The Short List: 6/18/14

WEDNESDAY: Devo plays Rams Head Live on the first night of a tour in which they'll be revisiting their early experimental work. Buffalo punk trio On The Cinder plays the Sidebar. Local thrash band Exemptus (formerly Executioner) performs at Club K with Lillith and Old Man Savage. Internet radio station holds a local band showcase at the Ottobar.

THURSDAY: The Windup Space celebrates the 21st birthday of the cinematic masterwork Jurassic Park, with performances by the New York experimental band You Bred Raptors? and a local group formed for the occasion called One Big Pile Of Shit. Maryland-based label Alchemical Records holds "An Alchemical Extravaganza" at Fishhead Cantina with Battlefield Collective, Spencer Joyce, YellowTie Guy, and more. The Boh Weevils host a monthly acoustic open mic every third Thursday at Joe Squared. Richmond hardcore band Bitchmouth plays Club K with Mensroom and Wet Brain. One-man band Scott H. Biram headlines the Ottobar. Pianist George Colligan performs at An die Musik Live. The Honey Island Swamp Band brings Louisiana grooves to the 8x10.

FRIDAY: The Cradle Theatre Company holds its second annual cabaret at Germano's. The now de-bearded Matisyahu performs at Power Plant Live. Hank3 continues the family business at Rams Head Live. Jazz vocalist Kristin Callahan performs at An die Musik Live. Baltimore punks and horror movie buffs Dead End Lane play the Sidebar. Miami metal band Black Tide performs at Café 611 in Frederick, Maryland. Ethereal '80s rock-influenced Baltimore band Drone Theory plays Club K with Jeff Malice, Hybrid Baby, and Captive Sons. Don't miss: Baltimore roots rockers Bobby E. Lee & The Sympathizers hold a release party for their new album, The New Testament, at the Ottobar, with The Matrimonials and Cubbiebear opening.

SATURDAY: Man Forever, a Thrill Jockey band led by So Percussion's John Colpitts, plays the Windup Space with Microkingdom and Oh Hang. At Club K, local metal label Grimoire Records hosts "666 Days On Mars," a celebration of the Curiosity Rover's 666th day exploring Mars, with performances by Torrid Husk, Lifetime Shitlist, and Cavern. The fifth installment of rapper Abdu Ali's event KAHLON at The Crown, co-hosted by City Paper contributor Lawrence Burney, features performances by Weekends and Buffa7o and DJ sets by Sexoesthetic and Co La. West Coast funk ensemble Karl Denson's Tiny Universe headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Louisiana's The Revelers hold a black-pot dance party at the Patterson Theatre. Bluegrass band The Wafflers play at Joe Squared. Philadelphia-based soul jazz organ trio Hambone Relay performs at The Cabaret at Germano's. Skies In Chaos, a local band that claims to have "sexy riffs and ‘wanna-go-fast' rhythms," plays Rams Head Live with Conflict Within and Demeanor. Upstairs at the Ottobar, you can sing live punk rock karaoke with a full backing band. Don't miss: Current Space holds a Summer Solstice party, with DJ sets by Scottie B. and Mark Brown as well as the "live" debut of Schwarz, performing rather than DJing.

SUNDAY: The Avant-Trad Band plays Dixieland as free jazz at An die Musik Live. Uncorked Cabaret presents the Baltimore debut of a new show, Cubicles: Singing Our Way Out Of The Box, at Germano's.

MONDAY: The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band plays Ellington, Basie, and Strayhorn at An die Musik Live. Indiana dream-pop band Stagnant Pools headlines the Metro Gallery with Surf Harp and Sean Wilson. Wisconsin punks Masked Intruder actually wear colorful ski masks while performing at the Sidebar.

TUESDAY: Local folk band The Manly Deeds plays WYPR's Concerts In Patterson Park series in support of its new self-titled album. Boston hardcore band Matahari plays the Sidebar with Slow Mover and Dead Gods. South African soul singer and international superstar Lira headlines Baltimore Soundstage.

WEDNESDAY: The amazing Say Anything plays Rams Head Live in support of its new album Hebrews. Ben Bennet deconstructs his drumset at the Red Room. Don't miss: San Antonio band Pinata Protest fuses punk with Tex-Mex influences at the Ottobar.

IN THE WINGS: The first Believe In Music Festival, which will benefit music education for underprivileged youth in Baltimore City, will be held in Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville on July 26, with performers including Thievery Corporation, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Jimmy Cliff, BoomBox, and The Bridge. (For more information visit The hard-rocking Wilson sisters of Heart will come to Pier Six Pavilion on August 9. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-4189.) Lil Boosie, the Louisiana rap star who recently finished a few years in prison, will triumphantly return to his sizeable Baltimore fanbase with a date at the Baltimore Arena on August 16. (For more information visit or call [410] 347-2020.)

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