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July 5, 2011

July 5 - 10 in Baltimore nightlife: Cut Copy, Animal Collective, Def Leppard

Still recovering from America Day, eating too many cheese dogs and drinking too much sangria? You wouldn't be a patriot if you weren't. The big event in local music this week is the Animal Collective show at Merriweather Post Pavilion, even though you shouldn't expect the band to play much of "Merriweather" at the venue. Elsewhere this week: a food truck rally, rock dinosaurs Def Leppard perform at Jiffy Lube Live, Jonny Blaze spins at the Ottobar, and, in what is hopefully not a new trend, a pirate party.

On Tuesday, Providence band Sasquatch and The Sick-a-Billys performs at the Sidebar, 218 E. Lexington St. Also on the bill: Baltimore's Sonic Creeps. No cover listed. 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jonny Blaze spins at the weekly Ottobar party Friendzday. 2549 N Howard Street. Free. 9 p.m. Also: Cut Copy performs at Rams Head Live. $30. 8 p.m.

On Thursday, the USS Constellation hosts what is billed as a $35 "pirate party." The ticket gets you a performance by Telesma, an eye patch, a swab bag and some finger food, according to the Facebook event listing.

On Friday, from 5 to 10 p.m. all of Baltimore's food trucks will gather on the lot at 421 Central Avenue. Thank nightlife poobah Damian Bohager for making it happen. Also: the Ottobar hosts its weekly Underground party. Apparently, tickets to Animal Collective, Wiz Khalifa, and Gang Gang Dance will be given away. Free before 10 p.m.

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June 28, 2011

June 28 - July 3 in nightlife: R. Kelly, Kid Cudi, African American Festival, tape night at Windup

No U2 this week, which is bad news for some of you and awesome news for others. I know, I know, where we'll we get our Desmond Tutu fix this week? It won't be at the R. Kelly show on Friday. The singer comes back to Baltimore for the first time in two years. Elsewhere: Charlie Wilson performs at the African American Festival, Kid Cudi will be at Merriweather, Ledisi appears at Sound Garden, and Club Hippo hosts Deep in the Game. 

On Tuesday, Mason Ross hosts another Wham City comedy night at the Zodiac, 1726 N Charles St. No cover listed. 8 p.m. Also: Matt & Kim perform at a sold-out 9:30 Club. 7 p.m.

On Wednesday,  Cyclops bookstore hosts a bluegrass jam and open mic night. 30 W. North Ave. No cover listed. Starts at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, R&B singer Ledisi, who released a new album last week, performs at Sound Garden,  1616 Thames St. Free. 7 p.m. Also: bring your cassette tapes and jam at the Windup Space's tape night, Compact. 12 W North Ave. Free. 9 p.m. 

On Friday, Schwarz' summer takeover culminates at his - and Mark Brown and Cexman's - monthly Deep in the Game party at Club Hippo, 1 West Eager St. Also spinning: Say Wut and King Tutt. $5. 10 p.m. Also: R. Kelly performs at 1st Mariner Arena. Expect a review afterward. Tickets start at $49.50. 8 p.m.

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June 20, 2011

June 20 - 26 in Baltimore nightlife: Good Charlotte, U2, Talib Kweli, Roots Festival

Well, it's finally here - the week when U2 plays Baltimore. If you've passed by M&T Stadium, you've no doubt seen part of their massive stage already up. In today's paper, we talk to some of the band's super-fans. And tomorrow, the media will have their first up-close look at the stage as it's been set up. Coming up: a longer Q&A with tour director Craig Evans than the one we did in May, as well as a review of the show itself, which takes place Wednesday. Elsewhere this week: Good Charlotte, Chuck Brown, Talib Kweli and Roots Fest, and Sloan.

On Monday, Good Charlotte performs at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Benji Madden talked about the making of their new album in an interview last week. 6:30 p.m. $25.

On Tuesday, the Ottobar, at 2549 N.Howard Street, plays the Newlywed Game. 9:30 p.m. No cover. Also: Charm City Art Space hosts some five bands, including Expire and Take Offense. No cover listed. 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, a young, untested Irish band with dreams of Broadway performs at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $43.80.

On Thursday, the Matrimonials release their new CD at Golden West Cafe, 1105 W 36th St. The Shackletons will also perform. 10 p.m. $5.

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June 13, 2011

June 13 - 19 in Baltimore nightlife: Decemberists, Katy Perry, Sade, Baltimore Pride

Did anyone go to Phish over the weekend? Report back in the comments about the band's two nights at Merriweather. Tonight, the venue will be filled out again for a show by the Decemberists. And again on Wednesday for Katy Perry's sold-out show. Also this week: a couple of local bands perform at Golden West. Sade kicks off her first tour in a decade, Baltimore Pride begins and Junior Boys perform in Washington.

