The Short List: Jaheim, Charm City Devils, Crack the Sky, Cock Sparrer

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WEDNESDAY: The Sidebar holds a Thanksgiving happy-hour party at 4 p.m., followed by music fromSchroeder & The Brillo-PadBraceFace, and Canker Blossom. Baltimore rap star Lor Scootaheadlines Paparazzi Nightclub. Memphis punk trio Nots play the Windup Space with locals Boy Spit,Trunkweed, and more. Charm City Devils play Baltimore Soundstage in support of their recently released album "Battles." Black Sabbath tribute band Bastards Of Reality and Sepultura tribute bandClenched Fist crank up the covers at the Ottobar. Don’t miss: The Bridge and its special hometown “Funksgiving” show at Rams Head Live, with the band joined by a horn section and guest vocalists Cara Kelly & the Tell Tale and Ms. Sara

THURSDAY: There’s not much in the way of live music tonight, and hopefully you’ve got somewhere better to be that involves lots of food and/or family. 

FRIDAY: Baltimore doom blues trio Black Lung, featuring members of Flying Eyes, plays a Black Friday show at the Metro Gallery with SofteyesPurple Orange, and more. The Baltimore Mandolin Quartetperforms at The Cabaret at Germano’s. Folk duo The War & Treaty plays the Ottobar. D.C./Baltimore funk band Subtle Hustle performs at the 8x10 with The Jolly Llama and Otter. Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa headlines the Lyric Opera HousePsycho Killers, a Talking Heads cover band, plays at Baltimore Soundstage and The Classical Mystery Tour covers The Beatles at the Meyerhoff. New York metal band Anicon return to Baltimore, where it recorded its latest release at local studio Developing Nations, to play the Sidebar with Yellow EyesElagabalus, and Xeukatre. Reunited Washington, D.C. indie quartet The Dismemberment Plan plays a hometown show at the 9:30 Club with breakout D.C. punk band Priests. Don’t miss: Baltimore club vet Blaqstarr transcends genre with his latest batch of uncategorizable music for “Blaq Friday” at The Crown. 

SATURDAY: Charm City Art Space holds a benefit show for the long-running DIY venue with performances from MindsetCoke BustPraise, In Between, and more. The fifth installment of “Baltimore Boredom” at Club K features Eze JacksonDJ Shawn SmallwoodJeff Carey, andBarnyard Sharks (featuring City Paper’s own Baynard Woods), among others. Indie-rock band The French Admirals performs at Joe Squared. Founded in West Virginia in the ’70s but most beloved in Baltimore, cult rockers Crack The Sky headline Rams Head Live. Local rock trio Blind Man Leadingholds a release party for its new EP at the Metro Gallery with Drop Electric, Minimus The Poet, and Ms. Sara. Don’t miss: Polaris, best known for the jangly theme song and incidental music from the classic ’90s Nickelodeon series "The Adventures of Pete & Pete," performs at Baltimore Soundstage. 

SUNDAY: Gorilla Music presents the Baltimore Battle of the Bands at the Ottobar with Time Consumer,Face ValueCrawling Manifest, and more. Long-running punk bands Cock Sparrer plays with H2Oand others Baltimore Soundstage. Soprano Emily Riley and mezzo soprano Katie Finaldi sing opera and classical art songs in “A Thanksgiving Cabaret” at The Cabaret at Germano’s. West Coast rap-rock institution Hed PE performs at Fishhead Cantina. Pennsylvania instrumental trio Square Peg Round Hole performs at the Metro Gallery with Us And Us Only and Mitski. Don’t miss: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic continue to funk into the future at Rams Head Live. 

MONDAY: Connecticut emo band A Will Away plays the Charm City Art Space with Take Care and My Heart, My Anchor. 98 Rock’s "Noise In The Basement" features local bands at the Ottobar.

TUESDAY: Rams Head Live hosts the first annual Maryland Music Awards, which will benefit children with cancer through the Nicole Van Horn Trust Fund. Everclear frontman Art Alexakis plays solo at Baltimore Soundstage, along with Jimmie’s Chicken Shack frontman Jimi HahaJames Taylor and His All-Star Band perform at Royal Farms Arena. 

WEDNESDAY: Corrections House, a metal supergroup featuring members of Eyehategod, Neurosis, Minsk, and Yakuza, performs at Metro Gallery. Don’t miss: Rap legend Slick Rick performs at Baltimore Soundstage with local MCs Kane Mayfield and Billy Lyve opening. 

IN THE WINGS: Baltimore screamo band Pianos Become The Teeth, which recently released its first album with Epitaph Records, "Keep You," will headline Baltimore Soundstage on Dec. 26. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.) On Jan. 23, 24, and 25, 2015, the Meyerhoff will host an evening of musical entertainment from Jason Alexander, the multi-talented actor best known as "Seinfeld’s" George Costanza. (For more information visit bsomusic.org or call [410] 783-8000.) R&B superstars Chris Brown and Trey Songz will bring their upcoming joint tour to Baltimore on Jan. 31 with a concert at Royal Farms Arena. (For more information visit royalfarmsarena.com or call [410] 347-2020.)

 

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