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Mantras, Toxic Holocaust, Incidental Animals, Twenty One Pilots, and more

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Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides hit the Metro Gallery Stage on Nov. 24.


WEDNESDAY: Jam band the Mantras hold down a Wednesday residency at the 8x10 throughout November, with Cats Under the Stars opening tonight. Soulful folkie Amos Lee performs at the Lyric Opera House.

THURSDAY: Cesar Orozco and Kamarata Jazz combine the Cuban/Venezuelan jazz pianist’s roots with flamenco and bossa nova for a unique sound at An die Musik. Relapse Records thrash band Toxic Holocaust plays Metro Gallery with Ramming Speed and In Defence. Punk-pop website PupFresh.com brings the bands Late Nite Reading, Jocelyn, and 7 Minutes in Heaven together at the Ottobar on a stop of a national tour. Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, led by the son of Aaron, plays the 8x10. The latest stop on Kanye West’s weird and frequently postponed Yeezus Tour with Kendrick Lamar comes to the Verizon Center in Washington. Don’t miss: The Meyerhoff presents an evening of highbrow renditions of classic video game music with “The Legend of Zelda: The Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest.”

FRIDAY: Incidental Animals, a jam band supergroup featuring members of String Cheese Incident and Animal Liberation Orchestra, perform at Baltimore Soundstage. Orchester Prazevica plays acoustic gypsy jazz at Joe Squared. Local blues-rockers Pushing Giants play downstairs at the Ottobar, while DJ James Nasty spins Baltimore Club and disco for the Physical Education party upstairs. Neo-soul star India.Arie, still working that pretentious punctuation in the middle of her name, headlines Rams Head Live. Elvis Costello plays solo—rather than with the Roots, as on his excellent new album, Wise Up Ghost—at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington. Mike Doughty plays terrible solo arrangements of songs written by his great old band Soul Coughing at the 9:30 Club. Don’t miss: Baltimore thrash band Radical Discharge holds a release party for its new album at Metro Gallery, with Charm Offensive and Brohammer opening.

SATURDAY: Long-running hardcore band Crown of Thornz plays the Charm City Art Space with Suburban Scum, Criminal Instinct, Piece Keeper, and Reality Check opening. Reggae collective Easy Star All-Stars play Baltimore Soundstage with New Kingston and Dub Campaign. Washington, D.C. singer-songwriter Matt Tarka performs at Joe Squared. Baltimore tenor-sax vet Steve Carrington performs at An die Musik. DJ Dad Weed spins at a party at the Ottobar, where five Ottobar 2014 season passes will be given out. Baltimore punks Ravagers and Dopecopper play Metro Gallery. Live EDM quintet Go Go Gadjet headlines Rams Head Live. Baltimore indie band Vinny Vegas plays songs from its just-released debut album, The Big White Whale, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Frederick.

SUNDAY: Impressively resilient and consistent pop-radio mainstay Pink headlines the Verizon Center in Washington. Don’t miss: Charm City folk favorites Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides play Metro Gallery with the Happy Hours and Sweet Saro.

MONDAY: 98 Rock’s Noise in the Basement showcases Baltimore bands at the Ottobar. Unnerving buzz band Twenty One Pilots plays the 9:30 Club.

TUESDAY: Modern-rock muppets MGMT headlines DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. Don’t miss: R&B singers K. Michelle and Sevyn Streeter perform the hits that have recently made them fixtures on urban radio at Rams Head Live.

WEDNESDAY: On the eve of Thanksgiving, Golden West holds a karaoke party, and Metro Gallery holds a pre-holiday celebration with a DJ set from Spank Rock. Increasingly skeezy R&B star Jaheim celebrates “Pussy Appreciation Day” as per the hilarious track from his latest album at the Lyric Opera House. Bastards of Reality play Sabbath covers at the Ottobar. The Windup Space hosts Duel Jam, a night of improvisation with music by the Friday Night Book Club and movement by the Deep Vision Dance Company. Don’t miss: Baltimore Soundstage hosts the Brian Jack Memorial Concert, paying tribute to the late guitarist of Baltimore hard-rock legend Child’s Play, with performances from the Charm City Devils and a special Child’s Play set featuring surviving original members of the band and Mitch Allan of SR-71.

IN THE WINGS: Regional favorite Keller Williams will help Rams Head Live count down to 2014 on Dec. 31. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) Annoying YouTube phenomenon turned annoying major-label also-ran Karmin performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Jan. 29. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.) The Chieftains, still spreading traditional Irish music around the world after over 50 years together, will headline the Lyric Opera House on March 2. (For more information, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call [410] 685-5086.)

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