The Short List
Expanding Man, Electric Fireworks, Aesop Rock, Freddie Redd
Published: July 31, 2012
WEDNESDAY: This is the day of the Expanding Man at the Ottobar, opening for England in 1819. PT Burnem brings his mad scientist vision of hip-hop to the Charm City Art Space. Segway and Jesters of Kindness pay tribute to Jerry Garcia at the 8x10. Bombay Bicycle Club pedals down to the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. The bill rhymes when Old Lines and Stripmines get together at the Sidebar.
THURSDAY: Electric Fireworks go off at the Sidebar. Slaves on Dope push two envelopes at the same damn time at the Recher Theatre with the also vaguely edgy Saint Diablo. Savage Sons rock out upstairs at the Ottobar. Sac Au Lait brings a bit of Dixieland to Joe Squared Station North.
FRIDAY: Local power trio Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children kicks ass at the Windup Space with June Star. Dubstep douches appropriate Southern rap slang galore when Throwed and Faded present Trap Mob Invasion at the Sidebar with Maximilian and Fhaarles Craanklin. John Rose and Steve Yankee show their bright lights and their city lights at Joe Squared Station North. Pianist Todd Simon comes to An die Musik. King Gilbert and Action Pat spin records at Save Your Soul at the Lithuanian Hall, and Deep in the Game do the same at Club Hippo. Toy Soldiers all fall down at the 8x10 with the Grand Wagoneers. Maryland-based rapper Logic brings his national headlining tour to the Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: The Jennifers snap, jangle, and pop at the Metro Gallery with Goodbye New Plans and Widows Watch.
SATURDAY: The Summer Spirit Festival, co-headlined by former power couple of the neo-soul nation Erykah Badu and Common, comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion along with a tribute to Chuck Brown, featuring the late Go-Go pioneer’s band. Legendary California punks Fang bite down at the Sidebar. Local roots rockers the Stone Hill All-Stars are at An die Musik. Anthemic Canadian alt-rockers Our Lady Peace are at the 9:30 Club down in Washington. Ed Lauer and Frank Florence jam down at the Horse You Came in On. Hunger Strike don’t mind stealin’ bread from the mouths of decadence at Joe Squared Station North. Teen-girl group sensation Say Chance is at Rams Head Live. The Perry Hall United Methodist Church hosts a folk-music open mic. Frontmen gone solo Scott Reynolds of ALL and Fred Mascherino of Taking Back Sunday play an early show at the Charm City Art Space. Don’t miss: Balti Mare brings its gypsy dance party to the Creative Alliance at the Patterson with Ben Frock’s Love Unit.
SUNDAY: Gorilla Music’s Battle of the Bands holds its finals, featuring a dozen bands, including Hundred Acre and Too Drunk to Notice, competing at the Baltimore Soundstage. City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes presents the Roots Cafe at An die Musik with Victoria Vox and Karen Collins. Aesop Rock disappoints kids who were expecting A$AP Rocky at the 9:30 Club in Washington. 12 Stones get 75 percent of the way to a Bush album at the Recher Theatre.
MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise In The Basement lets local rockers sound off at the Baltimore Soundstage. Wild Nothing rides the dream-pop wave at the Ottobar with Dead Mellotron.
TUESDAY:Hard bop legend Freddie Redd continues his summer residency at An die Musik Live. The Out Of Your Head collective rips it up and starts again at the Windup Space. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones campaign to add a third “mighty” to their name at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Lovey and Animous get sweet and spirited at the Sidebar. Don’t miss: Ava Luna hits Baltimore with ace local support from Weekends as well as Lands and Peoples at the Metro Gallery.
WEDNESDAY: The always-amazing Little Feat returns to the city where they recorded one of their greatest albums, 1974’s Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, at Rams Head Live. The Technicians play the Sidebar with Nine Finger Discount. Eli August celebrates what must surely be his favorite month at Joe Squared Station North. Dopapod gets funky at the 8x10. These are the Breaks, at the Ottobar, with Gone To The Buffalo. Don’t miss: Guardian Alien, featuring Greg Fox (Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon), plays Floristree with Starring.
IN THE WINGS: Creative Differences bring improv heavyweights Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano to the Windup Space on Sept. 5. (For more information, visit thewindupspace.com or call  244-8855.) The first Charm City Music Festival comes to Harbor East with Weezer, Flogging Molly, and the All Mighty Senators on Sept. 15. (For more information, visit charmcitymusicfestival.com or call 745 -3000.) And Pier Six Pavilion’s warm-weather concert season winds down with the Avett Brothers on Sept. 23. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.)
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