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The Short List: May 7-14

WEDNESDAY:

Leopold and his Fiction

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, a Texas band whose primary fiction is there being anyone named Leopold in the band, headline the Ottobar. Chicago's the

Safes

play the Sidebar with Short List friends

Thee Lexington Arrows

. Canadian rap-rock band

Redlight King

performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Mississippi hard-rockers

Saving Abel

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headlines the House of Rock in White Marsh.

Haim

plays the early show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, while

Mogwai

plays the late show.

THURSDAY:

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Minneapolis indie band

Howler

plays Metro Gallery.

June Star

plays acoustic at Joe Squared.

Don't miss:

R&B falsetto alien

Bilal

headlines Baltimore Soundstage.

FRIDAY:

Japanese punk band

Peelander-Z

plays the Ottobar in its hair-metal guise as "Metalander-Z," with

Blinding Eye Dog

,

Rare Candy

, and

Warm and Comfy

.

Jennifer Blades

sings of love gone bad in "Here in the Dark" at the Cabaret at Germano's. Seattle's

Prophets of Addiction

play the House of Rock in White Marsh. Denver witch-house producer

Pictureplane

headlines Metro Gallery with locals

Chiffon

,

Abdu Ali

, and

Schwarz

. Whether or not rumors of AC/DC's impending retirement prove to be true, the only way you'll hear their hits live this week is if you catch

High Voltage

at Rams Head Live.

Don't miss:

Three composers showcase their work at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church:

Adam Lempel

,

Sunatirene

, and

Dan Deacon

, who will premiere a composition for a MIDI-controlled church organ.

SATURDAY:

The Sweetlife Festival returns to Merriweather Post Pavilion with headliners

Lana Del Rey

,

Foster the People

,

Bastille

, and

2 Chainz

. Brooklyn pysch-rock trio

Huntronik

plays Club K with

Natural Velvet

and Short List friends

Blood Horses

.

Strange Design

recreates a Phish show in its entirety at the 8x10, because the one thing Phish fans hate about the band is all that spontaneity and improvisation. The

Temptations

, with founding member Otis Williams and some much younger ringers, harmonize at the Meyerhoff. Washington, D.C.-based singer-songwriter-lawyer

Peter Maybarduk

performs at An die Musik. The

Glen Angus Quartet

presents a night of the music of Thelonious Monk at the Cabaret at Germano's. Richmond pop-punk quintet

Broadside

plays the Charm City Art Space with

Of Fortune and Fame

. Atlanta country-rockers

Blackberry Smoke

headlines Baltimore Soundstage. The prolific Kevin Barnes and his band

Of Montreal

headlines the Ottobar with

Dream Tiger

. The

Dave Janesh Trio

plays jazz at Joe Squared. The

Bridge

and the

Jordan August Band

play a Preakness kickoff concert at Rams Head Live.

Don't miss:

David Smooke

and

Benjamin Buchanan

present a night of music on toy pianos at the Red Room.

SUNDAY:

Celebrate Mother's Day with Baltimore Arena's "A Mother's Love" concert, featuring

Gladys Knight

and

Marvin Sapp

. California's

Bad Suns

and Baltimore's

Sun Club

shine at Rams Head Live for WHFS' "Cheap Date" night. The Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series, hosted by

City Paper

contributor Geoffrey Himes, brings

Sam Nitzberg

and

Matt Douglass

to An die Musik. San Francisco husband-wife duo

Peaking Lights

play the Crown with

Protect U

. Daptone Records soul group

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

headline Baltimore Soundstage. Experimental Philadelphia collective

Man Man

plays the Ottobar.

MONDAY:

South African alt-rockers

Kongos

play their hit "Come with Me Now" for a capacity crowd at the 8x10. Boston experimental-pop band

Mutual Benefit

headlines Metro Gallery.

TUESDAY:

Tampa hardcore band

Traitors

play the Sidebar with

I, Leviathan

.

WEDNESDAY:

New Sub Pop signees

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires

play Metro Gallery with the

Glenmont Popes

.

Big Something

continues its weekly residency at the 8x10.

Cult Leader

, featuring former members of Gaza, headlines the Sidebar with

Yautja

.

John Corabi

, best known as Motley Crue's short-lived Vince Neil replacement in the '90s, plays solo at the House of Rock.

Don't miss:

Michael Formanek's

Four Cool Blue Maniacs

play the Windup Space with Kirsten Carey's the

Ulysses Project

.

IN THE WINGS: Neko Case

, whose latest album's title is too long to fit in this space, will headline Rams Head Live on July 1. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.) The show-biz kids of

Steely Dan

will end their summer tour in Baltimore with a date at Pier Six Pavilion on Sept. 17. (For more information, visit piersixpavilion.com or call [410] 783-4189.)

Jane's Addiction

and

Rise Against

will headline the second annual Shindig Music Festival at Carroll Park in Pigtown on Sept. 27, with local favorites

Clutch

,

J. Roddy Walston and the Business

, and the

Charm City Devils

also performing. (For more information, visit theshindigbaltimore.com.)

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