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Giddy Again With Your Friends Matt and Kim

February 27, 2009
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Giddy Again With Your Friends Matt and Kim

Walking away from the triple bill headlined by Matt and Kim—the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based dance-punk carnival band that was the darling at last year’s South by Southwest festival—at the Ottobar Thursday night, we were wracking our brains trying to think of another band, or any sort of live act, that does as good a job...
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Know Your Product: The Lyricists’, Transmittin’ Live! The Radio EP (Bmore Original)

February 26, 2009
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Know Your Product: The Lyricists’, Transmittin’ Live! The Radio EP (Bmore Original)

Although Bmore Originals released the Lyricists‘ full-length L3 last year, Transmittin’ Live is the Port Huron, Mich., underground act’ first musical collaboration with DJ Excel. Excel’s blueprint is the boom-bap you expect from a crew called the Lyricists, but one of Baltimore’s most ubiquitous beat makers grabs some of club music’s energy and avant...
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George Clinton Unearths The Funk of 40 Thousand Years

February 25, 2009
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George Clinton is a rare breed: a living legend who still tours the earth as tirelessly as any young unknown band, whether he has a new record to promote or not. At 67 years old, he is still perpetually on the road with some form of Parliament-Funkadelic, playing long, rowdy sets of the funk...
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Technical Deliverance: Meshuggah, Cynic, and the Faceless at the Recher Theatre, Friday, Feb. 20

February 24, 2009
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Last Friday, Baltimore metal fans swelled within the sold-out Meshuggah show at Towson’s Recher Theatre to partake in a wide range of experimental metal, while a line of chilly hopefuls hugged the exterior of the building. Long waits and tight security checks aside, the night was worth the discomfort as each band provided a...
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Sparks Fly Off The Amps At The Sidebar

February 20, 2009
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Sparks Fly Off The Amps At The Sidebar

Thee Lexington Arrows | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam When I saw local quartet Thee Lexington Arrows last year, they were squeezed at the end of a show with a tight curfew, racing through what they could of their set in 13 minutes. So it was good to see the band take its time...
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Embracing That Old Lonesome Sound

February 19, 2009
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Embracing That Old Lonesome Sound

Web zine Splice Today posted a free compilation today you’d be wise to check out. Titled That Old Lonesome Sound after a Jim White quote describing Southern folk music, the compilation, in large part drawn from Baltimore talent, is a collection of current folk songwriters covering folk traditionals to lovely, and powerful, effect. Locals...
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Tiger Hill Rock a Cold Basement

February 17, 2009
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Tiger Hill Rock a Cold Basement

Tiger Hill | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Baltimore quartet Tiger Hill only formed a few months ago, in October of last year. But at the Charm City Art Space on Sunday night, while cold wind from Maryland Street found its way into the basement performance space, Tiger Hill sounded like a band that...
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Know Your Product: We Read Minds, self-titled EP (self-released)

February 17, 2009
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Know Your Product: We Read Minds, self-titled EP (self-released)

It’s been interesting to watch the slow rise of We Read Minds. Like it or not, Baltimore can often be a town where if you’re friends with the right people, it can be maybe a little easy to get on a good–or at least “hip”–bill. Regardless, We Read Minds has advanced steadily from some...
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A Rare Intersection of Steel Guitar and Modern Dance

February 13, 2009
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The Los Solos Series, a monthly event featuring female solo performers from a wide range of art forms, takes place at a venue called the Carriage House, which is located down a dimly lit alley in Charles Village. Inside, the Carriage House is a small theater with a stage and wooden chairs arranged both...
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The Other Senator Theater Benefit Tonight

February 13, 2009
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The Other Senator Theater Benefit Tonight

Beach House | Image by Graham Hill . . .is at the Zodiac with Beach House, the Creepers, and newish Tall Grass tangent the Dodgers. Donations are being taken at the door; proceeds go to the ailing York Road movie house. Starts at 10 p.m. (The other benefit is at the actual theater, starting...
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Ben Folds: Still Fighting the Battle of Who Could Care Less

February 12, 2009
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Ben Folds: Still Fighting the Battle of Who Could Care Less

The annals of rock history don’t want for passionately perturbed malcontents who punt from and perch precariously upon piano stools–Tori Amos, Elton John, Alicia Keys, and that dude from OneRepublic immediately leap to mind. Ben Folds is, nonetheless, a special case. As frontman for the egregiously named Ben Folds Five and later as a...
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Big Ears: Philip Glass, Antony, and the Round Robin

February 11, 2009
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Big Ears: Philip Glass, Antony, and the Round Robin

Philip Glass | Image by Josh Sisk Most big-deal music festivals suck. Yes, that’s just one writer’s opinion, but crowds, lines, abbreviated/overlapping/distant performances, predatory locals/vendors/law enforcement—you can have it. Then there are the fringe festivals, the music-nerd gatherings, events such as Mutek, High Zero, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Whartscape, and, now, Big Ears, festivals that...
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The Club Beat with Debonair Samir

February 11, 2009
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The first time I sat down to interview Samir Singletary, better known as Baltimore club producer Debonair Samir, it was for City Paper‘s 2006 Big Music Issue. At the time, he had just begun a fruitful business relationship with Aaron Lacrate, the Baltimore native and streetwear fashion designer who’d spent the last few years...
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Big Ears: Michael Gira, Christian Fennesz, and “It’s All In Your Head FM”

February 11, 2009
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Big Ears: Michael Gira, Christian Fennesz, and “It’s All In Your Head FM”

Mark Linkous | Image by Josh Sisk Watching the staff of the Bijou Theatre–a century-old, elegant three story venue with supernatural acoustics–during copyright insurgent Negativland‘s Sunday afternoon performance was almost as fun as the show itself. Sometime during the first half of the show, the trio’s “Christianity Is Stupid” T-shirt, lying on a lobby...
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Weekend Notes: Future Islands, Aural States Fest, and More New Disco

February 4, 2009
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Weekend Notes: Future Islands, Aural States Fest, and More New Disco

Future Islands’ Sam Herring | Image by Josh Sisk Word through the crowd on Thursday was that that night’s Golden Filter show was one of it’s first few live. The new disco outfit, a minor blog storm, has been primarily a studio project. And, even as a studio project, the band’s relatively untested—it’s first...
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Know Your Product: K-Swift, Greatest Hits (Koch/Unruly)

February 2, 2009
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Know Your Product: K-Swift, Greatest Hits (Koch/Unruly)

It’s interesting to chart the relative reactions to the announcement of this record and the record’s actual release. It’s been a month and a half since K-Swift’s final mix officially dropped, and it hasn’t garnered much discussion, at least nationally. It’s near enough to make you wonder how large the subsection of people interested...
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Aural States Throw A Killer Anniversary Party

February 2, 2009
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Aural States Throw A Killer Anniversary Party

Arbouretum | Image by Josh Sisk When the Baltimore music blog Aural States announced it was putting on a show to celebrate its first year of existence, it was hard to predict just what the bill would look like, other than that it would reflect the site’s wide reaching tastes. When the Aural States...
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