The Short List
Eros and the Eschaton, June Star, Kishi Bashi, Sick Sick Birds, and more
Published: September 11, 2013
WEDNESDAY: Bar/None Records dream-pop band Eros and the Eschaton play Club K. Exit 17 Trio plays Latin jazz at Joe Squared. Rebelution and Matisyahu headline the reggae-powered Good Vibes Tour at Pier Six Pavilion. Great noisy locals Dope Body and Wildhoney open for Scout Niblett at the Metro Gallery. The Supersuckers and Hellbound Glory get twangy at the Ottobar. Zuul plays the Sidebar, but not the same Zuul that the Short List played in at the Sidebar nine years ago, which is a funny coincidence.
THURSDAY: June Star plays acoustic at Joe Squared. The Windup Space hosts a night of loud psych-rock from Alabama’s GT and Baltimore’s Heavy Friends and the Woolly Moon. Alt-rock hitmakers the Airborne Toxic Event plays Rams Head Live. New Riders of the Purple Sage, featuring David Nelson and Buddy Cage from the band’s ’70s heyday, play the 8x10. Timm Winslow hosts an acoustic open mic at Joe Squared. Pennsylvania punk-rockers Title Fight engages in fisticuffs with Cruel Hand at the Ottobar. Don’t miss: The Sidebar hosts L.A. punk institution the Angry Samoans, with Downtown Brown and Ravagers opening.
FRIDAY: Tonight’s EYEHATEGOD show at the Ottobar is still on as of press time, although it’s the band’s first scheduled performance since the death of drummer Joey LaCaze last month, so double-check whether the show will go on. Los Swamp Monsters play rockabilly at Joe Squared. Kishi Bashi headlines Baltimore Soundstage with a violin-driven approach to indie pop. Local “extreme R&B” combo the Idle Gossip plays the Sidebar with Copstabber and Hip Priests. Memphis band Zoogma jams with an electronic sensibility at Rams Head Live. Portland instrumental psych-rockers Grails play the Metro Gallery with Wreckmeister Harmonies and Lilacs and Champagne. Indispensible Washington club the Black Cat celebrates its 20th anniversary with two nights of great D.C. bands, starting with Gray Matter and Girls Against Boys tonight.
SATURDAY: Jake Starr and the Delicious Fullness plays garage-rock at the Sidebar. Hampdenfest 2013 features performances from Celebration, Sal Bando, Sick Sick Birds, Raindeer, Landspeedrecord, and many more. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts traditional music from Irish brothers Cillian and Niall Vallely. The Dave Janesh Trio plays jazz at Joe Squared. The Legwarmers remember the ’80s, or some cliched neon caricature thereof, at Rams Head Live. San Diego indie-rockers Pinback headlines the Ottobar with opening act Coliseum. The Black Cat’s 20th-anniversary celebration in Washington continues with Shudder to Think and Tuscadero. Don’t miss: The Shindig, a new festival in Carroll Park in Pigtown, is jam-packed with great rock bands like the Gaslight Anthem, Clutch, the Dropkick Murphys, and Joan Jett.
SUNDAY: Baltimore’s Ayreheart seeks to reinvent the lute at An die Musik. Sujay Pathak plays acoustic soul at Joe Squared. Arizona garage-rock collective Destruction Unit plays the Ottobar with Christopher Nobody and the Nothing.
MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement showcases local bands at the Ottobar. Don’t miss: Flag, featuring personnel and songs from hardcore legend Black Flag, plays Baltimore Soundstage with fellow Cali punk veterans T.S.O.L.
TUESDAY: The Red Eye Tour, featuring rappers like Young Roddy and Fiend from Curren$y’s Jet Life collective, comes to Baltimore Soundstage. California thrash punks Take Offense plays the Charm City Art Space with Fire and Ice, Malfunction, and Piece Keeper. The Out of Your Head collective presents a pair of one-time-only improv ensembles at the Windup Space. New Jersey power trio Screaming Females play the Black Cat in Washington. Don’t miss: Baltimore indie-folk duo Disappear Fear, still going after more than 25 years, holds a release party for their new album, Broken Film, at the Patterson Theatre.
WEDNESDAY: Excellent rootsy Rhode Island band Deer Tick plays the Ottobar with friends of the Short List Among Wolves. Robert Randolph and the Family Band get funky with pedal steel at Rams Head Live. Alt-rockers Pepper plays Baltimore Soundstage with Washington’s RDGLDGRN. Indie band Hailer, which hails all the way from Sydney, Australia, plays Joe Squared.
IN THE WINGS: Indie-rockers Disappears and Weekend co-headline the Ottobar on Oct. 19. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Yo Gotti and YG, whose hit collaboration “Act Right” is one of the best things on hip-hop radio at the moment, will bring their national tour to Baltimore Soundstage on Nov. 12. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Christian-pop superstar TobyMac will get holy at the Baltimore Arena on Nov. 9. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.)
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