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The Monday Night Slot At 5 Seasons Continues To Rotate

June 26, 2009
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For years, Monday nights at the 5 Seasons were a crucial showcase for Baltimore hip-hop, thanks to Mr. Wilson and Sonny Brown’s Hip Hop 101. But since Mr. Wilson’s death last year and Sonny’s health problems took the weekly institution out of rotation, many people have tried to fill the void in the venue’s...
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Whartscape Details, Lineup Announced

June 25, 2009
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Whartscape Details, Lineup Announced

Wham City’s annual celebration of the underground takes place July 10-12 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art Studio Center Parking Lot, and Load of Fun. The lineup is less focused on bigger name, out-of-town acts—such as last year’s Black Dice, Mae Shi, and Parts and Labor—than quality local and...
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King Illah Gets His Own ‘Palooza

June 25, 2009
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I didn’t know much about local DJ and rapper King Illah before attending his “Illahpalooza” event on Saturday-at most, I’d seen his album Pimpin’ On My Grind in the racks at Sound Garden, and caught a less than impressive DJ set at the Black Hole Rock Club. Nonetheless, he was able to pull off...
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Virgin Fest Becomes A FreeFest

June 24, 2009
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Virgin Fest Becomes A FreeFest

This year’s Virgin Mobile Festival takes place Aug. 30 at Merriweather Post Pavilion—moved from its previous home at Pimlico race track—and will cost attendees a whopping $0. Fest headliners are a reunited Blink-182 and whatever sort of bummer Weezer has become now. A not-too-shabby support crew includes the National, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady,...
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Above and Beyoncé: 1st Mariner Arena, June 23, 2009

June 24, 2009
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Above and Beyoncé: 1st Mariner Arena, June 23, 2009

| Image by Frank Hamilton “I AM…YOURS”: these were the last words to leave the mouth of Beyoncé Knowles Tuesday night at the 1st Mariner Arena, and the final message projected onto the gigantic video screen behind the band. It was both a gracious thank you to her fans, whom she left screaming as...
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More Artscape News: Exotic Hypnotic

June 24, 2009
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More Artscape News: Exotic Hypnotic

In all of our fretting about the future of the DJ Culture Stage, the announcement of this year’s Exotic Hypnotic program-put on in cooperation with the High Zero folks-at the University of Baltimore (21 W. Mount Royal Ave., 5th Floor) kinda fell by the wayside. Really, it’s about the only time during the year...
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Bertha Meets Mama Digdown

June 18, 2009
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Bertha Meets Mama Digdown

Mama Digdown’s Brass Band | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam The sign in front of Bertha’s Restaurant and Bar on Wednesday listed the night’s entertainment as a “New Orleans brass band,” but that functioned as a description of the act’s sound, not its geographic origin. In fact, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band comes from about...
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Artscape Music Lineup Announced: This Is Cool, But…

June 16, 2009
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Artscape Music Lineup Announced: This Is Cool, But…

Nickodemus …there’s no DJ Culture Stage this year. Booker Chris Brooks has basically half an hour on the main stage Sunday afternoon for downtempo/pan-global producer Nickodemus to perform a set with jazzy house producer Quantic and the band Sun People. And that’s it. Last year, we saw Clipse, Blaqstarr, K-Swift, Diplo, Rye Rye, and...
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Artscape’s DJ Culture Stage Returns With No Sunscreen Required

June 15, 2009
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Artscape’s DJ Culture Stage Returns With No Sunscreen Required

Well, the big outdoor stage is gone, but booker Chris Brooks is making do: July 17 and 18, the Windup Space hosts a not-at-all-shabby lineup of DJs in its stead. While part of the kick of the original DJ Culture stage was exposing all the Artscape families and general random people to music they...
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Double Bass in Your Face

June 15, 2009
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An die Musik Live is one place in Baltimore that I’ve always wanted to visit but have never quite found the occasion for, being in general a complete outsider to jazz and classical music. But when the words “Double Bass Extravaganza” popped up on An die Musik’s calendar, it seemed like as good a...
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The Club Beat with DJ Manny

June 12, 2009
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The Club Beat with DJ Manny

| Image by Courtesy of the artist I first got in touch with DJ Manny through another Baltimore club producer, DJ B-Eazy. When I interviewed the latter, I found out that the two are cousins. And to hear DJ Manny—aka Emmanual Wheele, 24—tell it, turntables run in the family: he was first inspired to...
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Q&A: Eric Copeland of Black Dice

June 10, 2009
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Q&A: Eric Copeland of Black Dice

NYC trio Black Dice doesn’t so much make music as it dumpster-dives for sonic refuse, smashes together its findings, and shapes the shards and fragments into disarmingly odd, wobbly sculptures. Listening to albums like Creature Comforts, Beaches and Canyons, or recent dispatch Repo (Paw Tracks) isn’t rock-out-with-your-cock-out gratifying or cathartic; it’s intriguingly puzzling, mysteriously...
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Listen to the new Wye Oak record and do it right now

June 10, 2009
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Listen to the new Wye Oak record and do it right now

. . .because The Knot is streaming for free at Merge Records. Hint: not only is it devastatingly pretty, it bests just about everything about If Children, which is, yes, possible. The actual physical record comes out July 21 with a release show at the Ottobar the same day. (HT: Idolator.)
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A Honeyed Return for Cass McCombs

June 4, 2009
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Cass McCombs didn’t play an encore Tuesday night. The boyishly handsome songwriter, clad in work boots, jeans, and a baggy tucked-in flannel, closed with “Your Mothers and Fathers”—from his 2002 Baltimore-gestated debut EP—a song that smothers itself so abruptly at the end of its four minutes that it feels like it’s sucking all of...
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The Deleted Scenes Keep Breaking Strings

June 2, 2009
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The Deleted Scenes Keep Breaking Strings

Deleted Scenes | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam The Deleted Scenes are a quartet based in Washington, D.C., but they’ve played shows in Baltimore so often over the past few years that I’ve seen them almost as often as any local band. And it was gratifying to see the hard-working band’s recent full-length debut,...
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Hope For Strangers

June 1, 2009
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Watch this. It’s beautiful, like watching a crocus field bloom in time-lapse. This guy dancing should start a church. Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head plays the Ottobar June 4 and 6. Go here for more information. (HT: End Hits)
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