, the Synth Tech Project, This Is Your Signal, and more. Late night at the Windup Space finds Brooklyn, N.Y. folk-pop band Cuddle Magic. Papadosio “attempts to create an inspirational environment for progress and positivity” at Baltimore Soundstage. Soprano Joy Greene does “My Funny Valentine” at Germano’s. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does a program center around Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 at the Meyerhoff. Last season’s The Voice runner-up Dia Frampton makes this a—hot damn, two—The Voice week (see also next Wednesday) here in little ol’ Baltimore at Towson’s Recher Theatre. Billy B does nature/science-themed kids-rock at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Don’t miss: Post-Vincent Black Shadow punk band Murder celebrates a record release at the Golden West with Double Negative, Triac, and Wargames.
SUNDAY: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony does its hits at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club,
MONDAY: Thurston Moore has already sold out D.C.’s Black Cat with Kurt Vile and Hush Arbors, but search the usual ticketing alternatives. Don’t miss: Baltimore death metal great Misery Index delivers a seriously intimate mosh pit experience upstairs at the Ottobar for free with Bet the Devil.
TUESDAY: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic make for a fine mid-winter pick-me-up at D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The Atlantic Guitar Quartet guests at the first 2012 installment of the Evolution Contemporary Series at An die Musik, titled “Sounds and Sweet Airs” and doing two different musical takes on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The Out of Your Head collective returns to the Windup Space with another round of improv fun. Landis Expandis and DJ Napsapce’s Dig weekly doesn’t rest at Joe Squared Station North. Scottie B DJs at Joe Squared Power Plant. Don’t miss: Heavily buzzed about rapper A$AP Rocky takes the mic at Baltimore Soundstage.
WEDNESDAY: Stray From the Path makes “alternative hardcore” at the Ottobar with Cruel Hand, Structures, and more. Sweet Suicide, “a heavy melodic female fronted rock/metal band” from Baltimore, plays the Sidebar with Forbidden Mission, No Divide, and the Control. Saleem, Max Beats, and Brian Brunsmann guest at this month’s Boom Bap Society at the Windup Space with residents Wendel Patrick and DJ Dubble8. Soul/R&B singer/songwriter Javier Colon, of The Voice fame, performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Female-fronted hardcore band War on Women plays an album release show at the Golden West with Big Mouth and readings from Alice Bag (of the Bags, yes) and Donna Lethal.
IN THE WINGS: Cults, kinda the newest indie-pop very big deal, come to the Ottobar March 3 with Mrs. Magician. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Boyz II Men will make love all over you at Rams Head Live March 2. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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