On Monday, the Decemberists perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Here, the band talks about its new album and touring. $30. 6 p.m. 

On Tuesday,  Weekends performs at Golden West Cafe, 1105 W 36th St. The band released "Strange Cultures" earlier this year. Idiot Glee and Holiday Shores also perform. 10 p.m. $5.

On Wednesday, Katy Perry performs at Merriweather. Fingers crossed Rebecca Black will also show up to auto-tune here. Expect a review the next day. 6 p.m. The show is sold out. 

On Thursday, Sade kicks off her first tour in over a decade at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. John Legend will open. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $117. Expect a review the next day. Also: the great electronic duo Junior Boys perform at the Black Cat in Washington. 8 p.m. $18. 

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June 6, 2011

June 6 - 12 in Baltimore nightlife: Mumford & Sons, Joplin benefit concert, Phish, Raekwon

Phish's Maryland fans should be pleased. The band is only doing a handful of shows this summer, but two of them will be at Merriweather Post Pavilion this summer, a venue that's become something of a tradition for them.

We've reviewed them there twice before. Elsewhere this week: Cults, Mumford & Sons, Raekwon, a Joplin benefit concert and Scissor Sisters.

On Monday, not quite suspended, Cullen Stalin and Scottie B's weekly No Rule party at Metro Gallery is taking a break for a while after tonight. 1700 N. Charles St. 10 p.m. Free.

On Tuesday, the Out of Your Head Collective performs at Windup Space for its weekly engagement. 9:30 p.m. Free.*

On Wednesday, Baltimore's The Bridge, out with new album, "National Bohemian," perform at the 8X10, 8-10 E. Cross St. 8 p.m. $15-23

On Thursday,  Mumford & Sons, the band readers most want to see at Virgin Mobile FreeFest this summer, do the next best thing by playing early Merriweather, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy. In a shocker, the show is already sold out. 6 p.m. Also: Death Cab for Cutie performs at the 9:30 Club. For a preview, read Doree Shafrir's appreciative review. And: Scissor Sisters, who canceled their March show at the 9:30 Club, are making up for it at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. No doubt Pocket Gays will rent a party bus just like they did when Robyn played. 7 p.m. $40.

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May 30, 2011

March 30 - June 6 in Baltimore nightlife: Rihanna, Starscape, Kenny Chesney

Fans of Maryland Deathfest, if you like Repugnant, stick around until next weekend for Steve Aoki, one of the headliners of 13th annual Starscape. Also, Zeds Dead and Skrillex. Elsewhere this week, Matt & Kim, N.E.R.D., and Kenny Chesney.

On Monday, Memorial Day, stop for a moment of silence before you drink your $3 Natty Boh. Thankfully, this is the one holiday no bars will tastelessly exploit with some kind of drink special. Red Maple, at 930 North Charles Street, hosts its weekly Electric Marmalade party starting at 9 p.m. No cover. FindLocal has other Memorial Day events.

On Tuesday, Wham City comedy night returns to the Zodiac, 1726 N Charles St. 8 p.m. $5.

On Wednesday, Matt & Kim perform at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place.  7 p.m. $22. 

On Thursday, N.E.R.D. performs at Sonar, 407 East Saratoga Street, in some kind of Coors Light promotional event. The show, which also includes Pac Div, starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but have to be reserved by pledging to only drink Coors for eternity, or something. Details are on the event's Facebook page.

On Friday, Save your Soul at Lith Hall, 851-3 Hollins St., again faces off against Deep in the Game at Club Hippo, 1 West Eager St. DITG starts at 10 p.m. $5. SYS starts at 9 p.m. $5. Also: if you missed the Backstreet Boys and NKOTB at 1st Mariner, they perform again at the Verizon Center.

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May 23, 2011

May 23 - 29 in nightlife: Backstreet Boys, Paul Simon, Maryland Deathfest, Scapescape

After so much back and forth, the 9th Maryland Deathfest will finally take place this week at Sonar. And, it won't be a dry festival as many feared, as the club has, against all odds, recovered its liquor license. No doubt it'll be more depraved than this year's tame Preakness infield. Elsewhere this week, Big Freedia, the Death Set, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Dan Deacon and Celebration, and Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block have performances planned.

On Monday, Jason Webley, the Seattle accordionist and folk singer, performs at Cyclops bookstore, 30 W. North Ave. Starts at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, Raphael Saadiq performs at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. 8 p.m. $35.

