Mantras, Toxic Holocaust, Incidental Animals, Twenty One Pilots, and more


Jam band the



hold down a Wednesday residency at the 8x10 throughout November, with

Cats Under the Stars

opening tonight. Soulful folkie

Amos Lee

performs at the Lyric Opera House.

THURSDAY: Cesar Orozco and Kamarata Jazz

combine the Cuban/Venezuelan jazz pianist's roots with flamenco and bossa nova for a unique sound at An die Musik. Relapse Records thrash band

Toxic Holocaust

plays Metro Gallery with

Ramming Speed


In Defence

. Punk-pop website brings the bands


Late Nite Reading



, and

7 Minutes in Heaven

together at the Ottobar on a stop of a national tour. Ivan Neville's


, led by the son of Aaron, plays the 8x10. The latest stop on

Kanye West

's weird and frequently postponed Yeezus Tour with

Kendrick Lamar

comes to the Verizon Center in Washington.

Don't miss:

The Meyerhoff presents an evening of highbrow renditions of classic video game music with "The Legend of Zelda: The Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest."

FRIDAY: Incidental Animals

, a jam band supergroup featuring members of String Cheese Incident and Animal Liberation Orchestra, perform at Baltimore Soundstage.



plays acoustic gypsy jazz at Joe Squared. Local blues-rockers

Pushing Giants

play downstairs at the Ottobar, while

DJ James Nasty

spins Baltimore Club and disco for the Physical Education party upstairs. Neo-soul star


, still working that pretentious punctuation in the middle of her name, headlines Rams Head Live.

Elvis Costello

plays solo-rather than with the Roots, as on his excellent new album,

Wise Up Ghost

-at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington.

Mike Doughty

plays terrible solo arrangements of songs written by his great old band Soul Coughing at the 9:30 Club.

Don't miss:

Baltimore thrash band

Radical Discharge

holds a release party for its new album at Metro Gallery, with

Charm Offensive





Long-running hardcore band

Crown of Thornz

plays the Charm City Art Space with

Suburban Scum


Criminal Instinct


Piece Keeper

, and

Reality Check

opening. Reggae collective

Easy Star All-Stars

play Baltimore Soundstage with

New Kingston


Dub Campaign

. Washington, D.C. singer-songwriter

Matt Tarka

performs at Joe Squared. Baltimore tenor-sax vet

Steve Carrington

performs at An die Musik.

DJ Dad Weed

spins at a party at the Ottobar, where five Ottobar 2014 season passes will be given out. Baltimore punks




play Metro Gallery. Live EDM quintet

Go Go Gadjet

headlines Rams Head Live. Baltimore indie band

Vinny Vegas

plays songs from its just-released debut album,

The Big White Whale

, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Frederick.


Impressively resilient and consistent pop-radio mainstay


headlines the Verizon Center in Washington.

Don't miss:

Charm City folk favorites

Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides

play Metro Gallery with the

Happy Hours


Sweet Saro



98 Rock's Noise in the Basement showcases Baltimore bands at the Ottobar. Unnerving buzz band

Twenty One Pilots

plays the 9:30 Club.


Modern-rock muppets


headlines DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.

Don't miss:

R&B singers

K. Michelle


Sevyn Streeter

perform the hits that have recently made them fixtures on urban radio at Rams Head Live.


On the eve of Thanksgiving, Golden West holds a karaoke party, and Metro Gallery holds a pre-holiday celebration with a DJ set from

Spank Rock

. Increasingly skeezy R&B star


celebrates "Pussy Appreciation Day" as per the hilarious track from his latest album at the Lyric Opera House.

Bastards of Reality

play Sabbath covers at the Ottobar. The Windup Space hosts Duel Jam, a night of improvisation with music by the

Friday Night Book Club

and movement by the

Deep Vision Dance Company


Don't miss:

Baltimore Soundstage hosts the Brian Jack Memorial Concert, paying tribute to the late guitarist of Baltimore hard-rock legend Child's Play, with performances from the

Charm City Devils

and a special

Child's Play

set featuring surviving original members of the band and Mitch Allan of SR-71.


Regional favorite

Keller Williams

will help Rams Head Live count down to 2014 on Dec. 31. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 244-1131.) Annoying YouTube phenomenon turned annoying major-label also-ran


performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Jan. 29. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 244-0057.) The


, still spreading traditional Irish music around the world after over 50 years together, will headline the Lyric Opera House on March 2. (For more information, visit

or call [410] 685-5086.)