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The Baltimore Round Robin Tour Goes An Extra Round At Home

December 29, 2008
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The Baltimore Round Robin Tour 2008 is one of the more brilliant ideas to come out of the Wham City collective in its past few years. Not only did the two-night traveling show give exposure to dozens of local acts while pulling respectable crowds across the midwest and East Coast with the buzz of...
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Christmaseastermass at Normals, Dec. 21

December 24, 2008
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Leave it to Normals Books and Records to assemble one of those days that remind you how great it is to live in Baltimore. On the Sunday prior to the “official” pagan-Christian-commercialism December holiday, Daniel Higgs put together his own celebration for Normals’ third annual Christmaseastermass, and this casual event was the perfect antidote...
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Ted Leo Finds The G-Spot

December 19, 2008
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Ted Leo Finds The G-Spot

| Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Throughout his career, New Jersey native Ted Leo has stood at a crossroads between the divergent but frequently intertwined paths of a lifelong punk rocker and a literate singer-songwriter with a diverse set of influences. So when he plays a solo show, without his backing band of the...
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Maxmillion Dunbar Wishes You A Happy Holidaze

December 19, 2008
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A proper early Christmas present, Maxamillion Dunbar (Andrew Field Pickering)–Food For Animals MC, Future Times label boss, and producer/DJ about the Baltimore/Washington area–just dropped this nice little “Holidaze” mix for your funky fireside pleasure. Pretty much all groove, it moves nicely from disco-funk to zouk to burbling deep house to frostier techno like it...
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Mobtown Modern’s Night Of “Hard As F#@!” Composition

December 17, 2008
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Mobtown Modern’s Night Of “Hard As F#@!” Composition

| Image by City Paper Digi-Cam The theme of Monday night’s Mobtown Modern concert series installment was “Hard as F#@!”–works of modern classical music that are finger-breakingly tough to play, fraught with the kind of quick technical passages, unsteady rhythms, and unfamiliar harmonies that make it near impossible for the audience to identify mistakes....
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Ellen Cherry Goes Into The Studio, Brings An Audience

December 16, 2008
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On Thursday night, local singer-songwriter Ellen Cherry crammed her tall 5’10″ frame into a small room with just over a dozen audience members for a few hours, the occasion for the unusual performance being a “micro-show” at Mobtown Studios. The Charles Village recording facility opened earlier this year (full disclosure: the owners are old...
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Weekend Notes: Shotgunning Beers With Speedo

December 16, 2008
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Weekend Notes: Shotgunning Beers With Speedo

John Reis | Image by Josh Sisk If only Mike Ness would age as gracefully as John “Speedo” Reis, the potent frontman of pomp-rock ensemble Rocket From the Crypt, guitarist for post-hardcore touchstone Drive Like Jehu, and, most recently, guitarist and vocalist for sweaty garage riot the Hot Snakes. All bands are defunct now,...
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Animal Collective Fans Open Up Their Throats, Choke On A Rickroll

December 15, 2008
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Animal Collective Fans Open Up Their Throats, Choke On A Rickroll

Purported Merriweather Post Pavillion Cover Forget Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy, Portishead’s Third, Dr. Dre’s Detox, Eminem’s Relapse. The first two have come and gone–finally–and who knows when the second two will actually see the light of day. Forget them all, because right now the bloggerati, critically inclined, and plebe-class masses are all atwitter...
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Know Your Product: Animal Twat, self-titled (MT6)

December 11, 2008
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Know Your Product: Animal Twat, self-titled (MT6)

First non-contact encounters with bats brand themselves in memory: they’re jarring, shudder-full, unshakable. You’re going about your business–attending a Japanese Club meeting in the basement of the campus International dorm or studying in the antiquated home you’re subletting from a professor who’s away on travel–when suddenly it become clear that something furry, fanged, and...
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Tonight: M.C. Schmidt and J Lesser at True Vine

December 11, 2008
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Tonight: M.C. Schmidt and J Lesser at True Vine

M.C. Schmidt | Image by www.highzero.org True Vine majordomo Jason Willett sent out an e-mail last night clueing Noise into this wonderful fact: Matmos’ M.C. Schmidt and longtime friend of Matmos J Lesser perform at the Hampden record treasury tonight, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m., or as Willett put it: martin “matmos” schmidt &...
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Night of the Gentleman

December 11, 2008
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No album title was more prescient in 2008 than Ne-Yo’s Year of the Gentleman, which led a small army of R&B albums by sharp-dressed male singers displaying both emotional maturity and musical progression, including efforts by Robin Thicke, Raheem DeVaughn, and Dwele. Two singers that stood out in that crowded field were John Legend...
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IMP to Book Rams Head Live

December 10, 2008
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Pardon if this sounds a little insider baseball, but, trust us, it’s potentially a big deal. IMP is the large company out of Bethesda that operates Washington’s 9:30 Club and Columbia’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. IMP used to have a promotional partnership with Sonar, and over the years has worked with other Baltimore clubs, such...
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Barry Louis Polisar Can Probably Quit His Day Job, Again

December 8, 2008
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Never doubt the Juno effect. As we reported some time ago, local longtime children’s songwriter Barry Louis Polisar, discovered by the filmmakers through sheer happenstance, landed the lead track in the teen pregnancy flick Juno, the incredibly cute “All I Want Is You.” According to an e-mail he sent to Noise last week, since...
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The Club Beat with Sean Caesar

December 5, 2008
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It’s been a bittersweet year for Sean Caesar and Unruly Records, the definitive Baltimore club label that he founded with DJ Scottie B in the early ’90s. This summer, they signed a long-awaited distribution deal with the country’s largest independent label, Koch Records. But, almost simultaneously, the Unruly family also lost a vital member...
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Reptilian Records To Shutter In January

December 4, 2008
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Reptilian Records To Shutter In January

Well, the good news is that it appears the record label of same name and the online store will remain intact–nothing has been said to indicate otherwise, anyhow. But the nearly two decade old punk/hardcore/everything-else-loud outlet cum institution Reptilian Records will close down next month, according to a post today at killoggs.com by store...
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They Might Be Giants Revisit A Brand New Album For 1990

December 3, 2008
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They Might Be Giants Revisit A Brand New Album For 1990

They Might Be Giants | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam The trend of seemingly every long-running band playing one of its albums in its entirety in concert is fairly recent, at least as a widespread phenomenon. But nerd-rock icons They Might Be Giants have been quietly engaging in the practice for years by playing...
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