The Short List
Published: August 25, 2010
WEDNESDAY: Federal Hill’s favorite party band the Bridge does what it does best at the 8X10 with Zach Deputy. The Purple City Players and DJ Dubble8 perform a series of compositions from Erik Spangler at the Windup Space.
THURSDAY: OK, so the Baltimore Independent Music and Arts (BiMA) festival starts today at a number of local venues; most of them, actually. And rather than list every show and lineup here, I’ll keep it to the ones that are especially noteworthy in some way (visit bimafest.com for full schedule). At the Ottobar, New-York-by-way-of-Japan goof band Peelander-Z and Washington D.C. indie-rock torchbearers Deleted Scenes make for an odd combo; Exit Clov, Vinny Vegas, Snowmen, Landspeedrecord!, New Frauds, and the Delfields round out the bill. The Strugglers, Ian Jones, Television Hill, June Star, Christopher Myers and the Backbend, Timothy Bracken Complex, Lushfarm, and Young Sir Jim deliver a night of Americana to the Hexagon. BiMA takes over the Windup Space with an early weirdo jazzbo show that includes Yukon, Jerseyband, and Quartet Offensive; later, Balor’s Eye, Bodycop, Trophy Wife, and seldom-seen Baltimore hardcore outfit Compression all take a turn. Charm City Art Space is hosting three nights of the BiMA fest and, honestly, they’re probably the best three nights of the whole festival: pop-punk, folk, death metal. Friends Records hosts a pretty good BiMA showcase at the Depot with Ex-Replicas, Mickey Free, Deaf Scene, Weekends, and the Mopar Mountain Daredevils. A band called Nonpoint “kicks maximum ass” at Rams Head Live with Egypt Central and Abused Romance. Andy Hayleck and the Ear Pieces duo of Stewart Mostofsky and Mike Muniak take a turn with the Red Room at Normal’s Books and Records 130% Surround Sound series. The Manly Deeds make their monthly Joe Squared bluegrass pilgrimage.
FRIDAY: A Morrissey tribute night takes over the Ottobar’s downstairs while the Moustache Party rages on upstairs with guests Kyle Gregg, the Specialist, and DJ Safe Sex. The Beechfields label, Baltimore’s standard-bearer for folk-rock and all things low-key, hosts a showcase at the Hexagon with A Cat Called Cricket, the Seldon Plan, E. Joseph and the Phantom Heart, Among Wolves, Gary B and the Notions, and Beard. Japanese spectacle Dir En Grey plays Rams Head Live with Apocolyptica. Alto sax player Tim Green pairs up with jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller at An die Musik. American Babies, a jammy indie-pop band from Philly, grow up at the 8X10 with Big Light. Blinding Eye Dog is “brutal, annoying, and most likely drunk” at the Sidebar with Never Submit, Second Best, and the Schismatics. The absurdist noise free-for-all of Fat Worm of Error descends upon Tarantula Hill with Core of the Coalman, Needle Gun, and an Annex Theatre play called the Dark Worlds Destruction 1. Once again, two BiMA shows at the Windup: Thrushes headline the earlier one; Hammer No More the Fingers, the later.
SATURDAY: Gary B—of the Notions fame—gets his old band Motio back together at the Ottobar with . . . soihadto. . . . , Squaaks, Office of Future Plans (J Robbins’ new band), Big Big Bucks, and Pretty and Nice. Something called “Glow” happens at Sonar with DJ Drama and promises of “glowing accessories” and “electric lemonade.” Sockets Records presents a showcase at the Hexagon early in the evening with SPRCSS, True Womanhood, and Yeveto; later, Underwater Peoples Records presents Andrew Cedermark, Family Portrait, Airwaves, and Tennis. Go-go godfather Chuck Brown’s birthday bash takes over Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club with D Floyd, Ms Kim, Lissen, and Be’la Dona. Tim Green returns for two more shows at An die Musik. Angry and Broke make testosterone-y hardcore at the Sidebar with the Mandroids, Point Blank, Dirt Nap, and Scum Again. Positive-thinking hip-hop band Soul Cannon, Ogun, and more take over the Windup Space for the third night of BiMA; Wordsound bossman Skizz Fernando also presents a new director’s cut of his film Crooked.
SUNDAY: The Silent Whys, an all-charm porch-folk duo from Baltimore, play the Hexagon with Ursa Major, Sianna Plavin, and Shaun David Gould. The Sunday Night Gun Show With Brad Gunson and his Orchestra make big-band jazz at Joe Squared. With way more hip-hop acts than I can list here, the Rock the Bells tour once again takes over Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. Legendary jazz polymath Henry Grimes performs with Baltimore’s own Audrey Chen at the Windup Space.
MONDAY: Songwriter chanteuse and friend-of-Calexico Marianne Dissard puts a glaze upon the Ottobar with Brian Lopez, House and Home, the Wooley Moon, and A Cat Called Cricket. The Out of Your Head collective wrangles another round of musical free-thinkers for its improv weekly at the Windup Space.
TUESDAY: The Texas punks of the Riverboat Gamblers ante up at the Ottobar. The unfuckwithable Nas teams up with Damian Marley at Sonar with Gyptian. Gestapo Khazi makes barroom punk-rock of the most possessed sort at the Golden West with Multicult and Bad Biology. Baltimore’s Firecrackers make powerpop good times at the Sidebar with Bass Line Bums, 88MPH, and the Dukes. But of course DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis make breakdance good times at Joe Squared for their Dig weekly.
WEDNESDAY: Today Is the Day bring out-metal punishment to the Ottobar with A Storm of Light and the Passage Between. 30 Seconds to Mars, that band with Jared Leto and eyeliner, plays Sonar with Violent Soho.
IN THE WINGS: The long-dormant Books, sample-splatter folktronica at its finest, come to Rams Head Live Oct. 6 with Black Heart Procession. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) The mighty Gwar spews its seed all over Sonar Oct. 2 with the Casualties, Infernaeon, and Mobile Death Camp. (For more information visit sonarbaltimore.com or call  783-7888.) The big-fucking-deal Wavves are too cool for caring at the Ottobar Sept. 25. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)
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