The Short List: O.A.R., of Montreal, Mötley Crüe, more
By By Al Shipley
Aug 18, 2015 | 4:43 PM
WEDNESDAY:Willie Nelson is on the road again, and stops by Merriweather Post Pavilion. Ohio bands All Dogs and The Sidekicks play the Metro Gallery.
THURSDAY: Local cover band The Piranhas perform at The Can Company for this month's weekly Can Music Fest concert series. Indie-pop singer-songwriter Jess Labus gives a happy-hour performance in the Gastropub at Germano's Piattini. Oakland stoner-metal band High On Fire headlines Baltimore Soundstage with Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus, and more. YouTube sensation Miranda Sings gives off-key performances of show tunes, because that's totally funny and worth paying to see, at the Hippodrome.
FRIDAY: Gladys Knight and the O'Jays sing the hits at Pier Six Pavilion. Washington, D.C.-based jazz saxophonist Rick Alberico performs at The Cabaret at Germano's. Rockville-bred rock stars O.A.R. headline Merriweather Post Pavilion. Canadian R&B singer Tamia headlines Rams Head Live in support of her excellent new album “Love Life.” Local rockers Higher Education play the 8x10 with Warden, Turtle Tongue, and more. Wisdom Court Entertainment throws an end-of-summer bash at The Vanity Room in Rosedale with local rappers including Shy Lady Heroin and B.O.M.B. Baltimore punk and metal label Bad Taco Records hold a showcase at Guido's Speakeasy in Frederick, featuring Blinding Eye Dog, Full Regalia, Bukkake Party Tonight, and more. Don't miss: Insubordination Records takes over the Sidebar for the first of two nights with “Dirty Little Secret,” a mysterious label celebration with 10 unannounced bands.
SATURDAY:Retired (featuring members of Roomrunner, Crimson Wave, Hive Bent, and Wildhoney) plays its second and final show at the Ottobar with The Holy Circle, Birth (Defects), Dark Blue, and more. Swedish metal band Ghost gives an in-store performance at The Sound Garden at 2 p.m. D.C. honky-tonk combo Karen Collins & The Backroads Band perform at The Cabaret at Germano's. The 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert at Pier Six Pavilion features Baltimore favorites Crack The Sky and The Ravyns. Maryland Folk Fest presents folk and pagan metal bands Aether Realm, Sekengard, Isenmor, Throne Of Wilderness, and more at the Metro Gallery. Baltimore County indie-pop band Parallel Heights play Rams Head Live with Hollow Party, Over Andover, and more. D.C. funk/rock band Moonliscious plays Fish Head Cantina with Rooster And The Renegades. R&B singer-songwriter Anthony David performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Darius Rucker continues his successful second act as a country solo act at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Brett Eldredge. Georgia indie vets of Montreal perform at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. Don't miss: True Vine presents a performance by Mali's Sidy Maiga and Afrimanding at 2640 Space, with a DJ set of Afro-Latin beats by Jason Willett.
SUNDAY: Tascam presents the finals of The Baltimore Battle of the Bands at the Ottobar. The Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series, hosted by City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes, welcomes Tony Denikos of The Working Poor and Alan MacEwen of The Grandsons at An die Musik. The Annapolis Jazztet provides musical accompaniment for brunch at The Cabaret at Germano's.
MONDAY: Philadelphia post-punk trio Amanda X plays the Ottobar with The Spirit Of The Beehive. Oakland doom-metal band Lycus plays the Sidebar with Funerary, Ooze, and more. An die Musik hosts its Monday night Peabody Student Jazz showcase.
TUESDAY: California rap introvert Earl Sweatshirt performs music from his latest album “I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside” at Rams Head Live. Local trio DaikonDaikon plays the Sidebar with Grampfather, Moth Puppy, and more. Punk survivors Social Distortion headline the Fillmore Silver Spring.
WEDNESDAY:Mötley Crüe's farewell tour swings through Baltimore one last time at Royal Farms Arena with Alice Cooper. LITZ winds down its August residency at the 8x10 with Broccoli Samurai and The Hustle Souls. Man, it'll be a hot one when Santana headlines Pier Six Pavilion. Don't miss: Brooklyn rock trio Boytoy previews songs from its debut album, due out in October, at Holy Frijoles.
IN THE WINGS:Toro Y Moi continues to outlive the “chillwave” label that propelled its early career at Rams Head Live on Oct. 4. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) The Festival Of Praise Tour brings gospel stars Hezekiah Walker, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, and more to the Lyric Opera House on Oct. 24. (For more information visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.) After disbanding three years ago, Baltimore band Fools & Horses will reunite at the 8x10, with Fat Man Cat Bite opening, on Nov. 14. (For more information visit the8x10.com or call  625-2000.)