The Short List
River City Extension, Victoria Justice, Saul Williams, Built to Spill
Published: August 29, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Okkervil River headlines Rams Head Live, with Washington, D.C.’s Mynabirds opening. Gross-out punk trio the Hard Dads get as nasty as they wanna be at the Sidebar. Brandon Jones, presumably not the former Ravens wide receiver, plays at Joe Squared Station North. Local quartet Samadhi Sound lay down funky dance grooves at the 8x10 with Wobblesauce. Don’t miss: Baltimore’s visionary trio Celebration opens for Xiu Xiu at the Golden West.
THURSDAY: The New Jersey octet River City Extension crams itself onto the Ottobar’s stage. The Matt Dievendorf and Amy K. Bormet Duo, featuring the titular musicians on guitar and piano, respectively, plays at An die Musik. Japanese-American punk rockers Uzuhi play the Sidebar with the Hsu Nami. Scranton singer/songwriter Drew Kelly plays a set at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. You Already Know heads up a local music spotlight at the Recher Theatre. Don’t miss: Local experimental-pop band Raindeer plays tracks from its excellent, new self-titled debut at the Golden West, with Young Rapids and Strange Fur opening.
FRIDAY: Nickelodeon teen idol Victoria Justice sings at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. The Rebirth Brass Band goes marching in to the Baltimore Soundstage. Baltimore punk outfit Dead Mechanical opens for Psychic Teens at the Golden West. Pennsylvania singer/songwriter Dan Kibler plays solo at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. The phenomenon of aging alt-rock bands playing an old album in its entirety reaches a new nadir as Sponge presents their 1994 debut, Rotting Pinata, at the Recher Theatre. Southern electro-rockers Zoogma plays Rams Head Live. Harford County rockers Pipe Smoking Rabbits hit the Sidebar with Charm Offensive. Bands with exclamation points in their names promise exciting shows, with Bob Jacobson of the Sounds Good! Jazz Trio at An die Musik and Worship This! at the Charm City Art Space. Don’t miss: The 8x10 hosts a killer local hip-hop bill featuring Kane Mayfield, Eze Jackson, and Kenton Dunson.
SATURDAY: Saul Williams performs spoken word at Baltimore Soundstage. Team Cybergeist plays a rescheduled date at the Recher Theatre that was originally booked at the now-shuttered Sonar. The Mantras jam all night at the 8x10. The Band Perry plays its massive country crossover hit, “If I Die Young,” at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. Don’t miss: Jazz pianist and former Sonny Rollins sideman Mark Soskin plays An die Musik. Shock-value novelty rappers Odd Future brings its gathering of the swaggalos to Rams Head Live.
SUNDAY: Chart-topping Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz invites Washington, D.C. to catch up to his campaign at the 9:30 Club. History-raiding lo-fi rocker Colleen Green plays the Ottobar with the Plateaus. Don’t miss: Country hitmakers Little Big Town espouses the joys of motorboatin’ at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Rascal Flatts.
MONDAY: The avant-pop quintet Hundred Waters play the Golden West with ethereal Los Angeles singer/songwriter Julia Holter. 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement lets Baltimore bands rage at Baltimore Soundstage.
TUESDAY: The Sidebar presents perhaps the most unappetizing lineup of band names of all time: JamStain, Rugged Soulz, and Gus’s Goatee. DJ Scottie B spins at Joe Squared Inner Harbor, and the Out of Your Head collective improvises at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: The beloved and long-running Built to Spill plays a sold-out, intimate gig at the Ottobar. The bands Design the Skyline and You Promised Me the Sky appear to have a symbiotic relationship at the Recher Theatre. Electronic duo Crunk Witch plays the Metro Gallery with Pompeii Graffiti and Visit. Ohio’s Emily and the Complexes hit the Sidebar with the Rivals and Monteclair. Canadian indie rocker Patrick Watson headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington. Exit 17 Trio play all that jazz at Joe Squared Station North.
IN THE WINGS: The Sidebar hosts the Autumn Screams Doom Fest on Oct. 26 and 27, headlined by Earthride and Hour of 13. (For more information, visit sidebartavern.com or call  659-4130.) Just in time for Halloween, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult hits the Recher Theatre on Oct. 20. (For more information, visit rechertheatre.com or call  337-7178.) Pop-rap superstars Gym Class Heroes play an intimate show at the Ottobar on Oct. 25. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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