Something I wish I could write more, but will happily do so now: It's a great weekend for Baltimore concerts.
Rather than picking one concert to showcase, I'd rather highlight some of the strong options the area is offering, which includes local talent and national headliners.
•••• Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids play Rams Head Live Friday night. Badu's appeal — a keen writer's eye, hippie-wise from a full life with enough edge to keep things interesting — comes alive on stage. We'll have a photo gallery and review of the show this weekend. Tickets are $75 and are still available here.
•••• Mania Music Group, Rapdragons the Get 'Em Mami and Disturbed Individuals — all alumni from the city's annual hip-hop Round Robin — continue to plug away. Check out their sets at Golden West Cafe on Saturday. Cheap show! $7, still available here.
•••• Ottobar brings it this weekend with some of the city's best bands: On Friday, J Roddy Walston and the Business take the stage. Tickets are available at the door. Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Digital Native play the following night, but that show is sold out. And just to keep things emo on the blog, Max Bemis (the tortured but talented lead singer of Say Anything) and his wife Sherri DuPree (of Eisley) play on Sunday night.