The Short List
Published: October 23, 2013
WEDNESDAY: The Sidebar’s most delightful assemblage of metal band names this week includes Wormed, Infernal Revulsion, Visceral Disgorge, and Condemned. North Carolina prog-metal band Between the Buried and Me plays Baltimore Soundstage. Aussie pop-punk quintet Tonight Alive plays the Ottobar with the Downtown Fiction. Tamar Braxton’s new album has been steadily outselling John Legend’s since they were both released last month, but tonight she’s his opening act at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.
THURSDAY: Locals Careers and Et Al open for Chicago’s the Funs and New York’s Amadels at the Holy Underground. Conflict and Resistant Culture play downstairs at the Ottobar, while Cemetery Piss and Triac give a free show upstairs. R&B singer Sojourne performs at Joe Squared. Progressive house DJ Morgan Page presents a “3-D visual experience” (and presumably some music too) at Rams Head Live. Reunited North Carolina goth-pop band Ashrae Fax plays the Metro Gallery with Mood Rings and Lazy Magnet. Scranton, Pa. bluegrass combo Cabinet plays the 8x10. Cris Jacobs performs at The Still in Timonium. The Blind Boys of Alabama, who you may remember singing the The Wire’s first-season theme song, perform at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C.
FRIDAY: The weekend-before-Halloween kicks into gear at the 8x10 with costume parties and music by Bosley and Harmonic Blue, and at Fish Head Cantina, with music by GoGo Mouth. The first night of the Ottobar’s Autumn Screams Doom Fest features Sinister Haze, Negative Reaction, and more. The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die is the name of a band that is playing Metro Gallery and not a sentence the Short List would ever write or agree with. Steve Aoki, completing the classic arc from douchebag rich kid to EDM superstar, headlines Merriweather Post Pavilion, with pop genius Pharrell Williams sadly relegated to his opening act. The Water and USSA Pleasuredome perform at Flying Dog Brewery’s pop-up art gallery in Belvedere Square. Local punks Dead Mechanical and Widows Watch open for Fairweather at the Sidebar. Baltimore Lieder Weekend 2013 kicks off An die Musik’s annual celebration of art song with an opening concert. Teen Daze and Camp Counselors ride the neverending indie wave of nostalgia for adolescence at the Golden West. Anberlin, a rare Christian rock band with mainstream-radio airplay, co-headlines Rams Head Live with the Maine. Georgia reggae-rockers Passafire plays Baltimore Soundstage with Ballyhoo! Don’t miss: Scottish punk-rockers Murderburgers play the Charm City Art Space with Lipstick Homicide and Braceface.
SATURDAY: 1990s Baltimore emo band Cross My Heart plays a special reunion show at Metro Gallery with J. Robbins opening. The perennial question “Whatever happened to Hoobastank?” will be answered for one night when they headline Fish Head Cantina’s Ultimate Halloween Bash. Portland band Lovers play Club K. Local party band favorites the Bellevederes and the All Mighty Senators join forces for a bill at the Windup Space. Connecticut indie-metal band Atrina plays the Charm City Art Space with Beasty and Arab Spring. Colorado “livetronica” (really?) band Big Gigantic performs at Rams Head Live. California’s Terraplane Sun headlines Baltimore Soundstage, with Canada’s Paper Lions opening. The Soundchecks play bluegrass at Joe Squared. Don’t miss: The second night of the Ottobar’s Autumn Screams Doom Fest features a rare solo performance from Mike Scheidt, Thrill Jockey recording artist and YOB singer/guitarist.
SUNDAY: Kurt Vile and the Violators play the Ottobar with Beach Fossils. Long Island trio Broadcaster, who has recorded at Baltimore’s Magpie Cage Studios, plays the Charm City Art Space. North Carolina indie-folk band Bombadil plays Metro Gallery with You Won’t. Don’t miss: Pearl Jam, still giving its fans a unique setlist and sublime arena-rock catharsis every night after two decades, plays the Baltimore Arena.
MONDAY: Shark Week, the Washington, D.C. band who was bizarrely chosen to represent Baltimore in Geico’s “Indie Across America” series, plays the Windup Space with actual Baltimore bands Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children and Slow Jerks. Violinist Francesca Anderegg and pianist Brent Funderburk perform at An die Musik. Chicago punk band Like Bats play the Charm City Art Space with locals Sick Sick Birds and Blackwolf Beach. Don’t miss: Hitmaking producer and songwriter Butch Walker, whose most recent clients range from Fall Out Boy to Keith Urban, plays his excellent solo material at Baltimore Soundstage.
TUESDAY: The endless procession of surprisingly popular white rappers you’ve never heard of that make tour stops at Baltimore Soundstage continues with Huey Mack. Don’t miss: Buzzing neo-folkies Spirit Family Reunion (from New York) and Hurray for the Riff Raff (from New Orleans) come to the 8x10.
WEDNESDAY: The Windup Space hosts Duel Improv Jam, a night of improvisation with music by the Friday Night Book Club and movement by the Deep Vision Dance Company. Big Something concludes its October weekly residency at the 8x10 with Jimkata. The Legends of Thrash Tour, headlined by Germany’s Kreator and New Jersey’s Overkill, comes to Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Baltimore rapper Height and San Francisco producer Al Lover kick off their Infinity Ballrooms U.S. tour at Mauro’s Church Street Pub in Frederick.
IN THE WINGS: Hugely popular Blue Note Records singer-songwriter Amos Lee headlines the Lyric Opera House on Nov. 20. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.) Two of R&B radio’s breakout female stars of 2013, K. Michelle and Sevyn Streeter, perform at Rams Head Live on Nov. 26. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Stoner-rock favorites Monster Magnet brings its new album, Last Patrol, to Baltimore Soundstage on Dec. 8. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.)
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