Baltimore City Paper

The Short List: Animal Collective, Smokey Robinson, Disappearing Ink, more

WEDNESDAY: Chevelle headlines 98 Rock's Not So Silent Night holiday concert at Rams Head Live with Crobot and Lesser KeySatisfaction plays the hits of the Rolling Stones at the Horseshoe Casino. The Flying EyesOld Testament, and The Shine Brothers bring the psychedelia at the Metro Gallery.  Rapper French Montanaand R&B hitmaker Jeremih bring their joint tour to The Fillmore Silver Spring. Robert Randolph and The Family Band get funky at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: Fern Hallow, a new band featuring Dave Heumann of Arbouretum, makes its live debut at The Crown, playing with DreamcatcherThe Water, and Joseph & The Beasts.

THURSDAY: Animal Collective members Geologist and Deakin return to their old Baltimore stomping grounds to DJ at the Ottobar. Viral-video stars The Piano Guys perform Christmas songs at the Meyerhoff. Singer/songwriter Beth McDonald and pianist Joe Holt play modern jazz and holiday classics at The Cabaret at Germano's. The 8x10's "DEADcember" celebration of the Grateful Dead continues with a tribute performance by Better Off Dead. Harford County punk band Ninety Six Ghosts play the Sidebar with Apathy Cycle. Singer-songwriter Michael Kelly performs at Joe Squared. Attila, the hilarious metalcore band and not the hilarious early Billy Joel project, plays Baltimore Soundstage with Crown The Empire and Like Moths to Flames. Don't miss: Local indie trio Disappearing Ink (featuring CP contributors Joe Tropea and Lawrence Lanahan) holds a release party at the Windup Space for its debut album, with Mink Hollow and the Chris Pumphrey Sextet opening.


FRIDAY: Short List friends Jumpcuts play the Holy Underground with Shark WeekBRNDA, and Trunkweed. Ukelele-strumming girl duo The Sweater Set plays a Christmas show at the Patterson Theater. See-I, featuring members of Thievery Corporation, performs at the 8x10. Americana duo The Hummingbyrds play at Joe Squared.Bro Safari drops dubstep jams at Rams Head Live. Civil City holds a release party for its debut EP at the Ottobar with Over AndoverChrononauts, and Danger Parker. Don't miss: Living legend Smokey Robinson sings selections from his remarkable career at the Lyric Opera House.

SATURDAY: Punk bands Tiny Moving Parts and Seaway stop by the Metro Gallery while playing a short tour together. WWMX-FM's "Mistletoe Meltdown" at Towson University's SECU Arena features pop/rock hitmakers TrainDaughtryO.A.R., and Ingrid MichaelsonCharm City Klezmer throws a holiday party at the Patterson Theater.Gwar brings a bucket of fake blood to Baltimore Soundstage with Corrosion Of Conformity and American Sharks. The Windup Space hosts the local showcase This Is Baltimore with Onespot FringeheadThe Stars And The Sea, and LushfarmThe Legwarmers remember the '80s at Rams Head Live. Reunited Rockville band Dog Fashion Disco plays the Ottobar with Vessel and Seventh Seal. New Jersey punks Aspiga play the Sidebar with Braceface and Imaginary Hockey League. Russian pianist Irina Nuzova performs a recital of Schumann and Beethoven at An die Musik Live. The Eric Byrd TrioJeff Antoniuk, and Delandria Mills perform for the holiday jazz celebration at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center. Don't miss: The Bambou hosts Project Hope, a charity event for the homeless featuring musical performances from J Pope & Funk Friday, LitzRufus Roundtree & The Bmore BrassThe Greek Nubian Collective, and many more.


SUNDAY: Tascam presents a Baltimore battle of the bands at the Ottobar. British dance producer Kove headlines the 9:30 Club in Washington.

MONDAY: Meche Korrect hosts Electric Shrine, an open-mic event at the Windup Space. 98 Rock's Noise In The Basement features local rock at the Ottobar. L.A. hardcore band The Ghost Inside co-headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Every Time I Die. Chicago pop-punk band Knockout Kid plays the Charm City Art Space with A Brighter Life and Something More.

TUESDAY: Philly punks Backslider play the Sidebar with Knife HitsGenocide Pact, and WarXGamesThe Out Of Your Head Collective presents two sets of free improv at the Windup Space. Boston hardcore band, Death Before Dishonor, plays Charm City Art Space.

WEDNESDAY: Singer-songwriter Jacob Panic performs at Joe Squared. Boston hardcore band Vanna plays the Ottobar with Texas In JulySirens And SailorsDefinite, and more.

IN THE WINGS: YouTube hip-hop weirdos Turquoise Jeep return to the Ottobar on Jan. 23, 2015. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Pioneering metal bands Napalm Death and Voivod bring their co-headlining tour to Baltimore Soundstage on Jan. 31. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-0057.) Canadian indie-rock supergroup The New Pornographers will perform at Rams Head Live on Feb. 12 in support of their latest album, "Brill Bruisers." (For more information visit or call [410] 244-1131.)