The Short List
I-Wen Wang, Twin Radio, Chrissy Vasquez, and more
Published: January 29, 2014
WEDNESDAY: Recent Peabody graduate I-Wen Wang performs Bach and Beethoven on piano at An die Musik. Karmin, the loathsomely chipper duo who parlayed YouTube novelty covers into mild major-label renown, headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Sound of Rescue, an instrumental trio of Baltimore brothers, plays music from their recently released album, Forms, at the Sidebar with Silicon Tor and Nunayko.
THURSDAY: Washington’s Twin Radio, Frederick’s Carousel Rogues, and Annapolis’ Pompeii Graffiti rock out at Metro Gallery. Josephine Olivia and Jen Mack play acoustic folk at Joe Squared. Local punk trio WeAreUs plays the Sidebar with Head of Power and Corporate Agenda. An die Musik hosts an evening of flamenco music and dance with guitarist Behzad Habibzai and dancer Kyoko Terada. Experimental trio Deaf Scene plays the Ottobar with the Golden Guns, Robotapotamus, and the Hollywood Blanks.
FRIDAY: The first of two #tooTURNT events this weekend kicks off at 507 S. Central Ave. with performances by singer Chrissy Vasquez and rappers OG Dutchmaster and 9BMC. Baltimore experimental-pop duo Warm and Comfy holds a release party for its new EP at Club K with Liz Meredith and Short List friends Special People. In other release-party news, indie-rap collective Height with Friends celebrate their latest album at the Crown with Moss of Aura and Secret Weapon Dave. Queen Wolf and the Matrimonials play the 4th Annual Brodown at the Windup Space, to benefit the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. Gaithersburg band LITZ plays psychedelic jams at Baltimore Soundstage with Washington, D.C.’s Clarence “the Blues Man” Turner. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts a night of traditional Irish concert and dance from the Old Bay Ceili Band. Rising Baltimore alt-rock quartet Diamond Youth plays the Ottobar to kick off a tour in support of their new EP, Shake, recorded at the local Salad Days studio. Cold Spring Jazz Quartet plays Latin jazz at Joe Squared. Classic-rock cover band Not Dead Yet plays Fish Head Cantina with Left Turn Clyde. The 8x10 brings in the funk with the Superland Stage Band and J Pope and Funk Friday. An die Musik holds a concert in honor of the 217th anniversary of Franz Schubert’s birth, with his lieder works performed by pianist Michael Crabill, baritone Bryan Jackson, and soprano Melissa Jean Chavez. If you want a night of electronic music exclusively from acts whose names start with the letter E, Rams Head Live has got you covered with EOTO, Emalkay, and ELM. Long-running Detroit punk band Koffin Kats play the Sidebar with JJ Damage and the Bandits. Don’t miss: The “On Deck Under 30” event at the City of Gods boutique showcases Baltimore rappers like Rickie Jacobs, Mack Scott, and headliner YG Addie, aka A$AP Ant.
SATURDAY: Ogun, a fixture on Baltimore’s hip-hop scene for over a decade, celebrates his birthday and apparent “rap retirement” with an event at 5 Seasons. Blues great Guy Davis performs at Eutaw Place. Little Flowers hold a release party for the latest 7-inch single on Baltimore vinyl label Araca Recs at Club K, with Abdu Ali and 83 Cutlass opening. Current breakout pop duo A Great Big World plays its international hit “Say Something” at Baltimore Soundstage. Local post-hardcore band the Lives to Come headline a bill at the Charm City Art Space with Queensway and Cathedrals. Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, the country stars who achieved pop crossover by remixing their songs with Ludacris and Nelly, respectively, perform at Baltimore Arena. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts Bob Marley’s Birthday Soul Shakedown Party with a performance from Jah Works. Don’t miss: Mt. Royal, the Baltimore supergroup featuring members of Big in Japan and Celebration, holds a release party for its debut EP at the Ottobar, with Raindeer and Gage opening.
SUNDAY: Llamadon presents “Sunday Service,” an evening of rap music on Super Bowl Sunday at Grind House Juice Bar with performances by kidDEAD, OG Dutchmaster, Adam Selene, and more. The second #tooTURNT event of the weekend features rappers Al Rogers and Jay Wyse at Club K. Swedish death-metal band Dark Tranquility headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Don’t miss: Baltimore rapper Jinxxx holds an “unplugged with friends” concert at the 2110 Bistro with performers like Don Trunk and Jay Funk helping her raise funds for a trip to the Midem music conference in France.
MONDAY: Boston trio Quilt plays Coward Shoe in support of its new album, Held in Splendor, out this week.
TUESDAY: 2014’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series kicks off at An die Musik with a solo performance by pianist Vicky Chow of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
WEDNESDAY: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents a night of cabaret and burlesque with Ms. Goose and the Naughty Tails. Don’t miss: Nineties indie-rock institution Sebadoh—following in the reunion-tour footsteps of Lou Barlow’s other famous band, Dinosaur Jr.—headlines the Ottobar.
IN THE WINGS: Virginia-based (and formerly Baltimore-based) psych-rock trio Pontiak will play the Ottobar in support of their new Thrill Jockey album, Innocence, on Feb. 27. (For more information, visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Straight-edge vegan metalcore vets Earth Crisis will perform at the Charm City Art Space on March 7 with Hard Stripes, Reality Check, and Pure Disgust. (For more information, visit ccspace.org.) Queens rap duo Mobb Deep, back together after a few years of hiatus, incarceration, and Twitter beefs, will headline Baltimore Soundstage on March 30. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.)
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