Sign up for our newsletters   

Baltimore City Paper home.
Print Email

The Short List

The Fiery Furnaces

By Michael Byrne | Posted 3/31/2010

Editor's note: City Paper incorrectly listed the Deakin show at Floristree under Friday night's events. The show is Saturday.

WEDNESDAY: Cult-popular rock band Lucero kicks some shit at Sonar with Glossary and the Desert Boys. Attack Attack! titillates the most boring of American youth at the Ottobar with Breathe Carolina, I See Stars, Asking Alexandria, and Bury Tomorrow. The Fabulous Thunderbirds perform at Rams Head Live. NoLa ensemble Dumpstaphunk brings the phunk to the 8X10 with Old Man Brown. Major Lazer, the power-duo-cum-probable misstep of ace producers Diplo and Switch, matches wits with dubstepper Rusko at Bourbon Street. Those Darlins breathe country-punk ladyfire at the Metro Gallery with DJ Amanda Otto. Kicking Spit, yet another punk shred band from New Brunswick, lets loose at the Golden West with Crimes. Singer/songwriter big name David Gray performs at the Lyric Opera House.

THURSDAY: WJHU-FM's "April Fools Pants Off Dance Off" takes over the Ottobar with smooth-club outfit Dactyl Dactyl, Golgi, Esoterik, and Nicky DePaul. Gunslingers, the finest in eye-crossingly adept French psych-punk, tear into the Golden West with Liturgy and La Otracina. Fuzz-rock A-bomb the Big Pink swallows Rams Head Live with NYC wall-of-sound A Place to Bury Strangers. Sludge-rock ensemble Heaviness of the Load plays the Sidebar with Ape!, Holy Dirt, and Caestles. Resident singer/songwriter Reina Williams joins Baltimore's finest in Dixieland Sac Au Lait at Joe Squared. Curtis Eller, something like the banjo playing singer/songwriter version of Gogol Bordello, takes on the Windup Space with Sabrina Chap and Bean.

FRIDAY: ADD-pop duo the Fiery Furnaces make up for a cancelled Great Snow performance at the Ottobar with Young Sir Jim. Pinche Gringo guests at Amanda Otto's monthly mod party at the Sidebar, Reaction. Hard-rock four-piece 4 Footer grows up at the Metro Gallery with Mongoloidian Glow and Sitali. Classical-piano wunderkind Ben Kim shows his chops at An die Musik. Way old-school power-pop surf band the Beatnik Termites gnaw through the Sidebar with the Dopamines, Be My Doppelganger, and Dead Mechanical. Plasmic Formations, a noise-pierce panic attack from Ohio, goes for the inner-ear at Charm City Art Space with Teeth Collection, Debris Amour, Sensible Nectar, and N. Ceparski. Mark Brown and Adam Gonzo's monthly bash Served keeps on sweating at the Windup Space. .

SATURDAY: The Sparta Philharmonic, a heavy-as-lead genre-agnostic rock-ish band from Philly, performs at the Hexagon with Delicate Steve, Jonathan Badger, and Frontier Myth. Baltimore pop-punk all-stars Sick Sick Birds put their hooks into the Golden West with the Desert Boys. Big In Japan, Baltimore's long-standing plasma of improv-pop, returns to the Ottobar with the Deaf Scene and the Izzy's. D.C.'s finest Wale joins forces with K'Naan at Rams Head Live with John Forte. The country-rock good guys of the Virginia Coalition play the 8X10 with Elizabeth and the Catapult. Peabody freshman Ivan Moshchuk delivers an afternoon piano recital at An die Musik. The Winter Sounds take their heart-on-sleeve pop-rock to Joe Squared with Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun; Silverites; and Shapiro. Le Castle Vania, an emo-looking dude making neon post-hype heavy electro for Attack Attack! fans, does his thing at Bourbon Street with Vibe Lime, Monsterz Under the Bed, and Latigid. Deakin, an erstwhile Animal Collective dude making pretty-pretty guitar washes and loops, performs at Floristree with Ecstatic Sunshine

SUNDAY: Whoa: It's a triple-album-release earthquake at the Hexagon with Baltimore's loud-music finery Double Dagger, Sick Weapons, and Hollywood all dishing new music, and Dope Body turning it up even louder. Uncle Kracker still exists and you can see for yourself at Towson's Recher Theatre; with Rehab.

MONDAY: Citay, a wicked-smart throwback psych-folk mini-orchestra from San Francisco, burrows deep at the Ottobar with Soft Cat and Andy Abelow.

TUESDAY: Goof-metal outfit Shat plays the Ottobar with Copstabber, 10 Ton, Wrath of Typhon, and Shakeface. DJ Napspace and Landis Expandis man the decks for their Dig party at Joe Squared. Improv weekly Out of Your Head returns to the Windup Space. Unruly Records OGs Shawn Caesar and Scottie B pay tribute to the Club Fantasy glory days at Red Maple's Always Dope weekly.

WEDNESDAY: Postrock power duo El Ten Eleven builds to burn at the Ottobar with Ex-Replicas, Them Careful Carrots, and Cake Teeth. Stormy Washington, D.C. indie-pop band True Womanhood plays the Golden West with Baltimore hip-hop good time Rap Dragons, ineveryroom, and Moss of Aura. Dance-punk objects of affection the Arctic Monkeys play Rams Head Live with Sleepy Sun. Death Threat tops off a gut-punch night of hardcore at the Sidebar with Death Before Dishonor, Mongoloids, xThe Warx, and Pay No Mind. The out-jazz all-stars of Quartet Offensive perform at Joe Squared.

IN THE WINGS: Area boys done real good Yeasayer come to the Ottobar May 6. Good luck getting tickets. (For more information visit or call [410] 662-0069.) Happy-go-lucky pop outfit OK Go comes to Rams Head Live May 9 with Earl Greyhound and Robert Francis. (For more information visit or call [410] 244-1131.)

Related stories

The Short List archives

More from Michael Byrne

In a Lonely Place (8/4/2010)
Montreal's Arcade Fire shows its American roots on new album

The Short List (8/4/2010)

Soft Core (7/28/2010)
A defense of a different live music experience

Comments powered by Disqus
CP on Facebook
CP on Twitter