The Short List
Sand, MC Chris, Brian McKnight, Artscape
Published: July 18, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Stout, Sand, and Numb get monosyllabic at the Ottobar. Austin Ellis and Rachel Hall play acoustic at Joe Squared on North Avenue. Down the street, Leap and Localized Panic Device are at the Windup Space. Nippon Motion looks to the far East for inspiration at the Sidebar.
THURSDAY: MC Chris and Powerglove perform stale jokes for gamer dweebs at the Ottobar. Volbeat and Hellyeah play their Rams Head Live show, moved up a few days from its original date on July 24. An die Musik holds an M3E fundraiser featuring Echolalia and Pilesar. Don’t miss: Ellicott City emo heroes the Dangerous Summer plays a hometown show of sorts (home state, at least) at the Recher Theatre. Lazerbitch opens for Tiger Bitter at the Sidebar.
FRIDAY: Artscape kicks off with Brian McKnight headlining the Wells Fargo stage. The Station North stage gets one of the festival’s best rock bills with Arbouretum and Big In Japan with Katrina Ford. And High Zero hosts an Artscape stage in the University of Baltimore Student Center with the Sword Swallow and Femi The DriFish. Elsewhere around town, Getamungstit! play a CD release party at the 8x10. The Ottobar holds a release party for Mobtown Magazine featuring a performance by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, who is not to be confused with the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, who brings Ursula Rucker to the Windup Space. Local Christian rockers Ashes Remain headline the Recher Theatre. The Promise Ring scrapes the bottom of the indie-band reunion-tour barrel down in Washington at the 9:30 Club. Dead n’ Wasted and Without Warning rock out at the Sidebar. And yes, Hoobastank knows what you think of their name at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Telesma returns to Rams Head Live with member Ian Hesford, three months after he suffered a heart attack on the very same stage.
SATURDAY: More Artscape: Clutch on the Wells Fargo stage, and Celebration on the Station North stage with Yeveto and Three Red Crowns. Canada’s Zeds Dead gets down at the Baltimore Soundstage while Northern Virginia’s Blame Canada retorts at the 8x10. Right Away, Great Captain! try to earn their exclamation point at the Ottobar. Don’t miss: Big-hearted bands, including the Firecrackers and Trashkanistan, play the Callie’s Cause benefit show at the Sidebar to raise funds for a little girl named Callie and other children with pricey health problems.
SUNDAY: Artscape winds down with Rebirth Brass Band on the Wells Fargo stage, Egg Babies on the Station North stage, and Maimouna Youssef on the Festival stage. Charm City Devils get anthemic at Rams Head Live. Scenic Route Records holds a showcase featuring the Water and A Cat Called Cricket. Insipid British synth poppers Hot Chip headline Merriweather Post Pavilion with Sleigh Bells. Upper Cut swings a mean left hook at the Recher Theatre. Don’t miss: The English Beat don’t save it for later, if “it” refers to lucrative reunion tours, at the Baltimore Soundstage.
MONDAY: Us and Us Only betrays the premise of its name by sharing a bill at Charm City Art Space with Jason Anderson and Frances Quinlan. 98 Rock’s Noise In The Basement brings local bands to the Baltimore Soundstage. Rising R&B star Frank Ocean is at the 9:30 Club in Washington.
TUESDAY: The Vans Warped Tour takes over Merriweather Post Pavilion with literally dozens of bands, including Taking Back Sunday and the Lutherville boys-made-good All Time Low. Canadian rockers Evans Blue hit the Recher Theatre. The Charm City Art Space has William Bonney and Old Gray, while the Ottobar has Wolfnuke and Seraphim. The Out Of Your Head collective assembles their new lineup of the week at the Windup Space. Fuel takes the alphabetical approach to assembling ’90s nostalgia package tours at Rams Head Live.
WEDNESDAY: Aaron Lewis of Staind is finally on the inside, at Rams Head Live. Country rapper Colt Ford twangs and swangs into the Recher Theatre. Girlyman gets folksy at the Baltimore Soundstage. Treeforts and Monument remember what “emo” used to mean at the Charm City Art Space. Pretty Little Kennedy Curse and A Place In Time are at the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS: Animated TV metal band Dethklok co-headlines with actual metal band Lamb of God at Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 26. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. comes to Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 19. (For more information visit BaltimoreSoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Animal Collective returns to the venue they named an album after, Merriweather Post Pavilion, on Oct. 2. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)
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