The Short List
MacGregor Burns, Reel Big Fish, Baltimore Punk Rock Benefit for the Animals, and more
Published: January 30, 2013
WEDNESDAY: Offbeat local singer/songwriter MacGregor Burns plays the Golden West with the Great American Canyon Band.
THURSDAY: The quartet Duc D’Angelos brings a theremin, a turntable, and more toys to An die Musik. Norwegian black-metal veterans Enslaved plays the Ottobar with Pallbearer and Royal Thunder. Jen Mack plays acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. The awkward phrase “members of Of Montreal” rears its ugly head when Yip Deceiver headlines the Golden West, with excellent local support from Raindeer and DJ Cexman. Brooklyn duo Javelin plays Floristree. Citizen Cope plays Rams Head Live—and can you fucking believe that anyone would pay $125 for a VIP ticket to see this fucking guy? Don’t miss: Two great Baltimore-based pianists, Lafayette Gilchrist and Billy Colucci, play solo sets at the Bertha’s second floor studio.
FRIDAY: Reel Big Fish continues to reap the benefit of selling out in a self-conscious and ironic way at Rams Head Live with the Pilfers. An die Musik holds an Applause for a Cause benefit for Peabody Preparatory, with performances by Full House Brass and Carlos Manuel Zabala. Overly dramatic band names continue to reign supreme at the Recher Theatre when Fallen Martyr, Forgotten Truth, Straight Line Stitch, All That Is Corrupt, and Conflict Within play the Towson venue. Don’t miss: The Golden West hosts three of Baltimore’s finest up-and-coming rawk bands, Flying Eyes, the Pilgrim, and Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children.
SATURDAY: The Sidebar hosts the Baltimore Punk Rock Benefit for the Animals, featuring Carrie and the Dirty Pillows, Friendbeast, Night Moves, and Station. Cris Jacobs Band, led by the titular ex-member of the Bridge, plays its usual spot at the 8x10. Emy Tsent sings Brazilian jazz at An die Musik. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson celebrates Bob Marley’s birthday with Jah Works. Paper Dragons play a record-release party at the Windup Space with Pure Junk, Advlts, and Widow’s Watch. Of Mice and Men, which makes some kind of awful music called “metalcore,” plays the Recher theatre with Woe Is Me, Texas in July, Volumes, and Capture the Crown. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals play a sold-out show at Rams Head Live. Singer/songwriters Jesse Ruben and Austin Ellis perform at Eutaw Place. Bass Nation presents Skism, Mantis, and the Killabits b2b with CRNKN at Baltimore Soundstage. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires play soulful Southern rock at the Golden West with Hard Dads and the Gutterhooks. Chaos Destroy brings punk anarchy to the Charm City Art Space with Jess Kelly and Scarboro. Don’t miss: Mt. Royal, the newly christened collaboration between Katrina Ford of Celebration and the members of Big In Japan, plays its first show under its new name at the Metro Gallery, with Sri Aurobindo and Wing Dam.
SUNDAY: It’s Super Bowl Sunday—of course nobody’s putting on a show tonight.
MONDAY: Local power-pop standbys Gary B and the Notions open for Holopaw and Love as Laughter at the Metro Gallery. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals play a second night at Rams Head Live.
TUESDAY: The Out of Your Head collective is stocked with a fresh new combination of improvisers, which this week includes cellist Michael Ronstadt, at the Windup Space. Sweat Life gets the kids skanking at the Sidebar with the Melon Farmers and Thirteen Towers. An die Musik’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series welcomes Gyorgy Kurtag.
WEDNESDAY: Indie-rap veteran Aesop Rock holds it down for the underground with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz at Baltimore Soundstage. Portland indie rockers Ramona Falls plays the Golden West with Joe Mulhollen and the Problematical Animals. Don’t miss: Dweezil Zappa brings his Zappa Plays Zappa stage show, in which he interprets the music of his dear old Baltimore-born dad, Frank, to Rams Head Live.
IN THE WINGS: Fishbone, still one of the most entertaining bands on the planet, hits Rams Head Live March 4. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Senses Fail, who recorded their 2010 album, The Fire, in Baltimore, come back to town, to the Ottobar on April 5. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Two generations of bluesmen, George Thorogood and Buddy Guy, will find common ground when their co-headlining tour comes to Pier Six Pavilion on Aug. 13. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.)
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