The Short List
Azarbayejani, Pleasant Living, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, and more.
Published: October 17, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Safe2, the Expanding Man, Azarbayejani, and more play the Baltimore Electronic Music 2012 Fallfest Concert at the Windup Space. Ken Gutberlet and Elk Rhythms get folky at Joe Squared Station North. Joel Weszka and Michael Deflin play Brahms on clarinet and piano, respectively, at An die Musik. Beach House does Baltimore proud at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
THURSDAY: Fractal Cat holds an album-release party at the Metro Gallery with the Megadrives and kataStatik. Los Angeles-based jazz vocalist Judy Wexler makes her Baltimore debut with two shows at An die Musik.
FRIDAY: Pleasant Living, Stoked on Being Pumped, Passengers, and Let It Go play a benefit for the Charm City Art Space. Pig Destroyer has a release party at the Ottobar with Ilsa, Necropsy, Royal Thunder, and Wargames. Don’t miss: An die Musik kicks off Baltimore Lieder Weekend, an annual celebration of art song, with a Kurt Weill revue.
SATURDAY: My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult’s show tonight, originally booked at the now-shuttered Sonar, is at the Recher Theatre. The Metro Gallery holds the Literature Party, in which an assortment of poets shares the stage with musical performances by Joe Drasal and Sea Couch. Baltimore Lieder Weekend continues at An die Musik with a program focused on the works of Schoenberg. District 97 and IZZ play on the outskirts of the city at Orion Sound Studios. Brad Gunson plays the music of Super Mario Bros. at Joe Squared Station North. Indigo Girls get even closer to fine than they were before at Rams Head Live. All Mighty Senators headline the 8x10 with Sweet Leda. The Pietasters and Spring Heeled Jack get skanky at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: Catch Michael Beresh and others perform both albums of Letters to Baltimore from the War, the acclaimed project blending music and World War II correspondence, in full for the first time at the Windup Space.
SUNDAY: The theme of the final day of Baltimore Lieder Weekend at An die Musik is French cabaret. JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound play downstairs at the Ottobar, while Fight Amp and Big Mouth play a free show upstairs. Alternative Press’ fall package tour, consisting of some of the magazine’s favorite young bands, brings Miss May I, Ghost Inside, Like Moths Flames, and more to the Recher Theatre. Gorilla Music presents nearly a dozen bands at Baltimore Soundstage, including Asleep with the Lights on and Hundred Acre. Brilliant emo rockers Say Anything defends the genre at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. Don’t miss: The Mid-Atlantic Battle Association presents the Cause of Death rap battle event at 5 Seasons, with Ty Law and Killa Zeek facing off in the night’s top-billed competition.
MONDAY: Geoff Tate’s Queensryche, one of two versions of the veteran metal band currently on the road after an ugly split earlier this year, plays the House of Rock in White Marsh. Two local bands whose names cause editors confusion and headaches, Into It. Over It and Make Do and Mend, play the Ottobar. Cat Power apparently has its shit together now at the 9:30 Club down in Washington.
TUESDAY: The Out Of Your Head collective’s performance at the Windup Space features a rare appearance from collective co-founder Matt Frazão on guitar. The somebody that Gotye used to know, Kimbra, plays solo at the 9:30 Club.
WEDNESDAY: Lo-fi heroines Dum Dum Girls play the Ottobar with Devin and Dead Mellotron. Usually annoying hard-rock hitmakers Three Days Grace play their surprisingly good new single, “Chalk Outline,” at Baltimore Soundstage. England’s the Process plays with Tombs and -16- at the Sidebar. One of those kids who got famous covering songs on YouTube, Joseph Vincent, plays the Metro Gallery. Miike Snow plays two back-to-back shows tonight at the 9:30 Club. Don’t miss: Crimes, this year’s BOB award winner for “Best New Band,” plays the Windup Space with Northernmost, Drgn King, and Monster Museum.
IN THE WINGS: Chrisette Michele has rescheduled her Aug. 30 show at Rams Head Live, which will now be held on Nov. 17, and all tickets purchased for the first date will be honored. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, also including Wale and Meek Mill, comes to the 1st Mariner Arena on Nov. 17. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.) To celebrate Salad Days, the new documentary about Washington, D.C.’s 1980s punk scene, some of its most beloved bands will be playing at the Black Cat: Black Market Baby, Dag Nasty, and Kingface on Dec. 28, and Scream and Government Issue on Dec. 29. (For more information, visit blackcatdc.com or call  725-8849.)
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