On Wednesday, New Orleans M.C. Big Freedia, the subject of a very appreciative Sasha Frere-Jones profile in this week's New Yorker, performs at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. 8 p.m. $12. Also: Paul Simon performs a sold-out show at DAR Constitution Hall. Look for a review Thursday.

On Thursday, the Maryland Deathfest kicks off at Sonar with performances by Cathedral and Tragedy. Doors open at 4 p.m. Thursday's show is sold out, but there are still tickets available for other days at the festival's website. Three-day passes are $132. 

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May 16, 2011

May 16 - 22 in nightlife: Deftones, Odd Future, Preakness Infield

Sonar ended up re-opening earlier this month, and as a result, two of the most anticipated shows this Spring will go on as scheduled: Deftones and Odd Future. They're also two of the shows this week that have already sold-out. If you can't get tickets, this week will be a big one for country, as Jason Aldean, Sugarland and Preakness take over the weekend. Local musicians like Ami Dang also have shows scheduled.

On Monday, metal veterans Deftones begin a two-night residency at Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $31. Monday's show is sold out, but there are still tickets available for Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Club Phoenix, which itself flirted with closing several weeks ago, hosts a karaoke party. 10 p.m. Free admission. 1 W. Biddle St.

On Wednesday, Baltimore singer-songwriter Shane Burke performs at the summer's first lunchtime concert at Center Plaza, located between Charles St. and Liberty St. The concert is one of several organized this year by the Downtown Partnership. 12 p.m.

On Thursday, Odd Future, the endlessly hyped hip hop collective, performs at Sonar. The show is sold out, but the tumblr, remains, for now, free. 8 p.m.

On Friday, Ami Dang and Adventure perform at another roller skating party by Ehse Records. Starts at 9:30 p.m. at the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center, 1601 Pennsylvania. Admission is $5. Skate rentals are $3. 

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May 9, 2011

May 9 - 15 in nightlife: Trail of Dead, James Taylor, Adele

Between Trail of Dead, Social Distortion, James Taylor, and John Waters, there will be a lot of veteran acts to go to this week. But upstarts like An Horse, Surfer Blood, and Adele will also be around. In terms of bars, Elliott's Pour House will get a little older this weekend.

On Monday, Scottie B and Cullen Staling spin at the weekly Monday night party at Metro Gallery, No Rule. 1700 N. Charles St. Free. Starts at 10 p.m.

On Tuesday, An Horse, a duo consisting of Iron On's Kate Cooper and drummer Damon Cox, perform at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. $10. 7:30 p.m. Also: R&B crooner Eric Benet will be at Rams Head Live.

On Wednesday, Texas vets Trail of Dead perform at the Ottobar. Our Q&A with lead singer Conrad Keeley is here. Expect the full interview on Wednesday morning. Also: James Taylor performs at the Hippodrome. Expect a review Thursday.

On Thursday, Mickey Free performs at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. $7. 8:30 p.m. Also: Adele will cry and sing for your pleasure at the 9:30 club in D.C. It's her only performance in the region.

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May 2, 2011

May 2 - May 7 in nightlife: Maryland Film Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Sleigh Bells

This week is not as jam-packed with music events as last week, when there were two competing music festivals as well as some major concerts. But what it lacks in concerts it makes up with concert films. The Maryland Film Festival will dominate the end of the week and its line-up is overflowing with music documentaries.

On Monday, down a drummer and a guitarist, Lower Dens canceled its show at the Ottobar, and several other places, last week. Oakland's Del the Funky Homosapien will perform in their place. 2549 North Howard Street. 8 p.m. $17.

On Tuesday, singer-songwriter Holly Golightly - you might know her from "Broken Flowers" - performs at the Ottobar. 8 p.m. $12.

On Wednesday, another longtime MC performs. Talib Kweli takes the stage at Sonar, 407 E Saratoga St., at 8 p.m. $20.

On Thursday, celebrate Cinco de Mayo. FindLocal has a list of events. No Way Jose Cafe, suddenly the topic of a lot of debate, ill open at 11 a.m., and will host an alley party starting at 5 p.m. 38 E. Cross Street. Also: the Maryland Film Festival begins for a four-night run.

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April 25, 2011

April 25 - May 1 in nightlife: Stone Temple Pilots, Sweetlife Festival, Annual Brew Fest

This week is stuffed with music events. On a night when acts that rarely come through the region - like Yelle - plays the 9:30 club, Neil Young kicks off a two-night residency at the Hippodrome Theater. And on the weekend, City Paper throws its annual brew fest, Kylie Minogue performs in Virginia, and while the Transmodern Festival is taking place in several locations downtown, Sweetlife will go down Sunday* at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

On Monday, toast William Donald Schaefer as a motorcade carries his body through Baltimore on a farewell trip. Mama's on the Half Shell, 2901 O'Donnell St., might be a good place to do it.

