The Short List 9/10/14

WEDNESDAY: Andy Bopp (formerly of Love Nut) plays the Sidebar with Robert Fireball Mitchell. Australian electronica producer Chet Faker headlines the Ottobar. Maryland hard-rock band With Lying Eyes plays the Charm City Art Space with A Will Away, Take Care, and Halle Mudd.

THURSDAY: Eastern Shore pop-punk band Lie For Fun plays the Sidebar with Enemy At The Gate. Don't miss: Food-obsessed alternapop duo Cibo Matto play the Ottobar, with Yuka Honda's husband and guitar genius Nels Cline sitting in with the band.


FRIDAY: Strange Times People Band, a new group featuring Dan Breen of Leprechaun Catering, plays Floristree with Oh Hang, Alex Body, Creep Highway, and Alan Resnick. Country star Billy Currington performs at Power Plant Live. Alt-rock hitmakers Grouplove and Portugal. The Man co-headline at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Pennsylvania quintent Balance And Composure plays the Ottobar with Seahaven and Creepoid. New Jersey neo soul singer Eric Roberson performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Reunited feminist punk band Frightwig, originally formed in San Francisco in 1982, plays the Sidebar with Headwounds and Jane Lee Hooker. Metal band Saints of Rebellion plays Rams Head Live, as a homecoming of sorts for rhythm section Jay and Anthony Hitaffer, who are from Baltimore. Don't miss: Baltimore indie-rock greats The Oranges Band return from a prolonged downtime to play the Metro Gallery with Palomar and Spirit Plots.

SATURDAY: Pier Six Pavilion hosts Star Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem, with performances from Kristen Chenoweth, Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Pentatonix, Train, and many more. The WTMD Studios in Towson host the Baltimore Soul Revue, with performances from Winfield Parker, Sheila Ross, and The Softones. Downtempo dance group Late Night Alumni lays down chill beats at Power Plant Live. San Francisco sludge duo Black Cobra plays the Metro Gallery with Lo-Pan, Foghound, Davidians, and Cavern. Finnish power-metal band Sonata Arctica plays Baltimore Soundstage with Delain and Xandria. Folky bands Trampled By Turtles, Iron And Wine, and Guster headline the Route 29 Revue, an all-day festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The Sidebar hosts Rough Trade, a new semi-monthly queer dance party, with DJ sets from C10, Ellen Degenerate, and Jana Hunter. The Legwarmers play the hits of the Reagan era at Rams Head Live.

SUNDAY: Jack White shows his stripes at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Cleveland thrash-metal band Nekrofilth plays the Ottobar with Cemetary Piss and Jenkem. San Francisco shoegaze band Whirr headlines the Metro Gallery with Cloakroom, Mind/Glow, and Naked opening. City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes hosts The Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series at An die Musik Live, with performances by Mikel Gehl with Natasha Ramirez and Michael J. Hays with Mark Reilly. Don't miss: The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture hosts "The National Anthem, Remixed," with Baltimore beatbox genius Shodekeh, Classic Revolution, and others putting a new twist on Francis Scott Key's 200-year-old composition.

MONDAY: Louisiana doom-metal band Crowbar plays it slow but not sweet at the Ottobar with Revocation, Havok, and Fit For An Autopsy.

TUESDAY: Com Truise, who makes chillwave music more embarrassing than almost anything Tom Cruise ever did, headlines the Ottobar with Survive opening. Atlanta rockers Biters play the Metro Gallery with Shark Week, Cowabunga Pizza Time, and The Set-Up.

WEDNESDAY: The always-incredible Steely Dan revisits the luxurious grooves and brilliant lyrics of its '70 classics at Pier Six Pavilion for the current Jamalot Ever After Tour. Pennsylvania pop-punk band Carousel Kings plays the Charm City Art Space with Highest Honor, Like You to Me, and Heavyweights. Brooklyn emo band A Great Big Pile Of Leaves headlines the Metro Gallery with Diamond Youth, Prawn, and Field Mouse. Oakland goth punk band Crimson Scarlet plays the Sidebar with Suppression, Full Of Hell, Noisem, and Triac. Don't miss: Irish punk legends Stiff Little Fingers play Baltimore Soundstage with The So So Glos and Dot Dash.

IN THE WINGS: Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is headed to the Ottobar on Oct. 25. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Chicago/Minneapolis black-metal band Wolvhammer will play the Sidebar on Nov. 7 with Mortals, Krieg, and Fortress. (For more information visit or call [410] 659-4130.) The boombastic reggae star Shaggy headlines Baltimore Soundstage on Nov. 11. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-0057.) The Piano Guys, a classical crossover group who launched themselves to stardom via YouTube, will perform at the Meyerhoff on Dec. 11. (For more information visit or call [410] 783-8000.)