Music Box: Indie rock band Metric visits Rams Head Live! in Baltimore

Metric performs Friday at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore.
Metric performs Friday at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore. (Courtesy photo, Capital Gazette)

Canadian indie rock band Metric appears at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore this Friday night for a sold-out show (9 p.m.).

Lead singer Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw once played with the band Broken Social Scene. Both had successful solo projects and Emily has guested on a number of projects including one with electronic outfit The Crystal Method.

Metric's fifth solo release, "Synthetica" (2012), follows in the wake of the critically acclaimed "Live It Out" (2005) and "Fantasies," which won the 2010 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. Metric followed with "Synthetica," which garnered two Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent to the Grammies).

R&B rockers Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, who perform at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis on Friday (8 p.m.), at was formed in 1975 by singer Johnny Lyons and by E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt, who produced their first three releases.

They achieved recognition for their incendiary live shows and from an appearance in the films "Between the Lines" and "Captain America" and on television's SCTV comedy show. Rolling Stone picked their album Hearts of Stone as one of the best of the '70s and '80s.

The Capital Jazz Fest heats up this weekend at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. On Friday night the Pavilion Stage has Will Downing's 25th Anniversary Concert Celebration (7:30 show). Titled "An Evening of Sophisticated Soul," special guests include Avery Sunshine plus comedian Jammin' Jay Lamont.

Other Friday shows this week include Australian electronic band Cut Copy with Worlds End Press at the 9:30 Club (sold out), Latin jazz group Sin Miedo at the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art as part of the D.C. Jazz Festival (5:30 p.m.). At The Hamilton, it's vibraphonist Stefon Harris & Blackout (8:30 p.m.), and at The Howard Theatre, look for The Latin Rock Invasion, a mini-festival lineup which includes Mache3, La Riña, Versus, Eslatin, Wahyoyo, Lazaro and Sentius & Elvis (8 p.m.). Meanwhile, at Blues Alley, don't miss Tuck & Patti this Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (8 and 10 p.m. shows). All these shows are in Washington, D.C.


On Saturday this week the


Capital Jazz Festival

continues with an all-day affair headlined by


Dave Koz's Summer Horns

(Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, and Gerald Albright), plus

Lalah Hathaway


Marcus Miller


Ronny Jordan


Kim Waters

and the

Robert Glaspar Experiment

(noon until 10 p.m., gates open at 10 a.m.). And that's just the Pavilion Stage. Over on the Soul Stage hosted by


Doug E. Fresh


Eric Roberson

, you'll find yourself movin' and groovin' to the funky sounds of

Chaka Khan


"Babyface" Edmonds


The Ohio Players

and others!

If Baltimore is your base this Saturday, then just roll on up to

Rams Head Live!

this Saturday for a soulful evening with

Mint Condition


Chooky Caldwell

(9 p.m. show). The group celebrates more than 20 years of soulful ballads and heavy funk (with an emphasis on the f-u-n).

And close by down at the

Pier 6 Concert Pavilion

in Baltimore harbor, you're invited to an evening of electro organic cutting-edge party rocking beats from

Pretty Lights

(producer Derek Vincent Smith) and MC Gramatik (5 p.m. show).

In Annapolis on Saturday,

Rams Head On Stage

welcomes rockin' country soul band

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers

along with

Rayland Baxter

(8 p.m.).

Portland band (by way of Alaska)

Portugal the Man

appears this Saturday night at the

9:30 Club

(sold out), and the

Avalon Theatre

in Easton hosts a street concert featuring


playing Motown classics (free concert from 6 to 8:30 p.m.).

Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter

Devendra Banhart

plays at the

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

in Washington this Saturday (8 p.m.), while


magazine's No. 1 best new solo artist of 2010,


, plays

U Street Music Hall

in the Federal City (7 p.m.). Jazz guitarist

Lionel Loueke

(Herbie Hancock, Terrance Blanchard) appears at

Bohemian Caverns

in Washington this Saturday night behind a new album of electric and steel stringed acoustic guitar pieces (7 p.m.).


Don't miss the matinee performance Sunday at

Rams Head On Stage

in Annapolis with

Wake Owl

(all-ages show at 1 p.m.). Touring behind their excellent new self-titled EP, Wake Owl is fronted by singer-songwriter

Colyn Cameron

of Portland by way of Vancouver, B.C., and California.

English rock and hip hop artist


plays a latish show at the

9:30 Club

this Sunday (10 p.m.), and

Rams Head Live!


Social Distortion

, still going strong (sold out).

Back in Annapolis at

Rams Head

this Sunday night, it's mellower fare from Austin, Texas, singer-songwriting couple

Bruce Robison


Kelly Willis

(7:30 p.m.).

At the

Merriweather Post Pavilion

this Sunday, the

Capital Jazz Fest

presents a Pavilion Stage show with



Bob James


David Sanborn


Gerald Albright


Norman Brown

, "Jazz in Pink" and "Catch A Rising Star" contestant

Gretchen Parlato

(noon to 10 p.m.; gates open at 10 a.m.). The CJF also has the Soul Stage with a full lineup including

The Whispers


Eric Benét


The S.O.S. Band


Angie Stone

and Chanté Moore.

The jazz in D.C. this weekend continues at

Sixth & I Synagogue

with a show featuring

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra


they're titling From Bagels to Bongos (7 p.m.). The Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by pianist, composer, and director O'Farrill, brings together sizzling big band jazz, the convergence of traditional Jewish music and Latin jazz, and the virtuosity of 18 accomplished musicians, with special guests


Steven Bernstein


Anat Cohen


Another killer jazz show this Sunday finds the

Roy Hargrove Quintet

performing a

D.C. Jazz Fest

show at

The Hamilton

(7:30 p.m.). Also in D.C. on Sunday is the fine rock band

Sea Wolf

(Alex Brown Church) with

Savior Adore

at the

Rock and Roll Hotel

(8 p.m.).


