The Short List
Motion City Soundtrack, Eleanor Friedberger, Dizzy Wright, and more
Published: October 9, 2013
WEDNESDAY: Emo bands Motion City Soundtrack and Bayside co-headline Rams Head Live. Baltimore post-punk weirdos Baklavaa plays Club K with Seaton XOXO, Braille, Marcel Du Swamp, and Floral Print. Chicago electronic band Digital Tape Machine performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Swedish indie-folk duo Junip plays the Ottobar with Barbarossa. Soul Asylum, Fountains of Wayne, and Evan Dando relive a particularly wimpy moment in ’90s alternarock at the 9:30 Club.
THURSDAY: Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces performs downstairs at the Ottobar, while Colleen Green plays upstairs. Russian a cappella group LYRA performs sacred Russian Orthodox Church songs at the Light Street Presbyterian Church. June Star plays acoustic at Joe Squared. Country singer and American Idol also-ran Casey James headlines Rams Head Live. Ex Hex, the new band featuring the great Mary Timony, opens for Obits at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington. Don’t miss: Creative Differences presents avant saxman Tim Berne’s latest combo, Snakeoil, at the Windup Space.
FRIDAY: Rapper and weed enthusiast Dizzy Wright headlines an early show at Baltimore Soundstage, while another MC, Vine viral hitmaker Sage the Gemini, performs at the venue’s other show later in the night. Neutral Milk Hotel, back after a legend-building 14-year hiatus, plays a sold-out show at 2640 Space with Elf Power. Girlfriend in a Coma pays tribute to Morrissey and the Smiths at the Ottobar. Ohio post-punk band Reverse the Curse comes to Charm City Art Space on tour in support of their new album, Existent. Bethesda prog-rockers Periphery plays Rams Head Live with Born of Osiris and Dead Letter Circus. Nashville garage-rockers Those Darlins headline the Metro Gallery, with Gambles opening. Don’t miss: The Holy Underground hosts a release party for the Hero Shores Transmission compilation Baltimore Vol. 1, with performances by the Dry Sea, Hive Bent, and Arab Spring.
SATURDAY: The 2013 Baltimore Folk Fest sprawls over five venues this year, with the Great American Canyon Band headlining the Windup Space concert, the Manly Deeds at Joe Squared, Viking Moses and Sweet Saro at the Crown, Ken and Brad Kolodner at Liam Flynn’s Ale House, and Bobby E. Lee and the Sympathizers at the Charm City Art Space. ’90s footnote Sponge plays the House of Rock in White Marsh. It’s a good night for fans of Antipodean alt-rock, as Australia’s Sick Puppies headline Baltimore Soundstage and New Zealand’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra plays the Ottobar. Jeff Antoniuk and the Jazz Update play the music of Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk at An die Musik. The Charm City Devils and the Kelly Bell Band headline Island Bay Day on Queen Anne’s County Fairgrounds in Centreville, Md. The Doobie Brothers are just alright with me at the Lyric Opera House. Brooklyn’s John Cohen and the Down Hill Strugglers and Baltimore’s Walker and Jay get rootsy at the Patterson. This ole’ boy Craig Morgan sings at Rams Head Live with Raven Cliff. The Jaap Blonk and Jed Bishop Duo performs experimental music at the Red Room. Michigan punk band the Spits play the Metro Gallery with Useless Eaters and Highway Cross. They Might Be Giants, still going after 30 years and still releasing solid albums, like this year’s Nanobots, headline the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: Music Rocks Autism goes country at Fish Head Cantina, with Richie Fields, Crystal Sands, and others twanging for a good cause.
SUNDAY: Nu-metal flash in the pan Taproot headlines the House of Rock, while the slightly less forgotten Filter plays Fish Head Cantina. An die Musik’s Roots Café Singer-Songwriter series, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, welcomes Mikel Gehl of Love Riot and Milkshake fame. Celtic-rockers the Fighting Jamesons sing drinking songs at the Ottobar.
MONDAY: Mark Lanegan, formerly of the Screaming Trees and currently of a very interesting solo career, performs at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in Washington.
TUESDAY: An die Musik’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month continues with a performance from Cuban jazz pianist Cesar Orozco. Denver punk band Reno Divorce plays the Sidebar with JJ Damage and the Bandits. The Out Of Your Head collective presents two sets of improv with one-time-only combos at the Windup Space. Los Angeles funk octet Orgone plays the 8x10 with Sophistafunk.
WEDNESDAY: Uncle Kracker, one of the most horrifying success stories in popular-music history, continues to offensively make a living at Baltimore Soundstage. Big Something continues its weekly residency throughout the month of October at the 8x10, with Trace Friends Mucho opening this week. Don’t miss: Electropop band Lazerbitch plays the Windup Space with talented local rapper AbRock opening.
IN THE WINGS: Florida death-metal vets Morbid Angel will play their most popular album, 1993’s Covenant, in its entirety at Baltimore Soundstage on Nov. 9. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) On Dec. 1, Rams Head Live will host a Detective Shane Volk Memorial Concert to raise money for the family of the Baltimore police detective killed in a car crash in July, with music by Fight for Eli, the A Team, and Roll It Over. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) The increasingly ridiculous-looking John Mayer headlines the Baltimore Arena on Dec. 11. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.)
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