On Tuesday, Stone Temple Pilots kick-off the summer concert season at Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. Tickets for the show, at 6:30 p.m., start at $35. Also: Portland band Agesandages performs at Golden West Cafe, 1105 W 36th St. 10 p.m. $7. Look for reviews of both shows Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Neil Young begins a two-night residency at the Hippodrome Theater, 12 N. Eutaw St. 8 p.m.  Tickets start $65. Also: Yelle, out now with the great "Safari Disco Club" makes her only regional appearance on her new tour at the 9:30 Club. 10 p.m. $20.

On Thursday, the Transmodern Festival  - described as "Four Days of Avant Performance, Installation, Sound, Film, Mayhem, Ecstasy, and Radical Culture!" - kicks off with an opening reception at 7 p.m. at the 14Karat Cabaret, 218 W. Saratoga St. Celebration performs Saturday as part of the festival at the H&H Building, 405 West Franklin Street. A full schedule of the festival is here. Also: Wiz Khalifa plays the first of several upcoming regional dates at Pier Six Pavilion

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April 18, 2011

April 18 - 24 in nightlife: Height, Rush, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

rogerz.JPGIt was a hectic weekend in Baltimore. There was the Wye Oak show at 2640, a free show at the Hopkins Quad that was postponed because of the rain, back-to-back fashion shows at MICA, the Weekends CD release at Floristree, and, of course, last-minute panic attacks courtesy of TurboTax. This week is a little more relaxed.

On Monday, get a free Cinnabon bite or go to Ra Sushi after you've filed your income taxes. Those are just two of your options for Tax Day. Here are others.

On Tuesday, Hunx and his Punx, a mix of Gravy Train!!!! and Ronnie Spector, perform at 10 p.m. at Golden West Cafe,  1105 W. 36th St. $10. 

On Wednesday,  some people will be on holiday. You can also celebrate at the Hexagon, 1825 N. Charles Street,  for Height's homecoming show after a couple of months on tour. It'll be the last Height and Friends tour in a while. Starts at 9 p.m. Suggested donation. Also: Iron & Wine perform at Rams Head Live. Doors at 8 p.m. $28.

On Thursday, the last Gunky's Basement until this summer presents "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" starring the original smoking baby. Oh, and Jessica Rabbit. Starts at 9 p.m. $5. The series is taking a break for the Maryland Film Festival.

On Friday, Rush perform at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Look for our preview in Friday's paper. And on Monday, a review by Ring Posts' Kevin Eck, a big fan of the band. Tickets start at $45. Doors at 7:30 p.m.

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April 11, 2011

April 11 - 17 in nightlife: The Mountain Goats, Wye Oak, Future Islands

The Mountain Goats are now touring with the excellent "All Eternals Deck." John Darnielle's shows are famously energetic, so much so that he used to break several guitar strings a night. When I interviewed him a couple of weeks ago to preview his show at the 9:30 Club, he said that still happens. Only now he comes with a back-up guitar. The band plays Thursday at the Ottobar.

On Monday, James Nasty spins at the weekly No Rule party at Metro Gallery, 1700 N Charles St. Doors at 10 p.m. Free.

On Tuesday, the Get Down in Fells Point hosts the benefit cocktail night "Tend for a Cause," its third. 701 South Bond Street. 8 p.m. Also: 60s singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, who performed in Baltimore in September - see the Baltimore Sun interview - returns to the Cabaret at Germano's, 300 S. High St. 7:30 p.m. $45 in advance.

On Wednesday, Toro y Moi is on tour, promoting new album "Underneath the Pine," and Baltimore's Adventure is opening for him. They perform Wednesday at the Talking Head, 407 E. Saratoga St. 8 p.m. $10 at the door.

On Thursday, the Mountain Goats perform at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. 8 p.m. $18.

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April 4, 2011

April 4 - 10 in nightlife: Orioles, TV on the Radio, Aimee Mann

TV on the Radio are on their first tour in nearly two years with new album "Nine Types of Light," which will be released April 12. The band last played Baltimore in 2008 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, on a bill that included Thievery Corporation and Seu Jorge.

When they play Sunday at Rams Head Live, the bill will include Celebration, recently profiled in the Sun magazine. Katrina Ford painted the show's poster, at right.

