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  • Sondheim finalists announced

    April 18, 2014
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    Sondheim finalists announced

    This morning the Baltimore Office for Promotion and the Arts announced the seven finalists for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. After criticism that last year’s judges seemed to favor Washington, D.C.-based artists and strived too hard for social relevance—with four of the six finalists working in documentary photography or film–this year’s group...
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  • J. Roddy Walston and the Business release video for “Same Days”

    April 17, 2014
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    J. Roddy Walston and the Business release video for “Same Days”

    When we first heard “Same Days” on Essential Tremors, the latest album from J. Roddy Walston and the Business, we thought it might be some kind of riff on the Talking Heads’ “Heaven,” the place “where nothing ever happens.” Instead, Walston told us that the words dealt with institutional child abuse. Wow. The video,...
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  • Kix Announce First Studio Album In 19 Years

    April 16, 2014
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    Kix Announce First Studio Album In 19 Years

    Kix, the Hagerstown band who ruled the Baltimore hard rock scene in the ‘80s and scored national hits like “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” has announced that it will release a new studio album on July 22, though Loud & Proud Records. The band last released new music on 1995’s $how Bu$ine$$ and broke up...
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  • Soft rock-loving hipsters and baby boomers rejoice! Pier Six hosts back-to-back nights of smooth jams

    April 14, 2014
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    Soft rock-loving hipsters and baby boomers rejoice! Pier Six hosts back-to-back nights of smooth jams

    In one of the more inspired bookings of the year, Pier Six Pavilion has stacked concerts by Steely Dan and Hall & Oates on consecutive nights, Sept. 17 and 18 respectively. So many smooth jams, you guys. Given Pier Six’s idyllic waterfront setting, these shows offer the rare opportunity for yuppies to dance to...
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  • Dan Deacon to join Diplo at this year’s Mad Decent Block Party

    April 11, 2014
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    Dan Deacon to join Diplo at this year’s Mad Decent Block Party

    In years past, the Mad Decent Block Party, the annual concert tour put on by producer Diplo’s imprint, has featured the dancehall-charged music of Major Lazer, Canadian dubstep duo Zeds Dead, and oddball rap sensation Riff Raff on its lineup card when it stopped at Merriweather Post Pavilion. You can now add local electronic...
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  • Film Review: Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II

    April 10, 2014
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    Film Review: Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II

    Early on in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, opening in two parts today at the Charles Theatre, my wife said: “Maybe we can have sex after this movie about sex.” Four hours later, when the credits finally rolled, she said, “I don’t think I ever want to have sex again.” So, thanks for that Lars....
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  • Ogun Pushes The Button To Launch A New All-Star Mixtape Series

    April 10, 2014
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    Ogun Pushes The Button To Launch A New All-Star Mixtape Series

    In February, 5 Seasons held an event billed as a “Rap Retirement and Birthday Party” in honor of Baltimore hip-hop veteran Ogun. And while it appears that the days of Ogun solo releases are indeed over, he continues to make his presence felt in the local music community. Just a couple months later, he’s...
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  • Films from Chris LaMartina and Michael Tully to highlight 2014 Maryland Film Festival

    April 9, 2014
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    Films from Chris LaMartina and Michael Tully to highlight 2014 Maryland Film Festival

    With the Maryland Film Festival’s first lineup announcement out today, City Paper spoke with festival director Jed Dietz and director of programming Eric Hatch (a former CP contributor) about some of this year’s highlights. Following up on last year’s Maryland-centric entries (12 O’Clock Boys, I Used to Be Darker), MFF 2014 will feature local...
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  • Marvel’s Own Dark Knight

    April 4, 2014
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    Until the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Marvel movie juggernaut was a series of breezy and loud, yet easy-to-digest comic book films. Winter Soldier just said goodbye to all that by being a super serious, not-for-kids political thriller with the occasional hero thrown in. In a shout out to ’70s political...
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  • African American Festival has the theme “Happy,” a lineup featuring Johnny Gill and Brandy

    April 2, 2014
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    African American Festival has the theme “Happy,” a lineup featuring Johnny Gill and Brandy

    Rarely — and we mean rarely — do we get excited when a press release from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pops into our inbox. But when we clicked on the release announcing the lineup for the  38th Annual African American Festival and saw the festival’s theme was “Happy,” we scrolled down with anticipation, thinking the...
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