The Short List: The Toasters, Girlfriend in a Coma, Cage, and more
By Al Shipley
Jan 13, 2015 | 5:58 PM
WEDNESDAY:The Toasters skank it up at the Ottobar with Bumpin' Uglies and The Evokatones. Texas chamber rock ensemble Mother Falcon performs at the Patterson Theater. Local punk trio Canker Blossomplays the Sidebar with The Sharp Lads and Professional Victim. Don't miss: Local MCs Butch Dawson and Drew Scott open for Cage at Baltimore Soundstage.
THURSDAY: Baltimore DIY label A389 Records kicks off its 11th anniversary celebration at the Sidebar with Ilsa, Starkweather, Pharaoh, and more tonight. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds play throwback soul at the 8x10. Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts Kahulanui, a nine-piece Hawaiian swing orchestra. Catonsville-based folk band Conor Brendan and the Wild Hunt plays the Ottobar with Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why. Virginia thrash-metal band Municipal Waste plays Baltimore Soundstage with Old Lines. The Baltimore Boom Bap Society lays down beats and rhymes at the Windup Space. Annapolis trio Phantom Lanternsplays the Charm City Art Space with Mourning. Don't miss: Bassist Kevin Walker returns home to Baltimore, after touring with superstars Prince and Justin Timberlake, to perform with the Jazz Chronicles at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.
FRIDAY: Peabody alum Alon Goldstein makes his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut as the featured pianist for a performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 at the Meyerhoff. Creative Alliance at the Patterson hosts Nighthawks side project Mark Wenner's Blues Warriors. It's an all-Prince karaoke night at the Metro Gallery. Rolling Stones cover band Beggar's Banquet sings the stray cat blues at the 8x10. Morrissey/Smiths tribute act Girlfriend In A Coma and Joe Jackson tribute act I'm The Man provide a night of smart British hits of the '80s at the Ottobar. 4 Hours Of Funk will house you at the Windup Space. Don't miss: Night 2 of the A389 XI Anniversary Show at the Sidebar features Haymaker, Sex Prisoner, False Light, and more.
SATURDAY: A389 XI Anniversary bash moves to the Metro Gallery for its third night with Full Of Hell, Noisem, Homewrecker, and Genocide Pact. Ten and RATM2 play the songs of Pearl Jam and Rage Against The Machine, respectively, at Rams Head Live. New Orleans hard-rock band Lillian Axe plays the Fishhead Cantina with Life Denied, Liquid Lucky, Love In Vein, and more. Baltimore's The Great Heights Band plays rad pop at the Sidebar with Silver Dollar Switchblade and Matt Pless. Don't miss: Janus-Fest at the Windup Space celebrates the power of two with a bill full of duos including Curse, Elagabalus, Headwounds, Heavy Temple, Iron Gavel, Lazlo Lee, Rukut, and a reunion of the Expotentials.
SUNDAY: Local rockers Signs Point East headline Gorilla Music's "The Best of Baltimore" bill at the Ottobar. West Virginia stoner-rock band Karma To Burn plays the Metro Gallery with Sierra and Rhin.
MONDAY: It's a Monday in January and there is pretty much nothing going on. Maybe stay home and watch a concert DVD?
TUESDAY: The Out Of Your Head Collective presents two sets of experimental improv at the Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: The Beatnik Bar hosts an acoustic jazz jam session—sheet music is available on the event's Facebook page if you want to join in on a Django Reinhardt tune. Kayo Dot, the Boston avant-metal band formed from the ashes of the Boston avant-metal band Maudlin of the Well, plays the Metro Gallery. Massachusetts pop-punk band Four Year Strong stops by the Ottobar on its current tour with openers Comeback Kid andExpire Handgunts. New Orleans funk-rock band Flow Tribe plays the 8x10 with Scrambled Greg. The Windup Space hosts the Electric Shrine open mic. Don't miss: Baltimore hardcore kids Blackwolf Beach play the Sidebar with The Combs.
IN THE WINGS: Wale's tour in support of his forthcoming "Seinfeld"-inspired "Album About Nothing" stops at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 20. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Baltimore thrash bands Radical Discharge and Enemy Insects will play a release party for their split 12-inch release at the Metro Gallery on Feb. 28. (For more information visit themetrogallery.net or call  244-0899.) Steve Winwood will take the hits of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith, and his solo career and roll with it at the Lyric Opera House on April 28. (For more information visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.) When the warm weather returns in a few months, Merriweather Post Pavilion will once again host outdoor concerts, beginning with country hitmakers Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett on May 9. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.)