The Short List: 6/24/14
Harmonic Blue headlines the Ottobar on June 27. (Promo / June 25, 2014)
THURSDAY: Local indie greats Dope Body and Horse Lords play the Metro Gallery. Southern rock heroes the Drive-By Truckers headline Rams Head Live. Jack Wright, Andrew Drury, and Patrick Crossland improvise at the Red Room. Tiesto and Krewella headline the Thank You Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Long-running British space-rock band Ozric Tentacles performs at the 8x10. Brooklyn/Toyko duo Ken South Rock performs at Club K with local noisemaker Newagehillbilly. Don't miss: Atomic Books holds a special event for the theremin-themed novel Us Conductors, with a reading by the author Sean Michaels and a performance by Baltimore-based thereminist Robby Neubauer and the band Fulton Lights.
FRIDAY: Legendary New York death-metal band Malignancy plays The Circuit in Essex, Maryland with Sexcrement and Virulence. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson holds a release party for Baltimore singer-songwriter Kristen Toedtman's new double album. Maryland reggae/rock band Ballyhoo! plays at Power Plant Live. Philadelphia-based saxophonist Keir Neuringer performs at the Red Room. Baltimore/Washington band Harmonic Blue combines blues, soul, rock, and jazz at the Ottobar. Atlanta hardcore band Criminal Instinct plays the Charm City Art Space with Turnstile and Hard Stripes. Baltimore psychedelic troubadours Gamble Cosmos play Club K with Nouveau-Expo, Mild Child, and Robert Mitchell. Frederick indie pop band Lilac Daze performs at the Windup Space with Joy Classic and Dead Monks.
SATURDAY: The one and only Diana Ross performs at the Lyric Opera House. Friend of the Short List Vinny Vegas throws a release party for the vinyl edition of its excellent 2013 album The Big White Whale at the Metro Gallery with Dreamcatcher, Mals Totel, and Stillglow. Electropop haircuts Blood On The Dancefloor and The Millionaires co-headline Baltimore Soundstage. Floridian blues rockers J.J. Grey & Mofro play the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick with Thomas Wynn & The Believers. Grammy-winning saxophonist Gary Bartz performs the second of two nights at An die Musik Live. Edward J. Peters and Shannon Wollman perform at a benefit for The Motor Neuron Disease Foundation and The Robert J. Rhinehart Foundation at The Cabaret at Germano's. Philadelphia singer-songwriter Kwesi Kankam performs at Joe Squared. Annapolis band Five Seconds To Freedom plays its final show at the Ottobar with Sin 4 Sin and Stacked Like Pancakes. Australian doom metal band Mournful Congregation plays the Sidebar with Begrime Exemious and Prosanctus Inferi. Don't miss: Landis Expandis's new band The Funky Bass And Beat Group Known As "F" opens for Telesma at the 8x10.
SUNDAY: The Ottobar hosts a night of political punk with Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine and locals War On Women (see page 34). Soulful singer-songwriter Brandon Reeves performs at The Cabaret at Germano's. Pianist Alon Nechushtan holds a CD release party at An die Musik Live.
MONDAY: New Jersey fuzz-pop band Pale Angels plays the Metro Gallery with locals Dead Mechanical and Telegraph Wires. Maryland crust punks Chaos Destroy play Club K with Coltranes and Rosemary Crust. Don't miss: 98 Rock's Noise In The Basement local showcase at the Ottobar features a pop punk heavy bill including Lisa Doll & The Rock N Roll Romance, Skull Theft, and The Melon Farmer.
TUESDAY: Musician in music Neko Case performs at Rams Head Live. Pop balladeers Ed Sheeran and A Great Big World headline Mix 106.5's Summer Blast at Power Plant Live. The Out Of Your Head Collective plays two sets of avant garde improv at the Windup Space. Don't miss: The Crawdaddies play zydeco for WYPR's Concerts In Patterson Park series.
WEDNESDAY: Pennsylvania's All In rocks the Ottobar. Parisian black-metal band Hell Militia plays the Sidebar with Lord Mantis and Putrisect.
IN THE WINGS: Catch Phish two nights in a row at Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 26 and 27. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) Alt-rock hitmakers Panic At The Disco and Walk The Moon will perform at Pier Six Pavilion on August 10. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) The Hot August Music Festival will return to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville on August 16 with headliners Old Crow Medicine Show, Nickel Creek, and Dr. Dog. (For more information visit hotaugustmusicfestival.com.)