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The Club Beat With DJ Tigga

August 31, 2007
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DJ Tigga has only been making noise in Baltimore club music as a producer for two years now, but the 27-year-old has long been part of the community as a DJ and dancer. “I’ve been messin’ with DJ-in’ and music for like at least five, seven years,” he explains on the porch in his...
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Tipping Point

August 28, 2007
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Tipping Point

Ciara BET’s massive hip-hop/R&B package tour Scream Fest has long been an event for and by teenagers, including last winter‘s iteration headlined by Omarion. This summer, though, it was clear that the tour had decided to go in a slightly more grown-up direction with A-list Southern rapper T.I. and co-headliner Ciara, the young singer...
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Rebirth of Slick

August 24, 2007
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There was a time, not much more than a decade ago, when jazz was inextricably tangled up in hip-hop’s DNA, whether sampled in jagged shards and chopped up by DJ Premier or in smooth loops by A Tribe Called Quest. But its influence has been on the wane ever since, with hip-hop moving toward...
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Baltimore Hip-Hop: An iTunes Playlist

August 23, 2007
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Baltimore Hip-Hop: An iTunes Playlist

Mullyman | Image by Christopher Myers One of the frustrating parts about writing about Baltimore music, especially when those words are broadcast all over the web, is that so much of it, often some of the best stuff, is only available in a scant few local stores, if that. Even now, while CD sales...
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City Girls Become Mountain Boys

August 17, 2007
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City Girls Become Mountain Boys

The Golden West Café doesn’t host shows every night, but once or twice a month it lets bands perform in its Hampden storefront for a nice, intimate concert. And on Aug. 16, two out of town bands swung through Baltimore to get upstaged by the strange and wonderful local a cappella ensemble Lexie Mountain...
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“I actually live in DC”

August 17, 2007
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“I actually live in DC”

With Dan Deacon becoming a cover star and the Whartscape music festival generating more online coverage than any Baltimore event in recent memory, Noise feared we might be the crest of the Baltimore music buzz (see: Dan Deacon, inevitable backlash, typical in blog comments sections). Turns out Harm City and its bands remains a...
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The Pharmacists Tamper With the Formula

August 14, 2007
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The Pharmacists Tamper With the Formula

When Ted Leo/Pharmacists played at the Recher Theatre Aug. 11, it felt like a throwback to about five years ago, when the Towson venue regularly booked national indie and alternative acts of the kind young Baltimoreans would otherwise have to drive down to Washington to see. Since then, other venues have filled that much-needed...
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Legato at the Ottobar

August 10, 2007
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Legato at the Ottobar

It was clear early on at Rasputina’s Aug. 8 show at the Ottobar that the chamber-rock ensemble has a dedicated following. The parking lot filled up well before the opening act, including a car from Virginia with a vanity plate of the band’s name. But for someone only slightly familiar with its music, seeing...
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Deep Cover

August 10, 2007
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In hip-hop, cover songs are just about the only way to pay homage to another artist or song that isn’t commonly practiced. A rapper might sample someone else’s track, appear on a remix, freestyle over its beat, interpolate its hook, or bite the rhyme scheme. But straight-up covers are a rarity, possibly because by...
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A Day at the Making the Right Moves Entertainment Conference

August 3, 2007
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Whether or not you think of Baltimore as a music town, it’s definitely not a music industry town. And if there’s one thing the city’s countless starving artists could use a little more of, it’s business savvy and some perspective about their chances of success. With that thought in mind, Milestone Media organized the...
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