Many folks have mixed feelings about venturing out on a Monday night but this week you may want to reconsider. There are a number of top-flight performances on tap including a solo show from

Gary Louris

, who will perform the solo album he released in 2007 titled "Vagabonds" at

Rams Head On Stage

in Annapolis (8 p.m.). It's an excellent album with rich production and a slew of really fine songs. If you are a Jayhawks fan this show is a chance to get close to the artist in a solo setting.

Another excellent indie band coming to town this week is


, an English rock group with a U2 level intensity to their music ("Inhaler") on some songs and an English Beat playful funkiness ("My Number") on others. Foals plays

Rams Head Live!

in Baltimore this Monday (8 p.m.).


Sixth & I Synagogue

this Monday, its guitar and synth neo-soul centric rock band

The Heavy

from beautiful Bath, England (8 p.m.). Their latest album, "The Glorious Dead," builds off momentum from The Heavy's international smash single "How You Like Me Now?," from the band's acclaimed 2009 album, "The House That Dirt Built." "How You Like Me Now?" became the first song David Letterman's ever requested an encore for when The Heavy played "The Late Show," and the song was featured on "Entourage," in the Academy Award-nominated film "The Fighter," and the trailer for "Ted."


Yearning for a musical hit of San Francisco psychedelia? Get on over to

Rams head On Stage

on Tuesday night for an acoustic evening with

Hot Tuna

(7:30 p.m.).

Perusing the band's set lists from recent 2013 shows, it's clear that in San Francisco style the guys like the change it up on a regular basis. There are stalwarts such as "Hesitation Blues," the Jefferson Airplane era classics "Good Shepherd" and "Embryonic Journey," a number of Rev. Gary Davis tunes like "I Am the Light of This World" and "True Religion." I'd kind of expect a "Keep On Truckin'" or a "Keep Your Lamps..." along with an uplifting "I Know Your Rider" and, maybe even a "White Rabbit."

What more could you want from a couple of near 70-year-olds? They've done become those they idolized and championed, and now they are the champions of all time.

Also this Tuesday, don't miss

Cold War Kids

reappearing at

Rams Head Live!


The Vaccines


The Drowners

(8 p.m.). Folkie pop songsters

Of Monsters and Men

, plus the great female band


, and

Half Moon Run

put on quite a show at

Merriweather Post Pavilion

on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.).



Indigo Girls


Joan Baez

team up for a tour this summer which stops at

Wolf Trap

in Vienna, Va. (just a hop, skip and jump around the Capital Beltway at 8 p.m. this Wednesday). Both clarion-voiced firebrand Joan Baez and new-age folkies the Indigo Girls have built enduring musical careers nestling socially conscious lyricism in the cocoon of a lovely tune.

Find yourself transported to the 1960s when Baez and the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, harmonize under the stars in this double-bill.

Legendary conguero Poncho Sanchez has been brewing up his Latin jazz and soul music for more than 40 years now. The

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

explodes with unadulterated clave on Wednesday night at

Rams Head On Stage

(8 p.m.; also Tuesday night at 7:30 at The Hamilton in Washington as part of the D.C. Jazz Festival). Look for a tribute concert performance recognizing the genius of conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, both major influences on Poncho Sanchez as reflected on his latest album, "Chano y Dizzy!", the 25th recording of his career as a bandleader.


Cyrus Chestnut Trio

and his

Berklee Jazz Sextet

will both perform on stage at

The Hamilton

on Wednesday night as part of the D.C. Jazz Festival (7:30 p.m.). Massachusetts metalcore band

Killswitch Engage


The Fillmore

in Silver Spring on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m.), and

Pete Yorn

performs some songs with

J.D. King


The Olms


U Street Music Hall

in D.C. also on Wednesday (8 p.m.).

Thursday, June 13

David Byrne


St. Vincent

appear next Thursday night at

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

in Baltimore (8 p.m.). Byrne and St. Vincent (

Annie Clark

) spin their intriguingly enigmatic tales by turns whimsical and dark, backed by a large brass band in lieu of a traditional rock lineup. Last fall's CD release, "Love This Giant," satisfied most Talking Heads fans while allowing Byrne to push ahead with his most current individual musical desires.

Also next Thursday night, Southern rock band

The Outlaws

continues to play the high and green hits that made them famous at

Rams Head On Stage

in Annapolis (8 p.m.).

While David Byrne occupies the Meyerhoff, the

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

takes up residence at the

Music Center at Strathmore

for an orchestral performance of the score for "West Side Story" as part of their Music and the Movie series (8 p.m.).


Dana Leong Trio

is at

Sixth & I Synagogue

next Thursday as part of the

D.C. Jazz Festival

(8 p.m.). Composer, cellist, and trombonist Leong blends jazz, classical and pop to create a signature sound.

Legendary jazz bassist

Ron Carter

plays with his

Golden Stryker Trio


Russell Malone


Mulgrew Miller

) at

The Hamilton

next Thursday (7:30 p.m.), and Afro-Peruvian singer

Suzanna Baca

comes to Washington to play a Thursday night show at

The Howard Theatre

(8 p.m.).

If you want to rock 80s style, there's a show at


Wolf Trap


The Go-Gos


The Psychedelic Furs

next Thursday night (8 p.m.), and over on the Eastern Shore in Easton get to the point with the

No B.S. Brass Band

as they perform in the intimate club setting of the

Stoltz Listening Room

at the

Avalon Theatre

(8 p.m.).

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