The Short List
Tony Nickolas and the Nicotines, Dom Kennedy, Melon Farmers, and more.
Published: January 22, 2014
WEDNESDAY: Local folk-rockers Tony Nickolas and the Nicotines play the Sidebar with Crash Sight and Ordinary Gentlemen. Fish Head Cantina hosts an acoustic open mic. Don’t miss: Little River Band allows you to reminisce about its 1978 hit “Reminiscing” at Rams Head Center Stage at the Maryland Live Casino in Hanover.
THURSDAY: West Coast rap cult hero Dom Kennedy headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Sacramento post-hardcore band A Lot Like Birds play the Sidebar with Stolas and the Venetia Fair. Farewell Ember performs acoustically at Joe Squared. Local shoegazers Golden Gurls and New York’s Infinity Girl play Club K with Soft Peaks and some concert calendar writer’s misguided musical hobby (Western Blot). Austin-based Americana singer-songwriter Bonnie Whitmore performs at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. Baltimore indie-pop band Sun Club opens for Los Campesinos! at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don’t miss: Floristree hosts an all-star tribute to Gene Clark’s 1974 album No Other with members of Beach House, Lower Dens, Celebration, and more.
FRIDAY: Milwaukee’s the Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound mixes a range of influences from African and Latin-American music at the Patterson Theatre. Tennessee post-grunge rockers 10 Years visit Baltimore Soundstage on their first acoustic tour. Short List friends Batworth Stone performs at Joe Squared. Washington’s the Fordists get loud at the Windup Space. Reunited ’80s Queens punk-rockers Reagan Youth plays the Sidebar with Dust Angel, the Ravagers, and Nude Massacre. Local jam band Freedom Enterprise plays the 8x10 with Richmond, Va.’s the Shack Band. Don’t miss: Local stoner-rockers Foghound holds a release party for its debut album, Quick, Dirty & High, at the Ottobar, with Borracho opening.
SATURDAY: Kill Lincoln and the Melon Farmers skank it up at the Charm City Art Space. Jam band moe.—who’s been aggravating newspaper editors with a lowercase name that ends with a period for a couple decades longer than fun. has—headlines Rams Head Live. The Crown holds the second installment of the new music celebration Kahlon, which features performances by Abdu Ali, Butch Dawson, and Neuport, and doubles as a release party for City Paper contributor Lawrence Burney’s True Laurels zine. Bobby E. Lee And the Sympathizers strip the paint at the 8x10 with the Country Devils and the Chris Pumphrey Sextet. The 99 � Blues Band hosts a blues/jazz jam session at Midtown BBQ and Brew, where you can sign up to sit in with the band on some standards and popular favorites. Sujay Pathak performs acoustic soul at Joe Squared. Patti Issues, singer Ben Rimalower’s one-man play about finding solace in Broadway star Patti LuPone, comes to the Creative Alliance. The Ottobar’s impressive bill of Baltimore indie bands tonight includes Weekends, Small Apartment, and Wing Dam. Don’t miss: The sixth year of Friends Fest, the long-running celebration of, well, a group of friends with birthdays around the same time of year, features bands like the Quarantines, Snakefeast, and Pure Junk tearing it up at the Sidebar.
SUNDAY: The Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series features Letitia VanSant and Mac Walter at An die Musik. New Politics, the vile Danish band with the alt-rock radio hit about “shak[ing] it like a bad girl in Harlem,” perform at the Rock And Roll Hotel in Washington.
MONDAY: Brandon Boyd of Incubus and his new band Sons of the Sea perform at the 9:30 Club.
TUESDAY: Goth-punk radio stars AFI headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Youth Code and Coming.
WEDNESDAY: Tom Reyes and Friends play jazz at Joe Squared. Karmin, who made the impressive transition from being annoying on YouTube to being annoying on pop radio, headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Cults, the New York indie band featured on J. Cole’s current single “She Knows,” play the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS: Ernie Halter, a singer-songwriter who’s been sampled by Burial as well as covered by Justin Bieber, will come to Eutaw Place on March 1, with Victoria Vox opening. (For more information, visit eutawplace.org or call  484-9110.) Tough Day Tubing, an experimental quartet from New York and Massachusetts whose instruments include “tupperware guitar” and “objects,” will perform at the Red Room on March 15. (For more information, visit redroom.org or call  243-6888.) Fall Out Boy and Paramore, both of whom released great comeback records in 2013, will unite for a co-headlining tour this summer, hitting Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 18. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)
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