Baltimore City Paper

The Short List: Chain and the Gang, Rumba Club, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, and more

You Already Know joins Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale at the 8x10 on Dec. 31.

WEDNESDAY: 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Baltimore, the only live music was John & Ron at Joe Squared.

THURSDAY: Unless you happen upon some Christmas carolers, you're probably not hearing any live music tonight.


FRIDAY: Baltimore screamo band Pianos Become The Teeth headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Diamond YouthSuperheaven, and Black Clouds. DEADcember at the 8x10 winds down with A Very Jerry Christmas with Cris Jacobs and friends. The Thorn Apples hold their fourth annual Holiday Hootenanny at the Windup Space with guests The Highland Hill Boys and Swampcandy. Baltimore Free Farm's benefit show at the Sidebar features the Highland Hill Boysthe Baltimore String FelonsGrassgrinder, and Stephen Lee. Rams Head Live has a "Holiday Hangover" with Scarlet Angel,Never The SunThe Purge EffectFaceplantWe Love The Underground, and many more. DJ El Suprimo spins at the Metro Gallery's customer appreciation dance party. Don't miss: The Baltimorleans Holiday Masquerade Party at the Ottobar with Rufus Roundtree And The B'More Brass Factoryand Louisiana's DJ Hardhead.

SATURDAY: Baltimore's inimitable psychedelic worldbeat band Telesma celebrates the Winter Solstice as well as its own 10th anniversary at the 8x10 with Fractal Cat and Voodoo Pharmacology. Unregistered Nurse Booking presents UN XMAS at the Ottobar with L.A. punk supergroup Neonates, Devo cover band DevoidsPost PinkDJ Dad Weed, and more. Neo-soul power couple Kindred The Family Soul performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Local progressive metal band Intentional Trainwreck plays the Sidebar with RiverviewMachines of Living Death, and Existentium. New Jersey singer-songwriter Noah Pierre plays Rams Head Live with Broken Choice and StarFightJenna-Rose Hannah presents the 3rd annual Holiday Hannahfest at the Windup Space with a diverse bill including the latin jazz band Rumba ClubOrlando Cotto, Strange Attractor, and more. Don't miss: Baltimore indie band Sick Sick Birds plays its final show before disbanding at the Metro Gallery, with Dead Mechanical and Sal Bando opening.


SUNDAY: Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green headlines Baltimore Soundstage with I Can Make A Mess and Elder BrotherTascam presents a battle of the bands at the Ottobar, with a DP-32 Portastudio as the prize. The Apple Scruffs, a Beatles tribute act dedicated more to recreating the band's complex studio recordings than looking the part, plays an acoustic holiday set at The Cabaret at Germano's. Don't miss: Woodbine, Maryland hardcore band Definite plays the Charm City Art Space with HauntBirthright, and Wander.

MONDAY: 98 Rock's Noise In The Basement features local bands at the Ottobar. The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band performs at An die Musik Live. Progressive bands Dopapod and Consider The Source play Baltimore Soundstage. Ohio screamo band Citycop plays the Sidebar with TreefortsBrightside, and Slow Death. The Windup Space hosts the Kunst und Wahnsinn monthly industrial-music night.

TUESDAY: Ohio pop-punk band The Promise Hero plays an early show at the Ottobar, while the late show features Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds and Chain And The Gang. Local punk band Blackout Brigade plays the Sidebar with Cowabunga Pizza Time. D.C. dream-rock band A MARC Train Home plays the Charm City Art Space with End YearThe Escape Artist, and Naked.

WEDNESDAY: The Cold Spring Jazz Quartet rings in the new year at The Cabaret at Germano's. Electronic bands Papadosio and ELM play Rams Head Live. The Windup Space hosts Winter Woodlum II with Bobby E. Lee & The SympathizersCara Kelly & The Tell Tale and You Already Know play tonight at the 8x10, and then in the early hours of 2015 the Charm City Funk Brigade will play as the sun rises. Baltimore club genius DJ Blaqstarr headlines the #NYEDCRNR bash at the Rock And Roll Hotel in Washington. Don't miss: J. Roddy Walston & The Business finish their big year, in which they scored their second charting single, at Baltimore Soundstage with Sleepwalkers.

IN THE WINGS: FLATOUT at the Windup Space on Jan. 24 will feature a performance from local rap phenomenon Young Moose and DJ sets from Neuport and Abdu Ali. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-8855.) Hard-rock hitmakers FlyleafAdelitas Way, and Framing Hanley will play the Snocore 2015 Winter Music Tour, which comes to Rams Head Live on Feb. 4. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-1131.) PRhyme, the duo comprised of hip-hop veterans DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9", performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 18. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-0057.) New York postpunk band A Place To Bury Strangers plays the Metro Gallery on Feb. 19. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-0899.)