The Short List
Laughing Colors, All Time Low, Duo Transatlantique, and Every Time I Die
Published: November 21, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Laughing Colors reunite for a benefit at Baltimore Soundstage. Washington, D.C. jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog leads a quartet at the Windup Space. Bass Gravy, a night of offbeat electronic acts like EOTO and Downlink, goes down at Rams Head Live. Another danceable pre-Thanksgiving shindig, the Baltimore Bass Connection’s Turkey Party, brings Spank Rock, Musa, and Emily Rabbit to DJ at the Golden West. Utterly useless adult alternative singer Citizen Cope and his ridiculously contrived voice headline the 9:30 Club. Don’t miss: Turquoise Jeep Records, a crew of rappers and singers known for goofy, lighthearted YouTube hits, goes viral at the Ottobar. Local pop-punk combo Sick Sick Birds are at the Metro Gallery with Adults.
THURSDAY: If you’re dying to hear some live music after you finish your second serving of pumpkin pie, the Ottobar is quite literally the only game in town, with the Supersuckers headlining a bill with the Glenmont Popes and Ironboss.
FRIDAY: Baltimore County pop-punk heroes All Time Low plays a sold-out show at Rams Head Live. The Charm City Devils throw a Black Friday bash at the Recher Theatre with Kill Betty and Black Angel Down. Talking Heads tribute band Psycho Killers play naive melodies at the Metro Gallery. East Baltimore native tenor saxophonist Steve Carrington plays at An die Musik. The Twilight Frequency Tour, featuring electronic acts Break Science and Michael Menert, hits the 8x10. Remnants of Camulos throw a release party for their new album at the Sidebar, while Brad Gunson and Gunson Roses throw their own release party at the Windup Space. Don’t miss: Missouri/Mississippi duo Water Liars play the Golden West with the Memory and American Folklore.
SATURDAY: All Time Low plays their second sold-out homecoming show of the weekend at the Recher Theatre. Sujay Pathak plays acoustic soul at Joe Squared Station North. Dopapod jams at the 8x10. ’80s hair-metal parodists Steel Panther does the pointless job of satirizing something that was already funny at Rams Head Live. Don’t miss: OM makes up the Ottobar date that was postponed back in September, with Arbouretum and the Convocation.
SUNDAY: Duo Transatlantique brings classical guitar to An die Musik. Long Island indie-poppers Twin Sister and Baltimore indie-poppers Lands and Peoples play the Golden West. Don’t miss: Will Rock for Food, an afternoon of metal at the Ottobar, with music by For Fear Itself and others, for only $5 if you bring a canned or boxed food donation.
MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement features Seven Days Left, Coal, and Dropping Sully at Baltimore Soundstage. Connecticut punks Hostage Calm plays the Charm City Art Space. Don’t miss: Brooklyn noisemakers Zs play at Floristree.
TUESDAY: The Out of Your Head collective improvises everything, including who plays, at the Windup Space. Don’t miss: R&B man of a thousand hits R. Kelly headlines the Lyric, with Tamia opening.
WEDNESDAY: The Evolution Contemporary Music Series at An die Musik presents the Kaija Saariaho concert originally scheduled in October and postponed by Hurricane Sandy. Gospel singers James Fortune and Jessica Reedy bring their Celebrate Christmas Tour to Baltimore Soundstage. Bel Air one-man band Percy Shaw plays country at Joe Squared Inner Harbor. The Hip-Hop Gods Tour features some of the illest to ever rock a mic, including Public Enemy and Schoolly D, at the 9:30 Club in Washington.
IN THE WINGS: Metalcore vets Every Time I Die will hit the Ottobar on Dec. 11 with the Chariot and Let Live. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Rams Head Live will count down to 2013 with jam band Lotus on Dec. 31. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Country star and critical darling Miranda Lambert will hit the 1st Mariner Arena on Jan. 24. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.) Matchbox Twenty, formerly known as Matchbox 20, will headline the Lyric Opera House on Feb. 25. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.)
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