The Short List
Kendrick Lamar, Dong Johnson, Charm City Music Festival, and more
Published: September 11, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Kendrick Lamar headlines Rams Head Live with Black Hippy compatriots Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. Local Americana rockers June Star plays the 8x10 with Jerry Joseph.
THURSDAY: Dong Johnson, the new band from Ted Leo sideman Chris Wilson, plays the Charm City Art Space with Lemuria and the Ghostwrite. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts alt-country veteran-led Dale Watson and the Lone Stars. Christian contemporary music phenomenon Hillsong Live brings the gospel to 1st Mariner Arena. Smooth rockers Jaabs have a “haappy hour” at the Metro Gallery. Skerik’s Bandalabra, led by the Seattle-based saxophonist Skerik (of Tuatara, Critters Buggin, Les Claypool), plays the 8x10. Don’t miss: Storied Chicago indie label Thrill Jockey Records celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert at Rams Head Live featuring Tortoise and many of its Baltimore signings, including Future Islands, Arbouretum, and Pontiak.
FRIDAY: Pasadena plays a CD release party at Rams Head Live with Minlus and McCracken, the Grilled Lincolns, Bumpin’ Uglies, Neutron Bomb, Skribe, and more. At Joe Squared Station North, the Powell Younger Project plays R&B and Jumpcuts translate synth pop into live rock. Technicolor Motor Home, a 10-piece Steely Dan tribute band featuring Crack The Sky’s Glen Workman, plays the Recher Theatre. Another tribute act, Girlfriend in a Coma, covers the Smiths to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Strangeways Here We Come at the Ottobar. Jazz pianist Roberta Piket plays solo at An die Musik. Brotherly Indiana duo Stagnant Pools come to the Golden West. Galactic, now featuring Corey Glover of Living Colour, headlines at the Baltimore Soundstage. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson welcomes California-based world music group the Fishtank Ensemble. Don’t miss: Anthony Hamilton and his beautifully weathered voice come to Pier Six Pavilion with Estelle and Antoine Dunn.
SATURDAY: The first Charm City Music Festival hits the Harbor East waterfront, with headliners Weezer and Flogging Molly, and local support from the All Mighty Senators and Jah Works. Meanwhile, Trashkanistan plays the songs of Weezer at a cover-themed Charm City Art Space benefit, which also features Let It Go paying tribute to Foo Fighters, and Kevin Cale covering New Found Glory. Dan Deacon makes a hometown stop on the national tour in support of his new album at the Ottobar, along with tourmates Height with Friends, Chester Endersby Gwazda, and Alan Resnick. Creative Differences brings Sync, a jazz trio led by Ned Rothenberg, to the Windup Space along with Susan Alcorn. Ellicott City pop-punk band the Dangerous Summer plays the Cellar Stage at the United Methodist Church of Hamilton with the Getaways and Mike McFadden. Barry Manilow writes the songs that make the whole 1st Mariner Arena sing. Prog rocker and former Zappa sideman Mike Keneally plays at Orion Sound Studios. If the phrase “jam-tronica” doesn’t make you want to run for the hills, run to Federal Hill to see Jimkata, Sounduo, and The Manhattan Project at the 8x10. Copstabber plays an album release party with Common Enemy and Blackout Brigade at the Sidebar. You know Bon Iver is totally going to bring his Grammy statuettes onstage with him at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Don’t miss: Baltimore native Reina Williams, who recently relocated to New York City, comes home to celebrate her birthday with a special full band show at Joe Squared Station North.
SUNDAY: Philly emo band Circa Survive headlines Rams Head Live with Touche Amore and O’Brother. Sao Paulo Underground combines jazz with electronics at the Windup Space. 93.1 WPOC throws its annual Sunday in the Country concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Eric Church, Thompson Square, David Nail, Justin Moore, and Jana Kramer. Don’t miss: Internationally renowned pianist Matthew Shipp plays solo at An die Musik.
MONDAY: Chicago indie quartet Maps and Atlases play the Ottobar with locals Among Wolves. Estonian sensation Maria Minerva plays at the Metro Gallery with Father Finger. Nashville singer/songwriters Jessica Campbell and Heather Morgan play Joe Squared Station North. Don’t miss: the perennially underrated Firewater plays backstage at the Black Cat in Washington.
TUESDAY: This week the Out Of Your Head collective consists of Blake Cramer, Jake Leckie, Dan Ryan, and Sam Balcom at the Windup Space. Santa Cruz acoustic trio the Devil Makes Three plays the 8x10 with Brown Bird.
WEDNESDAY: Bland peddler of tasteful ’90s Southern rap cliches Big K.R.I.T. headlines the Baltimore Soundstage. “Electro sex hop hip pop punk rock rap duo” Scream Club plays the Metro Gallery with Nicky Click and Blood Horses. Florence and the Machine and the Weeknd make for one of the hipper big tickets of the season at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
IN THE WINGS: Death-metal institution Deicide comes to the Baltimore Soundstage on Nov. 6. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Country superstar Carrie Underwood will be at 1st Mariner Arena on Nov. 7. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.) Deerhoof will be promoting their new album, Breakup Song, at the Ottobar, with Baltimore’s own Dope Body opening, on Nov. 13. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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