On Monday, head to Oriole Park. Or, if you don't have tickets, you might still be able to buy one through Elliott's Pour House's bus ride. The bar, at 3728 Hudson St., will also have $2 domestics Monday and other home games. Don't Know has $3 drafts. Leave other bar specials for Monday here, or at the earlier corkboard post.

On Tuesday, The Hexagon has New Jersey IDM courtesy of Bubblegum Octopus. 1825 N. Charles St. Doors at 8 p.m. $8.

On Wednesday, Ed Schrader performs at Golden West Cafe, 1105 W 36th St. Doors at 10 p.m. $5.

On Thursday, garage rock at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. The Black Lips and Vivian Girls perform. Doors at 8 p.m. $12. Also: Creative Alliance hosts a night of kitsch at the Found Footage Festival.

On Friday, MICA hosts the all-night music festival The Vigil. The Out of Your Head Collective kicks things off at 7 p.m. at Cohen Plaza, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Free. The full line-up is here

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March 30, 2011

March 30 - April 3 in nightlife: Sara Bareilles, AK Slaughter, Dog Leather

lithhall.JPGThis is coming a little late, but here's what to do at night the rest of this week. There's a listening party at True Vine, competing parties Friday night, and a light pop show at Rams Head Live Sunday.

On Wednesday, party-rap duo AK Slaughter, out with new album, "The Pleasure of Doing Business," perform at the Hexagon Space, 1825 Charles St. Neutron Bombs and Dangerous Ponies also perform. Starts at 9 p.m. $6-10.

On Thursday, DJs Max Eisenberg and Griffin Pyn, teamed up now as Dog Leather, host a listening party at True Vine, 3544 Hickory Road, for their new album on Ehse Records. Preview it here. The two will also have an acoustic set. Starts at 9 p.m.

On Friday, DJs James Nasty and Benny Stixx spin at Gutter magazine's Spring dance at Windup Space, 12 West North Avenue. $5. At Lithuanian Hall, 851 Hollins St., the Save Your Soul party returns. Both start at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Tennessee's Royal Bands and Baltimore's Raindeer perform at Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St. Starts at 10 p.m. $8.

On Sunday, Sara Bareilles, the lady responsible for that "Love Song" song that was everywhere in 2007, will headline Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. I'll have a preview of the show on Friday.

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March 21, 2011

March 21 - 27 in nightlife: Janet Jackson, the Mountain Goats, Elton John

Don't take my word for it. Take John Darnielle's advice: party. So stop listening to Rebecca Black, and do one of these things later this week.

On Monday, Henry Rollins is 50. He'll talk about it at Rams Head on Stage, natch. 33 West St. The show is sold out. 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. N.E. The show is sold out. Doors open at 7 p.m. Also: Janet Jackson performs her greatest hits at DAR Constitution Hall

On Wednesday, DC's hip hop grou The Eubonics performs at Charm City Art Space, 1731 Maryland Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Also: Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp stop by the 9:30 Club in one of their few American tour stops; the electronic and dance music festival Ultra in Miami is another.

On Thursday, Chapel Hill rockers Caltrop perform at the Sidebar, 218 E. Lexington St., where they'll be joined by Batillus, Hull and Billows. A night of heavy metal. Doors open at 9 p.m. 

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March 14, 2011

March 14 - 20 in nightlife: Neil Hamburger, St. Patrick's Day, Lil Wayne

The biggest event in music this week will be happening not in Maryland, but thousands of miles away in Austin, where the music part of South by Southwest kicks off tomorrow. We will have updates from Texas by Sam Sessa, who is covering the festival for WTMD, where he hosts "Baltimore Unsigned." In Baltimore, here are the best music and nightlife options for the week.

On Monday, Neil Hamburger appears at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Expect jokes at Britney Spears expense; groundbreaking. Doors open at 9 p.m. $12.

On Tuesday, Pete Yorn, lover of harsh winters in upstate New York, performs at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 7 p.m.  $25.

On Wednesday, the Pretty Reckless, led by one of the young ladies on "Gossip Girl," performs at the Ottobar.  Doors open at 7 p.m. $38.

On Thursday, it's the high holiday of drinking, St. Patrick's Day. Toss back a Guinness at any of these ten pubs. Doors open whenever you'd like them to. 

On Friday, the Sidebar hosts several bands, including Harrisburg's The Saints of Sorrow, for a night of punk. Doors open at 8 p.m. $7. 218 East Lexington St.

On Saturday, Runner Runner will appear at a sold-out Bourbon Street, 316 Guilford Ave. The California band is touring with their first album. Philly's Valencia opens. Doors open at 6 p.m. $15. 

