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08.23.16 Upcoming Concerts07.29.16 2016 Back-Half Albums I'm Excited For
06.24.16 My To-Get List06.04.16 Vinyl Day
05.05.16 Mayday, Mayday04.17.16 Breaking in the ol' New(ish) Turntable
02.18.16 Concerts on my Horizon02.10.16 Giving Up New Music for Lent
01.25.16 Rick Remender01.12.16 January To-Do's
10.30.15 No 'Vember Like November10.09.15 Concerts I'm Attending Soon
10.02.15 October? But I hardly know 'er!07.31.15 August: Everything I'm After
07.10.15 Seeing Rosetta tonight06.12.15 Albums I'm Excited For
05.08.15 Impulse Buys01.23.15 Upcoming Concerts
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Upcoming Concerts

Pretty self-explanatory. Haven't been to many shows since Firefly a few months back, so looking to put in some extra time over the next few months here.

Playing the Fillmore in Silver Spring at the end of September. Honestly haven't been floored by what I've heard from the new album yet, but I'm reserving judgment. I've seen these guys once in the past, and they were quite good not just musically (duh), but also in terms of putting on a fairly discography-spanning show, so I'm definitely excited about that.
2The Sword
High Country

Opening for Opeth. Never really got into this band, despite having no beef at all with stoner metal. If you're a fan and think there's an ideal gateway release, let me know.
3Kyle Kinane/The Slow Death

Not a musician--although he used to be--but seeing Kyle Kinane do stand-up at Ram's Head in early October. He's definitely one of my favorite current comics, and if you haven't already, I sincerely recommend you check out Whiskey Icarus and his newest recorded special, the deceptively and hilariously titled I Liked His Old Stuff Better.
4The Dear Hunter
Act V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional

Playing the Rock and Roll Hotel in D.C. in early October. Kinda bummed I missed the pre-sale for VIP passes including "Storytime with Casey," since literally half the fun of his shows is his banter and crowd-work between songs. But those passes also (understandably) sold out in less than a day, so oh well. Pumped I'm getting to see the last(ish) act on-stage.

Opening for Dear Hunter. Another band I know by name, but not much beyond that. Again, if anybody's hip to their jive and has a recommendation, leave a comment fo sho.
6The Squirrel Nut Zippers

Playing Ram's Head On-Stage in Annapolis in mid-October. My girlfriend likes this band quite a bit, whereas I mainly know them from that iconic piece of cinema known as Monkeybone. Still, they seem pretty fun, and I don't make it out Annapolis-way too often, so it should be a good time. Also, I'm sure there's about an 85% chance of seeing Brendan Frasier there.
Fantastic Planet

Playing Baltimore Soundstage in mid-October. Hard maybe on this one. Not because of the band--who I'm admittedly a bit of a latecomer to, having only gotten into them after their comeback album last year--but because it's only a couple days after the show above. Still, it's within walking distance, and I honestly haven't listened to Fantastic Planet (which I believe the band will be playing in full) as much as I should have by now, so it's certainly tempting.
8Touche Amore
Stage Four

Playing the Ottobar in late October. Everything released so far from the new album has been killer, and these guys have long been a bright spot in a sub-genre that rapidly hit what seemed to be its saturation point. Plus, y'know, they could probably play three full albums' worth of songs and still be done in an hour, and it's a weeknight show, so that bodes well for getting to bed at a reasonable time, to boot.
9Tiny Moving Parts

Opening for Touche Amore. Haven't spun their new album enough yet, but dig Pleasant Living and This Couch... in a big way.
10Culture Abuse

Also opening for Touche Amore. Haven't listened to them yet, but their write-up on the site has me intrigued. It also seems like an interesting mix of genres on the docket for this show, which is usually a pretty cool experience.
Not to Disappear

Playing Ram's Head Live! in early November. This show's also a little iffy, but only because I'll be "running" a 10k earlier that day (read: alternating between jogging or wheezing--or, best of all, both). Still, I have the tickets, so I'm hoping the dregs of adrenaline and a fleeting sense of accomplishment will be enough to carry me through. Plus, this album is goddamn great.
12Murder by Death
Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?

Playing the Ottobar in late November. Nearing half a dozen times seeing these kids, and I can sincerely say they have yet to disappoint. They haven't even put out new material (a one-off split notwithstanding) since the last time I saw them, and I'm still extremely excited about this show. They do a pretty stellar job of balancing between perennial favorites and throwing in enough oddities and deep cuts to keep things interesting. Plus, you're practically required to drink whiskey throughout their set, and who am I to dispute tradition?
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