The Short List
Silverstein, Bad Books, Iron Cross
Published: February 20, 2013
WEDNESDAY: Canadian emo band Silverstein headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Glass Clouds. Kate Fleming and Shaun McMullen play acoustic at Joe Squared Station North. Radio rockers Dirty Heads and Shiny Toy Guns play Rams Head Live. Rising Philly indie band Good Old War is at the Ottobar.
THURSDAY: Wale, the deeply unlikable and artistically craven breakout star of the Washington, D.C. hip-hop scene, headlines Rams Head Live with Black Cobain and Dabigfella opening. Tunnelbike! and Booze Riot play punk rock at the Sidebar. Frederick folkies Silent Old Mtns play Joe Squared Station North. Tiger Party, a collective featuring members of the Bridge and Psycho Killers, plays the 8x10. Radio channel 89.7 WTMD holds a Baltimore Band Block Party at the Recher Theatre with the Bellevederes, Sick Sick Birds, Letitia VanSant, and many more.
FRIDAY: Friday Night Lights, a new concert series featuring rappers from both Baltimore and Washington, comes to the Autograph Playhouse. Local hard rockers the Pilgrim plays songs from its self-titled slab of vinyl at the Golden West. It’s Springtime for Charm City Art Space, winter for Poland and France. Manchester Orchestra offshoot Bad Books plays the Recher Theatre with the Front Bottoms and Weatherbox. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble observes Black History Month at An die Musik Live. Baltimore Soundstage hosts a battle of the bands. Contemporary Christian music stars Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, and Kari Jobe get holy at 1st Mariner Arena. Dark Mattah plays jazz at Joe Squared Station North. After you see Freedom Enterprise at the 8x10, it may be appropriate to go see Post Freedom at the Sidebar. Steely Dan tribute band Technicolor Motor Home plays Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis. Baltimore’s Roomrunner opens for Parquet Courts at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss: Long-running local indie hip-hop crew Height with Friends debut new material from their next album at the Windup Space with Eze Jackson, Cusses, and Secret Weapon Dave.
SATURDAY: Legendary Modern Lovers’ founder Jonathan Richman plays a sold-out show at the Golden West. The band dada plays the Recher Theatre on their 20th anniversary tour, which is a little confusing since their biggest hit “Dizz Knee Land” came out in 1992. Baltimore screamo band Pianos Become the Teeth headlines the Ottobar. Friends of the Short List Minimus the Poet plays the Metro Gallery with Infinite Honey, Silent Old Mtns, and Us and Us Only. Telesma and the All Mighty Senators jam at Rams Head Live. Waiting on a Train plays bluegrass at Joe Squared Station North. The Corey Wallace DUBtet gets funky with a trombone at An die Musik. Widows Watch play indie pop at the Sidebar. Grateful Dead tribute band Splintered Sunlight takes a long, strange trip to the 8x10. Don’t miss: Darin Atwater’s Soulful Symphony, a 75-piece orchestra that reworks classics from the Motown era, comes to the Hippodrome.
SUNDAY: Veteran punk bands the Cockney Rejects, Youth Brigade, and Iron Cross play an all-ages show at the Ottobar. Dawn Richard, the badass R&B singer formerly of Diddy-Dirty Money, headlines the Howard Theatre in Washington, with up-and-comer Bridget Kelly opening. The D.C. Funk-Punk Throwback Jam, a Henry Rollins-hosted evening with a myriad of legends from Washington’s storied hardcore and go-go scenes, is at the 9:30 Club tonight. Don’t miss: The incomparable Jonathan Richman plays a second night at the Golden West.
MONDAY: Matchbox Twenty plays the Lyric Opera House accompanied by that rarest of things, a recent American Idol winner with an actual hit song, Phillip Phillips.
TUESDAY: Terribly named buzz band Foxygen plays the Golden West with Monster Museum and Poppin’ Pietro. Pennsylvania pop-punkers Liotta plays the Sidebar with Highest Honor and Endless Bummer.
WEDNESDAY: Justin Trawick presents The 9 Songwriter Series at the Metro Gallery.
IN THE WINGS: Crack the Sky, the long-running prog band formed in West Virginia but best loved in Baltimore, will come to Rams Head Live on April 13. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) The fourth year of the Sweetlife Music and Food Festival will return to Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 11 with headliners Phoenix, Passion Pit, and Kendrick Lamar. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) English classical crossover soprano Sarah Brightman is headed to the Lyric Opera House on Sept. 20. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.)
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