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Reality Bites: Kasey Anderson and Chip Robinson at the Golden West Café, April 27

April 29, 2010
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Reality Bites: Kasey Anderson and Chip Robinson at the Golden West Café, April 27

Because it’s on such a small label, Kasey Anderson’s Nowhere Nights hasn’t received much attention, but it’s one of the year’s best Americana albums, a coming-of-age farewell to slackerdom delivered with just the right balance of liberated release and lingering regret. On Tuesday, Anderson played much of the disc at the Golden West Café...
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Everything Is Illuminated: the xx, Class Actress at Sonar, April 23

April 29, 2010
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Everything Is Illuminated: the xx, Class Actress at Sonar, April 23

All personal irritation aside due to a certain individual fist pumping and view-blocking throughout much of the xx’s set at Sonar on Friday, this event, upon later reflection, says something important about the band’s music. Critically acclaimed artists are often relegated to dwindling album sales and the art-rock crowd, but the xx’s appeal is...
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Solo Duets: Manuel Barrueco at Towson University’s Kaplan Concert Hall, April 24

April 26, 2010
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Solo Duets: Manuel Barrueco at Towson University’s Kaplan Concert Hall, April 24

As the 20th century recedes in the rear-view mirror, it becomes clearer that Astor Piazzolla was one of that era’s greatest composers, one of the few to integrate the century’s enthusiasms for syncopation, improvisation, stretched harmony, and non-European folk music into a distinctive body of work. Guitar music was only a small corner of...
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The New Friends Records Compilation is Pretty Free

April 26, 2010
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The New Friends Records Compilation is Pretty Free

. . . And features all new and exclusive stuff from underground Baltimore, including cuts from Food For Animals, Future Islands, Weekends, Height With Friends, and others. Friends and Friends of Friends will be available on cassette tape for sale next month, but the download can be had for free here.
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Cello Envy: Rasputina, April 9 at the Ottobar

April 26, 2010
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Cello Envy: Rasputina, April 9 at the Ottobar

There’s a certain amount of novelty and gimmickry in the music of the long-running cello rock ensemble Rasputina. And when you see the band live, it’s clear that its fanbase relishes the old-timey trappings of Rasputina’s songs and image, because the place looks like a steampunk convention: corsets and top hats and everything. But...
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Q&A: Roman Kuebler of the Oranges Band

April 23, 2010
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Q&A: Roman Kuebler of the Oranges Band

Read: The Oranges Band recalls The Whole Ten Years In the process of gathering stories for this week’s remembrance of the Oranges’ first decade, writer Joe Tropea spent some time on the phone with guitarist/vocalist/songwrite Roman Kuebler, a conversation that offered more background on the band that didn’t fit into the story. Here’s the...
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Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum: Ches Smith at the Windup Space, April 28

April 22, 2010
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Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum: Ches Smith at the Windup Space, April 28

The life of the solo drummer has gotta be a rough one, up there all alone and exposed, goofy faces front-and-center, every little stumble comically magnified, or, worse, just keeping what is essentially one long drum solo—that now somewhat maligned relic of bands with big hair—not just interesting but engaging enough to keep a...
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They Don’t Wanna Be Buried: In Every Room, March 25 at Pet Cemetery

April 20, 2010
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They Don’t Wanna Be Buried: In Every Room, March 25 at Pet Cemetery

| Image by City Paper Digi-Cam The local trio In Every Room‘s recorded output so far consists of a six-song EP, and at the end of its recent 40-minute set at Pet Cemetery, the band declared to the appreciative audience that it had already played every song it knew. But the contrast between that...
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Freeing Improv: Evan Parker, Susan Alcorn, and Michael Formanek at the Windup Space, April 18; Tomasz Stanko Quintet at An die Musik, April 18

April 19, 2010
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Freeing Improv: Evan Parker, Susan Alcorn, and Michael Formanek  at the Windup Space, April 18; Tomasz Stanko Quintet at An die Musik, April 18

Evan Parker When two of Europe’s leading improvisers, British saxophonist Evan Parker and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, came to the United States this month, there was a reason that they both skipped Philadelphia and Washington D.C. to play their only Mid-Atlantic dates in Baltimore. Our town has, somewhat improbably, become a major center for...
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Pitchfork Sits Down With Jason Urick

April 16, 2010
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Pitchfork Sits Down With Jason Urick

Specifically, City Paper contributor Marc Masters sits down with an always-humble Jason Urick, one of Baltimore’s finer laptop sound/vibe artists, to discuss hunting pop melody with ambient music, being a music fan, appropriating reggae music, and Baltimore. Pitchfork doesn’t seem to allow embedding so, here’s the link.
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Passing the Bottle: Drive-By Truckers at the Recher Theatre, April 14

April 16, 2010
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Passing the Bottle: Drive-By Truckers at the Recher Theatre, April 14

“Our songs are dark, but our shows are a lot of fun,” writes Patterson Hood in the liner notes for The Big To-Do, the new album from his band the Drive-By Truckers. Well, yes and no. The darkness in the band’s songs resides mostly in the words, while the fun resides mostly in the...
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Serious Beeswax: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, April 8 at the 9:30 Club

April 15, 2010
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Serious Beeswax: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, April 8 at the 9:30 Club

Ted Leo has toured the country so many times in the three years since he last released a new album that it felt almost strange to see him play at Washington’s 9:30 Club recently with an actual product to promote. Last month’s The Brutalist Bricks is the New Jersey-based singer-songwriter’s first album to crack...
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Q&A: Fred Schneider on Junking, Holiday-Themed Albums, and the Mastergators

April 9, 2010
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Q&A: Fred Schneider on Junking, Holiday-Themed Albums, and the Mastergators

Fred Schneider sounds exhausted. It’s an evening in mid-March, and the party-pop icon is at home in New York City—holding forth about his recent musical exploits and the impetus for tonight’s performance at the American Visionary Arts Museum—and he just seems wiped out, like most mere mortals are at 10 p.m. on an average...
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Meet Your New Friends: Bmore Musically Informed Starts A Label

April 6, 2010
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Meet Your New Friends: Bmore Musically Informed Starts A Label

There’s been stirring about it for a while, some pre-announcement announcements, and now it looks like Friends Records, a collaboration between Bmore Musically Informed head-guy Brett Yale and the Sound Garden‘s manager manager Jimmy MacMillan, is getting off the ground this spring. “All three spring releases are off at the pressing plants, and will...
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Late Night Lament: Lucero at Sonar, March 31

April 6, 2010
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Late Night Lament: Lucero at Sonar, March 31

Ben Nichols, the lead singer of Lucero, has one of those raspy rock-n-roll voices like Tom Waits, Joe Cocker, or Joe Tex, where the struggle to push through all that catarrh in the throat contributes as much to the music as the notes that finally emerge. Nichols hasn’t always had control of that rasp;...
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Skate Or Groove: Boom Tic Boom at An Die Musik, March 27

April 1, 2010
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Skate Or Groove: Boom Tic Boom at An Die Musik, March 27

Allison Miller Boom Tic Boom, the quartet that came to An Die Musik Saturday, features two of the more gifted jazz musicians in New York City these days: Bill Frisell’s frequent violinist Jenny Scheinman and Marty Ehrlich’s frequent pianist Myra Melford. But the group was led by a third woman, drummer Allison Miller, who...
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