The Short List
Adam Lempel And the Heartbeats, High Zero Festival, Third Eye Blind
Published: September 19, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Weekends side project Adam Lempel And the Heartbeats are at the Golden West with Wilder Maker and the Wooly Moon. So-so Southern rapper Big K.R.I.T. and Slim Thug rock the mic at Baltimore Soundstage. Common Ground On The Hill’s Baltimore Concert Series brings Irish singer-led Nuala Kennedy Band to the Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church. Don’t miss: Veteran noise rockers Lightning Bolt play at Floristree.
THURSDAY: The 2012 High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music kicks off this year’s concerts at the Theatre Project with musicians including N. Podgurski and Jimmy Joe Roche. Jaabs has its ‘haappy hour’ at the Metro Gallery, and later in the evening (City Paper contributor) Ed Schrader’s Music Beat headlines a show with Koonda Holaa and Sky way. 98 Rock winds down the season with the last show of its Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series of the year outside the Hard Rock Café.
FRIDAY: Avicii heads to Pier Six Pavilion to press play on his big beat machine. The Bu$$ted Dance Party gets down with Baltimore Club/rap renegades Murder Mark and TT the Artist at the Golden West. Cortez Mission, featuring members of June Star and Among Wolves, opens for Washington D.C.’s Shark Week at Mums. Utterly tiresome Japanese schtick rockers Peelander-Z plays the Ottobar. Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents a tribute to Nina Simone, featuring a program of music, dance, spoken word, and film assembled by playwright Rosiland Cauthen. Silence Kid plays a CD release party at the Metro Gallery with the Firecrackers and the Degenerettes. Leon Russell plays an early show at Baltimore Soundstage while Zedd and Lucky Date play a late show. Improvisers at tonight’s High Zero Festival show at the Theatre Project include John Dierker and Owen Gardner.
SATURDAY: Today’s High Zero Festival program at the Theatre Project includes a midday matinee, featuring comics artist Mazen Kerbaj drawing live with musical accompaniment, as well as an evening concert. 98 Rock’s Autumn Equinox features some of the station’s heavy rotation staples Seether and Sick Puppies along with local faves the Charm City Devils. The (mostly) instrumental Baltimore ensemble Three Red Crowns play selections from their upcoming album at the Windup Space. Thee Lexington Arrows (with City Paper illustrator Alex Fine) and the Stents play garage rock at Joe Squared Station North. Loopy indie-pop artist Run DMT plays at the Paradox, of all places. Ghost Of War plays an album-release party at the Recher Theatre with 10 Feet Thick and Wellshot. Don’t miss: Baltimore hard-rock legends KIX promotes their new Live in Baltimore CD/DVD with a set at the same venue where it was recorded, Rams Head Live.
SUNDAY: The Walters Art Museum hosts a brass quintet playing festive baroque music as part of its Early Music at the Walters program, starting at 5:30 P.M. Third Eye Blind plays “Graduate” for the new Towson University undergraduates at the Towson Center Arena. Modern-day Third Eye Blind equivalents the All-American Rejects and Boys Like Girls coheadline at Rams Head Live. WIN WIN (featuring Spank Rock producers XXXChange and Chris Devlin) plays the Golden West with BRAIDER and Simon Phoenix. Baltimore’s Wye Oak plays the Black Cat down in Washington. Don’t miss: The 2012 High Zero Festival winds down at the Theatre Project with a new experiment, the Night of Randomization, in which performers will be randomly divided into unplanned groups.
MONDAY: The Recher Theatre hosts a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, headlined by Rodney Atkins and Emma White.
TUESDAY: An die Musik hosts Tim Brady’s 24 Frames, which combines guitar, electronics, and video. Necropsy, Wolfnuke, Nachzehrer, and Martyrvore compete for most badass band name at the Sidebar. Australia’s the Native Cats come halfway around the world to play the Golden West with Gutterhooks. Paul Doffing, who is touring the country via bicycle, pedals up to Joe Squared Station North. Tonight’s Out Of Your Head collective ensemble includes cellists Zach Branch and Michael Rondstadt. Wild Nothing plays the Rock and Roll Hotel down in Washington. Bridging the Music presents a Baltimore showcase at the 8x10.
WEDNESDAY: Reliable rock-radio singles act Switchfoot headline Rams Head Live with Paper Route. West Coast rapper Hopsin headlines the Funk Volume 2012 tour at Baltimore Soundstage. Brilliant chart-topping R&B singer Miguel previews his upcoming album Kaleidoscope Dream at the Howard Theatre in Washington.
IN THE WINGS: Lutherville pop-punk stars All Time Low, who just released the single “For Baltimore,” plays Rams Head Live on Nov. 23. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Early ’90s Baltimore rock scene staples Liquor Bike and Helikopter return two decades later for a night at the Ottobar on Dec. 1. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Creative Differences hosts an evening of improv from an all-star quintet including Nels Cline, Ellery Eskelin, Ben Goldberg, Ches Smith, and Rob Sudduth at the Windup Space on Dec. 8. (For more information, visit thewindupspace.com or call  244-8855.)
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