The Short List: TobyMac, Taking Back Sunday, Enter Shikari, more

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WEDNESDAY: Washington, D.C. folk band Citrine, formerly known as Kindlewood, plays the Ottobar with Fern Hallow, Tiny Timbers, and Deer Creek. Baltimore rapper Ill Conscious performs at The Windup Space with Guy Grams, 330, Sonne, and DJ Addikt. Don’t miss: Swans headline Baltimore Soundstage in support of their acclaimed 2014 album “To Be Kind.”

THURSDAY: Long-running San Francisco indie band Deerhoof headlines the Ottobar with Perfect Pussy and WUME. Portland duo Strangled Darlings play mandolin and cello at The Cabaret at Germano’s. The Kupinski Guitar Duo performs Chopin and Gershwin at An die Musik Live. Local noise-metal bandRatboiler plays The Windup Space with Garage Sale and Old Indian. New York indie band Amen Dunes play the Metro Gallery with Weyes Blood and Holy Ghost Party. Baltimore's own lo-fi songstress Mary Wander plays the Sidebar with Dead Night and Moth Puppy. Electronic duo Boombox headlines Rams Head Live. Texas dubstep producer Psymbionic comes to the 8x10 with Govinda and Soohan. Lieutenant, the new band fronted by Foo Fighters bassist and AIDS truther crackpot Nate Mendel, headlines the Black Cat in D.C. Grammy-winning country singer Kacey Musgraves visits the 9:30 Club.

FRIDAY: Christian contemporary music superstar TobyMac headlines SECU Arena at Towson University with Mandisa and Capital Kings. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra accompanies a screening of the classic movie musical "Singin’ In The Rain" at the Meyerhoff. Mother Brain and Artificial Brain play brainy metal at the Ottobar. Future Fest’s first night at The Windup Space features underground rappers like Memphis’ Cities Aviv and locals Black Zheep DZ and Al Rogers Jr. Virginia atmospheric instrumental band End Year plays Charm City Art Space. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents a Bhangra dance party with DJ Rekha. Vonnegut-referencing Boston metalcore band Ice Nine Kills plays Baltimore Soundstage with Motionless In White and For Today. Washington, D.C. synth-rock band Incredible Change plays the Metro Gallery with Joseph & The Beasts and Starlight Natives. Glam metal shredderMichael Angelo Batio, formerly of Nitro, plays Fish Head Cantina with Ghost Of War. North Carolina old-school metal band Demon Eye plays the Sidebar with Foghound and Savagist. Don't miss: Easy Beat Productions presents long-running Baltimore reggae band Jah Works at the 8x10 along with a canned food drive for the Maryland Food Bank.

SATURDAY: Future Fest moves to The Hour Haus for the second night, featuring Butch Dawson. FLATOUT, a party organized by City Paper contributor Lawrence Burney, features Sporting Life, DJ Angel Baby, Lor Chris, and more at The Windup Space. The Ottobar hosts Tascam’s battle of the bands finals, with a DP-32 Portastudio going to the winner. Another battle of the bands goes down at Fish Head Cantina. Long Island emo band Taking Back Sunday headlines Rams Head Live in support of its 2014 album "Happiness Is." Nashville quintet Free Throw plays Charm City Art Space with Blis., Naked, Westfield, and more. California reggae rockers Arden Park Roots play the 8x10 with Pasadena and Wise Eyes. Local black-metal band Putrid Servant plays the Sidebar with Mome, Oak, and Corpse Light. Boston stoner-metal band Elder plays the Metro Gallery with The Convocation and Borracho.

SUNDAY: Alien Ant Farm, whose new single 'Homage' is truly, profoundly awful, plays the Fish Head Cantina with (Hed)p.e. and Bad Seed Rising. New Jersey punk band The Moms performs at the Metro Gallery with Braceface and Whiff. Pittsburgh indie-pop band Brightside plays the Charm City Art Space withSister City, Dan Curtis, and more. Local indie quartet The Truly Haunted plays the Ottobar with Gloria Adios, Body Thief, and more. Cali punk vets Pennywise headline the Fillmore Silver Spring. Don't miss: Sound & Text at the Red Room features OA, a collaboration between musician Matt Davignon and writer Hugh Behm-Steinberg, along with local electronic duo Nudie Suits and poet Dora Malech.

MONDAY: New York indie quartet Pupppy plays The Crown with locals Western Star and Rattlewood. The Windup Space hosts the Kunst und Wahnsinn industrial music night.

TUESDAY: Massachusetts pop-punk band A Loss For Words stops by the Ottobar on its farewell tour with Pentimento, Speak Low If You Speak Love, Like Pacific, and more.

WEDNESDAY: British electronic hard-rock band Enter Shikari headlines the Ottobar with Stray From The Path, Hundredth, and more. 

IN THE WINGS: Zappa Plays Zappa, in which Dweezil pays tribute to his father Frank, returns to Rams Head Live on May 10, with tickets also available for a “master class” music session from Mr. Zappa himself earlier that day. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-1131.) Fantastic D.C. punk band Priests headline the Ottobar on May 17 with Downtown Boys and Big Mouth opening. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced its 100th season, which will include a centennial concert on Feb. 11, 2016 at the Meyerhoff, featuring violinist Joshua Bell performing his adaptation of Bernstein’s 'West Side Story Suite.' (For more information visit or call [410] 783-8000.)

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