The Short List
Published: August 15, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Soofy and the Walrus are at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Goo goo ga joob.
THURSDAY: Enemy at the Gate guards the border at Rams Head with Despite Charm. A’phreaq and leriseux bring their “digital zephyr” music to the Metro Gallery. Nice Package Productions’ open mic at the 8x10 holds its grand finals. Die Antwoord headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington. Joe Squared Station North reopens, after closing temporarily for renovations, with performances by Jacob Panic and Ariel Wickham. The Recher Theatre’s local music spotlight shines on the DC10s and At the Coda. Mercy Alliance allies with E.M. Spencer at the Sidebar. Don’t miss: Jazz vocalist Rhonda Robinson performs a tribute to Carmen McRae at An die Musik.
FRIDAY: Baltimore’s Wye Oak opens for Dirty Projectors at the 9:30 Club. Cinderella reminisces about the days before hair metal turned into a pumpkin at Rams Head Live. Raise up Roof Beams play a CD release party with Red Sammy at Joe Squared Station North. The Soundchecks tap on mics and warm up the amps at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Local rockers Sal Bando hopefully play hilarious song “Cocaine Werewolf” at the Metro Gallery. Why They Kill answer the tough questions at the Sidebar with American Womanhood. Bass Nation brings special guest Ajapai to the Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore-based pianist Alan Blackman presents his Coastal Suite at An die Musik. Big Something does a little something at the 8x10 with Subtle Hustle. Words Like Daggers stab at thee at the Recher Theatre with Honour Crest. Don’t miss: Microkingdom and Tom Borax collaborate for the first time at the Red Room.
SATURDAY: My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses get boring at Merriweather Post Pavilion. DJ Freeez spins at a glow-paint party at Club Dubai. Youth is wasted on the audience at the Charm City Art Space with Call Me a Dreamer. Jason Lescalleet and Jeff Carey join forces at the Red Room. Roots-reggae veterans Israel Vibration harmonizes at the Baltimore Soundstage. The Chance plays the odds at the Recher Theatre with Brightside Drive. Crowded Streets ponder the necessity of paying tribute to a still-active and touring act like Dave Matthews Band at Rams Head Live. Pompeii Graffiti erupts at Joe Squared Station North with Craig Cummings. Pleasant Living sips tea and reads the paper at the Sidebar with the Incited. Colleen Shanley and Grand Junction draw from a varied array of Americana at An die Musik. Don’t miss: Dirty Projectors and Wye Oak wrap up their two-night stand at the 9:30 Club.
SUNDAY: Vital Remains, Misery Index, Butchers Hill, and Visceral Violation play an all-ages show at the Ottobar. Raffi Joe and Superland rock out at the 8x10. The Craig Alston Group, led by the Baltimore-based saxophonist, performs at An die Musik. PB&JAMZ cut the crusts off at the Windup Space with American Folklore.
MONDAY: Paper and Glue get sticky at the Ottobar with the Rumble. 98 Rock’s Noise In The Basement adds a rare touring headliner, Nonpoint, to its local showcase at the Baltimore Soundstage.
TUESDAY: The Out of Your Head collective features Jacob Teichroew and Sebastien Ammann this week at the Windup Space. Freddie Redd and his friends are once again at An die Musik. Otep gets heavy at Rams Head Live. Langhorne Slim and the Law headline the Ottobar. Lurker skulks in the shadows of the Charm City Art Space with Psycho Enhancer. James Nasty spins hot beats at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.
WEDNESDAY: Deaf Scene blows out your eardrums at the 8x10. Silent Old Mtns drop a few vowels at the Windup Space with Mercies and Soon Cyde. The Brian Jonestown Massacre drinks its own Kool-Aid at the 9:30 Club. Old Fears, Save Us from the Archon, the Bridge, and Definite bang their gavels at the Sidebar.
IN THE WINGS: The Jesus And Mary Chain rolls the reunion-tour train into the 9:30 Club on Sept. 9. (For more information, visit 930.com or call  265-0930.) Creative Differences presents a rare meeting of two masters of the double bass, Mark Dresser and Michael Formanek, at the Metro Gallery, on Sept. 10. (For more information, visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul of L.A.’s Black Hippy crew bring their massive buzz to Rams Head Live on Sept. 12. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Galactic’s new lineup, featuring Corey Glover of Living Colour, comes to the Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 14. (For more information, visit BaltimoreSoundstage.com or call  244-0057.)
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