The Short List
Bumpin’ Uglies, Killswitch Engage, Kix, and more
Published: December 26, 2012
WEDNESDAY: Annapolis reggae rockers Bumpin’ Uglies get their grind on at the Sidebar with Bond and Bentley. Germantown rockers Clutch heads into its third decade as a cult favorite at the 9:30 Club in Washington. New York-based singer/songwriter Nathan Leigh performs at Joe Squared Inner Harbor.
THURSDAY: Killswitch Engage gets heavy at Rams Head Live with Shadows Fall. Don’t miss: The Version City Tour, featuring acts from the New York-based reggae and ska label Stubborn Records like Kid Django and the Snails, comes to the Ottobar.
FRIDAY: The Put Up Or Shut Up hip-hop showcase at 5 Seasons features a bevy of Baltimore MCs. Warren Wolf, Christian McBride, and friends celebrate Kwanzaa at An die Musik. The Cecil County White Boys keep waving the banner for rap metal at the Recher Theatre with Officer Down and Isolated Beingz. The 1st Mariner Arena hosts the Teen Music Fest, featuring Zendaya and Tiffany Alvord and more. North Carolina stoner rockers He Is Legend headline the Ottobar with the Offering and Rome Apart. WHFS presents a reunion show from ’90s Baltimore rockers Colouring Lesson at the 8x10, with Hunger Strike and Drunken Camel. Kevin Cooper plays flamenco guitar at Joe Squared Station North. The Dark Star Orchestra “continue the Grateful Dead concert experience” at Rams Head Live. Demiz plays a release party for its new CD at the Sidebar with Crimson Orchid, Project Adyton, and Spine Buster. Bass Nation’s All Trapped Out Edition, in which dance-music douchebags like Bro Safari and Brillz try to reclaim the Trap genre from Southern rappers, is at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Red Sammy’s Rock ’n’ Roll Holiday regifting shindig at Mum’s in Federal Hill offers folks a novel opportunity to exchange unwanted Christmas gifts while enjoying live music.
SATURDAY: Kix celebrates “Kix-mas” at Rams Head Live, where they recorded their recent live album. Creative Differences presents Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes at the Windup Space, where they recorded their recent live album. Jen Mack plays acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. An die Musik hosts the second night of Warren Wolf and Christian McBride’s Kwanzaa celebration. Cyptoplastik throws an “apocalypse afterparty” at the Metro Gallery with Fractal Cat and the Megadrives. Don’t miss: Tatu in Power Plant Live hosts GO STXXPID, featuring performances from Maryland rap weirdos DDm and K-0TiC Couture.
SUNDAY: Lotus kicks off a two-night stand at Rams Head Live. Don’t miss: The Red Room holds its annual John Dierker Ensemble Holiday Concert, featuring musicians including Adam Hopkins, Will Redman, and Stewart Mostofsky.
MONDAY: If you wanna spend a little extra on tickets to hear some live music while you wait for the ball to drop, there are plenty of options. Pennsylvania-based 98 Rock favorite Halestorm are headlining at Baltimore Soundstage. The 8x10 will party all night with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Dale and the Z-Dubs, and then DELTAnine will play at the first sunrise of 2013. The Ottobar holds a dance party with DJ Craig Boarman, Taxlo’s Simon Phoenix, and Stereo Faith. The Tritons play surf rock at Joe Squared Station North. Lotus ends the year with the second of two nights at Rams Head Live. Don’t miss: Two of Baltimore’s finest party bands, the All Mighty Senators and the Bellevederes, will lead the countdown at the Windup Space.
TUESDAY: All is quiet on New Year’s Day, with just a couple exceptions. The Out of Your Head collective at the Windup Space features Dan Ryan, Justin Taylor, Sam Balcom, and Blake Cramer this week. Philly pop punks Sparklefight plays the Sidebar with Pissant and Angry Youth.
WEDNESDAY: Mean Mary comes from Nashville with a banjo on her knee to Joe Squared Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society honors the holy triumvirate of kick, snare, and hi-hat at the Windup Space. Massachusetts hardcore band Raindance plays the Charm City Art Space with Discourse and Axis.
IN THE WINGS: Proto-punk pioneer, multilingual troubadour, and all-around American treasure Jonathan Richman will be bringing his thick songbook to the Golden West on Feb. 23. (For more information, visit goldenwestcafe.com or call  889-8891.) Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, will headline Rams Head Live on March 1. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) New Riders of the Purple Sage, still riding with co-founding member David Nelson, will be at the 8x10 on March 21. (For more information, visit the8x10.com or call  625-2000.)
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