Michael Beresh writes songs you like to be around, songs that make you ache in a good way. He leans country, without tipping headlong into twang-y stereotypes that would break the evocative spell on tunes like "Jarrettsville," a stunner off his recent "Southpaw" EP (four bucks from iTunes). Tonight, Beresh and his group, the Country Devils, play Metro Gallery. Get there early, so you don't miss the excellent Barnyard Sharks.
The Evens (Ian Mackaye and Amy Farina) show scheduled for tonight at 2640 has been postponed because of the nasty flu that's been going around—who hasn't had it? The show's been rescheduled for February 9.
And Hairspray In Concert continues through the weekend at the Meyerhoff. Snappily narrated by John Waters (recounting his inspirations for the original film and making quips like, "Formstone, the polyester of brick"), the production features a top-tier cast, the vibrancy of a Broadway show, and the lushness of symphonic accompaniment (thanks to pops conductor Jack Everly and the BSO). From the opening moments of "Good Morning Baltimore" to the confetti-drenched encores, it's great fun.