The Short List
Black Stone Cherry, English Dogs, Toy Store Riot, Die Antwoord
Published: February 8, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Wayne Static, aka the dude with the hair from Static X, performs at Towson’s Recher Theatre.
THURSDAY: Dude-rock band Black Stone Cherry plays Rams Head Live with Cavo. Bridge 9 hardcore band Death Before Dishonor unloads all over the Sidebar with Barricade, Get Railed, and Shedding Skin. New Orleans funk band Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes plays the 8X10. A bunch of local folk and folk-like things fill out the Windup Space for an Epiphysis Foundation showcase—said foundation being a New York-based record label of sorts—including the Woolly Moon, American Folklore, Viking Moses, and more. Don’t miss: I.R.I.S., a most-impressive collection of jazz, chamber, and electro-acoustic forward-thinkers led by accordion player Andrea Perkins, performs at An die Musik.
FRIDAY: Early-days punk/metal crossover band English Dogs hump the Ottobar’s leg with the Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, and more. The Welcome to the Court hip-hop scene mixer-type-thing returns to Sonar with DJ Cliffstarr. Who’s Bad: The World’s #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Band is at Rams Head Live. The GTVs and DJ Matt Walter guest at Amanda Otto’s monthly mod party at the Sidebar. The Third Millennium Ensemble does new/present-day chamber music at An die Musik. The John K Band, featuring the guy from the band Further, performs at the 8X10. Rarely seen local out-rock gem Lo Moda comes out of hiding with a new EP at the Windup Space with Monster Museum. New Orleans bounce star Big Freedia makes the Golden West Cafe a very sweaty place to be with Schwarz and Lemz. Italy’s Drekka and Indiana’s Canid make haunted soundtracks, drones, and other things less nameable at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Gay Shapes and Them, There. The BSO Superpops does three nights of its Valentine’s Day program at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with conductor Jack Everly and pianist/vocalist Tony DeSare. Don’t miss: Baltimore country singer Arty Hill does a program of duets at the Creative Alliance with such folks as Susan Alcorn, Michael Raitzyk, Mink Stole, and more.
SATURDAY: German deep-house duo Âme makes its first-ever Baltimore appearance at newish Mount Vernon club E-Villa’s Valentine’s Day bash. Eldersburg pop-punk band Playtime Revenue heads up the Ottobar’s Valentine’s Day “bashacre” with Younger Years and Ninety Six Ghosts. The Manta Ray Death Festival takes over the Talking Head with Chopper Trike Rebs, Purgatory Earth, True Unholy Death, Carthage, and Hell in Attica. Voodoo Glow Skulls are still a band at Sonar with Skyfox, Idleminds, and Toy Store Riot. No Divide brings its prog-hued indie-rock to the Metro Gallery with Border State and Gus’s Goatee. Roomful of Blues is pretty self-explanatory at Rams Head Live with the Nighthawks. Snakeoil, saxophone deep-thinker/out-jazz heavy Tim Berne’s new band, performs at An die Musik. Drum ‘n’ bass hero Dieselboy headlines a new edition of Dub Nation at Baltimore Soundstage with Numbernin6 and Big Chocolate. Baltimore country singer Robert Mitchell plays Joe Squared Station North. Philly hardcore band Reign Supreme is not even fucking around at Charm City Art Space with Agitator, Cop Problem, Carrying the Fire, and Debtor. New York singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten plays Washington D.C.’s Black Cat with Shearwater. Don’t miss: A bunch of locals do their favorite love songs at the Windup Space for the Slow Down, including such folks as Lower Den Jana Hunter, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, the Creepers, Lexie Mountain (the Short List’s roommate), and many more.
SUNDAY: Die Antwoord hopes you’re still paying attention at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club. Jam favorite Umphrey’s McGee plays Rams Head Live. The cello/percussion duo of Fernando Rocha and Elise Pittenger do a range of contemporary classical/chamber pieces at An die Musik for a late-afternoon show. Seattle blue-eyed soul guy Allen Stone performs at the 8X10 with Tommy and the High Pilots and Mark Hopkins and the Hotel. New York jazz sax heavy Darius Jones does Creative Differences’ Second Sunday Series at the Windup Space. Hey Monday’s Cassadee Pope goes solo at Baltimore Soundstage. The Bassdrop party returns to Mosaic with guest DJ Peace Treaty. Don’t miss: Baltimore psych-rock rising star the Pilgrim delivers a free show upstairs at the Ottobar with Slow Bull.
MONDAY: Blues guy Tab Benoit does two nights at Annapolis Rams Head Tavern. Indie-rolk singer/songwriter Ariel Rubin puts a hush over the Sidebar with Victoria Vox, Letita Van Sant, and Sea Couch. Chicago punk band All Eyes West is going the total wrong direction at the Sidebar with Sal Bando and TNV.
TUESDAY: The Out of Your Head collective goes all-in for improv once again at the Windup Space. Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace’s funk/breaks party the Dig returns to Joe Squared Station North. Scottie B is apparently now a weekly fixture at Joe Squared Power Plant. Don’t miss: Pianist Adam Tendler does John Cage’s masterwork Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano at 2640 Space as part of the Mobtown Modern series.
WEDNESDAY: New Jersey pop-punk five piece Man Overboard circles back at the Ottobar with Handguns and Seahaven. Lock Up, a UK grindcore supergronp with folks from bands like Napalm Death and Cradle of Filth, plays Sonar with Goatwhore, Strong Intention, and Krass Judgement. Nippon Motion, a new monthly night celebrating all things indie-Japan, takes over the Sidebar with host Rob Perry.
IN THE WINGS: Secret Mountains and Arbouretum, both of which are sitting on new material, come to the Ottobar March 8 with Sri Aurobindo. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Death metal great Suffocation comes to Frederick’s Cafe 611 with Shotgun Surgery, Strong Intention, and Inhumation. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Balkan Beat Box cuts the sounds of Eastern Europe with American punk at Rams Head Live March 8. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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