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Not Retiretarded, Barely

April 30, 2008
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Not Retiretarded, Barely

Tuesday morning, in a blog post titled “Retiretard,” garage-punker Jay Reatard announced that he is quitting music. While later admitting it was a joke, the post made reference to Reatard’s recent fracas, centered on an incident earlier this month in Toronto, when he punched a fan in the face. Of course, it was all...
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Singing With the Lexie Mountain Choir

April 29, 2008
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Singing With the Lexie Mountain Choir

“YELL AT ME IT’LL BE FUN AND EASY THANK YOU” Though it sounds like a kinky personal ad, the above enticement is lifted from a recent Lexie Mountain promotional e-mail. Another caps-heavy missive described her then-upcoming recording session, held last Monday at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records, as “HECKLE TIME USA.”...
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Nostalgia: Remaining Virgin Mobile Fest 2008 Lineup Announced

April 28, 2008
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Nostalgia: Remaining Virgin Mobile Fest 2008 Lineup Announced

The Aug. 9 and 10 Virgin Mobile Festival is looking even more like a trip in the way-back machine with the addition of Bob Dylan, the Offspring, Wilco, Iggy and the Stooges, and Chuck Berry as headliners. Cat Power, offsetting at least a little of that dudeness, the Swell Season, and Paramore also share...
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Soul Cannon Give Themselves Some Hard Acts To Follow

April 28, 2008
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Soul Cannon Give Themselves Some Hard Acts To Follow

When local hip-hop band Soul Cannon played a release party for its new album at the Ottobar on Friday, it made a decision that could be interpreted as either really smart or really unwise: booking two opening bands that have fervent local followings and reputations as great live acts. Sure, the inclusion of Pittsburgh...
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Sound Maps of Baltimore

April 25, 2008
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Sound Maps of Baltimore

Last Saturday, Baltimore hosted a wonderfully unlikely event that meshed music, art, and a gorgeous view of the city at twilight. 387 Feet Above, part of the Festival of Maps mania that has swept the city, is an art exhibit curated by Gary Kachadourian and hosted at the Top of the World observation level...
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Outed: Tokyo Police Club, Sunday at Talking Head

April 25, 2008
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Outed: Tokyo Police Club, Sunday at Talking Head

Suck it, MySpace–consider your “secret show” publicized. If our blog editor tool had a “fireworks” button, we’d write it in the sky: Tokyo Police Club, this Sunday at the Talking Head, for free. We want to see a line around the block for that thing. If MySpace spite isn’t enough, we might suggest going...
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Local Showcase at Suite Keeps It Short and Sweet

April 25, 2008
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Indie Thursday at Suite was a little quieter this week than it had been the last time we visited the Belvedere basement nightclub. But since the last time was the Dru Hill audition, that’s to be expected, and we were fine with spending a relatively low-key night listening to a few talented local MCs...
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Local Spoken Word Champ Earns Himself a Nice Retirement Fund

April 23, 2008
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Local Spoken Word Champ Earns Himself a Nice Retirement Fund

Last Friday, April 18, about a dozen mostly local poets and spoken-word artists descended on the 5 Seasons club to compete for a cash prize at Word War 1. Fresh off my stint at the Show Me What You Got MC battle, I was asked to appear as a judge by the event’s organizers,...
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The Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Street Bands: Monotonix, Dark Meat, Hollywood at the Talking Head April 18

April 22, 2008
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The Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Street Bands: Monotonix, Dark Meat, Hollywood at the Talking Head April 18

| Image by THE CITY PAPER DIGI-CAM%u2122 | Image by THE CITY PAPER DIGI-CAM%u2122 | Image by THE CITY PAPER DIGI-CAM%u2122 In personal experience, anything that ends with people enthusiastically following the shirtless white man into the street as another climbs atop a car typically leads to rioting and looting and/or mob violence. So...
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Blender Pwns Power Plant Live

