The Short List
Waverly Giant, Journey, The Hold Steady, and more
Published: October 10, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Bosley wears scuzzy, old school soul as comfortably as a cheap suit at the Metro Gallery. The Waverly Giant, presumably named after the local grocery store, plays the Sidebar with Electric Fireworks and Sun Club. Indie-folk combo the Woolly Moon is at the Windup Space with Food Will Win the War. Don’t miss: The Mountain Goats may treat the Ottobar to a cover of “Love in an Elevator.”
THURSDAY: All-female hip-hop band Mzery Loves Company hits the Ottobar with Grand Creez and Reaper’s Twin. Liz Meredith holds an album-release party at An die Musik. Silversun Pickups still remind people of the Smashing Pumpkins at Rams Head Live. Red Maple’s weekly Visionnaire party welcomes Basque El_Txef_A to America. The Cedar Fires gaze at their shoes at the Sidebar with Ladycop and Turning Violet. Donna the Buffalo brings zydeco to the Recher Theatre. Canadian power-pop institution Sloan plays backstage at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss: Morgan State University’s homecoming concert features a killer bill of current urban-radio hitmakers 2 Chainz, Miguel, and Elle Varner.
FRIDAY: Rose Moraes pays tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim at Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Local alt rappers A Cool Stick plays the 8x10 with Ground Up. The Tessa Souter Trio performs vocal jazz at An die Musik. 98 Rock presents strip club-loving Chad Kroeger disciples My Darkest Days at Rams Head Live. Rhode Island frat-rap sensation Mike Stud headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: The Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center holds a concert to celebrate Dr. Joseph D. Howell and his new album, Jazz Clarinet Now.
SATURDAY: All that jazz all over town tonight: Ella’s Umbrella at the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update at An die Musik, the Dave Janesh Trio at Joe Squared Station North, and Joe Falero and DC Latin Jazz All Stars at the Patterson. Turbo Negro tribute band Apocalypse Dudes play the Sidebar with Copstabber, Nervous Impulse, and Mandroids. Boston duo Sonnymoon plays the Soft House. Deep cut-friendly cover band Hectic Red celebrates 25 years together at the Recher Theatre.
SUNDAY: Journey plays the One Night One Show One Cause benefit for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at the Lyric Opera House. The Brentano String Quartet plays works by Haydn and Brahms at the Johns Hopkins University Shriver Hall. Small Sur, who once toured the country with a kick drum that belongs to the Short List, plays the Metro Gallery with Dark Dark Dark and the wildly inventive Emily Wells. By Grace plays a CD-release party at the Ottobar with For the Weakened. The Phil Ravita Jazz Band looks back on the jazz of 1959 in a free show at An die Musik. Phillip Greenlief and Susan Alcorn make new jazz at the Windup Space. Ryan Bingham, who won an Oscar for his work on the film Crazy Heart, plays Rams Head Live.
MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement showcases local bands at Baltimore Soundstage. Veteran punk bassist Mike Watt plays his thunder broom backstage at the Black Cat in Washington.
TUESDAY: The Hold Steady brings less rock, more talk to the Ottobar. The Alchemy Duo performs music for saxophone and voice at An die Musik. One-time blues-guitar prodigy all-grown-up Jonny Lang plays Baltimore Soundstage. Rap/rock one-hit-wonders of 2008 Flobots hilariously continue to exist at the Recher Theatre. Tonight’s Out Of Your Head collective lineup at the Windup Space includes John Dierker. Don’t miss: Philadelphia rhyme animal and former Roc-A-Fella star Freeway keeps it flowin’ at the 5 Seasons.
WEDNESDAY: Earth Entertainment presents the Next Up Artist Showcase at Baltimore Soundstage. Pat Lambdin sings the blues at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. Charm City indie superstars Beach House plays a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: The Windup Space holds the Baltimore Electronic Music 2012 Fallfest Concert, featuring the Megadrives, Azarbayejani, and more.
IN THE WINGS: Death-metal vets Deicide heads to Baltimore Soundstage on Nov. 6. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Psych-rock founding father Roky Erickson will teach the kids how it’s done at the Ottobar on Nov. 11. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) And whoever calls themselves the Misfits now will be needing your skull at the Recher Theatre on Dec. 6. (For more information, visit rechertheatre.com or call  337-7178.)
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