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Whartscape, Artscape Announce (More) Details

June 30, 2008
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Well, Artscape actually announced this some time ago, but we figured it’d be more fun to give you an overload headache. “Busy weekend” doesn’t come close. You can find all of Artscape details here, but highlights and/or headliners include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Roberta Flack, Felicia Carter, Diplo, Dave Nada, and Thrushes. And,...
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Pearl Jam Play to the Diehards: Pearl Jam, Ted Leo, Verizon Center, June 22

June 26, 2008
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As much criticism as Pearl Jam has taken over the past decade for the retail overkill of making every single concert it plays commercially available as a live album, the side effect of forcing the band to change its set lists drastically from night to night is an easy positive. Constantly digging up rarities...
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Firewater Burn Down the House Without the Hits: Firewater, Landspeedrecord!, The Ottobar, June 17

June 24, 2008
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Firewater Burn Down the House Without the Hits: Firewater, Landspeedrecord!, The Ottobar, June 17

On record, the New York band Firewater is very much the product of American singer-songwriter Tod Ashley, who dresses up his Tom Waits-esque down ‘n’ out tales with diverse instrumentation from across the globe, particularly the Middle East and Asia. If Ashley’s songs weren’t so lyrically detailed and full of hooks, if he hadn’t...
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Mr. Wilson Mourned At 5 Seasons: Ms Stress, Sonny Brown, Tiny, R.A.W. Entertainment, C-Note, First Family, Arsonists Camp, 5 Seasons, June 12

June 18, 2008
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Mr. Wilson Mourned At 5 Seasons: Ms Stress, Sonny Brown, Tiny, R.A.W. Entertainment, C-Note, First Family, Arsonists Camp, 5 Seasons, June 12

Thursday’s “East Coast Jumpoff” at the 5 Seasons, a showcase for Baltimore rappers and visiting out-of-towners alike, took place almost exactly a week after the death of local rapper and label owner Mr. Wilson, a member of the group JI-900. Mr. Wilson–born Michael Dante Wilson, who died of heart problems that he’d experienced since...
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Carving Spears with Needle Gun

June 12, 2008
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Carving Spears with Needle Gun

Now that the heat wave has kind of subsided, you can relive the last week of Code Red swamp weather with a sweaty warehouse show. Teenage noise foursome Needle Gun shares a bill tonight at the Copy Cat with Mr. Moccasin (which includes City Paper contributor Jared Fischer), Aghost, Birthing Nets, and St. Louis’...
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Mutek: “A Hyper Bass Drop”

June 5, 2008
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Mutek: “A Hyper Bass Drop”

Sometimes Mutek is a giant rave. Friday night, the festival moved around the corner to Metropolis, a swank if generic club that probably sees a whole bunch of rock shows the rest of the year. The main room is around 1,500 (rough guess) capacity and it has a smaller side room for 400 more;...
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Not Another Teen Band: Be Your Own Pet, Rams Head Live, May 27

June 5, 2008
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Not Another Teen Band: Be Your Own Pet, Rams Head Live, May 27

Jemina Pearl and John Eatherly in action. | Image by CP Noise cam Knowing the four members of Be Your Own Pet all hover around 21 years old is one thing. Seeing these noisemaking naifs–vocalist Jemina Pearl, drummer John Eatherly, guitarist Jonas Stein, and bassist Nathan Vasquez–onstage makes you think they got kicked out...
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Fawning: Paper Magazine Reads Other Magazines

June 4, 2008
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Fawning: Paper Magazine Reads Other Magazines

Granted, this is a rather late entry into the Magazines With a Hard-On for Baltimore category, but we still thought you should know. (Given there’s probably plenty more of these to come, maybe it’s actually not that late.) Paper, a mag we last recall seeing in Whole Foods, gave a fairly similar Baltimore shout-out...
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The Club Beat with DJ B-Eazy

June 3, 2008
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Brandon Harris had been spinning records as DJ B-Eazy for nearly 10 years before he broke into the Baltimore club scene as a producer. And that breakthrough came partly as a result of advice from his cousin, the already established DJ Manny. “‘Baltimore has a thousand DJs, you gotta set yourself apart,’ that’s what...
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Mutek: Considerably Human

June 3, 2008
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Mutek: Considerably Human

To clarify: Mutek is not a giant rave. Yes, there is some bad-ass lighting and visuals, and the dude dancing next to me last night made me want some of that, but, really, the festival is a whole bunch of nerds. Granted, these are quite fashionable nerds–save for the white Nikes that are still...
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Mutek: Peak Time, Picnic Time

June 3, 2008
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Mutek: Peak Time, Picnic Time

If you had a festival pass and a reasonable sense of humor, British duo Quiet Village‘s “show” on Saturday night was good comedy. For 20 minutes we waited in line to get into Metropolis’ smaller subvenue Savoy to see one of the Quiet Village’s first shows this side of the ocean. At a quarter...
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