April 22, 2008
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In yet another drive-by glossy mag Baltimore shout-out, Blender sings the praises of Paradox, Floristree, and Faidley Seafood. Will the gel-hair Blenderites be jumping ship from their Inner Harbor Green Zone to explore the wilds of blue-light Baltimore? Can we expect the sweet smell of Axe and many an overheard “Where’s the bar?” at...
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Confirmation: There Goes the Neighborhood

April 18, 2008
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Confirmation: There Goes the Neighborhood

| Image by MEL GUAPO As we mentioned before, Rolling Stone was on the lurk a ways back around town, and it turns out it had something to do with our fair city getting tagged “Best Scene” by the geriatric music rag. Well, neat. It’s nice seeing people–Beach House, Deacon City (apparently), Double Dagger,...
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Carla Bozulich Preaches to the Converted

April 18, 2008
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Carla Bozulich Preaches to the Converted

Over the past 20 years, Carla Bozulich has become a cult figure with her distinctively throaty, almost androgynous voice and a musical sensibility that encompasses elements as disparate as torch songs, noise rock, and country and western. And perhaps one of the reasons she’s remained a cult figure for so long is that she’s...
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Thrushes Let the Worlds DJs Feel Their Heartbeats

April 17, 2008
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Thrushes Let the Worlds DJs Feel Their Heartbeats

Last spring, Baltimore introspective indie-pop outfit Thrushes rose out the internet ether when “Hearbeats,” the lead single off their then just-released debut album, Sun Come Undone, became the No. 1 downloaded song for the week of March 30. In light of this success, the band offered a remix contest, intending to release its favorite...
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The Club Beat With Dukeyman

April 17, 2008
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The Club Beat With Dukeyman

Last week, a piece of vinyl titled Baltimore Club Classics Vol. 1 showed up on Chicago-based music distributor Crosstalk‘s web site, featuring six club killers from the back catalog of esteemed local producer Ron “Dukeyman” Hall. The record is the first in a planned series of official club music reissues on the label, approved...
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Because Kids Love the Grateful Dead (with correction): bTeams Up With WTMD

April 11, 2008
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b, the Sun‘s soon-to-be offshoot daily newspaper for the hip kids, announced today that it will be nicking a good amount of its music coverage from WTMD, the Towson University radio station. As in, the newspaper, on the hunt for so-called user-generated content, is basically having DJs write stuff and printing radio-show transcriptions. In...
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The G-Spot Raises Its Stage for Wye Oak

April 11, 2008
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Though we first saw the local band then known as Monarch only a year ago, we can’t help but feel some pride about how much the little local duo has accomplished since then. It self-released its debut album, If Children, toured nationally, and garnered some well-deserved buzz and end-of-year accolades from, among others, this...
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Butt Stomach Make Noise, But Fail to Nauseate

April 10, 2008
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After it spent much of 2007 closed and in temporary limbo, I’d been neglecting to check out the Talking Head since it reopened early last fall. But I finally stopped by April 11, and the place was looking better than ever, with even the air inside the club much cleaner than it used to...
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The Wham City Wave

April 9, 2008
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The Wham City Wave

The new Wham City space could be any nondescript, ramshackle ghost of industry in the outskirts of the Station North Arts District. The only indication that a show was going on early last Saturday evening–the space’s first–were a man and woman standing outside and politely hurrying people in. Later, though, when the space was...
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Pack a Snack: Cex and Ecstatic Sunshine Announce Tour

April 8, 2008
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Pack a Snack: Cex and Ecstatic Sunshine Announce Tour

| Image by MEL GUAPO In support of its sophomore album, Way (Cardboard Records), released today, Ecstatic Sunshine is taking its joyful, cathartic not-quite-noise from coast-to-coast for a monthlong tour with the not even a little bit dormant Cex, aka former City Paper contributor Rjyan Kidwell. It’s no surprise for Ecstatic Sunshine, though “supporting”...
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Enon Rocks Out In This City

April 4, 2008
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It’s always been hard to shake off a vague sense of wasted potential with Enon. Its 2000 debut album, Believo!, was a brief, bizarre burst of guitars, junkyard percussion, and malfunctioning electronics that promised great things to come. But multiple lineup changes followed soon after, leaving only founder John Schmersal the sole survivor from...
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