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The Overture: Jan 11 – 17

WHAT: Morgan Orion, Wooly Moon, Arsennii Vaselenko

WHERE: Red Herring ($5)

WHEN: Wednesday, January 12th at 8:00 p.m.

Morgan Orion has been serving as the local nexus for the national DIY singer-songwriter scene for going on three years, at this point. His shows always feature intriguing touring acts and carry a cheap cover, with this Wednesday night at Red Herring coming as no exception. Baltimore-based Wooly Moon play heavily reverbed alt-country, while Aresennii Vaselenko veers into garage, lo-fi and noise-pop territory.

WHAT: Love of Everything, the Palace Flophouse, Anna Karenina/Anna Karina

WHERE: Mike ‘N Molly’s ($TBA)

WHEN: Friday, January 14th at 10:00 p.m.

Love of Everything, aka Bobby Burg, is another of the seeming endless bands under the Joan of Arc umbrella. Aside from currently playing in Joan of Arc, Burg has spent time with Chin Up Chin Up, who used to play C-U fairly often. Opening are the Palace Flophouse and Anna Karenina/Anna Karina, a new  project featuring Cole Rabenort (Elsinore) and Luke Bergkoetter (fireflies, Take Care).


WHAT: 20th annual Great Cover Up with Mike Ingram, Curb Service, Brother Embassy, Kilborn Alley, Lonely Trailer, Scathe

WHERE: Highdive ($7)

WHEN: Sunday, January 16th at 8:00 p.m.

While the GCU will also take place on the 18th (with Fresh Kills, Withershins, Tractor Kings) and 20th (Kayla Brown with the Dirty Feather, Hot Cops, Sugar Prophets), we’re betting this will be an awesome if patterns hold true to last year — although I’ve got to wonder how Curb Service and Mike Ingram are going to top their sets from last year (Beastie Boys and Lorenzo Goetz, respectively). Look for more coverage later this week.


WHAT: Jared Bartman

WHERE: WEFT Studios (free)

WHEN: Monday, January 17th at 10:00 p.m.

For the amount of time it’s been around, curiously few people seem to listen to WEFT Sessions and/or Local 901. With their fantastic booking as of late and the ability to sit in on the sessions for free, this is a cheap alternative to a night out.

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