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Get Your Kix Until You’re 66

September 25, 2007
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If there’s one area that Baltimore music has always been deficient in, it’s stadium-ready rock stars. But we’ll always have Kix, the Hagerstown-bred glam metal quintet who ruled Hammerjacks back when the club was a Mid-Atlantic hard rock mecca and eventually went platinum on the back of its 1988 power ballad “Don’t Close Your...
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The Club Beat With DJ Chris J

September 21, 2007
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The first thing to notice about a DJ Chris J club mix is how soft-spoken he is. Where other record spinners might scream and shout to get you amped up for the high-energy dance tracks–or try to match them in volume–Chris J calmly introduces himself. His “shout-outs” are done with an indoor voice. That...
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Old McDonald Had a Son

September 20, 2007
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Michael McDonald is one of the greatest blue-eyed soul singers of his generation. No, the former Doobie Brother doesn’t sound particularly black, or particularly like anyone really. His singing–resembling something like a hyperventilating goat, albeit a really soulful one–is utterly unique. Though McDonald has become something of a punch line in recent years thanks...
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They Might Be Giants Call This Shit a Show

September 14, 2007
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“So, is Rams Head Live like, you cut off a ram’s head, and the head is still alive?” asked John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants Wednesday night, finally articulating what we’ve all wondered about the name of the downtown venue, the band’s first stop on its current tour. In a career spanning 20...
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Drum Machine Death Match

September 13, 2007
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MC battle tournaments, which seemed to be a dime a dozen in Baltimore a couple of years ago, have been on the wane. Hip-hop producer battles have become the new trend, with several popping up this year, most notably Hip-Hop 101′s Great American Beatman Battle. The first tournament of the ostensibly “annual” event, at...
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Noise in Brief: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

September 7, 2007
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The Man Show Local magazine The Flywire did the impossible with its new issue, bringing together Bossman and Mullyman, the Baltimore rappers who have been feuding on and off for almost three years, together for the cover story “Bigger Than Beef.” The entire article, including a photo spread with several other local MCs, is...
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Hip-Hop for the Headstrong: More Aptly Titled Than They Probably Intended

September 5, 2007
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Hip-Hop for the Headstrong: More Aptly Titled Than They Probably Intended

Baltimore hip-hop concert promoter Steez has been a great asset to Sonar lately, both in bringing notable headliners to the main room and curating all-local bills on the club stage. This past Saturday’s Hip-Hop for the Headstrong showcase was a prime example of the latter. And while it was a cohesive bill, featuring several...
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