The Short List
Dermot and Flo, Black Byrds, Mindless Behavior, and Baltimore Shredfest
Published: July 11, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Dermot and Flo duet on accordion and harp at the Windup Space. The Billy Martin and Will Blades Duo (the former of Medeski, Martin, and Wood fame) play an early show at the 8x10, while Pigeons Playing Ping Pong hold down the late show. Hero of the Hour and Dead Center are at the Ottobar. Neon Trees play this year’s peppy alternapop single at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: Awesome local “indie-soul” trio Me and This Army are at the Sidebar with Pinata.
THURSDAY: The bluegrassholes in the Yonder Mountain String Band pick and grin at the Baltimore Soundstage. Black Byrds and Thee Lexington Arrows (with City Paper illustrator Alex Fine) rock a Baltimore Tattoo Museum art show opening at Joe Squared at the Inner Harbor. The David Murray Black Music Infinity Quartet, featuring the Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist, comes to An die Musik. The Scorpions and Night Ranger take Merriweather Post Pavilion to power-ballad heaven. Braceface, the Firecrackers and the Sheckies make a racket at the Sidebar. Lo-fi locals Monster Museum kicks ass at the Windup Space. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band rounds out the night’s entertainment at the 8x10. Don’t miss: Believers (featuring members of Future Islands and Double Dagger) plays the CONSTRUCT art exhibition at the Metro Gallery.
FRIDAY: Mindless Behavior, perhaps the most aptly named teen R&B sensation of all time, headlines the 92Q Summer Jam at Pier Six Pavilion. June Star unplugs for an acoustic set at Joe Squared Station North. Extermination Angel and Necropsy headline a heavy night at the Golden West. Atlanta singer/songwriter Sonia Leigh is at the Recher Theatre with Mike McFadden. Bond and Bentley throw a CD release party at the 8x10. Saving Abel and Redlight King play the hits that nobody who doesn’t listen to 98 Rock has ever heard at Rams Head Live. Get your indie rap fix down in Washington when La Coka Nostra and Jedi Mind Tricks co-headline the 9:30 Club, duddy.
SATURDAY: Baltimore Shredfest 3 kicks off with Spineshank and 9 Electric at the Recher Theatre. You know Axl and Slash will never share a stage again, so go ahead and bang your head with Appetite For Destruction at Rams Head Live. The Matrimonials, who are a very funny band, play with Diarrhea Planet, who definitely at least has a funny name, at the Golden West. The Southern Maryland Sun Music Fest kicks off at the Calvert County Fair Grounds with the Kelly Bell Band. The Best Coast brings a little California to Washington at the 9:30 Club. How about some hardcore with a Wilhelm Scream and the Holy Mess at the Ottobar? Don’t miss: Letitia VanSant plucks her banjo and celebrates the release of her debut album at the Windup Space.
SUNDAY: The Fabulous Thunderbirds headline the second night of the Southern Maryland Sun Music Fest at the Calvert County Fair Grounds. Jason Aldean, the only singer in country music who can boast a Ludacris remix, headlines Merriweather Post Pavilion with Luke Bryan. British jazz veterans Varyan Weston and Trevor Watts make a very special stateside appearance at the Windup Space. Don’t miss: Baltimore Shredfest 3 concludes with Polkadot Cadaver and Sky Came Burning at the Recher Theatre.
MONDAY: Glen Burnie punks Decayed Future are at the Sidebar with RF30, Union Boys, and ADFF.
TUESDAY: Rusted Root gets a hippie-drum circle happening at the Recher Theatre. Neko Case and Kelly Hogan make the boys swoon at Rams Head Live. John Dierker and Jon Birkholz head up a quartet for the Out Of Your Head collective at the Windup Space. Carrie and the Dirty Pillows dodge buckets of blood at the Sidebar. Landis Expandis spins at the Joe Squared on North Avenue, and DJ Scottie B spins at the Joe Squared at the Inner Harbor. Don’t miss: Iowa psych rockers Radio Moscow are at the Golden West with The Dirty Streets and Drunk Monk.
WEDNESDAY: John Dierker is back at the Windup Space with his band Leap. Bet The Devil screams in your face at the Ottobar with Stout and Sand.
IN THE WINGS: Dirty Projectors are touring with Baltimore treasure Wye Oak this summer, and after their first Washington show at the 9:30 Club on Aug. 17 sold out, they added a second show on Aug. 18. (For more information, visit 930.com or call  265-0930.) Sometime musical recording artist Saul Williams returns to his spoken word roots at the Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 1. (For more information, visit BaltimoreSoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) The Ottobar celebrates Skalloween with The Toasters on Oct. 30. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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