The Short List
ELM, Peter Frampton, One Republic, Speedy Ortiz, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and more
Published: August 7, 2013
WEDNESDAY: ELM, the local band that was until recently known as Segway, plays the 8x10 with Moogatu and Former Champions. Catherine Grason plays acoustic at Joe Squared. Brit sensation Jessie Ware headlines Rams Head Live. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society makes the cipher complete at the Windup Space. Don’t miss: The Ottobar’s Foul Bowel Concert, a benefit for the Maryland/Delaware chapter of the Crohn’s And Colitis Foundation of America, features performances from Yesterday’s War, Kabob-O-Taj, and more.
THURSDAY: Transgenerational guitar-hero matchup at Pier Six Pavilion, part one: Peter Frampton and B.B. King come to town as part of Frampton’s Guitar Circus. Masked Texas weirdos Attic Ted performs at the Golden West. Keith Urban gets rural at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. Another country-radio staple, the Eli Young Band performs at Rams Head Live. Jazzy Brooklyn combo Old Time Musketry plays the Windup Space with Talking Points and Snail Knights. Altered Mike Trio performs in the Thursday night live music series at the Can Company in Canton. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club gets Southern gothic by way of Denver at the Ottobar with local openers the Sterling Sisters. Boston trio Trophy Lungs perform at the Sidebar. Don’t miss: An all-too-rare stadium concert comes to Baltimore when Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake bring their co-headlining tour to M&T Bank Stadium.
FRIDAY: Middlebrow alternapop acts One Republic, Mayer Hawthorne, and Serena Ryder come to Pier Six Pavilion. Teachers for Sale play acoustic at Joe Squared. Texan hard-rockers Ancient VVisdom plays the Sidebar with the Saint James Society and Bloody Hammers. Jonathan Badger combines experimental music with video projections at the Windup Space. Don’t miss: Critical-darling noise-rap duo Death Grips headline the Ottobar with openers Pictureplane.
SATURDAY: The Dave Janesh Trio and Dog Day Afternoon get jazzy at Joe Squared. Pier Six Pavilion’s Believe in Music Benefit features music from local favorite the Bridge and Grateful Dead tribute act the Dark Star Orchestra. Jose James combines jazz and hip-hop at Baltimore Soundstage. Rams Head Live hosts Bit Gen Gamer Fest 8, with video games as well as video game-themed music from Rare Candy, the Megas, and more. Rappers El-P and Killer Mike bring their collaborative project Run the Jewels to the 9:30 Club in Washington.
SUNDAY: Mixfest 2013 brings a killer lineup of Baltimore DJs like Sean Marshall and Rod Lee to Paparazzi in the afternoon, and at night, veteran rapper Styles P. headlines the club. Singer-songwriters Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires co-headline Baltimore Soundstage. Unregistered Nurse presents a bill at the Ottobar including Chain and the Gang, featuring Washington, D.C. punk legend Ian Svenonius. Indie-rap group Atmosphere co-headlines Pier Six Pavilion with Slightly Stoopid. Don’t miss: Baltimore Boredom #2, an experimental music night inspired by Japan’s Tokyo Boredom, features performances from Yoshiko Ohara, Abdu Ali, the Rubrics, and more at Club K.
MONDAY: This year’s buzz band Speedy Ortiz headlines the Metro Gallery. Don’t miss: 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement celebrates its 10th anniversary with a live broadcast of their weekly concert at the Ottobar, with performances by Loving the Lie, Rebel Inc., Q Latina, and more.
TUESDAY: Transgenerational guitar-hero matchup at Pier Six Pavilion, part two: George Thorogood and Buddy Guy bring the blues from Delaware and Louisiana, respectively. West Coast punk quintet Ceremony plays the Ottobar with local oddballs Ed Schrader’s Music Beat. Adam Ant beats his guests at the 9:30 Club in Washington.
WEDNESDAY: Brooklyn indie-rockers A Great Big Pile of Leaves headlines the Ottobar with Sugar Glyder and Sainthood Reps. John Rose and Ron Saxton play at Joe Squared.
IN THE WINGS: J. Roddy Walston and the Business have announced a big national tour for their highly anticipated new album, Essential Tremors, and Sept. 20 is the hometown date at Rams Head Live. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Italian prog band Goblin, originally due to headline the Ottobar in June, has rescheduled the date for Oct. 4. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Aussie rockers Sick Puppies play Baltimore Soundstage on Oct. 12. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.)
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