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Two New Local Indie Rock Crushes

March 30, 2007
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Two New Local Indie Rock Crushes

Small DIY venues in Baltimore come and go, often thriving only to be scorned by the noise ordinance gods in the span of a year. And there’s been an undeniable hole in the market since the Talking Head shut down a few months ago, with no news yet as to when or if it...
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2007′s First Local Hip-Hop Highlights

March 30, 2007
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2007′s First Local Hip-Hop Highlights

Baltimore’s under-the-radar rap scene has never been as bustling and diverse as it is right now. While more new albums and mixtapes drop each week than City Paper could ever dream of covering, and there are still some recent releases we’ve yet to hear–Comp, Skarr Akbar, Musse’ Mus’, and Young Dip come to mind–this...
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Today’s DEATHFEST LOGOS Update

March 30, 2007
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Today’s DEATHFEST LOGOS Update

Rhhhaaaaahhh!!!! Norway’s ZYKLON going with a completely sans-serif font. Dunno if we appreciate this trend, but we’ll wait and see. Big ups to Wisconsin’s FOETOPSY, for most unrecognisable but still palpably disgusting, not to mention reminding the world there’s more goin’ on up in WisconSIN besides cheddar and Badgers!!! A salute to Germany’s NUNWHORE...
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In Da (Rock) Club

March 29, 2007
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In Da (Rock) Club

(All photos by Frank Hamilton) It’s probably a measure of how much we love the Death Set that we were willing to pay $10 for what we knew would be a 10-minute set–15 on the outside. That’s a dollar a minute; even Netflix and iTunes offer more value for money. But this was the...
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The Club Beat with DJ Diamond K

March 23, 2007
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The Club Beat with DJ Diamond K

Starting in 1993, DJ Diamond K was producing club tracks for Frank Ski–the onetime local radio personality who first raised Baltimore club’s national profile with hits like “Doo Doo Brown”–as well as the late, great transgendered Baltimore club performer Miss Tony. A few years later, Diamond K started his own label, High Rolla Records,...
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A Very Long, But Not So Strange, Trip With the Roots

March 21, 2007
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Backpacker rap has experienced something of an identity crisis in the last few years. Artists in its orbit could almost always count on critical success and a healthy cult audience. But when quasi-backpacker Kanye West rocketed to multiplatinum superstardom, he raised sales expectations for newcomers like last year’s big backpacker hype, Lupe Fiasco, who...
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Booze, Beaded Curtains, and Bongos, Oh My

March 16, 2007
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It was a dark and stormy night when we ventured down to Power Plant Live!, whose excessive exclamation point continues to annoy us like a drunk insisting we’re not having enough fun. OK, it wasn’t exactly “stormy,” but it was pissing rain and the temperature had dropped about 30 degrees in four hours. It...
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Shamrock Shakedown

March 15, 2007
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St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, but for some reason many events were nonetheless scheduled for the preceding weekend. Despite not possessing a drop of Irish blood (not that that ever stops anyone) we attended one of those premature celebrations, the Shamrock Festival, held at Washington’s RFK Stadium–or, more accurately, inside...
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A Grand Buffet Show Review Without an “All You Can Eat” Headline

March 14, 2007
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Indie hip-hop duo Grand Buffet is from Pittsburgh, but it’d be easy to mistake it as a member of Baltimore’s thriving clan of beat-obsessed noisemakers and eccentric white rappers. As friends and collaborators of homegrown oddballs such as Cex, Dan Deacon, and Bow ‘n’ Arrow, the duo is welcomed with open arms every time...
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For the People Entertainment: Too Many Cooks

March 8, 2007
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Hip-hop labels are a dime a dozen in Baltimore, but the overwhelming majority are vanity imprints for one rapper/founder/CEO, with maybe a few hangers-on who appear on the posse cuts. For the People Entertainment, on the other hand, has quietly become one of the most active rap labels in the city, releasing albums or...
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Hey, You: Go to This Show

March 7, 2007
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Hey, You: Go to This Show

| Image by Holy Mountain Blues Control, Chris Grier, Snacks, and Beastmaster, at the Bank, 2013 Frederick Ave., Thursday, March 8, 9:30 P.M. Occasionally, there are live musical events that we’d like to single out for special appreciation, or that show up on our radar too late in the game to make it into...
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Local Hip-Hop: Vibe Talkin’

March 7, 2007
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Although the web site has been up since last year, B-More Vibe debuted as a full-color magazine February 1. The hard work of 20-year-old Park Heights native and femcee turned publisher/editor Rogue Vers–the street name she requests to publish–and a very small staff of volunteers, B-More Vibe wants to be the underground portal for...
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Sparklehorse Tours in Support of Its 1995 Album

March 5, 2007
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Sparklehorse Tours in Support of Its 1995 Album

The typical Thursday night collegiate crowd at Power Plant Live! was lighter than usual last week, but there was a healthy turnout at Rams Head Live for Sparklehorse. But then a cold, drizzly night is more likely to discourage miniskirted Towson sorostitutes than fans of a cultishly popular alt-rock band. The last time we...
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Storm the Unpredictable: Aptly Named

March 1, 2007
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Storm the Unpredictable: Aptly Named

The new incarnation of the long-running local hip-hop venue the Turntable Club, now located just a couple blocks east of the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus, has been booking as many local hip-hop shows as any other club in the city over the past year or so. But we’ve been sleeping on it, sticking to...
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