The Short List
Interstate Rivals, Marc Avon Evans, Demiz, and more
Published: January 15, 2014
WEDNESDAY: Beltsville ska/punk band Interstate Rivals play the Sidebar with Cutsail and LanDlaDy. Don’t miss: Guitarist Adam Levin and violinist William Knuth, collectively known as Duo Sonidos, play chamber music at An die Musik.
THURSDAY: Baltimore singer-songwriter Marc Avon Evans performs at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Ringworm and Frightened Teeth play a pre-show at the Sidebar for the weekend’s A389 X Anniversary Bash. It’s Ghostbusters Night at the Windup Space, with screenings of the movies, Ghostbusters-related stand-up comedy, and music from the Proton Pack (formerly known as the All Queef Patties). Virginia alt-country artist Stephen Lee performs at Joe Squared. Local pop/soul band Last to Fire plays the Fish Head Cantina with Stacked Like Pancakes. Jay-Z, whose name will always have a hyphen in it no matter what he says, headlines the Verizon Center in Washington. Don’t miss: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson welcomes famed Romanian gypsy brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia, with local openers Balti Mare providing their own twist on Balkan gypsy styles.
FRIDAY: Local thrash band Demiz plays the Sidebar with Crimson Orchard and Visceral Violation. Boring post-grunge hitmakers Stone Sour headlines Rams Head Live with Pop Evil and Stolen Babies. Local band Sun Club opens for Reggie and the Full Effect at the Ottobar. Kavoossi Music performs acoustically at Joe Squared. Something Wicked This Way Comes holds a CD-release party at Fish Head Cantina with Tragic Blame, Surrender the Shores, and more. Eric Benet sings R&B radio hits like “News for You” at Rams Head Center Stage in the Maryland Live Casino in Hanover. Baltimore punks Dead End Lane and D.C. punks Kill Lincoln play Metro Gallery. Brooklyn-based producer Sweater Beats headline the 8x10. Don’t miss: Baltimore DIY label A389 Recordings celebrates 10 years of punk and metal with the A389 X Anniversary Bash at Baltimore Soundstage, with Haymaker, Infest, and In Cold Blood performing on the first of two nights.
SATURDAY: Integrity, All Out War, and Bloodlet headline the second night of the A389 X Anniversary Bash at Baltimore Soundstage, with Ilsa and Like Rats playing an A389 matinee at the Sidebar in the afternoon. Nickelodeon’s the Fresh Beat Band entertains your tykes at the Baltimore Arena. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts the Soul Serenaders, featuring Billy Price and Tommy Lepson, providing a night of blue-eyed soul with members of the Nighthawks. The Ottobar has a fine night of rootsy local rock from Among Wolves and the Great American Canyon Band. Over N Out plays a release party for their new album at the Charm City Art Space while Playground Etiquette holds its own release party at Metro Gallery. The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra, led by Baltimore bass clarinetist Todd Marcus, performs at An die Musik. Don’t miss: Creative Differences presents guitarist Anthony Pirog, with Michael Formanek and Ches Smith, at the Windup Space.
SUNDAY: Russia’s Nureyev State Ballet Theatre presents “The Sleeping Beauty” at the Hippodrome. Local post-rock trio Phantom Lanterns play the Charm City Art Space with New Jersey’s Au Revoir. Don’t miss: Something CompleX holds a release party for its new album at the Windup Space, with a host of other local underground hip-hop artists like P.T. Burnem and Eze Jackson opening.
MONDAY: The Phil Cunneff New Trio plays jazz at the Cat’s Eye Pub. Long-running Pittsburgh jam band Rusted Root performs at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis.
TUESDAY: Virginia band Hope for the Dreamer plays the Sidebar with Breckenwood and Blind Man Leading. The Out of Your Head collective presents two improv ensembles at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Penny Pistolero performs alt-country at Joe Squared. Baltimore’s Lisa Doll and the Rock n Roll Romance perform in Washington at the Velvet Lounge with Chicago’s Thunders.
IN THE WINGS: Kanye West recently extended the tour in support of his 2013 album, Yeezus, into the new year with nine additional dates, including a Feb. 14 stop at the Baltimore Arena. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call  347-2020.) The Sing-Off Live Tour, featuring the stars of NBC’s hit reality competiton, brings a night of a cappella entertainment to Baltimore Soundstage on March 2. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Ani Difranco, who recently canceled a songwriting retreat amidst outcry that it was to take place at a former slave plantation in Louisiana, will perform at the much less controversial Rams Head Live on April 26. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.)
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