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March 7, 2011

March 7 - 13 in nightlife: Titus Andronicus, Mardi Gras, Mi Ami

titus.JPGThis weekend, there were shows by Celebration, Future Islands and Lower Dens. This coming week, the local band that will make the most appearances is Wye Oak. With a new album out, "Civilian," they will make a store appearance at Sound Garden Tuesday and will perform at the Black Cat on Friday.

On Monday, Titus Andronicus opens for the Pogues at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. In this interview, Patrick Stickles talks about the local talent in their new album. $55. Doors open at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, it's Mardi Gras. Here's a list of local parties, including one at Bourbon Street sponsored by Southern Comfort. Starts at 7 p.m. at 316 Guilford Ave. Also: Wye Oak performs a short promotional set at Sound Garden at 7:30 p.m. Free.

On Wednesday, Somerville's The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion! plug new EP with a show at Joe Squared, 133 W. North Ave. (Locals) Garage Sale will also perform. Starts at 9:30 p.m. Free.

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February 28, 2011

Feb. 28 - March 6 in nightlife: Celebration, "Putty Hill," Novo Festival and Big in Japan

Novo2011_20211.jpgThe five-day Novo Festival starts Tuesday, ensuring that there will be at least one musical performance almost every night this week. Elsewhere, there are parties for "Putty Hill" and Celebration, and one for both on Saturday night upstairs at the Ottobar. 

On Monday, DC DJ Billy the Gent spins at Metro Gallery's No Rule party. 1700 N Charles St. Starts at 10 p.m. Free.

On Tuesday, The Out of Your Head Collective kicks off Novo, the all-instrumental music festival that's now in its second year. Doors at the Windup Space, 12 W North Ave, open at 9 p.m. Free. The festival's schedule is below.

On Wednesday, Sidebar will host the last Bent party in three months as the DJ, Josh Jaworsky, goes on tour with Abiku. 218 E. Lexington St. Starts at 9 p.m.

On Thursday, Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche host a $5 screening of "Beetlejuice," the fourth edition of Gunky's Basement at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Also: four female-fronted punk bands - The Creepshow, Dead End Lane, The Revelevens, and the Firecrackers - perform at the Sidebar. Doors open at 8 p.m. $10.

On Friday, Deep in the Game returns to Hippo, 1 West Eager St. City Paper had a great profile of Adam Schwarz, one of the party's DJs, last week. Schwarz has a new album coming out, called, "Deep in the Game," natch. The first single can be downloaded here. $5 after 11 p.m. Over 21 only. Also: Dustin Wong performs at a party for "Putty Hill" at Metro Gallery. $5 or free with movie ticket stub.  

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February 21, 2011

Feb. 21 - 27 in nightlife: Future Islands, Lady Gaga, Transmodern Festival, Jonathan Richman

newFlyerCA55x88.jpgThe beautiful poster at right? It's to promote that free Future Islands show at the Patterson I blogged about a while ago. The show also celebrates Creative Alliance's artist residency program. Elsewhere this week, there are a surprising number of shows in Spanish, starting tonight. And, at least one show by a Madonna knock-off.

On Monday, tropicalia songwriter Vinicius Cantuaria and guitarist Bill Frisell perform a low-key jazzy set at An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Starts at 8 p.m. $33.

On Tuesday, enjoy a night of Spanish minimal synth at Golden West courtesy of the excellent Argentinian-Berliners Mueran Humanos. This a rare show. Listen to "Cosmeticos para Cristo (Cosmetics for Christ)" here. Doors open at 10 p.m. $5.

On Wednesday, the free weekly Friendsdayz party takes place upstairs at the Ottobar. 9 p.m. at 2549 N. Howard St. Free for 21 and over. In D.C.: Subterranean A hosts an all-Baltimore show - Lower Dens, Weekends, Secret Mountains. Starts at 8 p.m. at 1432 R St. NW. $7.

On Thursday, new wave rules at the Ottobar; Twin Shadow performs. 8 p.m. $10. Of general interest: Lady Gaga plays a sold-out Verizon Center. Expect watered-down covers of "Express Yourself."

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February 14, 2011

Feb. 14 - 20 in nightlife: Max's Belgian beer fest, Salt-n-Pepa, AK Slaughter's record release party

PX00255_9.JPGStill recovering from the Grammys? Just kidding. No one watches the Grammys. There were certainly better things to do Sunday night, like actually watch a local band - Arbouretum - perform at the Ottobar. For more of that, here's what to do at night this week:

On Monday, celebrate Valentine's Day with your person of interest. Lacking a Valentine? I'll have your best alternatives later today.

