The Short List
He Is We, Screeching Weasel, James Nasty, Hackish
Published: May 16, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Major-label indie-pop band He Is We plays the Ottobar with Deas Vail. Rob Perry’s monthly celebration of alt-Japanese culture Nippon Motion returns to the Sidebar. Singer/songwriter Avi Wisnia mixes up Brazilian bossa nova and Americana at An die Musik. Remixologists-of-note the Twelves perform at Baltimore Soundstage. New York’s Secret Music shines some garage sun on the Golden West Café.
THURSDAY: Screeching Weasel, the loathsome-by-design punk band, plays Sonar with the Queers. Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, featuring the son of Willie Nelson, bring their roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll to the Metro Gallery. Steel Panther marks its territory at Rams Head Live with James Durbin. Vocalist Dyana Neal and pianist Douglas Brandt Byerly present their Mezzo at the Movies program of Gershwin and Gershwin-y things at An die Musik. Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons sneak a drink at the 8X10 with the duo of Cris Jacobs and Mookie Siegel. A bunch of ska and ska-like things take over Charm City Art Space, including Kill Lincoln, Lightning Killed My Parents, and May Weather. Singer/songwriters Stephanie Corby and David Glaser watch trains at Sykesville’s Baldwin’s Station. Don’t miss: Starting tonight and running through Sunday, the Transmodern Festival, DIY Baltimore’s yearly all-in celebration of transgressive art, takes over a few different spaces, including the Current Space, 14Karat Cabaret, the Maryland Art Place, and locales less expected, with way too much to list here. A sampling of the more music-leaning things: Dazzlestorm, DJ Jason Willett, Weekends, DJ Josh Van Horn.
FRIDAY: The Ottobar’s Girls Rule! party takes over the downstairs room of the club; upstairs, Antonio Harper and James Nasty’s Physical Education party returns. Baltimore college-funk band the Grilled Lincolns celebrate a record release at Sonar with Pasadena. The Welcome to the Court MC battle returns to the Talking Head. The Things could really use a lesson in SEO at the Metro Gallery with Sister Ex. 2 Skinnee J’s, the dormroom weed-party favorites circa 1998, perform at Rams Head Live with All Mighty Senators. Reedsman Benny Russell plays with his band (“and Friends,” properly) at An die Musik. Ivan Neville brings his Dumpstaphunk to the 8X10. The Beautiful Swimmers, a Washington, D.C., duo making most-excellent house/groove music, guest at this month’s Four Hours of Funk party at the Windup Space with resident DJs Exclaime and Fleg. Thomas Gold guests at the new edition of Baltimore Soundstage’s Bassdrop party with DJ Who and Mike T. The Black Keys bring their diet take on White Stripes-y blues-rock to Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion with the Arctic Monkeys. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SuperPops does the first of three shows this weekend of the Beat Goes On! Music of the Baby Boomers at the Meyerhoff. Don’t miss: Hoax makes the bloodiest sort of hardcore at the Golden West with Give and Sewn Leather.
SATURDAY: Spineless Swine and Speedway Operators pay tribute to Morrissey on his birthday at the Ottobar. The Sidebar’s third annual Ramones tribute night takes over the club with the Pinheads, the Quarantines, and more. Venezuelan-American classical piano notable Vanessa Perez performs an afternoon show at An die Musik. Boundary-blurring avant-garde unit Quartet Offensive does unholy things to jazz at the Windup Space with Shaking Ray Levis and Evan Lipson. Neo-soul guy Rahsaan Patterson performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Yahzarah. The Herd of Main Street gets corralled into Joe Squared Station North. The Route 29 Revue takes over Merriweather Post Pavilion with the Drive-By Truckers, Lucinda Williams, and Justin Jones. The Baltimore Men’s Chorus, the city’s oldest gay chorus, presents its Time and Elements program at the Creative Alliance. Don’t miss: Dope Body and Roomrunner, a couple of the best things to come out of guitar-Baltimore, like, ever, celebrate dual album releases at a new venue called Coward Shoe, with recent Baltimore import Hume.
SUNDAY: The Adicts, the English punk band by now at it almost four decades, play the Ottobar with World/Inferno Friendship Society. Baltimore thrash crossover band Radical Discharge soundtracks free pizza at the Sidebar with Heaviness of the Load and Most Heinous. Cool-jazz sax player Lee Konitz plays with his quintet at An die Musik. Sabaton, the Swedish power-metal band, plays Baltimore Soundstage. Pop-country trio Lady Antebellum plays Merriweather Post Pavilion with Darius Rucker. Don’t miss: Audrey Chen, the cornerstone avant-garde cellist and vocalist who has moved from Baltimore, comes home to the Windup Space with Man Forever.
MONDAY: Baltimore indie-pop favorites Gary B and the Notions celebrate the release of their new record How Do We Explode at the Ottobar with Justin Jones. Pittsburgh hardcore band Girlfight lays into the Talking Head with Mountpellier. Folk-punk big-band Dead Whale Ramblers play the Sidebar with Signs Of Iris, Crushed Purple, and Turtle Tongue. The Saltarello trio does 1,000 years of folk music at An die Musik. Don’t miss: Glam mutant Bobby Conn performs at the Golden West.
TUESDAY: Baltimore hardcore band Bet the Devil, sporting some Next Step Up lineage, peels the paint at the Sidebar. The Out of Your Head collective returns to the Windup Space. Dig with Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace doesn’t miss a beat at Joe Squared Station North.
WEDNESDAY: A whole bunch of local and localish metal bands take over the Ottobar, including Universal Remonster, Infidel, the Hackish, Seventh Chaos, SwampHog, and Visceral Disgorge. Queer-positive electro-hop duo Double Duchess performs at the Golden West with Lemz. Alt-country big name Todd Snider performs at Rams Head Live. Baltimore black-metal band Xeukatre comes out of hiding at the Sidebar with Horde of the Eclipse. Don’t miss: Gary B heads up a lineup of young DIY talent, folk and otherwise, at the Windup Space, including Wild Moccasins, Neutron Bomb, and American Folklore.
IN THE WINGS: California sludge band Black Cobra comes to the Ottobar June 27 with Gaza. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) D.C. singer/songwriter-done-good Eric Hutchinson comes to Rams Head Live June 27. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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