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Local Comfort Food

April 27, 2007
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Local Comfort Food

Last weekend, the music playing over the PA between bands at the Lo-Fi Social Club alternated between indie touchstones like Dinosaur Jr. and big 1980s pop hits by INXS and Peter Gabriel; it’s just that kind of familiar, unpretentious atmosphere that makes us feel more at home each time we visit. Most of our...
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British Hype Bands Love Soft Rock, Baltimore Abstract Noize

April 26, 2007
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British Hype Bands Love Soft Rock, Baltimore Abstract Noize

So we’re reading web zine Pitchfork over our morning coffee, and we open the recurring “Guest List” feature where the site gets current indie-rock hot commodities to talk about their favorite songs, video games, or flavors of Altoids, and we get smacked with this at the top of a list from Klaxons guitarist Simon...
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Music Perhaps Not Destroyed by Recording

April 26, 2007
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Between watching old episodes of America’s Top 10 with Casey Kasem from 1989 on YouTube, we discovered this clip of Lungfish performing “Armageddon” at a Philly hole in the wall circa 1998. The sound quality gets pretty distorted if you turn it up too loud and the image/music sync isn’t the best, but c’mon....
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Private Eleanor in a Public Institution

April 24, 2007
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Private Eleanor in a Public Institution

The Walters Art Museum in Mount Vernon might be an odd setting for an indie rock show, but if any band could pull it off, it would be Private Eleanor. What began as frontman Austin Stahl’s solo project–named best singer-songwriter in 2003′s Best of Baltimore issue–has expanded to a quintet in recent years, but...
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A Q&A with Ogun

April 17, 2007
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A Q&A with Ogun

Baltimore hip-hop veteran Kevin “Ogun” Beasley has been through a great deal since he was first featured in City Paper nearly four years ago. He’s released two solo albums and several mixtapes, as well as performed countless shows. But most dramatically, last year a dispute with local DJ and promoter Pete “P-Funk” Lynch, whose...
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Indie Arena Rock

April 13, 2007
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Indie Arena Rock

Long-running Washington trio Trans Am didn’t have a Baltimore stop on its current tour–a shame since its new album Sex Change is its best in years–forcing us to check the band out on its home turf at the Black Cat earlier this week. We missed the Psychic Paramount, but Zombi, the night’s second opener,...
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Hometown Pride at the Fresh Fest

April 11, 2007
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Hometown Pride at the Fresh Fest

Every few months, someone in Baltimore gets ambitious enough to put together a big, exciting bill full of local hip-hop’s upper-echelon MCs–which, for lack of a better definition, we’ll just say is anyone who had a trading card in last year’s Big Music Issue. The annual B-More Fresh Fest is one of those events,...
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2007′s First Local Hip-Hop Highlights Part Two

April 6, 2007
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2007′s First Local Hip-Hop Highlights Part Two

After running down Charm City hip-hop’s Top 5 for the still young year last week, here’s the rest of our Top 10 local rap favorites of 2007′s first quarter: 6) NC-17 – Oscar Night Some rappers don’t know how to be funny even when they’re trying–usually on their labored skits–but NC-17 can’t stop saying...
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Senator in Hospital

April 6, 2007
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Senator in Hospital

There’s sad news circulating around the internet right now that Landis Expandis, drummer and lead vocalist for Baltimore’s long-running and much beloved funk-rock party band the All-Mighty Senators, is currently in the hospital undergoing dialysis for renal failure. Like most professional or semipro musicians hit with major medical expenses, this will undoubtedly be an...
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Lil Wayne Walks the Lonely Street of Dreams

April 4, 2007
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The Street Dreams tour, headlined by Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne, rolled through Baltimore on Sunday with 92Q providing the usual massive advance hype. Although the lineup differed greatly from the Q’s last big show at 1st Mariner Arena, teen R&B revue the Scream Tour, the demographics at Street Dreams skewed just ever so...
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