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Posse on Broadway

June 29, 2007
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Posse on Broadway

Usually what makes a concert memorable is the performance–but sometimes it’s the venue. Two local artists, rapper Tufflon Dona and R&B singer Tyreika Renee, recently came together for The Best of Both Worlds: The Royal Queens Edition, a female-centric answer to the collaborative albums by Jay-Z and R. Kelly. And the mixtape’s release party...
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“New” Music Mondays

June 29, 2007
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Monday night’s bill at the Sidebar looked as if it was booked in the same way CMJ magazine used to put together silly little charticles in which imaginary festivals featured a clutch of similarly named bands. It sure felt like an odd coincidence that three bands featured the same prefix: New Age Hillbilly, New...
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A Really Open Mic

June 22, 2007
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A Really Open Mic

“Open mic” is a longtime catch-all used for showcasing unsigned and amateur musicians of all stripes, from earnest singer-songwriters to cocky rappers, and at the Brass Monkey Saloon this week, both were in abundance. The two distinct crowds got along surprisingly well at Mic Life Wednesday–hosted by local rappers Lyrical Leviathan and Black Wind...
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Party Like an Internet Site

June 19, 2007
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Party Like an Internet Site

Friday night at the 5 Seasons was the coming out party for BmoreHH.com, a new web site purporting to be “where Baltimore hip-hop lives.” The site, sponsored by Top of Da Hill Records, doesn’t feature much besides the label’s own artists at the moment, but hopefully it will become as inclusive as Friday’s show....
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A Night at the Theater

June 13, 2007
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Not long after City Paper‘s feature on the Lo-Fi Social Club ran, the Brooklyn venue was unceremoniously shut down by the city. Consequently, many good shows that had already been booked were canceled, postponed, or moved to other venues at the last minute. One of those, last week’s release party for local quartet Gary...
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The Club Beat With DJ Equalizer

June 11, 2007
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The Club Beat With DJ Equalizer

House Legends DJ Equalizer and Doug Lazy (from myspace.com/djequalizerthesoundsofsilence ) “If it weren’t for that cancer and that divorce, we wouldn’t be havin’ this conversation,” says DJ Equalizer, one of the pioneers of Baltimore club music, about the personal setbacks that kept him out of the scene in recent years. “A rumor went around...
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Noise in the Basement: Emo or Not Emo?

June 6, 2007
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Noise in the Basement: Emo or Not Emo?

A recent conversation with City Paper music editor Jess Harvell turned to the subject of Baltimore emo: Does it exist? As omnipresent as the vague subgenre is these days in the wider world of rock, there have to be some emo bands around town, too, right? Jess’ assumption that any unfamiliar band name on...
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