The Short List
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Diamond Rio, Virgin Mobile FreeFest
Published: October 3, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Half-Brit garage rockers Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs play the Metro Gallery with Television Hill. Ott and the All Seeing I—a live band led by British electronic producer Ott—continue their U.S. tour at Baltimore Soundstage. Godspeed You! Black Emperor isn’t too gloomy to cash in on the nostalgia engendered by a decade’s absence at Rams Head Live.
THURSDAY: Snoop Dogg’s name is on the marquee at Rams Head Live tonight, because nobody would buy tickets to see Snoop Lion. Idiot Glee brings Kentucky-fried chillwave to the Golden West with Three Legged Race, Colora, and Known Ghost. The Disco Biscuits headline Baltimore Soundstage, and afterwards the offshoot solo project DrFameus plays at E-Villa. Contemporary country duo Love and Theft, which, contrary to popular belief, is not comprised of a guy named Love and a guy named Theft, play the Recher Theatre. ’90s country hitmakers Diamond Rio plays the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover.
FRIDAY: Baltimore county emo sensations All Time Low give an in-store performance at the Sound Garden at 5:30 P.M. Easy Star All-Stars, the reggae collective who put out Thrillah, dub it up at Baltimore Soundstage. Minneapolis punks Off With Their Heads play the Golden West with the Max Levine Ensemble and South Carey. The moe. side project Floodwood is at the 8x10. Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys bring the sound of Louisiana to the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. It’s fall now, but the only song people will care about when the Ataris play the Ottobar is still that “Boys of Summer” cover. Don’t miss: The Dismemberment Plan returns to Baltimore for a show at Rams Head Live, just a few weeks after the Metro Gallery gig where it debuted its first new songs in a decade.
SATURDAY: Hopefully you’ve already, uh, “bought” your tickets for the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, featuring Jack White, Skrillex, ZZ Top, Nas, Ben Folds Five, the Dismemberment Plan and many more at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents a production of 1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera. Charm City Limits bring bluegrass in from the outskirts of town to Joe Squared Station North. Texas synth rockers Nervous Curtains play the Pentagon with Water. Mutemath tries to excite audiences outside the context of their nifty music videos at Rams Head Live. Manitoba punk legends Propagandhi plays the Ottobar with Comeback Kid and Paper Dragons. Taxlo presents Poirier with Uncle Jesse at the Golden West. Don’t miss: Creative Differences brings the Michael Formanek Quartet to the Windup Space for a record-release concert for its new album, Small Places.
SUNDAY: Melvins Lite, in which King Buzzo and Dale Crover are joined by Trevor Dunn of Mr. Bungle fame, play the Ottobar. Todd Simon plays solo jazz piano at An die Musik. Mindset plays a record-release show at the Charm City Art Space with Beware, Praise, Break Away, and Instigate. Mellow indie singer/songwriter MacGregor Burns plays the Metro Gallery with Cooper Format and Strange Fur. Classical Revolution has a chamber-music jam session at Joe Squared Station North. Baltimore Soundstage hosts a battle of the bands. Don’t miss: Wu Tang Clan mastermind the RZA performs solo at Baltimore Soundstage.
MONDAY: Queens garage-rock institution the Fleshtones play the Ottobar with the Ubangis and the Things. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah crawls out of the buzz-bin graveyard to play Rams Head Live. Don’t miss: The Hank Levy Legacy Band pays tribute to the late Baltimore-born jazz innovator at An die Musik.
TUESDAY: Australian noise rockers Slug Guts play the Golden West with Sterling Sisters. 98 Rock’s Revenge Of The Riff presents the Acacia Strain and Cruel Hand at the Recher Theatre. The Out Of Your Head collective assembles Kevin Gift, Janel Lepin, Greg Thompkins, and Erich Von Marko to improvise at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: The Mountain Goats plays the Ottobar in support of the new album Transcendental Youth. Cisco Adler and his famous testicles open for the Expendables at Rams Head Live. Glam-metal also-rans Bang Tango hits the House of Rock in White Marsh. Don’t miss: Baltimore soul man Bosley funks it up at the Metro Gallery with Victoria Vox and Cariad Harmon.
IN THE WINGS: The nu-metal band it’s socially acceptable to like, the Deftones, is headed to Rams Head Live on Oct. 26. (For more information. visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Thirty-somethings who are starting to feel nostalgic for ’90s pop-punk will be ready for the MxPx all-stars and Unwritten Law at the Ottobar on Nov. 1. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) R. Kelly’s “Single Ladies” tour, with opening act Tamia, comes to the Lyric Opera House on Nov. 27. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.)
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