The Short List: Stars and the Sea, Dick Diver, Taylor Swift in DC, more
By Al Shipley
Jul 07, 2015 | 9:01 PM
WEDNESDAY: Australian indie-pop band Dick Diver plays the Ottobar during its current U.S. tour. Idina Manzel sings 'Let It Go' and some songs every kindergartener doesn't know by heart at the Hippodrome. Brooklyn punk quartet Electro Insides play the Sidebar with Castration Rite. Raekwon and Ghostface Killah perform songs from the purple tape at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Husband-and-wife indie duo Mates Of State headline the Rock And Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. DELTAnine is joined by CloZee and Ypset in his July residency at the 8x10. Don't miss: Symantyx, one of The Short List's favorite women in Baltimore hip-hop, performs at the Underground Lounge showcase at The Windup Space with Eze Jackson, Ill Conscious, 330, and more.
THURSDAY: Lancaster emo band You, Me And Everyone We Know play the Ottobar with The Press War. Kentucky alt rockers The Foxery play the Sidebar with locals Stars & The Sea. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents Alabama-born country traditionalist Dale Watson.
FRIDAY: Los Angeles indie rapper Coolzey performs at Reverb Social Club with Maya Killtron, Eze Jackson, and more. Girlfriend In A Coma and Lower Wolves cover your favorite Smiths and R.E.M. songs, respectively, at the Ottobar. Black Rose Metal Heart presents Face Melting Friday at the Sidebar with New York groove-metal band Proxima Control. Local soul combo Brooks Long And The Mad Dog No Good play the 8x10 with Femi The DriFish. Philadelphia post-metal band Rosetta plays the Metro Gallery with Cavern, Barbelith, and more. 1970s AOR gods Kansas play 'Carry On Wayward Son,' 'Dust In The Wind,' and all the other hits you're too cool to admit enjoying at Rams Head Live. Brad Gunson hosts Friday Nite Jazz at Joe Squared. Canadian indie supergroup The New Pornographers headlines the 9:30 Club in D.C. Don't miss: Baltimore-born and currently U.K.-based experimental musician Marlo Eggplant plays her first hometown show in four years at The Windup Space with Liz Meredith, Travis Johns, and more.
SATURDAY: Rams Head Live hosts a skastravaganza with The Pietasters, Stacked Like Pancakes, and The Evokatones. Hagerstown doom-metal band Slagstorm plays the Sidebar with Athame, Dispellment, and Boys Don't Cry. L.A.-based band Las Cafeteras plays Afro-Mexican grooves at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson. Former Crack The Sky bassist Carey Ziegler performs at the 8x10. Upstate New York rock-and-soul band WildAdriatic performs at The Avenue at White Marsh. Grammy-nominated roots band Professor Louie & The Crowmatix headline the Common Ground On The Hill Festival, at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.Don't miss: Baltimore-based trumpeter and vocalist Nico Sarbanes interprets the Great American Songbook with his quintet at An die Musik Live.
SUNDAY: City Paper contributor Geoffrey Himes hosts the Roots Café singer-songwriter series at An die Musik Live, with special guest Steve Johnson of The Kings of Crownsville. Tascam presents The Baltimore Battle of the Bands at the Ottobar, awarding to the winner a choice of cash, recording equipment, or other prizes. Mighty Mighty Bosstones don't know how to party at the 9:30 Club in D.C.
MONDAY: An die Musik hosts its Monday night Peabody Student Jazz showcase. Memphis thrash band Dawn Patrol plays the Sidebar with Universal Remonster. The Taylor Swift juggernaut touches down in D.C. for the first of two nights at Nationals Park. Don't miss: Local "power-slop" band Omnislash plays 98 Rock's Noise In The Basement showcase at the Ottobar with Born of Kings, Seventh Seal, and more.
TUESDAY: The Mike Busch Quintet and Life Sound play The Windup Space.
WEDNESDAY: Malaika Aminata hosts the Our Nature open mic, with DJ K Meta on turntables, at The Windup Space. Atlanta indie trio Bear Girl plays the Sidebar with Youth League and Iselia. Nintendocore rockers The Protomen play Mega Man jams at Baltimore Soundstage. Irish bluegrass band I Draw Slow performs at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.
IN THE WINGS: Jamaican star Mr. Vegas will turn the Ottobar into a dance hall on Aug. 7. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.) Dozens of dance acts such as Bassnectar and Dillon Francis, along with outliers like R&B star Ty Dolla $ign, willl descend upon Pimlico Race Course for this year's Moonrise Festival on Aug. 8 and 9. (For more information visit moonrisefestival.com.) The Charlie Daniels Band will fiddle the night away at Rams Head Live on Sept. 17. (For more information visit ramsheadlive.com or call  244-1131.) Mannheim Steamroller will bring Christmas cheer to the Lyric Opera House on Dec. 10. (For more information visit lyricoperahouse.com or call  685-5086.)