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Whartscape 2010: It’s Going to be a Doozy

May 27, 2010
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Whartscape 2010: It’s Going to be a Doozy

In an e-mail this afternoon, the Wham City collective announced the lineup for this summer’s fourth edition of Whartscape, Baltimore’s celebration of everything underground. This year’s events happen July 22-25 at a list of venues yet to be determined; tickets go on sale June 15 at whamcity.com. Organizers emphasize that, again, this festival will...
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Party Out of Bounds: The B-52s at Rams Head Live, May 22

May 26, 2010
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Party Out of Bounds: The B-52s at Rams Head Live, May 22

“Hello, Charm City!” Fred Schneider barked a few minutes after arriving on-stage at Rams Head Live. “This one’s a dance song,” he continued, introducing “Mesopotamia,” as is if it’s any more of a dance song than pretty much every other tune The B-52s performed on Saturday, or in their entire 35-year history. Schneider had...
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With A Little Help: Claire Lynch at the Cellar Stage, May 21

May 24, 2010
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With A Little Help: Claire Lynch at the Cellar Stage, May 21

Claire Lynch keeps losing all-star musicians, but the singer continues to lead one of the best bluegrass bands around. When Lynch brought her quartet to the Cellar Stage at the Faith Community United Methodist Church of Hamilton Friday night, it wasn’t just her warm, welcoming soprano that captivated the crowd but also the terrific...
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Country Star Maverick: Dierks Bentley, the Traveling McCourys, and Hayes Carll at Rams Head Live, May 19

May 21, 2010
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When Dierks Bentley took the stage Wednesday night, trebly cries erupted, as if the young women who dominated the audience couldn’t believe they were seeing one of country music’s biggest stars in a club as small as Rams Head Live. With his curly, carrot-colored hair and long, lean frame in a dark blue T-shirt...
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Lush Life: Terell Stafford at An Die Musik, May 16

May 17, 2010
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Lush Life: Terell Stafford at An Die Musik, May 16

“Tonight we’re going to be doing the music of Billy Strayhorn,” Terell Stafford told the audience at An Die Musik Sunday night. “Last year, when it was his 100th birthday, we were commissioned by the city of Dayton, Ohio, where he was born, to prepare an album of his music. Bruce Barth did new...
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Family Tree: T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers at the Catonsville Knights of Columbus, May 15

May 17, 2010
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Family Tree: T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers at the Catonsville Knights of Columbus, May 15

Zydeco music is a family business in Louisiana. T-Broussard is no exception, but he’s not part of the family you’d expect. He has no known blood relation to the Jeffery Broussard, who appeared at the Catonsville Knights of Columbus in January, nor to Jeffery’s famous father Delton and famous uncle Fernest Arceneaux. That family...
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Happy Birthday, Tax Lo

May 14, 2010
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Happy Birthday, Tax Lo

The Baltimore party institution got its stuff together a little late for this week’s print edition, but tonight, May 14, Tax Lo celebrates its eighth birthday at Sonar. Music comes from long-time Tax Lo banger Dave Nada, heavy bass DJ Mumdance, Chris O, and the party’s proprietors Cullen Stalin and Simon Phoenix. 9 p.m.,...
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New Track From Matmos and So Percussion: “Treasure” from Treasure State

May 11, 2010
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New Track From Matmos and So Percussion: “Treasure” from Treasure State

The amorphous electronic music free-thinkers of Matmos have an upcoming collaboration with New York’s So Percussion set for release this July. Expect a bit of the deft, hybrized musique concrete that Matmos excels in, distilled even further into marvelous, uncompromisingly appealing instrumental compositions. “Treasure” is a sneak peak. Matmos/So Percussion: “Treasure
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Welcome Home: George Colligan at An Die Musik, May 8

May 10, 2010
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Welcome Home: George Colligan at An Die Musik, May 8

It was a double homecoming when the George Colligan Trio played An Die Musik Saturday night. The band’s leader grew up in Howard County and moved to New York to play with everyone from Lee Konitz to the Mingus Big Band before accepting a teaching job at the University of Manitoba. Bassist Josh Ginsburg...
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Video: Double Dagger “No Allies” (Directed by Matt Porterfield)

May 10, 2010
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Video: Double Dagger “No Allies” (Directed by Matt Porterfield)

As in, what happens when great bands and great directors get together.  Matt Porterfield (Hamilton, Putty Hill) directed this low-budget, overdue video for Double Dagger‘s riot anthem “No Allies,” a simple treatment of creatively edited “live” footage featuring the Charm City Art Space and probably one of your friends. The embed code on this...
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Ethel’s Place: Ethel Ennis and Larry Willis at the Eubie Blake Jazz Center, May 9

May 10, 2010
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Ethel’s Place: Ethel Ennis and Larry Willis at the Eubie Blake Jazz Center, May 9

Sunday’s Mother’s Day concert at the Eubie Blake Jazz Center was a tribute not just to the maternal figures in the audience but also to two legendary Baltimore jazz venues. Because it was a Sunday, late-afternoon show with cloth-covered tables and a soul-food stand in the back, the event reminded everyone over the age...
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Zodiac Closing at the End of May

May 4, 2010
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The Station North Wham City performance space, formerly the Club Charles’ dining adjunct, is closing at the end of this month, curator/booker Adam Endres confirms via e-mail. Featuring bands ranging from Beach House to Wavves and events ranging from game nights to lectures to comedy, the small room was a comfortable home for the...
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A Bluegrass Feast: Danny Paisley and Southern Grass at Jumbo Jimmy’s Crab Shack, May 2

May 3, 2010
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A Bluegrass Feast: Danny Paisley and Southern Grass at Jumbo Jimmy’s Crab Shack, May 2

“Here’s a tune our daddies used to do many years ago,” Danny Paisley told the crowd at Jumbo Jimmy’s in Port Deposit on Sunday, and in that sentence were the clues to the wonderful weight his music carried. That he used the plural form of “daddies” was a reference to the many years Bob...
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