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“…and keep the language off the street”

January 29, 2008
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How do I know that today’s my birthday? Because a friend just hipped me to the fact that more than a month ago Matador posted an MP3 of a new Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks single from their new album, Real Emotional Trash, due in March. The song is called “Baltimore,” and it’s a...
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A Silent Auction With Loud Music

January 25, 2008
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With the fifth and final season of HBO’s The Wire in full swing, a number of official events have been happening lately in and out of Baltimore to comemorate the city’s most famous current cultural export. And this week, that included a silent auction of Wire-releated merchandise at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. In...
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Last-Minute Show: Kimya Dawson at 2640 Space

January 21, 2008
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Last-Minute Show: Kimya Dawson at 2640 Space

| Image by Danielle St Laurent We have a special place in our heart for Kimya Dawson, probably known best–for better and worse–as the “less ironic” half of the defunct Moldy Peaches. You know, the peach to Adam Green’s mold. (He probably wouldn’t object.) Small, gentle things full of weariness and hope and earnest...
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“In Snacks there’s no barrier between sweet and savory”

January 18, 2008
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We here at Noise love to listen to music and love to cook, and sometimes we combine the two. City Paper contributor/local musician Shelly Blake-Plock goes one better over at his foodie blog Let the Sky Rain Potatoes with his premiere installment of Dinner Music. This opening salvo is a music/cooking video from Snacks–the...
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I Got Five on It

January 18, 2008
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The 8X10′s weekly Five Bands for Five Bucks night occupies a weird space between a regular gig and an open mic. It’s a booked show, but the bill isn’t announced very far in advance and tickets are only available at the door, as if to concede the primary appeal of the night is that...
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The Club Beat: The Year in Baltimore Club

January 9, 2008
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2007 was an interesting time for club music. It didn’t quite feel like a landmark year–nothing like ’06′s MTV segment on the music or ’05′s explosion of press surrounding Rod Lee’s first nationally distributed album. And if there was any big trend in club music, it was the same as in almost every other...
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Wye Oak Monarch Signs to Merge Records

January 3, 2008
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Wye Oak Monarch Signs to Merge Records

Over beers last night at Golden West, Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner dropped a little bomb of good news on us: Their band, Wye Oak (Monarch, until recently), has signed with venerable Merge Records, home to Spoon, Destroyer, and M. Ward, among a bunch of other indie idols. The immediate upshot–aside from the whole...
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