The Short List
Mykki Blanco, Yo Gabba Gabba, Elvis Depressedly, and more.
Published: December 25, 2013
WEDNESDAY: Take a night off from going to concerts and buy yourself some earplugs for Christmas before you start another year of live music.
THURSDAY: Baltimore punk quartet Schroeder and the Brillo-Pad play the Sidebar with You’re Right and Radio Feedback. The Shrapnels get funky at Joe Squared. Maryland hard-rock institution Clutch plays the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: The 8x10’s DEADcember of Grateful Dead tributes concludes with the Bridge’s Cris Jacobs and friends celebrating “A Very Jerry Christmas.”
FRIDAY: The awesomely named South Carolina metal band Elvis Depressedly plays the Charm City Art Space with Wishlist and Dungeon Kids. The live incarnation of children’s TV phenomenon Yo Gabba Gabba comes to the Baltimore Arena, with legendary hip-hop goofball Biz Markie also on the bill. Rhin! and Dead Monks! both insist on obnoxious exclamation points in their names at the Sidebar, with Corpse Light. The Ottobar hosts the finals of Gorilla Music’s Battle of the Bands. The Ariel Wickham Group plays jazz and Chris Presley plays rockabilly at Joe Squared. ATO Records folk-rockers SOJA plays the first of two nights at Rams Head Live, with Washington, D.C. band RDGLDGRN opening. Local quartet 3 Fifths hold a family gathering at the 8x10 with the Jordan August Band. Don’t miss: Local quartet Fevers opens for Philadelphia’s iNFiNiEN at the Windup Space.
SATURDAY: Baltimore Club luminary Blaqstarr performs with friends and special guests at Joe Squared, playing bass-heavy beats as well as acoustic material under his new alias Jamal Loving. Huntingtown emo band Centerfield plays a release party for their new EP at the Charm City Art Space with Playtime Revenue and Class Picture. Rapper/poet/performance artist Mykki Blanco headlines the Ottobar with Boychild and Mighty Mark (formerly Murder Mark). SOJA plays the second of two nights at Rams Head Live, with BALLYHOO! opening. The Slackers work hard at making smooth, easygoing ska at Baltimore Soundstage with the Evokatones. Local goth-rock bands the Drowning Season and Stars and the Sea get gloomy one last time in 2013 at the Sidebar. Don’t miss: Two of local hip-hop’s most skilled live performers, Dunson and Greenspan, share the stage at the 8x10.
SUNDAY: The Snails, a new band featuring members of Future Islands, play the Ottobar with Dan Deacon producer Chester Endersby Gwazda and Short List friends Soft Peaks.
MONDAY: North Carolina band Papadosio plays the first of two nights at Baltimore Soundstage to close out 2013, with Dopapod opening.
TUESDAY: Regional favorite Keller Williams has a “New Year’s Funkin’ Eve” at Rams Head Live with the Keels and More Than a Little. Red This Ever—a local band deeply indebted to brooding ’80s bands that is also, surprisingly, currently working on a children’s album—plays the Sidebar with Asylum VIII and the Cemetery Boys. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Tauk, and ELM jam until 2014 at the 8x10. BADASS presents Laser Disco 2014, a New Year’s Eve rave at the Paradox. Joe Squared’s Dig party holds a NYE special with live band the F joining hosts Landis Expandis and DJ Napspace. Papadosio plays the second of two nights at Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: A Jeezy New Year’s Eve, featuring the formerly young Jeezy, brings a little rap-superstar flavor to the Baltimore Arena to close out the year.
WEDNESDAY: All is quiet on New Year’s Day, except for Virginia band Holly Would, playing the Sidebar with 3PM and Next to Nothing.
IN THE WINGS: Hot on the heels of their latest album this past summer, local indie-rap crew Height with Friends will celebrate the release of another platter on Jan. 31 at the Crown, with Moss of Aura and Secret Weapon Dave opening. (For more information, visit thecrownbaltimore.tumblr.com.) Swedish death-metal vets Dark Tranquility will headline Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 2. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) The first Frozen Harbor Music Festival will kick off on Feb. 21 and 22 at several Power Plant Live venues downtown, including Rams Head Live and Angels Rock Bar, with performances by dozens of acts, including Pasadena, the Grilled Lincolns, Rebel Inc, and Loving the Lie. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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