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Bmore/Electro’s Monthly More or Less Party Goes on Hiatus

August 28, 2009
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Bmore/Electro’s Monthly More or Less Party Goes on Hiatus

Patrick Brander and Craig Sopo’s monthly techno night, More or Less, is going on a hiatus until next spring, following next month’s two year anniversary party. “We are taking a hiatus to recoup our thoughts focus our attention to the label and cut the parties down to a quarterly event and random one offs,”...
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Video: Beach House and Celebration Live, August 7

August 28, 2009
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Earlier this month, Beach House and Celebration played a outdoor double-bill show next to the Metro Gallery that included a one-off collaborative set. If you were, say, enjoying the summer out at some panhandle swimming hole, here’s your (chance to see what was missed. The video comes courtesy of Guy Werner, who adds on...
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RIP Joe Maneri

August 26, 2009
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RIP Joe Maneri

| Image by joemaneri.com Allaboutjazz.com reports that reedsman and educator Joe Maneri died Aug. 24. He was 82. Maneri was best known for his interest in and dedicated use of microtones (simplistically put, the notes between the usual do-re-mi notes of the standard scale) in his playing and composing, though his music also included...
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Q&A: Guy Blakeslee of the Entrance Band

August 21, 2009
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Q&A: Guy Blakeslee of the Entrance Band

One of the founding members of the Convocation-formerly the Convocation Of . . . -Guy Blakeslee moved to California several years ago and formed Entrance, a band that shifted comfortably between bluegrass and folk, lush orchestral rock, and, finally, a wonderful, populist take on blues-rock. His debut record as the Entrance Band, with Paz...
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Noise in Brief, August 21: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

August 21, 2009
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Noise in Brief, August 21: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

As you can see below, we’ve gotten pretty bloated with local music news over the past month. So I figure it’s about time to restart the ol’ news digest here on the Noise blog. Look for it “weekly.” Any tips, announcements, and whatnot, send them along to mbyrne@citypaper.com. Thanks. The late DJ K-Swift’s parents...
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Video: Dan Deacon’s “Paddling Ghost”

August 21, 2009
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Look at this poor ghost, all falling from heaven to Earth and then digging himself down to Hades and getting ferried across the River Styx by a pirate Charon. It ends up OK in the end, though, when the paddling ghost ejects a felt Dan Deacon from his submarine-spaceship and escapes altogether in this...
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Sight and Sound at Club Reality

August 21, 2009
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Sight and Sound at Club Reality

Soul Cannon | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Thursday night’s event at Club Reality, un{FRAMED}, was billed as not just a show but an “experience,” using both the venue’s downstairs performance area and upstairs gallery. The union of visual art and music still had a bit of a slant toward the latter, however, since...
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Our Lady Peace Climb The Walls

August 20, 2009
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Toronto’s Our Lady Peace is, like most Canadian bands, much bigger in its home country than in America. Though the band has had a fair amount of success on American radio, Our Lady Peace appears to carry a sense of its diminished status here with it when touring the states. Monday night at the...
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Unheard Of Nomo?

August 14, 2009
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Unheard Of Nomo?

Nomo | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Maybe it was just because it was a Tuesday, or maybe because it wasn’t hyped enough, but all but about 40 people in Baltimore missed a killer set from Nomo, the Michigan-based Afrobeat sextet at the Ottobar. The vibe of the night was doubly odd because the...
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Lazlo Lee Just Wasn’t Made for These Times

August 11, 2009
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The best thing that local rock trio Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children has going for them is their guitar tone. That’s not to say that Lee isn’t a confident, charismatic frontman, or that his rhythm section, bassist Heidi Henry and drummer Dan Steele, aren’t a solid unit. But their particular brand of bluesy...
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The Baltimore Music Festival Gets Rowdy and Righteous

August 10, 2009
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The Baltimore Music Festival Gets Rowdy and Righteous

KadeJah One | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam The 2009 Baltimore Music Festival was probably not as big or as all-encompassing an event as the name implies. Presented by Charm City Jazz and Bilal Ali Productions on Saturday night, the event—which went under different names in its previous incarnations the past two years—was an...
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DJ Class Does It Himself

August 6, 2009
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Chris Robinson is a music video/commercial director known for glitzed-up videos for big names like Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Coca Cola, and DJ Class is the OG Baltimore club producer that finally broke through to the mainstream. Robinson is slated to direct the official video for DJ Class’ hit “I’m the Ish,” but Class...
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Cameron Blake Turns the 13th Floor Stage Into a Clown Car

August 5, 2009
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Cameron Blake Turns the 13th Floor Stage Into a Clown Car

| Image by City Paper Digi-Cam The first time I saw the Cameron Blake Band perform at the 13th Floor at the Belvedere Hotel last year, it was a six-piece band that occasionally displayed flashes of brilliance. Returning to the same venue to see the same band nine months later, last Thursday night, at...
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Q&A: Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance

August 4, 2009
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Q&A: Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance

| Image by Takahiro Immamura Listening to Gang Gang Dance often feels like drowning in a flood of mysticism: exotic instrumentation trickling down on synth flutterings and dense, bent percussion of both the electronic and organic persuasions, while frontwoman Lizzie Bougatsos lends the surrounding melee an idiosyncratic voice. At times, she’s fiercely ornamental, doling...
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Women Rule WTF Wednesday

August 4, 2009
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Women Rule WTF Wednesday

Si-Notes | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam In the two years since I wrote Ladies First, a City Paper feature about the women of Baltimore hip-hop, female involvement in the scene has continued to broaden and diversify. But events spotlighting those artists are still few and far between, which made last week’s installment of...
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Rye Rye’s Got Style

August 3, 2009
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The Washington Post had a great story in its Style section yesterday on Baltimore rapper, hype girl, dancer, and all-around firebrand Rye Rye, giving a rare glimpse into the hometown personal life behind one of the most meteoric careers born out of Baltimore. Taking up an impressive swath of newsprint real estate, the piece...
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