The Short List
Old Victrola, Shirks, Electron, and more
Published: May 1, 2013
WEDNESDAY: Old Victrola and Community Center play at the Ottobar. Singer-songwriter Mike Weyrauch performs at Joe Squared. Papa Roach, who has proven as stubbornly resilient as its namesake insect, headlines Rams Head Live.
THURSDAY: D.C. hardcore band the Shirks play the Golden West with A Giant Dog and Hard Dads. Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Fred Hersch performs solo at An die Musik. Imminent Sonic Destruction and Pain of Salvation play the House of Rock in White Marsh. Veteran folk singer Vance Gilbert performs at Eutaw Place. Sac Au Lait brings Dixieland to Joe Squared. Don’t miss: Creative Differences and the Metro Gallery present legendary Headhunter Mike Clark, performing with Baltimore’s own jazz giants Michael Formanek, John Dierker, and Lafayette Gilchrist.
FRIDAY: The M3 Rock Festival kicks off at Merriweather Post Pavilion with W.A.S.P. and Baltimore favorites Kix. Wisdom Court Ent.’s new “multi-genre concert series” at Baltimore Soundstage features Billy Lyve, Mzery Loves Company, Cloud 9, Starvation, and more. Hate magnets Limp Bizkit plays a sold-out show at Rams Head Live. Manly Deeds play a ‘fun-raiser’ for the Baltimore Folk Fest at Joe Squared. Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount play the Sidebar with the Jesus Rehab and Carousel Rogues. Foreigner is cold as ice at Pier Six Pavilion. Maryland pianist Todd Simon plays a CD-release party at An die Musik. Kris Allen, making the transition from American Idol champ to has-been in record time, plays the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover. Don’t miss: Reunited ’80s Baltimore hardcore vets Grey march plays a CD-release party at the Ottobar, with History Repeated (featuring John Stabb of Government Issue) and Lisa Doll and the Rock and Roll Romance.
SATURDAY: The Ottobar holds a Star Wars-themed “May the Fourth Be with You” show with Talking Heads cover band Psycho Killers. Meanwhile, the Sidebar and Pick It Up Booking hold May the Fest Be with You, with Rivers of Nihil, Black Mask, Dead Gods, and more. Washington-by-way-of-Kentucky alt-folk band Vandaveer plays at Roland Park house/venue Club 603. Navasha Daya and the Soul Protectors play the Patterson. Hip-hop legend and Baltimore resident Busy Bee hosts a night at the new Downtown Cultural Arts Center. In a CP disclosure fest, friends of the Short List Thee Lexington Arrows (featuring illustrator Alex Fine), the Barnyard Sharks (featuring senior editor Baynard Woods and contributor Michael Shank), and Bad Liquor Pond (no relation that we know of) kick off Cinco de Mayo a day early at Holy Frijoles. The M3 Rock Festival wraps up at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Bret Michaels, Twisted Sister, and more. Local soul man Bosley headlines Rams Head Live with Chris Reynolds and His Fantastic Steam-powered Orchestra. Don’t miss: Al Great and Kenton Dunson bring hip-hop to the 8x10.
SUNDAY: The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society concludes its 22nd season with a Freddy Cole Quartet performance at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Pianist Solomon Eichner performs Beethoven and Liszt at An die Musik. Pop/rockers Relient K and Hellogoodbye co-headline Rams Head Live. The Golden West hosts a Cinco De Mayo Rager, with Night Beats, Advlts, and Plurals. Don’t miss: Earth, Wind and Fire play the classics at Pier Six Pavilion.
MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement at the Ottobar features the Perfects, Adverse Attraction, Aries, and Julian Roso.
TUESDAY: An die Musik’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series hosts John Luther Adams. The Out of Your Head collective improvises at the Windup Space. Local instrumental quartet Dedleaves play the Sidebar with Ourselves and Sound of Rescue. Don’t miss: Newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Rush plays in the limelight at 1st Mariner Arena.
WEDNESDAY: Disco Biscuits offshoot Electron headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Sympathy and the Lion play acoustic at Joe Squared. Cellist Carolyn Rosinsky and pianist Chris Lennard recite Beethoven and Brahms at An die Musik. Ender’s Game is wiggin’ out at the Sidebar with On Standby and Inviolate.
IN THE WINGS: Celebration will play a hometown gig at the Metro Gallery on June 7. (For more information, visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) Creepy, pathetic elder statesman of an increasingly laughable musical movement Ariel Pink will headline the Ottobar on June 11. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Bob Dylan has just announced the Americanarama Festival of Music tour, which will bring the legend, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket, to Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 23. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)
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