On Tuesday, go to Joe Squared's weekly breakdance party. Bar has two-for-$5 rail drink special  from 10 p.m. until close. 133 West North Ave.

On Wednesday, the Bell Foundry hosts the monthly reading series WORMS. Writers Robert Schreur, Erin Gleeson and Ashlie Kauffman, who writes for JMWW will read. 1539 N Calvert. Free. Starts at 8 p.m. Also: Los Angelenos Young Dubliners perform at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $12.50. Doors open at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Jason Butcher, drummer in Among Wolves, performs at Holy Frijoles, 908 West 36th Street. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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February 7, 2011

Feb. 7 - 13 in nightlife: recovering from the Superbowl, Lauryn Hill, a new seasonal from DuClaw

Still recovering from the Superbowl? Man up, there's stuff to do this week, a good one for local music, with a couple of bands - Weekends and Arbouretum - releasing new albums. But the performance to watch is Lauryn Hill. If she arrives three hours late, will Baltimore fans react with cute signs, or worse?

On Monday, noise rock vets Deerhoof perform at the 9:30 club, 815 V St. N.W., D.C. $15. More low-key? Nevada upstarts Cobra Skulls at Charm City Art Space, 1731 Maryland Ave. Free.

On Tuesday, guitarist Dustin Wong performs at Golden West, along with Woods and Ducktails. Hopefully, his water won't break. 1105 West 36th Street. $8.

On Wednesday, DuClaw Brewing Company releases new seasonal Naked Fish at all Maryland locations, including Arundel Mills. Five-seven-piece North Carolina band the Love Language performs at Metro Gallery, 1700 North Charles Street. $8.

On Thursday, Lauryn.Hill.at.Rams.Head. Epic, or epic meltdown? I'll be there either way. 20 Market Place. $65. Doors open at 9:30; she'll go on... whenever she wants. Less drama at the Talking Head, where Lands & Peoples will perform. 407 E Saratoga St. $8.

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January 31, 2011

The week in nightlife: Jan. 31 - Feb. 5, Girl Talk, Natty Boh keg tapping, and a salvia crash course

Natty%20Boh%20Tapping%20of%20the%20Keg%20-%20POSTER.jpgFinally the week is here when we get to taste Boh on draft. If only it happened earlier in the week. Elsewhere: there's comedy at the Ottobar, cheap cherry bombs at No Idea, and a crash course on Miley Cyrus' drug of choice.

On Monday, Jillionaire, Major Lazer's favorite DJ, spins at the No Rule party, celebrating over a year at Metro Gallery. 1700 N Charles St. Free. Big show: Girl Talk at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place.

On Tuesday, Robyn performs at Rams Head Live. Also: Monthly comedy night Chucklestorm returns to the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard Street. $5.

On Wednesday, No Idea Tavern turns six. Cherry, grape, orange bombs are a buck all night long. Starts at 5 p.m. at 1649 S. Hanover Street. At Sidebar, 218 East Lexington Street, the monthly Bent party features hardcore techno. 

On Thursday,  Nacho Mama's taps the first keg of Natty Boh in 15 years. 2907 O'Donnell Street. Starts at 6 p.m.

On Friday, remember a Times magazine story on sissy bounce, the New Orleans rap sub-sub genre? One of its main practitioners, Vockah Redu (and his backup dancers, the Cru) comes to Hippo's Deep in the Game. 1 West Eager St. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Cults, the young lo-fi pop band, perform at the Maryland Institute College of Art Bbox Theater, 1601 W. Mount Royal. Baltimore's Secret Mountains and InEveryRoom will open. Free for MICA kids; $5 for public. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, learn more about the next parent-disapproved drug at the salvia presentation at Tarantula Hill Esoteric Library, 2118 West Pratt Street. Johns Hopkins assistant professor Matthew Johnson will be among the presenters. Starts at 2 p.m.

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January 25, 2011

The week in nightlife: Jan. 25 - Jan. 30, Liz Phair, The Bridge, Pratt Libraries' Black and White Party

It's a busy week at Rams Head Live, starting with tonight's Liz Phair show. Then following Anberlin on Wednesday, and the Bacon Bros. over in Annapolis Friday, the venue will host the release party for locals the Bridge's new album, "National Bohemian" on Saturday. Elsewhere there are options for both metalheads (see O Pioneers!!!) and preppy dressers (Black & White Party).

On Tuesday, Liz Phair performs at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. The "Flower" singer said the show will be heavy on "Guyville" not "Funstyle" tracks.

On Wednesday the Toronto by way of Texas metalheads O Pioneers!!! perform at Charm City Art Space, 1731 Maryland Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. Important message from the venue: "In case you're wondering, yes, CCAS has heat."

