The Short List
Man Man, Dying Fetus, Puddle, Bridges
Published: June 6, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Dying Fetus brings death metal and fetal death to Frederick for a show at Cafe 611 with Revocation and Strong Intention. The Rumble and Team Rocket rock and rumble at the Sidebar. Philly weirdos Man Man headlines the Ottobar. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society holds its monthly party at the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: Justin Levy of the local chamber-pop combo Eureka Birds plays a solo set at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Gaithersburg jazz/funk/rock renegades Kabob-O-Taj play the Sidebar with Asbestos and the Dry Sea. Don’t miss: Killer local power trio Crimes opens for Cheap Girls and the Max Levine Ensemble at the Golden West Cafe.
FRIDAY: Exotic Animal Petting Zoo with Pandas (those are two different band names) get cuddly at Towson’s Recher Theatre. New Jersey and Philly noisemakers Fight Amp and Bardus, respectively, get loud at the Charm City Art Space. The Sidebar’s swinging ’60s throwback night Amanda Otto’s Reaction! showcases Norfolk, Va.’s the Mirrors. Washington, D.C., instrumental rockers Les Rhinoceros open for Whoarfrost at the Windup Space. The Samuel King Quintet, led by the titular Baltimore alto saxophonist, performs at An die Musik.
SATURDAY: School of Rock presents an afternoon matinee of tributes to MTV’s Unplugged and Weezer at the Ottobar, and I the Breather plays a show later that evening. Bridges have a release party for their new album at the Sidebar. Baltimore blues rockers Old Man Brown play some sweet licks at the Recher Theatre. The Celtic-rock heroes of Virginia’s Carbon Leaf bring their penny whistle and their drinking songs to Rams Head Live. The Love Below expresses an apparent preference for the wrong half of that Outkast album at the Golden West Cafe. Don’t miss: If you have to see yet a ‘90s alt-rocker play one of his old albums in its entirety, you could do a lot worse than Matthew Sweet running through the power-pop classic Girlfriend at D.C.’s 9:30 Club.
SUNDAY: Last year’s one-hit wonders Foster the People finally play that big Merriweather Post Pavilion gig they booked back when their song was still on the radio. And if that’s not enough hard-core VH1 action for you, Gavin Degraw and Colbie Caillat are teaming up at Pier Six Pavilion. Jeff Roland and local avant human-beatbox genius Bow-Legged Gorilla play the Metro Gallery; up the street, Tony Malaby’s monthly jazz showcase is going down at the Windup Space. School of Rock reprises its ’90s-themed matinee at the Ottobar, while later that night Aesthetic Perfection headlines the club. Screamo dullards Hawthorne Heights play the Recher Theatre and reminisce about that brief moment six years ago when they were a big deal. The local rap showcase “Come and Get It” includes Keyawntay and Jay Verze at the Talking Head. Baltimore Soundstage hosts a battle of the bands with such auspicious names as Phat Janis and Break Glass in Case of Zombies. Don’t miss: Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children do scuzzy, nasty blues-rock the way it was meant to be done at the Golden West Cafe with Dan Sartain.
MONDAY: Survey Says! and Hawaiian Shirt Day skank their way into the Charm City Art Space. Pennsylvania alt-country band the Pale Barn Ghosts twang it up at the Ottobar with Nom de Plume.
TUESDAY: Insufferable Northern Ireland indie band Two Door Cinema Club is apparently popular enough to perform at Rams Head Live and then ask fans to pay a separate ticket price for a DJ set across the street at Baltimore Soundstage later the same night. The Out of Your Head improv collective’s Windup Space showcase this week brings together a quartet of Mike Ross, Peter Formanek, Jake Leckie, and Sean Wilson. Nice Package sponsors the 8X10’s weekly open mic contest. Lady Piss and Whores, which surely go together like peas and carrots, play the Ottobar.
WEDNESDAY: Puddle headlines the Ottobar (appropriately one night after Lady Piss). Nippon Motion, Rob Perry’s monthly DJ night celebrating Japanese music, is at the Sidebar.
IN THE WINGS: British popsters the Scissor Sisters are touring the United States with Baltimore dance-rap firebrand Rye Rye, and their July 2 show at the 9:30 Club has already sold out. Fortunately, they just added a second night on July 3. (For more information visit 930.com or call  265-0930.) Def Leppard and Poison dare you to run through your inventory of spandex and Aqua Net references when they co-headline Merriweather Post Pavilion July 10. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) And the greatest band of the ’70s that you never hear on the radio, Little Feat, stretches into its fifth decade at Rams Head Live Aug. 8 (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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