The Short List
Built to Spill, White Hills, Oak Ridge Boys, Bachelor Boys
Published: September 5, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Either you bought tickets to see Built to Spill at the Ottobar ages ago or you’re outta luck, unfortunately. Exitmusic is at the Golden West Cafe, and the Exit 17 Trio is at Joe Squared Station North. Canadian grunge lowlifes Theory of a Deadman plays outdoors at Power Plant Live. Baltimore’s Dope Body opens for Deerhoof at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss: Avant-garde improv heavyweights Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano play an early show at the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: Thrill Jockey space rockers White Hills kick off their tour at the Golden West Cafe with Dead Mellotron and Wild Honey. Florida jam band the Heavy Pets go off on a tangent at the 8x10. The Recher Theatre shines the local music spotlight on Slagz, Hypothetikal, Bye June, and Uncle Pio. The Ottobar’s own local underground showcase, Nu Fusion, features Prime and the Suspects, Rites Of Ash, My Enemy Complete, and Community Cigarette. Don’t miss: Yo Slick, also known as OOH from Brown F.I.S.H., plays a release party for his latest EP at NowChild Soundstage.
FRIDAY: The Oak Ridge Boys play the Maryland Therapeutic Riding Farm in Crownsville. Good ol’ boy Joe Nichols has a fistful of country radio hits at the Recher Theatre. The underrated Vinny Vegas plays complex, dramatic songs at the Metro Gallery. The Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington welcomes a bill full of great Baltimore bands: J Roddy Walston and the Business, Gary B. and the Notions, and Silent Old Mtns. Also in Washington, Sunn O))) brings the doom at the Black Cat, and Sondre Lerche makes ’em swoon at the 9:30 Club. Don’t miss: Celebrated Summer Records marks its sixth anniversary with a party featuring performances from Giuda, Nightbirds, White Wires, and Merchandise.
SATURDAY: Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents Mobtown Moon, a collective led by singer/songwriters ellen cherry and former City Paper writer Sandy Asirvatham that reinterprets Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon. The Middle Branch Waterfront Festival, featuring performances from Joe Louis Walker, Yellow Dubmarine, and Eureka Birds, will be held all day at Middle Branch Park. Thomas Pandoffi plays a piano recital in the afternoon at An die Musik, and Allison Miller’s Honey Ear Trio plays in the evening. Forgive the Fallen play a CD release party with Sky Came Falling and Colonist at the Recher Theatre. Women take over the 8x10 with a bill featuring 8 Ohms, Sweet Leda, the Scotch Bonnets, and the Jenny Boyle Band. Atlas Moth and Ireland’s Altar of Plagues play upstairs at the Ottobar. Downstairs, an unofficial Baltimore Comic-Con after-party, “Metal Quest,” features performances from Rare Candy, Aries, A Sound of Thunder, Dethlehem, Burning Shadows, and Ender’s Game. The Legwarmers remember the ’80s at Rams Head Live. Bob Mould plays his new album, Silver Age, as well as the Sugar classic Copper Blue at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: Pure Junk, a new band featuring members of Double Dagger and Thee Lexington Arrows, plays the Windup Space with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat featuring (for disclosure, new City Paper columnist) Ed Schrader and Mickey Free.
SUNDAY: Baltimore Red Jones sings the blues at 1919. Gorilla Music presents a battle of the bands at the Baltimore Soundstage with Railaway, Hero Of The Hour, and many more. Super Art Fight at the Metro Gallery features performances from comic-book rapper Adam WarRock and others while artists create a mural between sets. The lovely classical guitarist Ana Vidovic plays at An die Musik.
MONDAY: Creative Differences brings together three respected improvisers, Mark Dresser, Dave Ballou, and Michael Formanek, at the Metro Gallery. Acacia Sears hosts an open mic at Teavolve. Owl City gives Canada a bad name at the 9:30 Club in Washington.
TUESDAY: The Bachelor Boys play an early show at the Windup Space, which will then make way for the Out Of Your Head Collective’s usual Tuesday night residency. Bridging The Music presents a Baltimore showcase at the 8x10 with Edison’s Last Invention, Keef Rocket, DELTANine, and more. Symphony X plays neoclassical metal at the Baltimore Soundstage, if you’re into that kind of thing.
WEDNESDAY: Hymn for Her, a duo that lives and tours in a trailer, finds a place to park at Cafe Nola in Frederick. The most awkwardly named band on planet Earth, (Hed) P.E., plays the Recher Theatre with Soil. The HI-Baltimore hostel hosts the Music for Peace open mic. Don’t miss: Kendrick Lamar, a Los Angeles rapper who hasn’t waited for his major-label debut to build a rabid fanbase, headlines Rams Head Live.
IN THE WINGS: Brit garage rockers Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs will be touring the States with a stop at the Metro Gallery on Oct. 3. (For more information visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) The Silversun Pickups, the only indie band all over the radio that’s on an actual independent label, come to Rams Head Live on Oct. 11. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Wu Tang Clan chessmaster the GZA celebrates the reissue of his 1995 classic, Liquid Swords, with a tour, featuring opening act Killer Mike, that comes to the Recher Theatre on Oct. 17. (For more information, visit rechertheatre.com or call  337-7178.) The first-ever Baltimore Folk Fest has been announced to take place on Oct. 26 at the Windup Space and Joe Squared Station North; performers to be announced soon. (For more information, visit baltimorefolkfest.tumblr.com or call  244-8855.)
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