The Short List
Big Mouth, Clay Davis, The Blue Man Group, and more
Published: January 8, 2014
WEDNESDAY: Syracuse noise-rockers Perfect Pussy plays Metro Gallery with Big Mouth and Multicult. Ken Gutberlet plays casual tunes at Joe Squared. Local indie-pop band Dreamcatcher plays the Ottobar with Modern Chemistry. Weird shoegaze-folk punk Virginia band Die Curious plays the Sidebar with Little Cricket and Johnny Commoner.
THURSDAY: Clay Davis, a band named after The Wire’s infamous crooked politician, plays the Sidebar with Pandas and Cousin Sleaze. Rich and Hannah harmonize at Joe Squared. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society begins another year of beats and rhymes at the Windup Space. Local singer-songwriter duo Super City plays the Ottobar with Penny Pistolero and Pushing Giants. Don’t miss: The fifth installment of Club K’s Baltimore Boredom, an experimental-music event inspired by the Tokyo Boredom festival, features the Deckards, Echo Hey Hello, and Kyoto, Japan’s own Ultra Bide.
FRIDAY: The Blue Man Group makes experimental music accessible to the masses with a little blue paint at the Hippodrome. Maryland rock institution Jimmie’s Chicken Shack plays their 1999 album, Bring Your Own Stereo, at Rams Head Live, with Pressing Strings opening. Actual Maryland rock institution of learning School of Rock Baltimore presents its fall 2013 students at the Ottobar, with a program of covers ranging from funk to Green Day. Frederick indie-pop band Ghost Hotel plays Metro Gallery with Joy Classic, Heavy Lights, and the Soothsayers. Baltimore cover band Doc’s Holliday (not to be confused with Georgia’s Doc Holliday) plays Southern-rock favorites at Fish Head Cantina. Acoustic gypsy-jazz trio Orchester Prazevica performs at Joe Squared. DELTAnine and Bunk Buddha lay down electronic grooves at the 8x10. The Common Ground on the Hill concert series at the Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church presents long-running Virginia folk duo Robin & Linda Williams and Their Fine Group (and no, it’s not that Robin Williams). Don’t miss: Local indie-pop band Eureka Birds, whose animated video for the song “Fastest” has been making waves on the internet, play the Windup Space with Josephine Olivia.
SATURDAY: Shark Week, the Washington, D.C. band that was controversially featured in the “Baltimore” episode of Geico’s Indie Across America web series, comes back to town to play Metro Gallery with the Whigs and Lushfarm. Brooklyn’s Chris Ayer and Baltimore’s ellen cherry perform at Eutaw Place. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts a winter luau with the Hula Monsters playing a Hawaiian swing-dance party. Baltimore’s Rhymes with Opera ensemble brings a new, surreal and ambitious opera, “Red Giant,” to the Windup Space for two shows, tonight and tomorrow afternoon. The Dave Janesh Trio plays jazz at Joe Squared. Saved by the ’90s: A Party with the Bayside Tigers pays tribute to the decade you’re still a little uncomfortable being nostalgic about at Rams Head Live. School of Rock Baltimore gets bluesy playing the music of Led Zeppelin and Jack White at the Ottobar. Downtempo EDM producer Michal Menert headlines Rams Head Live, with Zoogma opening. Both of David Lowery’s beloved alt-rock bands, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, play an early show at the 9:30 Club.
SUNDAY: The Blue Man Group finishes out a three-night run at the Hippodrome. Don’t miss: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson holds a Cajun dance party with the Pine Leaf Boys.
MONDAY: Baltimore pop-punk quintet Pretty Little Kennedy Curse plays sad songs about girls at the Sidebar with Audiostrobelight and Count to Four.
TUESDAY: Sal Bando, presumably not the Milwaukee Brewers third baseman but the Baltimore band named after him, plays the Sidebar with Sink Tapes.
WEDNESDAY: Internationally popular chamber ensemble Duo Sonidos performs at An die Musik. R&B singer Sojourne performs at Joe Squared. Linda Cain presents an acoustic open mic night at Fish Head Cantina.
IN THE WINGS: Fantasia, whose Side Effects of You was one of the finest R&B albums of 2013, will continue her tour in support of the effort at the Meyerhoff on Feb. 28. (For more information, visit bsomusic.org or call  783-8000.) Also on Feb. 28, Los Angeles rapper Hopsin will bring his Knock Madness Tour to the 8x10. (For more information, visit the8x10.com or call  625-2000.) Scott Stapp, “The Voice of Creed,” as he is billed, will emanate pure grunge-messiah douche vibes at Baltimore Soundstage on April 6. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Stapp’s on-again-off-again bandmates in Alter Bridge will also be visiting Baltimore a couple weeks later, playing Rams Head Live on on April 21. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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