The Short List: PRhyme, The Frozen Harbor Music Festival, and more
By By Al Shipley
Feb 17, 2015 | 10:36 PM
WEDNESDAY: Local ambient metalcore band Minds Like Mirrors open for The Bunny The Bear at the Ottobar. Don't miss: Baltimore rapper Kane Mayfield previews material from his upcoming debut album while opening for PRhyme at Baltimore Soundstage.
THURSDAY: Brooklyn noise-rock band A Place To Bury Strangers plays the Metro Gallery with local shoegazers Thrushes. San Diego hardcore band Retox headlines the Ottobar with Whores and Octaves. Canadian emo band Silverstein plays Baltimore Soundstage with Hands Like Houses, Major League, and My Iron Lung. Don't miss: North Carolina punk-jazz group Joy On Fire blows the horn at the Windup Space with Expanding Man.
FRIDAY: The Frozen Harbor Music Festival 2015 kicks off with dozens of acts on nine stages, including Jah Works at Angels Rock Bar, Black Angel Down at Luckie's Tavern, The Knolly Moles at Rams Head Live, and The Evokatones at Tin Roof. Philadelphia indie band DRGN King visits the city that inspired its latest album, "Baltimore Crush," to play The Crown (see page 32). Grammy-winning vocalist Patti Austin pays tribute to Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff. The Crown hosts Lupercalia, a dance night full of drum 'n' bass and happy hardcore with U.K. headliner Mistanoize as well as Happy Daze and Databitz. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts Arkansas saxophone veteran Oliver Lake alongside Baltimore jazz legends Michael Formanek andLafayette Gilchrist. Local rapper Damond Blue previews his upcoming album "Blessonz" at Baltimore Soundstage, opening for Wale and Audio Push. Nationally renowned ragtime pianist Adam Swansonperforms at The Cabaret at Germano's. Long-running New York-based ska band The Slackers headline the Ottobar. Wing Dam, our 2014 Best of Baltimore "Best '90s Flashback," plays the Metro Gallery withBoy Spit, See Gulls, and Small Apartments. North Carolina's The Mantras play funk rock at the 8x10. Pittsburgh death-metal band Unit 731 plays the Sidebar with Rock Bottom, Outerview, Sokushinbutsu, and Consumed With Hatred. Don't miss: Baltimore indie rockers The Honest Mistakes play The Circuit in Essex in support of their excellent new album "Get It Right" with Turtle Tongue and Matt Hutchison.
SATURDAY: This afternoon, Rocket To Venus hosts a "disco brunch" with DJ Lemz spinning vinyl for the going-away party for local DJ and music promoterEmily Rabbit, who's relocating to Austin, Texas. Upstate New York hardcore punk vets All Out War play the Charm City Art Space with Xibalba, Rude Awakening, The Banner, and Steel Nation. Reunited '90s New Jersey death metal band Sapremia plays the Sidebar with Bestial Evil and Tyrant's Hand. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 at the Meyerhoff. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble celebrates Black History Month at An die Musik Live. South African self-described "terror-metal" band Megalodon plays the 8x10 with Truth, Ajaax, and The Boomdocks. Don't miss: The Frozen Harbor Music Festival concludes, with Washington, D.C. band RDGLDGRN headlining the Rams Head Live stage and several shows at other venues including RaceCarBed at Mosaic, Gingerwolf at Mex, and Reina Williams at Leinenkugel's Beer Garden.
SUNDAY: Oklahoma Christian rockers Fight The Fade stop through Baltimore on their current national tour at the Charm City Art Space with Sink In, Imaginary Hockey League, and more.
MONDAY: Frasier & The Cranes don't know what to do with those tossed salads and scrambled eggs at the Sidebar with Pocket Vinyl and My Tulpa. Athens, Georgia indie-rock band New Madrid plays the Metro Gallery with Raindeer.
TUESDAY: Nashville alt-rock band Red headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Islander, 3 Years Hollow, and Cyrenic. Ohio thrash trio Mobile Deathcamp plays the Sidebar. German grindcore band Yacøpsæplays the Metro Gallery with Hemdale and Backslider.
WEDNESDAY: Sleazy Canadian R&B cult hero PartyNextDoor headlines Baltimore Soundstage. Helmet plays its 1994 album "Betty" in its entirety at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C.
IN THE WINGS:Superheaven, the Pennsylvania indie band formerly known as Daylight, plays the Metro Gallery on April 2 with Crimson Wave and Wish List. (For more information visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) "Weird Al" Yankovic performs pop parodies like 'It's Still Billy Joel To Me' at Pier Six Pavilion on June 13. (For more information visit piersixpavilion.com or call  783-4189.) Billy Joelperforms hits like 'It's Still Rock And Roll To Me' at M&T Bank stadium on July 25. (For more information visit ticketmaster.com or call  745-3000.)