2101 Maryland Ave., (410) 630-4353, facebook.com/ClubKBaltimore
Club K is a mishmash, and that's just why we like it. They throw shows for all different genres; sometimes they throw all different genres into one show. And the experience of seeing a gig there-well, it's really like nothing else around, what with the neon paintings on the wall, beams of light dotting the faces of attendees and bands alike, muted Korean karaoke videos, and fog-machine smoke. The venue quickly became a hit last winter in the midst of declining warehouse shows, and the bookers who run the space have turned Club K into a hub for touring Japanese bands, bringing a rare and diverse mix of groups to Charm City. The room may be tiny, but Club K's impact is anything but.