As usual, Baltimore concerts run the gamut this week. The spectrum starts at Nick Carter and ends with Lacuna Coil, with some interesting options in between. And if you can't stomach another Super Bowl house party, there's even a couple of options on Super Sunday.
On Monday, New Orleans singer-songer Marc Broussard brings his "bayou soul" to Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis. Sugar + The Hi-Lows open. Tickets are $39.50.
On Tuesday, Italian metal vets Lacuna Coil take the Rams Head Live stage. Forgive the Fallen also perform. Tickets are $15. If Lacuna Coil is too heavy for you, Weatherbox ($8) plays Sonar's Talking Head Lounge that night, too.
On Wednesday, the heavy music at Rams Head Live continues with the Grammy-nominated Machine Head. Darkest Hour and Suicide Silence also perform. Tickets are $20. British alt-rockers You Me at Six ($10) perform Wednesday night at Ottobar. If you're in D.C., the promising Chicago band Smith Westerns ($15) plays the Black Cat.
On Thursday, '80s posterboy Sebastian Bach performs at Rams Head Live. His energy on stage suggests he's feeling better than ever. Tickets are $20 now; $25 on Thursday. Alexander Trust and Winks ($7/$9) play Metro Gallery. Paul Midon ($15/$17), armed with his trusty acoustic guitar, plays Baltimore Soundstage Thursday night, too.
On Friday, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys has a headlining show at Rams Head Live. Look for my feature on the former teen idol later this week in Live! Tickets are $30. Other options: Cerca Trova ($10/$12) at Talking Head Club; Kathleen Edwards ($22) at 9:30 Club.
On Saturday, Maryland's own Jimmie's Chicken Shack headlines Rams Head Live for the first time in two years. Tickets are $12 now; $15 day of. Dia Frampton, the emo-folk-singer-turned-'Voice'-finalist, performs at Towson's Recher Theatre. I did a lengthy Q&A with Frampton that you'll be able to read later this week. Tickets are $15. Another option: Splintered Sunlight ($19.90) at the 8x10 in Federal Hill.
On Sunday, most of us — even those with purple blood — will be watching the Super Bowl because this is America and all. If that's not your thing, then check out Rise Against ($29.50/$39.50) at the Patriot Center or Bone Thugs-n-Harmony ($25) at 9:30 Club.