The Short List: Weird Al, the Heartless Bastards, Chastity Belt, more
By By Al Shipley
Jun 09, 2015 | 11:23 AM
WEDNESDAY: The 24-year-old Tyler, The Creator has a middle schooler's sartorial sense and obsession with shock value at Rams Head Live. Andy Bopp featuring Warren Boes, two local rock vets (of Love Nut and All Mighty Senators, respectively), play the Ottobar with Your Imaginary Friend opening. Baltimore's Ypsetspins deep house at the 8x10. Mumford & Sons get slightly less old timey than usual at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
THURSDAY:Betty Who, an Australian pop singer whose great 2014 album "Take Me When You Go" went woefully under the radar in America, headlines the Ottobar. Singer/actress Carolyn Black-Sotir performs a tribute to Steven Sondheim at The Cabaret at Germano's. Albany indie-rock band Northern Faces headline the Metro Gallery. Ultrafaux & Friends play Parisian jazz at the Patterson Theater. Don't miss: Underlined Passages, a new band led by Michael Nestor (formerly of The Seldon Plan), plays the Sidebar with Sink Tapes and The NRIs.
FRIDAY:John Mellencamp rolls out his long résumé of hits at the Lyric Opera House. Sunset Strip revivalists Buckcherry love the cocaine at Power Plant Live. Singer-songwriter Jerry Joseph performs at the 8x10. Fast-rising Seattle band Chastity Belt headlines the Metro Gallery. Baltimore horror punk band The Sonic Creeps play the Fishhead Cantina with Electric Prophets and more. Influential rapping legend Rakim performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring. Don't miss: Brazilian saxophone prodigy Michel Nirenberg makes his Baltimore debut at An die Musik Live with the Lucini Brothers.
SATURDAY: Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival 2015 features music from Karpouzi Trio, Pablo Antonio y La Firma, Sherman Holmes Projects, and more at the Patterson Theater and on nearby outdoor stages. After more than a decade apart, Baltimore screamo band Margret Heater reunites at the Ottobar with Vesseland Bound State. Saving Apollo, Whisky Train, Sweet Leda, and more perform at Honfest 2015 in Hampden. The local hip-hop community observes Solomon Appreciation Day, to celebrate Solomon, owner of the long-running venue the Hott Spott Lounge (formerly The 5 Seasons), at his club. ELM, DETLAnine, and more play the 8x10 for a Baltimore pre-party for West Virginia's Camp Barefoot Music & Arts Festival. The Legwarmers take hits from the '80s and make 'em sound so crazy at Rams Head Live. Buffalo singer-songwriter Casey Bolles plays the Sidebar with Head North, No Good News, and more. Maryland instrumental band Time Columns play the Metro Gallery with Rare Candy. Local speed/thrash-metal band Season Of Fear plays Fishhead Cantina. Lower Dens don't currently have a hometown show in Baltimore scheduled on their summer tour, but you can drive down to Washington, D.C. to catch them at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Don't miss:Incomparable pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic dares to be stupid at Pier Six Pavilion.
SUNDAY: Honfest 2015 performers include Caleb Stine & The Brakemen, Bristol Blue, and Matt Hutchison. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 99th season concludes with a performance of Leonard Bernstein's operetta "Candide." Creative Differences presents Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, an 11-piece avant jazz big band, at The Windup Space. Post-punk collective Self Defense Family headlines the Metro Gallery with Chomp and Birthright. Washington, D.C. band Les Rhinoceros plays otherworldly grooves at the Patterson Theater. Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett headlines the second of two nights at the 9:30 Club in Washington. Don't miss: Twangy Ohio rockers Heartless Bastards headline the Ottobar in support of their fifth album, "Restless Ones," out this month.
MONDAY: English alt-rock duo Drenge headlines the Metro Gallery. The Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band swings at An die Musik Live. The Windup Space hosts the Electric Shrine open mic.
TUESDAY: Iowa band Karen Meat & The Computer play the Sidebar. The Out Of Your Head Collective presents two sets of free experimental improv at The Windup Space. Former Acid Bath frontman Dax Riggs performs at the 8x10. New Jersey prog-metal band The Dillinger Escape Plan headlines the Rock & Roll Hotel in D.C. Sub Pop duo The Helio Sequence plays the Black Cat in D.C.
WEDNESDAY: Slightly strange bedfellows of alt-rock yesteryear Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional co-headline Pier Six Pavilion. Juicy J,the Three 6 Mafia rapper who's carved out an unlikely career as a crossover star on hits by Katy Perry and Usher, performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring.
IN THE WINGS: Minnesota pop-punk band Motion City Soundtrack is headed to Baltimore Soundstage on July 21. (For more information visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call  244-0057.) Faith No More, who just released its first album in 17 years, will headline Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 2. (For more information visit merriweathermusic.com or call  715-5550.) British shoegaze band Swervedriver, who also just released its first album in 17 years, will visit stateside this fall and play the Ottobar on Sept. 4. (For more information visit theottobar.com or call  662-0069.)