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Northampton Wools, Nautical Almanac, Death Unit, Regression, Spykes, and Dog Lady at Florisfree, Jan. 30

January 29, 2010
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Well, this one slipped through the cracks, as even the best fool-to-miss shows do on occasion, so all apologies. And lord knows there’s enough going on this weekend already, but tomorrow somehow thread a stop at Floristree into your night’s plans. Northampton Wools, the duo of Bill Nace and Thurston Moore making skuzzed-out alien...
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Somebody Scream: Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys at Catonsville’s Knights of Columbus Hall, Jan. 23

January 28, 2010
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Somebody Scream: Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys at Catonsville’s Knights of Columbus Hall, Jan. 23

For years Somebody Scream Productions hosted terrific zydeco and Cajun dances at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Catonsville campus, but when the school decided over the summer of 2008 to stop renting buildings to outside groups, the series was left homeless. After a brief, unsuccessful stint at the Fishhead Cantina, the dances found...
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Sax Addiction: John Berndt’s Multiphonic Choir at the Windup Space, Jan. 14th

January 25, 2010
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It was hard to know what to expect from a show billed as John Berndt’s Multiphonic Choir, since Berndt is primarily known as one of the main brains behind two of the biggest institutions in Baltimore’s experimental improvised music scene, the Red Room collective and its annual High Zero festival. But one thing I...
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Hexagon Ditches PROs, Officially Becomes Non-Profit

January 25, 2010
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Last October, a rumor circulated that the Hexagon, a small and eclectic arts/music space in Station North, planned to ditch performing rights organizations (PROs), i.e. ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. It turns out that was premature, but not inaccurate. This morning, a press release arrived from the Hexagon declaring that the collective has decided to...
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Living Legends: George Strait, Reba, and Lee Ann Womack at First Mariner Arena, Jan. 22

January 25, 2010
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In the 1980s, before they were declared hipster heroes by Rick Rubin and Jack White, Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn were more or less ignored by non-country audiences as they served out the tail end of distinguished country careers, playing mid-sized halls and competing against youngsters such as George Strait and Reba McEntire. Now...
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Noise in Brief, Jan. 22: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

January 22, 2010
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Noise in Brief, Jan. 22: All the Baltimore Music News That Isn’t Fit to Print

According to a tweet from The Baltimore Sun‘s Justin Fenton, eight people have been tazed outside of the Club Paradox in the past three months. Weird/bad shit going on at the LOF/t with the upshot seeming to be that there is no more LOF/t. Dru Hill reunites, mostly. You should design...
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A Whole New Kind of String Band: Carolina Chocolate Drops at Ramshead Tavern, Jan. 19

January 21, 2010
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The three young string-band musicians in the Carolina Chocolate Drops began their show at the Ramshead Tavern Tuesday with “Peace Behind the Bridge,” an instrumental by the late Piedmont blues guitarist Etta Baker. Giddens, her long dark hair cascading down the back of her purple quilted jacket, sat with a banjo in her lap,...
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Whispers for Wolves, J. Graf, Weyes Bluhd, Owen Gardner, Salamander Wool at Hexagon Jan. 20

January 19, 2010
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Here at Baltimore’s Most Continuing-2009′s-Furlough-Days-in-the-Twenty-Ten Alternative Weekly, production weeks abridged due to holidays or furlough days or furloughed holidays, such as Martin Luther King Jr. day Jan. 18, means sometimes shows/events announced late in the production cycle sadly get overlooked by the print edition—such as this Friday, Jan. 22 show at the Hexagon. The...
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The Club Beat: The Year in Baltimore Club

January 7, 2010
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The Club Beat: The Year in Baltimore Club

Ultra Nate | Image by Bart Everly 2009 was a big year for Baltimore club music to mutate and combine with other sounds, whether it was indie-rock duo Wye Oak’s tender take on Rod Lee’s club classic “Dance My Pain Away,” Cex’s IDM dissection of club breakbeats on his Battaille Royale, or Debonair Samir...
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A Band’s Own Best Friend: Man & Dog at An die Musik, Monday, Jan. 4

January 6, 2010
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There was a healthy buzz in the room for local folk quintet Man & Dog Monday night. Nearly every seat in the small Charles Street venue was filled. That in itself is impressive given that the band formed less than a year ago, and even more so when they took the stage with a...
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