The Short List
Man Man, City and Colour, With Lions, Pretty in Pink, an more
Published: May 30, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Canadian alt-folk songwriter City and Colour plays Rams Head Live with David Bazan. New York synth-pop band Suckers totally fall for it at the Ottobar with Devin and Minimus the Poet. Don’t miss: Erik Deutsch, the pianist, composer, and early Charlie Hunter Band member, celebrates a record release at An die Musik. DJ Rice’s art-punk/post-dub one-man project Teenage Souls performs at the Windup Space with Jonathan Badger, Bard and Moustache, and the French Kings.
THURSDAY: The Bryson Dudley Band does garage-steeped pop songs for summer at the Windup Space with Raindeer. The Zac Brown Band brings its college-y fusion to Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. Don’t miss: Prepared/improv guitar traveler Janet Feder reinvents folk music at An die Musik.
FRIDAY: With Lions, the orchestral-indie live-soundtrack project of Lake Trout’s Anthony “Woody” Ranere and Benzos’ Christian Celaya, performs at the Ottobar with the Water and Among Wolves. “Its Yourz Vol 3” takes over the Talking Head with Stellar Stylee and Droosie. Early-days Bad Bay Records MC Black Rob takes the mic at Sonar. Washington, D.C. alt-rock band Kim Cameron and the Side FX play Rams Head Live with Eva Jade Landon. Jazz vocalist and composer Maria Neckam performs with her quartet at An die Musik. Baltimore tough-guy/“beatdown” hardcore band Stout returns to the Sidebar with Lifeless and Hardside. New Orleans funk-rock band Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes play the 8X10. The Bellevederes, still Baltimore’s reigning all-in ’60s soul cover band, perform at the Windup Space with Alma Tropicalia. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does a program centered around Mozart and Beethoven at the Meyerhoff. The Capital Jazz Fest takes over Merriweather Post Pavilion all weekend with George Benson, Fourplay, India Arie, and many, many more. Don’t miss: Art-pop songwriter and great voice-haver Joseph Mulhollen celebrates a record release with a first-ever full-band show at the Golden West Cafe with Amy Reid. (For disclosure’s sake, I’m employed at the Golden West in a non-music-related capacity.)
SATURDAY: DJs Matt Walter and Craig Boarman helm the Ottobar’s eighth annual “Pretty in Pink ’80s Prom.” Scandinavian black-metal heavies Marduk and 1349 make hell at Sonar. Eureka Birds bring their generally underappreciated baroque indie-pop to the Metro Gallery with Dance for the Dying and Vasco. Frontiers does Journey at Rams Head Live. Misto di Voci, a classical-plus trio dedicated to performing music from underserved communities, performs at An die Musik. The quirk-pop extraordinaires of Squaaks celebrate a record release at the Windup Space with the Matrimonials and Thee The The. Rock-rock guitarist Steve Kimock plays Baltimore Soundstage. The Psyched, a total rock blast with some DNA from ex-band of awesome mutants the Apes, plays the Golden West with Horse Lords and the Thing With Two Heads.
SUNDAY: Hop Along puts a spring in the Golden West’s step with the ’90s throwback dream-punk of Dee and the Warlocks and Brendan Sullivan. Electro-rock duo Phantogram plays Rams Head Live. Arty Hill and Andrew Grimm guest at this month’s edition of City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes’ Roots Cafe songwriters series at An die Musik. Curren$y brings his Jet Life Tour 2012 to Baltimore Soundstage with a long list of supporting names.
MONDAY: Baltimore singer/songwriter Mike McFadden plays the Ottobar with Justin Jones.
TUESDAY: Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace’s Dig weekly doesn’t rest at Joe Squared Station North. Don’t miss: The Out of Your Head collective goes in for another round of improv exploration at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Man Man, one of the more perfect encapsulations of weird-indie going, performs at the Ottobar with Raleigh Moncrief. The Boom Bap Society, Wendel Patrick and Erik Spangler’s monthly exploration of hip-hop’s outer limits, takes over the Windup Space. Pusha T, of Clipse fame and a still fairly fresh Kanye West GOOD Music signee, performs at Baltimore Soundstage with Future. Don’t miss: Resurrected Maryland death-metal great Dying Fetus does awful things to Frederick’s Cafe 611 with Revocation, Strong Intention, and more.
IN THE WINGS: D.C. ska band the Pietasters make their semiregular Baltimore outing at the Ottobar June 29 with the Ducky Boys. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Wordsmith releases his next album June 22 at Sonar. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) Nada Surf is popular so popular at Rams Head Live July 5. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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