The Short List
Deaf Scene, Lands and Peoples, Lamneth, This Is Your Signal
Published: August 22, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Instrumental-rock trio Deaf Scene gets moody and atmospheric at the 8x10. Frederick folkies Silent Old Mtns play the Windup Space with Mercies, MacGregor Burns, and Soon Cyde.
THURSDAY: Lands and Peoples turn pop inside out at the Metro Gallery with Chiffon and Dave and the Fellas. The Latin-tinged funk of the Pimps of Joytime fills Rams Head Live. This year’s Scream Tour features urban-radio tween idols Diggy and OMG Girlz, who will try to drown out their fans’ cheers at Pier Six Pavilion. Led by earthy Athens, Ga., singer/songwriter, Betty Kingston and the Crowns come to the 8x10. Facing the Apocalypse and Soulful Aggression get heavy at the Ottobar. The Manly Deeds have beards and sound like it at Joe Squared Station North. The Brooklyn-based jazz trio Chives pay a visit to An die Musik. Literate rockers Cloud Party plays the Sidebar with rioLinda. Don’t miss: Believers, a new group populated by local indie all-stars from Double Dagger and Future Islands, open for Ed Schrader’s Music Beat at the Windup Space.
FRIDAY: The Sidebar’s Asshole Fest kicks off with Universal Remonster, the Mandroids, and Lamneth. Local ’80s-throwback rockers on the rise the Perfects shoot a new video and a performance for MTV at the Ottobar. New country hit maker Josh Thompson plays Rams Head Live. Bobby Keys & the Suffering Bastards, featuring the Rolling Stones’ longtime saxman, are at the Baltimore Soundstage. Contemporary adults Jason Mraz and Christina Perri bum you out at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Tiger Party, featuring members of the Bridge, Psycho Killers, and the John K. Band, plays the 8x10. Acoustic singer/songwriter Henry Cyr strums at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Don’t miss: Raheem DeVaughn, Tank, and Carl Thomas sing some sweet, sweet slow jams at Pier Six Pavilion.
SATURDAY: This Is Your Signal and micFreak headline the An die Musik 2012 Electronica Concert Two. Fat Wreck Chords vets Teenage Bottlerocket plays the Ottobar with Nothington. Analog Anthem and Ancient Americans get alliterative at the 8x10. Bass Nation presents Zomboy and Arion at the Recher Theatre. Plurals, with members of the fondly remembered ’90s, Baltimore rockers Buttsteak, play the Windup Space with Mobley. The Prince and Michael Experience brings all the finest falsetto moments of the ’80s to the Baltimore Soundstage. Gameface gets a little emo at the Metro Gallery. Feed The Scene, Rachel Taft’s nonprofit organization to help out Baltimore bands, celebrates its first anniversary at the Sidebar with sets by Trashkanistan, the Deckards, and many more. Fells Point favorites Ed Lauer and Frank Florence do their thing at the Horse You Came in On. D.C.-based band JunkFood gets a big hometown gig headlining the 9:30 Club. Don’t miss: Ehse Records pianist Leo Svirsky plays a release party for his new album, Songs In The Key Of Survival, at the 2640 Space.
SUNDAY: Kings of Crownsville fill An die Musik with the sound of New Orleans. Michigan’s Pity Sex and Brave Bird come through town at the Charm City Art Space.
MONDAY: Glen Burnie punk trio Decayed Future hits the Sidebar with Some Kind of Nightmare, Harley Frost, and Always Awkward. 98 Rock’s Noise In The Basement lets four bands rock the Baltimore Soundstage.
TUESDAY: The Maine pop-punk quintet Sparks the Rescue headline the Recher Theatre with the Getaways. DJ Boo-Man spins all your favorite breaks at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. The Out of Your Head collective presents a unique combination of improvisers for one night only, as they do every week, at the Windup Space. Don’t miss: Legendary jazz pianist Freddie Redd plays the last week of his summer residency at An die Musik.
WEDNESDAY: Texan folk rockers Okkervil River continue touring in support of 2011’s I Am Very Far at Rams Head Live. Boston synth fiends Wobblesauce groove it out at the 8x10 with the Samadhi Sound.
IN THE WINGS: Florence and The Machine team up with the Weeknd for one of the fall’s hottest tickets at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 19. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) The High Zero Festival of experimental improvised music will celebrate its 14th year in Baltimore with four nights at the Theatre Project from Sept. 20-23. (For more information, visit highzero.org or call  752-8558.) Godspeed You! Black Emperor will get all apocalyptic again for old time’s sake at Rams Head Live on Oct. 3. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) The Virgin Mobile FreeFest has finally been announced for Oct. 6 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Tickets to see dozens of acts, including Jack White, Skrillex, the Dismemberment Plan, and Future Islands, go “on free” this Friday. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)
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