The Short List
Brett Dennen, Pontiak, Roomrunner, and more
Published: February 26, 2014
WEDNESDAY: John Rose and Ron Sexton play jazz at Joe Squared. California folk singer Brett Dennen headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington.
THURSDAY: Virginia band of brothers Pontiak, previously based in Baltimore, plays the Ottobar in support of its latest Thrill Jockey album, INNOCENCE, with Dead Monks, Et Al, and Short List friends Soft Peaks. Local alt-rock quartet the Old Line State plays the Sidebar with Stars and the Sea and Decades. Washington, D.C. instrumental prog-metal band Animals as Leaders headline Rams Head Live with After the Burial and Navene K.
FRIDAY: Baltimore’s Roomrunner plays at Stem Graphics in Harford County. Food Will Win the War provides an evening of accordion, violin, and glockenspiel at Dangerously Delicious Pies in Canton. Club Orpheus presents sexy goth-gazers Natural Velvet and punishing digi-noise master Jeff Carey. Chicago’s the Damn Choir and Nate Van Allen play Club K with local support from ilyAIMY and Short List pals Minimus the Poet. Orchester Prazevica and Black Masala throw a gypsy dance party at Metro Gallery. Indiana alt-country quintet Murder by Death plays the Ottobar with Samantha Crain. Cassandra Syndrome plays symphonic goth metal at the Sidebar. Los Angeles rapper/producer Hopsin headlines the Baltimore Soundstage (instead of the 8x10, where his Baltimore tour stop was originally announced). The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts a night of guy-gal harmonies with the Honey Dewdrops and Letitia Van Sant and the Bonafides. Virginia band Harlen Simple plays rock, funk, blues, and soul at Rams Head Live. Don’t miss: American Idol alumnus Fantasia belts out songs from her fantastic 2013 album, Side Effects of You, at the Meyerhoff.
SATURDAY: Fuwa Hina Maid Café, a Japanese pop culture-themed event at Club K, features special performances from Orchester Prazevica and Warm and Comfy. Singer-songwriter Ernie Halter, also known as the “Cuboslavian,” performs at Eutaw Place. Jazz singer Teri Roiger pays tribute to Abbey Lincoln at An die Musik. The second annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball Tour with Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers comes to Baltimore Soundstage. Rising star ZZ Ward headlines Rams Head Live. Pittsburgh grindcore band Dendritic Arbor plays the Sidebar with Tombs and Ravn. Brad Kolodner leads a beginner banjo workshop at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. MAGFest presents Game Over Baltimore at Metro Gallery, with performances by Rare Candy, X-Hunters, and Triforce Quartet, plus arcade games.
SUNDAY: The Chieftains, still spreading traditional Irish music around the world after more than 50 years, headline the Lyric Opera House. NBC a cappella reality competition The Sing-Off brings its live tour to Baltimore Soundstage, with Season 4 winners Home Free along with the Filharmonic and VoicePlay. Disbanded local emo band Teen Suicide plays a reunion show at the Ottobar with Sorority Noise and Special Explosion. Mobile Deathcamp, featuring Gwar’s erstwhile Todd Evans out of his “Beefcake the Mighty” costume, performs at the House of Rock in White Marsh. Don’t miss: The Crown hosts an eclectic night including New York nu-metal priestesses Dark Sister and Baltimore Club/rap rebel TT the Artist.
MONDAY: Retro-soul cornball Mayer Hawthorne headlines the 9:30 Club.
TUESDAY: Evolution Contemporary Music Series at An die Musik explores music and politics with a performances of works by Ted Hearne and David T. Little and a pre-concert conversation. Rufus Roundtree and Da B’more Brass Factory get horn-y at Club 347. Extreme R&B band the Idle Gossip plays the Sidebar with Against the Grain and, yeesh, a band called Copstabber. The Out of Your Head collective throws a big party to celebrate the five-year anniversary of its residency at the Windup Space. Don’t miss: Juicy J, the Southern rap veteran who recently scored an unlikely No. 1 pop hit with Katy Perry, headlines Rams Head Live on his “Never Sober” tour, with Travis Scott and Project Pat.
WEDNESDAY: Canadian experimental group Doomsquad stops at Club K on its current tour. The Randy Rogers Band plays country music, Texas-style, at Rams Head Live. Don’t miss: Baltimore punk quartet Ravagers play songs from their recent debut EP, Livin in Oblivion, at Metro Gallery with Dirty Fences.
IN THE WINGS: The infamous Mobb Deep will celebrate a new album and 20 years as a group at Baltimore Soundstage on March 30. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers performs at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick on April 3. (For more information, visit weinbergcenter.org or call  600-2828.) The Sweetlife Food and Music Festival returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 10 with the incongruous lineup of Foster the People, Lana Del Rey, and 2 Chainz. (For more information, visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)
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