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A Big Ship From New Orleans Lands In Baltimore

November 26, 2008
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A Big Ship From New Orleans Lands In Baltimore

Hurray For The Riff Raff | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam™ The Windup Space was bustling with activity on Tuesday night, somewhat surprisingly, given that it was just a couple days before a major holiday and the bar’s entertainment was a couple of obscure out-of-town bands. Whether those in attendance were just Windup regulars...
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Tonight: Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Blood Baby

November 24, 2008
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The last time this writer saw Dan Deacon perform was at this past summer’s Whartscape festival, in a parking lot that was more or less full of fans in Deacon-commanded motion. I’m having a real hard time getting my head around the idea of him performing in a space as tiny as the Zodiac/Wham...
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KISS My Assets . . . Goodbye

November 21, 2008
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Scott Francis Gianforte, a 38-year-old man from Frederick, has a helluva collection of KISS memorabilia. A KISS bar stool, a whole lotta KISS dolls, a KISSOPOLY board game, KISS hats and belt buckles and even a KISS toothbrush, air freshener, and ashtray–and that’s just for starters. In all, the value of Gianforte’s collection of...
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Hey, Remember The G-Spot?: Phosphorescent, This Friday

November 20, 2008
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Hey, Remember The G-Spot?: Phosphorescent, This Friday

Yes, it’s been a while since we’ve heard a show at the old Falls Road mill building know as the G-Spot. Was it Beach House? That long? In any case, plan on trundling over this Friday for Phosphorescent, aka Matthew Houck, a Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans songwriter that makes lovely, drowsy beardo folk music that should...
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Rye Rye’s Been Madd Busy

November 20, 2008
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Rye Rye’s Been Madd Busy

| Image by Josh Sisk Details are still thin, but Rye Rye, aka the small dancing/rapping nuclear reactor that has quickly turned into the national face of Baltimore’s young (read: youth) urban club culture, announced this morning via a MySpace blog, beginning “I BEEN BUSY. MADD BUSY,” that her debut record will be arriving...
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The AVAM Gets Visionary With Sound

November 20, 2008
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The AVAM Gets Visionary With Sound

Shodekeh | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam™ The American Visionary Art Museum has always been a place to see weird, creative stuff, but last Saturday, it was also a place to hear some pretty interesting things as well–the “Music & The Brain Salon,” a free all-day event of performances, panel discussions, and interactive activities....
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Nice: Details Of K-Swift’s Greatest Hits Announced

November 19, 2008
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Nice: Details Of K-Swift’s Greatest Hits Announced

Well, the biggie is that M.I.A. is hosting the compilation, due in early December on Koch Entertainment in cohort with local club gold standard, Unruly Records. And, we’re saying that’s pretty cool. In an e-mail statement released earlier this week, Unruly heads Sean Caesar and Scottie B had this to say: “We are happy...
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The Oranges Band Release Their Album for Baltimore, Let the Rest of the World Wait

November 18, 2008
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The Oranges Band Release Their Album for Baltimore, Let the Rest of the World Wait

The Oranges Band | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam™ The Oranges Band’s new album is all about revisiting the Baltimore rock scene’s past, so it’s appropriate that it was unveiled in a somewhat anachronistic way on Friday night–a local release party at the Ottobar several months ahead of the album’s national release date. It’s...
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A Marriage Made In Heaven: Dan Deacon Licenses A Song

November 17, 2008
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Given how many times “crayola” has been used as a adjective to describe the music of Dan Deacon, this really couldn’t be more apt: the producer/performance artist/ringleader has licensed his song “Pink Batman” (from Spiderman of the Rings) to said crayon company for a commercial for some very awesome looking glowing/drawing thing that looks...
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Leak: Height With Friends, “The Woods” (from the forthcoming Baltimore Highlands)

November 17, 2008
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Leak: Height With Friends, “The Woods” (from the forthcoming Baltimore Highlands)

Height With Friends A large part of Height‘s appeal as a rapper is his fraught, heady flow, not necessarily angry or urgent but ticked enough that you know business is meant. I’d have a hard time calling Height, Dan Keech to the government, a party rapper, at least in the bubbly, sprightly AK Slaughter...
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Weekend Notes: Zoming In and Blissing Out

November 17, 2008
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It’s not difficult to imagine that Asa Osborne, looking sort of like an aged Michael Palin, performing his Zomes project live appears rudimentary to a newcomer. It’s him, sitting on the Talking Head’s floor surrounded by a close-in crowd of sitting, rapt listeners, with a keyboard synthesizer and a tape recorder. He has two...
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Know Your Product: Beach House, Used To Be 7-inch

November 14, 2008
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Know Your Product: Beach House, Used To Be 7-inch

It constantly amazes how such a hushed, languid two piece can be so devastating, so covertly affective; think foggy, tungsten chills, like the strange feeling of waking up and knowing, even before you open your eyes, that it’s a gray, chilly day outside. And “Used To Be,” running around on the excited interwebs as...
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The Beechfields Record Label Cuts The Cake For A New Release

November 14, 2008
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The Beechfields Record Label Cuts The Cake For A New Release

Mike Pursely | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam™ At some point in the past couple years, the Beechfields Record Label seemed to grow from just another Baltimore indie imprint with a couple bands producing the bulk of its discography to a fully formed label with several active bands on its roster. On Saturday night...
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Baltimore Scene Hands Out Trophies to a Few of Its Own

November 11, 2008
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Baltimore Scene Hands Out Trophies to a Few of Its Own

Sonny Brown | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam™ An entity known as the Baltimore Scene has made its presence felt in local music over the past few years with a variety of concerts and events. Included among them was last year’s “Baltimore Crown” tournament at the 5 Seasons, mainly a live competition for musical...
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Blaqstarr reinterprets The Wire theme with M.I.A.

November 7, 2008
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A recent, pre-Nov. 4 holiday in London confirmed a few suspicions I had from daily online reading of The Guardian: 1) That UK citizens were as agitated about the outcome of our presidential election as we were, and 2) that The Wire has earned a loyal a British fan base during its recent UK...
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The Club Beat with DJ Frie

November 7, 2008
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The Club Beat with DJ Frie

For the past few years, DJ Frie has been one of Baltimore club music’s most prolific mixtape DJs, issuing 17 volumes of his Da Club Tip series of mix CDs. But this week, when we caught up with him outside Rod Lee’s new Club Kingz record store, Frie noted that, like many in the...
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Clamor or Less

November 6, 2008
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A confession is in order: I just couldn’t hack AIDS Wolf, the opener for Monday’s Times New Viking and Deerhunter show at the Ottobar. In full weenie-mode, I scuttled upstairs in favor of the comparative tranquility of an all-metal DJ night. Before planting a defeated tail firmly between legs and slinking off, I did...
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Cameron Blake Serenades the Top Floor of the Belvedere

November 3, 2008
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Cameron Blake Serenades the Top Floor of the Belvedere

Cameron Blake Band | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam™ The 13th Floor is by far one of the most picturesque venues in Baltimore, with its dim, red-tinged lighting, cocktail lounge atmosphere, and panoramic view of the city from the top floor of the Belvedere Hotel. But it can also be a difficult environment to...
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The Baltimore Round Robin Tour Announces “Homecoming” Show

November 3, 2008
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If you’re among the many Baltimoreans kvetching about the Baltimore Round Robin Tour dodging its hometown, we’ve got good news. On Dec. 18 and 19, the tour will be performing both its “eyes night” (thinking/vibe music) and “feet night” (dancing/active music) at Sonar, according to a message board post at beatbots.com. Nice. Tickets, to...
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