The Short List
Burnham, Secret Music, Sleeping With Sirens, and more
Published: March 7, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Burnham, a trio of Vermont teenagers cut from the Justin Bieber mold, fronts the Catch Me If You Can tour at the Ottobar, which appears to be unaffiliated with the Broadway play currently touring under the same name. New York shoegaze-qua-punk band Me You Us Them plays the Talking Head with Screen Vinyl Image and Dead Mellotron. Dead Leaf Echo makes “nouveau wave” at the Metro Gallery with the Water and Fan-Tan. Boyce Avenue, still another YouTube/Justin Bieber band, plays Rams Head Live with Secondhand Serenade. Don’t miss: Scott Kelly, of Neurosis fame, delivers a different sort of heavy by his lonesome at the Golden West Cafe with Oxbow brawler Eugene Robinson.
THURSDAY: Plenty-catchy synth-pop band Secret Music glitter bombs the Metro Gallery with Raindeer, Youngster, the Gentleman. Balkan Beat Box makes “new Mediterraneo” at Rams Head Live with Palenke Soultribe. North Carolinian doom unit Sourvein makes several tons worth of hell at the Sidebar with Order of the Owls, Heaviness of the Load, and Oak. Composer and vocal avant-gardist Nicholas Horner leads his Large Ensemble, nine musicians including at least a few out-jazz familiar faces, at the Windup Space with Beep Honk and Tuth Baar. Prog bard Jon Anderson goes solo at Baltimore Soundstage. Local No Depression usual suspect June Star goes unplugged at Joe Squared Station North. Don’t miss: Arbouretum, the quietly great heavy-rock-for-lack-of-a-better-term quartet, plays the Ottobar with Secret Mountains and Sri Aurobindo. Barrow makes quality post-hardcore/screamo, i.e. awesome angry vegan kids not the contemporary Florida variety, at Charm City Art Space with Fires, Montpellier, and Voyage in Coma.
FRIDAY: Sleeping With Sirens, another Florida alt-hardcore band with great hair, plays the Ottobar. Ped-X hosts the second edition of its It’s Yourz party at the Talking Head with Eikkon, Fractal, and more. Billy Lyve “powers” a Biggie Smalls tribute at Sonar with the Bangladesh Project. Spank Rock comes home to Baltimore at the Golden West with PoPo. Proggy, shreddy noisecore outfit Pandas celebrate a record release at the Metro Gallery with Radical Discharge, Simon, and Diary and Azael. Texas country star Pat Green plays Rams Head Live. Jake Starr and the Delicious Fullness and DJ Rob Fearless guest at Amanda Otto’s monthly mod party Reaction at the Sidebar. Sax player Jeremiah Baker curates a night at An die Musik celebrating sensuality through saxophone with the AM/PM saxophone quartet, pianist Julia Wilcox, and violist Martiros Shakhzadyan. The Cris Jacobs Band, indeed featuring the erstwhile Bridge frontman, returns to the 8X10 with Dangermuffin. Philly duo Kindred the Family Soul performs at Baltimore Soundstage. A whole lot of a lot of varieties of music crowd into Charm City Art Space, including death metal from Disette, “emoviolence” from the Usual, powerpop from Coxey Brown, and much more. The Lyric Opera House returns once again to opera with Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, with help from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Dub Nation returns to Towson’s Recher Theatre with Gemini and Koan Sound. Lands and Peoples, the quite-pretty and sufficiently gazey free-pop duo, celebrate an album release at the Soft House with Spanish Prisoners, Fenster, and Dead Mellotron. Don’t miss: The NOVO festival of instrumental music returns to the Windup Space for its third year, featuring Ike Shark, Hard Knox, Time Columns, Three Red Crowns, and more.
SATURDAY: The Lemonheads do their classic It’s a Shame About Ray at the Ottobar with Meredith Sheldon. Sleaze-rock big-name Faster Pussycat plays Sonar with King Belvedere. Jam favorite moe. packs ’em into Rams Head Live with the Founding Fathers. The Sidebar’s monthly local band showcase Nu Fusion returns with Kalevra, On Standby, Sweet Suicide, and Annedel. Jazz innerspace explorer/pianist Matthew Shipp leads his trio at An die Musik, backing his new new record, Elastic Aspects. Big-name/big-label country-rock outfit Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers play the 8X10 with Native Run and Katrina. The second night of the NOVO fest takes over the Windup Space with the Dry Sea, Scrotolope, Tone, and Young Jaguars. Dada Life guests at Baltimore Soundstage’s Bassdrop party. The Body Electric, another ensemble this week involving Nicholas Horner doing often otherworldly things with his voice, performs at the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records with Tuth Baar. NYHC outfit Losers Sometimes Win goes ballistic at Charm City Art Space with Ballistic and more. The More or Less crew takes over Club Orpheus with Detroit-loving techno and assorted things related from Techno Bro, Joe Lentini, A’Phreaq, and love/hate.
SUNDAY: Los Angeles alt-rock band Orgy plays Rams Head Live. The West Shore Piano Trio treks inland to An die Musik. The Creative Differences Second Sunday Jazz Series hosts trombonist Samuel Blaser and drummer Pierre Favre, along with local notables Lafayete Gilchrist, Dave Ballou, and John Dierker. Slow, brutal sludge band Ilsa punishes the Golden West with Hollow Leg and Passage Between. Don’t miss: Ruling London punk band Throwing Up makes it to the toilet at the Ottobar with Sick Sick Birds and Widow’s Watch.
MONDAY: Goth/EBM standard VNV Nation plays Rams Head Live with Straftanz. Florida alt tragedy Shinedown plays Baltimore Soundstage. DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis’ weekly Dig party takes it to the floor at Joe Squared Station North.
TUESDAY: The Lunar Ensemble brings Baltimore-rooted chamber/contemporary classical composition to the stage at An die Musik. A lot of new/newish names fill out the Out of Your Head lineup at the Windup Space, including Andrew Delclos, Anthony Pirog, Lauren Shusterich, Jason Cohen, Brian Brunsman, and Patrick McAvinue. The Lak Wright Duo bends voice, electronics, and drums into new shapes at the Red Room. DJ Scottie B spins at Joe Squared Inner Harbor/Power Planet.
WEDNESDAY: Baltimore’s Expansive Eye makes lo-fi hip-hop upstairs at the Ottobar with Melaphyre. Nippon Motion, a newish monthly night celebrating all things indie-Japan, returns to the Sidebar with host Rob Perry.
IN THE WINGS: Cleveland hardcore band Ringwom gets, uh, under your skin at the Talking Head April 1 with Xilbala, Hatewaves, and Full of Hell. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Metalcore great Converge comes to the Ottobar April 2 with Loma Prieta, Git Some, and Regents. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Texan alt-rock band Blue October plays Rams Head Live April 1. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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