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The Making the Right Moves Entertainment Conference Makes a Few Wrong Moves

August 29, 2008
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The Making the Right Moves Entertainment Conference Makes a Few Wrong Moves

Lesko | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Last year, I attended the first Making the Right Moves Entertainment Conference, where I was invited to serve as a panelist. And though its execution was sometimes flawed, it felt like its organizer, Milestone Media, was onto a good thing with the event, which offered a number...
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Squeeze Play for Couples, 45 and Over

August 26, 2008
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Squeeze Play for Couples, 45 and Over

| Image by City Paper Digi-Cam™ In 2004, VH1 aired Bands Reunited, a series in which a host would ambush members of defunct bands on camera and try to convince them to reunite, for at least a one-off gig. Some of the bands balked, while most went along with it. It was always surprising...
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Hip-Hop, Dundalk-Style

August 22, 2008
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Hip-Hop, Dundalk-Style

Graffix In the past six months, we’ve been noting more and more shows of interest going on at the Black Hole Rock Club, a recently rechristened Dundalk venue previously known as the Zu. We’d been procrastinating checking it out because we so rarely make it to that part of the Baltimore metro area for...
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Panther Stalks But Doesn’t Kill

August 21, 2008
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Panther playing the Talking Head Tuesday night wasn’t a bad show. It just felt like one of those somewhat perfunctory, minor-league touring indie band Baltimore stops that happens before a crowd of less than 20 people where you can just tell the band would really rather be dozing in its van at a rest...
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Baltimore Round Robin Mobbing a City Near You

August 11, 2008
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Baltimore is taking over the world this fall, or at least a smattering of Midwestern and Eastern cities. With what’s being billed as the Baltimore Round Robin tour, Dan Deacon has pretty much bested himself and really anyone who’s ever rented a tour bus or three. Basically, Deacon is renting said three buses–veggie fuel-powered,...
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The Virgin Mobile Festival: Vergin’ on a Good Time

August 11, 2008
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By design, the Virgin Mobile Festival aims to present two days of music of roughly equal value; otherwise, they wouldn’t charge the same steep fee for a one-day pass either day. But even with big names and small on both days of the festival, there’s no accounting for personal taste. And in my personal...
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The Almighty Power of the Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Chopper

August 8, 2008
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The Almighty Power of the Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Chopper

Smarts | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam The Talking Head may have moved to some nicer, more stable digs recently when it picked up and left its old Davis Street location to settle in the same building that houses Sonar. But the Head still feels very much like its own club and retains much...
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Rage On: Virgin Fest Afterparty Tomorrow

August 8, 2008
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Rage On: Virgin Fest Afterparty Tomorrow

Though I can’t imagine what you’d want to do after hanging out at a racetrack for eight hours in mid-Atlantic August heat listening to “modern rock” besides bury your head in the sand, here’s a nice free option that involves air conditioning, toilets that flush, and drinks you can afford more than one of....
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The Club Beat Remembers DJ K-Swift With Club Queen Entertainment

August 7, 2008
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The Club Beat Remembers DJ K-Swift With Club Queen Entertainment

(from left) Lady Pitbull, Buck Jones, Crystal, Darvin, Say Wut, DJ Big Nasty, Pork Chop The death of Khia “DJ K-Swift” Edgerton sent shock waves through the Baltimore club music community and beyond, which will continue to be felt for years. In the immediate aftermath, countless friends, family members, fans, and 92Q co-workers held...
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Virgin Fest Boldly Pushes Boundaries of “Experimental”

August 7, 2008
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By now you’ve figured out that we’re culture snobs here–it’s a requirement for the post. So forgive us for having a little chuckle at the latest press release from the folks at the 2008 Virgin Mobile Festival, announcing the festival’s “experimental element,” dubbed the Dell Dome. According the release, “the Dell Dome functions as...
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Double Dagger on Sophisticated Urban Living

August 5, 2008
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Double Dagger on Sophisticated Urban Living

| Image by Nancy Froelich Baltimore’s revered post-hardcore trio Double Dagger floored even its most enthusiastic fans with last year’s explosive Ragged Rubble. This week, DD releases two 7-inch EPs that pair new versions of the band’s best-loved songs with previously unreleased material. Sophisticated Urban Living (Terra Firma Limited) features an extended version of...
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Hip Hop 101 Comes Back to Life

August 1, 2008
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Hip Hop 101 Comes Back to Life

First Family | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam For three years, Star Status Entertainment’s Monday night event at the 5 Seasons, Hip Hop 101, was the most important and dependable weekly hip-hop showcase in Baltimore. But back in February, host Sonny Brown held one last event, “The Death of Hip Hop 101,” citing a...
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House on a Hot Day: Collective Minds Festival

August 1, 2008
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House on a Hot Day: Collective Minds Festival

We just noticed this flier over at Beatbots and figured that some of you out there might be jonesing for some dance tomorrow afternoon, or might at least want to drop by on the way to the pool. We commented a ways back on Montreal’s public park dance parties and the coolness thereof, so...
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Tonight: Hiss Golden Messenger, Television Hill, the Agrarians

August 1, 2008
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Tonight: Hiss Golden Messenger, Television Hill, the Agrarians

For various reasons that may or may not have to do with your music editor being careless, this show missed this week’s print version of City Paper. And it’s a good one, too. Baltimore’s Television Hill makes earnest bluesy Americana and doesn’t play around often enough; Hiss Golden Messenger, on the road from North...
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The Same Damn Club, Some New Damn Bands

August 1, 2008
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The Same Damn Club, Some New Damn Bands

The Ottobar, as supportive as it is to local music, can be a tough place for an all-local bill. It books enough national acts to fill the place up on a regular basis that on nights when there are no name-brand headliner, it can feel of like an off-night, which isn’t so much an...
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