On Thursday Stillwater Artisanal Ales hosts a $60 beer dinner at Alonso's, 415 W. Cold Spring Lane.  Brewer Brian Strumke will be present. Begins at 6 p.m. Gunky's Basement returns to the Charles with Ridley Scott's original "Alien." Gainesville's veteran ska-punks Less than Jake perform at Sonar.

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January 17, 2011

The week in nightlife: Jan. 17 - 23, free MLK events, We Used to be Family, Chris Webby at Sonar

A week that starts with a day off work is a good week. Today, there's a bunch of stuff happening in honor of the holiday, and the rest of the week isn't half bad either, with a comedy night, a couple of shows at Metro Gallery, and, of course, the Midnight Sun mixer. 

On Monday, the American Visionary Museum is free in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Abu the Flutemaker and Batala Washington are scheduled to perform. Museum opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring will show free screenings of "King: a filmed record" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also: chamber ensemble Opus Nine performs at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St.

On Tuesday, Wham City inaugurates its monthly comedy night at the Zodiac. $5 tickets sold at the door. 1726 N. Charles St.

On Wednesday the B-52s perform at the 9:30 Club. Let's hope Fred Schneider wears a gold lame jacket.  Tickets, at $45, are sold at ticketfly.com

On Thursday, come to Don't Know Tavern for the first Midnight Sun mixer of 2011! 1455 Light St.

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January 11, 2011

The week in nightlife: Jan. 10 - Jan. 16, Das Racist, Baltimore burlesque, and the Ravens's "World War III"

Here is your guide to the week in nightlife: joke-rap, Tim Burton tributes, and free parties, all before an epic three-day weekend and a totally low-key football game that some people, oh, are just calling "World War III."

On Tuesday, i.e, today, Heavy Seas brewery founder Hugh Sisson hosts a release party for their Siren Noire at Alonso's & Loco Hombre. Begins at 6 p.m.

Wednesday? Nah, it's Friendsdayz. DJ Derek James hosts this party upstairs at the Ottobar. Free for 21 and older. Here's a preview of the last one. In Fells Point, the monthly gay party Peer Pressure returns to the Get Down. Also gratis.

On Thursday, joke-rap duo Das Racist and hype man Dap play Sonar. They will be disappointed to know, as I was, there's precious few Taco Bells in the city, much less one combined with a Pizza Hut. Also, so far: no reported problems at BWI.

Friday is a chilly night. Celebration's Katrina Ford spins at Cullen Stalin's second Ice Age party at Club Phoenix. $2 after 11 p.m. The Seldon Plan will perform at their new album's release party at Metro Gallery. And at Power Plant Live, Angels Rock Bar hosts a Tim Burton tribute party.

On Saturday, hit your favorite Ravens bar for the epic Steelers game. Elliott's Pour House has $2 domestics. Or, for a totally difference scene, Sticky Buns burlesque presents Infernoland at the Windup Space, named way before Terrell Suggs called the Steelers game the Ravens' "Armageddon." $13 cover.

On Sunday the legendary Afrika Bambaataa perform at U Street Music Hall. And remember, no work the next day.

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January 3, 2011

Nightlife Pocket Guide: Jan. 3 - 9: Golden West Cafe, Sidebar, Greene Turtle

You asked for it, and here it is: a guide to the week in nightlife. Call it the Midnight Sun Nightlife Pocket Guide: small enough to print out, and carry in your snuggest back pocket. On Monday, Red Maple's weekly free Electric Marmalade party moves to 9 p.m. Maybe a belly dancer will show up. On Tuesday, Second City does Baltimore. Show by the comedy troupe is on until Feb. 20. At the Greene Turtle in Columbia, 22-ounce Coors Light drafts are $1.99. The bar calls it Beer Pong Tuesdays. On Wednesday, one half of noise duo Abiku DJs a new party, "Bent," at Sidebar. Expect grainy video accompaniment. $3. On Thursday, more free trash at Windup Space's Mondo Baltimore. On Friday, go to 851 Hollins St. for the first Lith Hall "Twist & Shout" dance party of the year. $5. Also: Deep in the Game returns to Hippo. No cover before 11 p.m. On Saturday, the king of moombahton Dave Nada spins at Golden West Cafe for TaxLo DJ Simon Phoenix's birthday party. $5. On Sunday, no Lucky Dragons show like January 2, but emerging R&B singer Ledisi performs at Bourbon Street. $30. If you've got suggestions for next week, e-mail me at erik.maza@baltsun.com.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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