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Upcoming Concerts

A list of band coming to the Baltimore neck of the woods that I hope to see, mostly rthroughout March. And then, I sleep through April. A few of these acts I'm runfamiliar with, which I'll note in the descriptions, so recs on a good place to start rare absolutely welcome.
The Ugly Organ

Since it's always best to start with a lie, these guys are actually going to be in D.C. Just picked up the anniversary edition of this album. I don't think they're playing it cover to cover or anything, but still pretty pumped to see these guys, since I never managed to back in the day.
2Beach Slang
Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street

Opening for Cursive. Don't really know anything by them, so rec away.
3The Paper Chase
Now You Are One of Us

So actually, not the Paper Chase (womp womp), but their ringleader has a new(er) band called John Congleton and the Nighty Night. I really like the Paper Chase, but haven't heard anything from these cats. Could be cool, though.
4Murder by Death
Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?

These guys (and gal!) always put on a pretty great show. Excited for the new album, too, since they're amazingly consistent in-studio, as well. Loves me some country-fried cello.
5 O'Death
Head Home

Opening for Murder by Death. Haven't heard much from them, but the titular Death connection aside (which, if you're gonna start a band, might as well throw some mortality into the mix), Sputnik lists them as similar to Primus and my man Tommy Waits, so that's reassuring. Recs welcome.

Just started getting into these fellas last year, and am regretting not doing so sooner. Saw them at the Shindig festival this past summer, which was great, but by necessity a shorter set.
7Ryan Bingham

Coheadlining with Lucero, I'm surprised Bingham doesn't have more of a following on this site, since he ranks up there with Sturgill Simpson and Justin Townes Earle (and, come to think of it, Steve Earle) in terms of superior modern country. Plus, Crazy Heart. Come on now.
8Twin Forks
Twin Forks

Opening for Lucero and Bingham, I'm actually the opposite of excited about this band. I really don't have as much of a problem with Chris Carrabba as quite a few do (I was, and to a degree still am, an apologist for some latter-day Dashboard). But this feels distinctly like an instance of blatant bandwagon-hopping, and an insipid, uninspired stab at the genre, to boot. Maybe they'll put on a great show and convert me. But somehow I doubt it.
9Taking Back Sunday
Tell All Your Friends

Headlining a show at Ram's Head. I've seen them live a few times before, mostly at festivals, and while there's always a good bit of energy, I always find myself feeling like a curmudgeonly hipster, grumbling about how they should be playing more of their old stuff. Which, hopefully with the original lineup (well, not really, but for all intents and purposes) once again intact, they might. Nostalgia is a powerful drug. And Happiness Is...was...okay.
Fake History

Opening for TBS, and honestly the main reason I'm going to the show. Aside from their debut EP, which I've yet to hear, I've uniformly loved everything this band has done--and can easily imagine them putting on a hell of a show.
11The Menzingers
On the Impossible Past

Also opening for TBS. And I'm also more excited to see them than the headliner. Rented World was a slight step down for them, but when you're coming off the heels of something this great, that's almost to be expected. Plus, it's still an amazingly fun listen, and should translate well to a live setting.
12Enter Shikari
The Mindsweep

Unquestionably the iffiest show on this list. I haven't really listened to anything by this group, but a friend of mine wants to go and is a huge fan. Any recommended entry point would be great.
13A Lot Like Birds
No Place

Opening for Shikari. These guys, I do know, and really enjoy, so they're a large part of why I'm considering going.
14I the Mighty

Also opening--and also a band I know and like (though not nearly as much as a Lot Like Birds).
Let Go

Yet another opener, but this one I only really know from the (slight) buzz around them on Sputnik. Recs, as always, welcome.
Robot Hive/Exodus

Jumping ahead to May, these cats are coheadlining a show at Pier Six. After meaning to for years, I finally saw them (like Lucero) at the Shindig last summer, and the whole time just wished they had more time to work with. Wish: granted.

The other coheadliner. Initially struck me as a sort of bizarre pairing, but makes more sense the more I think about it, especially with Mastodon's more melodic leanings on the fantastic Once More Round the Sun. Plus, Neil Fallon can finally do those guest vocals on "Blood and Thunder" in real time, which could well be worth the price of admission by itself. Now if only Scott Kelly would turn up...
Lights Out

Opening for Clutch and Mastodon. Don't really know them, but any mutual friend of the two bands above is ripe to be a mutual friend of mine.

Nah, just kidding. Would be amazing, though. On my bucket list for sure.
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