WEDNESDAY: We don’t normally go in for nonperformative shenanigans in the Short List, but being music dorks we’re big fans of the TV show Name That Tune, of which the Ottobar holds a variation of tonight that should be a good time. Faster Faster Harder Harder does what the name says at Sonar with Stalking Horses, ilyAIMY, and Thrushes. Salad, Baltic Ave., Skyflowers, and Forest Dwellers are also faster-faster, harder-harder at Charm City Space. Good Irish boys the Dropkick Murphys oi it up at Rams Head Live. Across Five Aprils plays the Sidebar with Saravain, the American in Paris, and Ballroom Breakdown.
THURSDAY: The Bled proves that heavy-type rock still has a faulty grasp on grammatical construction at the Ottobar with Since by Man, As Cities Burn, and Protest the Hero. No rhythm, no melody, no bullshit—master of nonrepetition Orthrelm spits up convoluted riffage at the Talking Head with Growing, Sand Cats, and Darsombra. The Claudia Quintet performs two sets of chamber-jazz-prog at Sonar. Another college-level success story you’ve never heard of, O.A.R. jams at Rams Head Live.
FRIDAY: Well, it’s St. Pat’s, and before you puke up your Shamrock Shake, you can stumble around to the Blues Vultures, Fishnet Stalkers, the Mishaps, and the Rotten Shambles at the Ottobar. One of the all-time divas comes to Charm City when gypsy woman Crystal Waters is live and onstage at Ultra Naté’s Sugar party at 1722. More Brooklyn noise-whatever from the Drayton Sawyer Gang at the Talking Head with Spheres, the Expotentials, and Telekinesis for Cats. Remembering Never is very angry and so is Madball at Sonar with Zao, Scarlett, and the Banner. More loud, green-beer-soaked punk-rock noise at the Sidebar from Hudson Falcons, Charm City Saints, and Mobtown Hooligans. And rounding the evening out, it’s a night of ska and . . . grunge, two great tastes that go great together, with the English Beat and Soul Asylum at Washington’s 9:30 Club.
SATURDAY: Dave Childers and the Modern Don Juans and Rodney Henry play a special early show upstairs at the Ottobar. New York’s Palomar brings its big power-pop chords to the Talking Head with Water School, Squaaks, and Pontiak. Indie rappers Dilated Peoples work the angles at Sonar with Little Brother and Defari. The Renegades of Southern Rock contain nonessential members of bands such as the Allman Brothers and the Marshall Tucker Band at Rams Head Live with the Rob Byer Band. Jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch celebrates his latest CD release at An die Musik. Loyola College Radio holds a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina victims at the college’s Reitz Arena, featuring Afroman, who apparently got so high he forgot to release another single, Hardheadz, and Fools and Horses. Newagehillbilly, Bo Lee Da, Astroid Field, Chin Forces, Jesus in Disguise, and Bdopitcal make a mess of the True Vine. Anthony Walker performs at Club 347.
SUNDAY: International dancehall superstar and weed enthusiast Sean Paul gets busy at Rams Head Live—perhaps Afroman will be there, too. Improv-rock act Wire Orchestra goes exploring at the Mojo Room with A Torture Mechanism, Bad Liquor Pond, and Blakk Sweat.
MONDAY: Canadian rappers with one of the worst names ever, Swollen Members, roll into the Ottobar from the Great White North with Gym Class Heroes, Kyprios, and Dirty Circus. Hassid rapper Matisyahu brings his big beard to Rams Head Live with Balkan Beat Box. If you put a KFC container on Steve Vai’s noggin, you’d get Buckethead at Towson’s Recher Theatre with That One Guy. Dedicated follower of fashion Ray Davies is fab and Kink-y (no apologies for that one) at the 9:30 Club.
TUESDAY: Jackie-O Motherfucker frees the folk at the Talking Head while the guitar of Sir Richard Bishop steals the show and Human Bell opens up. Children of Bodom hail Satan, wear eye makeup at the Recher with Chimaira and Through the Eyes of the Dead. Jazz keyboardist Elliot Levine smoothes things out at Club 347. Stereolab is pretty and metronomic and innocuous at the 9:30 Club with Sea and Cake bakers Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt opening.
WEDNESDAY: Sonar presents the “World of Drum and Bass,” 99 percent of which is guaranteed to sound exactly the same, with DJ SS, Die, Grooverider, Skibadee, Warren G, Brigae, and I’lly MC. Rilo Kiley frontwoman and crush object for sad white boys everywhere Jenny Lewis With the Watson Twins gets confessional at the Recher with Jonathan Rice and Whispertown 2000.
IN THE WINGS: Surf-guitar maestro and kitsch emblem Dick Dale is at Rams Head Live May 26. (For more information call  244-1131 or visit www.ramsheadlive.com.)
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