The Short List
Roomrunner, Dog Fashion Disco, Aaron Carter, and more
Published: May 29, 2013
WEDNESDAY: The Metro Gallery holds a release party for Roomrunner’s new album, Ideal Cities, with Ringo Deathstarr and Wildhoney also on the bill. Avant-goths Moira Scar plays the Sidebar with friends of the Short List Special People. Reggae legends Toots and the Maytals headline Rams Head Tavern Annapolis, following Toots Hibbert’s unfortunate run-in with a glass bottle at a recent Virginia show. Catonsville punks Type53 plays Club K with JJ and the Bandits. D.C. experimental trio Imperial China plays a final show at the Black Cat. Local jam bands Freedom Enterprise and DELTAnine play their usual spot at the 8x10. Don’t miss: Baltimore folk ensemble the Dead Whale Ramblers play the Windup Space with Hollywood Blanks.
THURSDAY: The Ottobar kicks off a weekend of long-running Rockville metal band Dog Fashion Disco reunion shows, with an extended live set by the new band featuring DFD personnel, El-Creepo. L.A. Guns, featuring longtime members Steve Riley and Phil Lewis, play the House of Rock in White Marsh. Cold Chocolate plays bluegrass at Joe Squared. 98 Rock staples Pop Evil plays Rams Head Live with Devour the Day. Brazilian death-metal band Krisiun plays the Metro Gallery with March to Victory and Visceral Violation. Canadian DJ crew A Tribe Called Red plays beats at the 8x10. Local punks Big Christ plays the Sidebar with Weed and Cascadia.
FRIDAY: Mambo Combo plays salsa at Belvedere Square’s 2013 Summer Sounds Concert Series. Black Pus, the new Thrill Jockey band featuring Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt, plays the Metro Gallery, with great local support from Weekends, Wing Dam, and Teenage Souls. Dog Fashion Disco reunites with original guitarist Greg Combs at Baltimore Soundstage. School of Rock Baltimore students pay tribute to contemporary indie rock and the British Invasion at the Ottobar. Veteran singer-songwriter Jerry Joseph plays the 8x10 with Jeff Crosby and the Refugees. Sol Frequency jams at Joe Squared. Comeback kids Fall Out Boy plays a sold-out show at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts Mink Stole and her Wonderful Band, the new musical venture from the Baltimore icon and John Waters muse.
SATURDAY: Local riff-rockers Lisa Doll and the Rock ’n’ Roll Romance play the Windup Space with the Waverly Giant. Dog Fashion Disco caps off a weekend of reunion shows at Baltimore Soundstage. Secret Language continues its monthly residency at Joe Squared. Baltimore hard-rock quartet Fire in Elysium plays Rams Head Live with Xstrophy and Lucy Paranormal. Don’t miss: The first Pigtown Spring Festival takes over this afternoon, with live music at the 700-900 blocks of Washington Boulevard including Karter Jaymes and the Funky Bass and Beat Group Known as “F” (featuring Landis Expandis of the All Mighty Senators).
SUNDAY: Aaron Carter performs epic story songs about how he beat Shaq, at Baltimore Soundstage. The Federal Hill Jazz and Blues Festival features Bonerama, the Honey Island Swamp Band, Cris Jacobs Band, and the Jamie McLean Band. Classical Revolution puts its own twist on the canon at Joe Squared. New Orleans brass octet the Soul Rebels get funky at the 8x10. Virginia hardcore band Upper Hand plays the Charm City Art Space with Rock Bottom and Bench Press.
MONDAY: The Mountain Goats headline the 9:30 Club in Washington.
TUESDAY: The Out of Your Head collective is now presenting two improv ensembles every other Tuesday at the Windup Space, whereas it used to have one group every Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY: Baltimore-based singer Bosley makes great sleazy soul music at the 8x10 with J Pope and Funk Friday and Moonliscious. Richmond, Va. purveyors of doom Windhand plays the Ottobar with Ophidian. Don’t miss: Singular pop parodist “Weird” Al Yankovic brings his always-entertaining stage show to Rams Head Live.
IN THE WINGS: The first of this summer’s many ’scapes to announce its lineup, Ratscape, will return to Hour Haus on July 19 to 21 with dozens of bands, including Arbouretum, Slow Jerks, Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children, Advlts, and Raindeer. (For more information, visit brownpapertickets.com or call  838-3006.) Nickelodeon favorites Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush will bring their summer tour to Pier Six Pavilion on July 26. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) En Vogue and its classic girl-group jams are coming to Rams Head Live on Aug. 17. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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