The Short List
Every Time I Die, Barry Manilow, Sevendust, and more.
Published: April 17, 2013
WEDNESDAY: Hatebreed and Every Time I Die form a double bill of metalcore at Rams Head Live. The Doctors Fox play experimental pop at Joe Squared. One of the several terrible rappers with dollar signs in their name to recently make the cover of XXL’s “Freshmen” issue, Joey Bada$$ visits Baltimore Soundstage. Silver Spring’s A Place in Time plays the Sidebar with Pretty Little Kennedy Curse and Knockout Kid. The Windup Space hosts a tour sendoff for locals Hollywood and Portland, Oregon’s Mean Jeans. Jazz-fusion ensemble Snarky Puppy plays the 8x10.
THURSDAY: Avant-garde mother/daughter duo Anne La Berge and Diamanda La Berge Dramm perform at the Red Room. The Fight to Unite tour brings together scuzzball rap-rock acts Kottonmouth Kings and Deuce at Rams Head Live. Ohio metal unit-shifters Miss May I headlines the Ottobar. Singer-songwriter Jacob Panic performs at Joe Squared. Local pop-punk power trio the Deckards play the Sidebar with Not Half Bad and Always Awkward. Former Champions offer the daunting prospect of “live band EDM” at the 8x10. Don’t miss: Jojosouth Record Shop presents a night of music at the Windup Space including Sea Couch, Caleb Stine, and Water Liars.
FRIDAY: Mindy Rosenfeld and Ronn McFarlane perform Renaissance and Baroque music at An die Musik. Four Hours of Funk dig deep into the crates (or hard drives) at the Windup Space. The Bearcat Boas turn Joe Squared into a cabaret. The Firecrackers light up some explosive punk anthems at the Sidebar with the Dewtons and the Clamors. Goatwhore plays blackened death metal, as opposed to that lightly braised death metal, at the Ottobar with 3 Inches of Blood. Greensky Bluegrass keeps the sounds of Appalachia alive at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Wiz Khalifa reps black and yellow at Towson University’s Tigerfest.
SATURDAY: Barry Manilow sings the songs that he wrote that made the whole world sing at the 1st Mariner Arena. Sonny Rollins sideman Mark Soskin plays solo piano at An die Musik. Paul Reed Smith Band plays Baltimore Soundstage to benefit Hopkins Cancer Center. Maryland hard-rock cult favorite Clutch headlines Rams Head Live. Don Kim strums a ukulele at Joe Squared. Grateful Dead tribute band Splintered Sunlight plays the 8x10. Long-running Mount Airy rockers Stillglow plays the Sidebar with Necropsy. Don’t miss: The Hour Haus hosts ReBirth 4.20, an event in which Baltimore band Telesma celebrates the anniversary of the day last year that band member Ian Hesford went into cardiac arrest onstage and nearly died, with performances from Fractal Cat and Deaf Scene.
SUNDAY: Local battle-rap empire PitFights.TV presents When Worlds Collide, a tournament of MC matchups at 5 Seasons. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus takes you back to 2006 at the House of Rock, where 1986 is usually the nostalgia target. L.A.’s Twitching Tongues play the Charm City Art Space with Sacred Love and Vice. Philly/New York trio Many Arms collaborate with Toshimaru Nakamura, whose instrument, interestingly, is a mixing board, at the Red Room. North Carolina blues-rockers Delta Rae headlines Rams Head Live. Sean Bonnette of Andrew Jackson Jihad performs a solo set at the Ottobar. Don’t miss: Dungeon Family rappers and old friends Big Boi and Killer Mike bring their joint tour to Baltimore Soundstage.
MONDAY: Alt-metal vets Sevendust, Coal Chamber, and Lacuna Coil join forces at Rams Head Live. The Red Room hosts a rare stateside performances from German electronic-music composer Marcus Schmickler.
TUESDAY: British prog vet Eddie Jobson (formerly of Jethro Tull, Roxy Music, and more) plays solo at Baltimore Soundstage. Indie locals Curse and Vlonde play the Golden West. The Highland Hill Boys, Federal Hillbillies, and Matthew Mule McKinley get rustic at the Sidebar. Don’t miss: Awesome Welsh trio the Joy Formidable bring stadium-worthy rock to the Ottobar.
WEDNESDAY: Rihanna makes up her recently postponed concert at the 1st Mariner Arena with terrible dollar-sign rapper A$AP Rocky. House and Home play indie rock at Joe Squared. Don’t miss: Suicidal Tendencies, Sick of It All, and D.R.I. form a dream bill of ’80s hardcore at Baltimore Soundstage.
IN THE WINGS: Tamia will bring her catalog of lovely R&B slow jams to Rams Head Live on June 14. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) If you like loud riffs and gory theatrics, you will never get a more ideal bill than Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Gwar at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 17. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) Canadian duo Japandroids continue touring in support of one of the most acclaimed albums of 2012 at the Ottobar on June 21. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) The seventh annual Maryland Independent Label Festival is returning to the Fish Head Cantina on July 27, with a full day of performances from Pasadena, Cheyne, Rebel Nation, and many more. (For more information, visit jayslowentertainment.com or call  569-2382.)
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