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The BSO Brings Together Bloggers and Bluegrass

September 29, 2009
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Being a music blogger generally means receiving a constant stream of promo e-mails, usually from every indie-rock band and mixtape rapper under the sun. So when you get an e-mail from, say, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, it’s a refreshing change of pace, to say the least. The BSO held its first “bloggers’ night” on...
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Beau Velasco, R.I.P.

September 28, 2009
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Beau Velasco, R.I.P.

Brooklyn Vegan reports that Beau Velasco, one of the founding members of the Death Set, has passed away. No other details are available at this time, but the band’s MySpace page has this posted: “R.I.P. Our Dear Brother, We love you.”
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Robe Trotters: Sunn0))) at Sonar, Sept. 23

September 25, 2009
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Robe Trotters: Sunn0))) at Sonar, Sept. 23

| Image by Josh Sisk Guitars are rock’s phallic object, but volume remains its big dick. Ever since the Who hit 126 dB in the late 1970s, the loudness = greatness paradigm is both a joke and operating cliché, as pushing decibel levels became metal’s concert Everest even though “softer” bands–see: My Blood Valentine,...
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Noise in Brief, Sept. 25: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

September 25, 2009
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Noise in Brief, Sept. 25: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

Jazz-plus club An die Musik, which had been waiting on IRS approval for non-profit status, got it. Sources around Hampden and previously booked musicians report that coffeeshop/performance space El Rancho Grande has been shuttered for some time with an on vacation sign on the door. It’s phone is also disconnected. On-fire local hip-hop duo...
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Know Your Product: Nuclear Power Pants, Wicked Eats the Warrior (Wham City)

September 24, 2009
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Know Your Product: Nuclear Power Pants, Wicked Eats the Warrior (Wham City)

In the mid-1990s, Nuclear Power Pants would have been lucky to snag a third-string indie stage gig on selected Lollapalooza dates. In the late-’90s, they might’ve found themselves opening for the Make-Up, Olivia Tremor Control, or Love As Laughter. Today, at the twilight of the penny-pinching ’00s, this daffy, nomadic octet—formed in New York...
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Saturday Night’s Alright For High Zero

September 21, 2009
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The High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music is, perhaps more than other music festivals, best thought of as an exotic buffet. You might not enjoy the strange flavors it has to offer all the time but for one weekend every year you get to binge on a staggering variety of creative and unusual...
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Know Your Product: Abby Mott, Go West! Get East! (self-released)

September 18, 2009
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Know Your Product: Abby Mott, Go West! Get East! (self-released)

Four songs. That’s the problem with beguiling songstress Abby Mott’s new EP Go West! Get East!: it’s only four songs. Yes, a mere four tracks that don’t even crack the 20-minute mark in total running time from the supercute vixen with the golden pipes who wrote and recorded her 2007 debut Hearts a’Flutter all...
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Q&A: Amanda Blank Gets Deep

September 17, 2009
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Q&A: Amanda Blank Gets Deep

Hailing from Philadelphia, MC Amanda Blank has been blowing heads with the way she works a rhyme for a good five-plus years, though only in the wider public eye for the last three or so. After guesting on singles and mixtapes from Spank Rock, Aaron LaCrate, Britney Spears, and Ghostface Killah, Blank now steps...
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Noise in Brief, Sept. 11: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

September 11, 2009
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Noise in Brief, Sept. 11: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

Beach House Beach House signs to venerable indie Sub Pop. Expect to be drugged anew in early 2010. Thank You delivers a new album, complete with remixes from Dan Deacon, Jason Urick and Joe Williams, and Lungfish/Zomes’ Asa Osborne. It’s out Sept. 29 on Thrill Jockey. Remington gets a new performance/gallery space, Open Space....
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Lynee’ Michelle Has A Love Affair

September 11, 2009
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After interviewing local R&B singer Lynee’ Michelle a few months ago, Saturday night at 5 Seasons was the first time I’ve had a chance to see her perform live. The event she was headlining was titled A Love Affair: An Evening of Eloquence and Entertainment, and if nothing else it was a refreshing change...
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The Man With the Hand Comes Around

September 10, 2009
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The Man With the Hand Comes Around

Comp | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Five years ago, Comp was looking like Baltimore hip-hop’s best mainstream hope, with a Def Jam contract, songs on movie and video game soundtracks, a guest spot with Ghostface Killah, and a single in rotation on 92Q. Since then, he’s gone independent as his music has become...
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Noise in Brief, August 28: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

September 4, 2009
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Noise in Brief, August 28: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

We think you”ll enjoy Lost Ghost Records’ No Rest Fest 2 at Floristree Aug. 30, featuring Dustin Wong, Prelay, Jenny Graf, Violet Hour, Smarts, Child Bride, Jared Paolini, Vows, Brendan Sullivan, Teenage Souls, and Ghosts to Falco. And Tropical Storm Danny should keep the Floristree sub-sauna. MC Greenspan’s got a new mixtape up for...
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Noise in Brief, Sept. 4: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

September 4, 2009
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Noise in Brief, Sept. 4: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

Mz. Streamz straight owns some rapper from Philly. Thrill Jockey strikes again. Former Wzt Heart Jason Urick’s solo album arrives this October, has awesome cover art (see left). R&B crooner Mario ups his developer friend Pat Turner, shoots his “Break Up” video at Silo Point. Future Islands debut a new, brutally...
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Big In Japan Winds Down Its Windup Space Residency

September 1, 2009
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Big In Japan Winds Down Its Windup Space Residency

| Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Big In Japan began more than a decade ago as a kind of low-key offshoot of Lake Trout, a chance for three of the band’s five members to do small club gigs of groove-based improvisation. Over the last year or two, though, it’s become a more consistently active...
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