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Swamp Song: Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole at the Catonsville Knights of Columbus, Sept. 2

September 28, 2010
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Swamp Song: Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole at the Catonsville Knights of Columbus, Sept. 2

There’s a reason Cedric Watson calls his band Bijou Creole: He wants to free zydeco music from its current straitjacket that permits nothing but a 2/4 stomp by returning to an earlier version of South Louisiana black music known as Creole (or “la la” or “zodico”). The Houston native and Lafayette resident wants the...
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Southern Accents: Birds and Arrows, Mark McKay, June Star, and Jason and the Butchers, Sept. 24 at the Windup Space

September 28, 2010
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Last May, the Chapel Hill band Birds and Arrows made an instant fan out of me with a show at the Metro Gallery, previewing material from the great album Starmaker that was released a few months later. So when the husband and wife duo of Pete and Andrea Connolly returned to Baltimore for a...
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FreeFest: LCD Soundsystem at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Sept. 25

September 27, 2010
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FreeFest: LCD Soundsystem at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Sept. 25

LCD Soundsystem deserved its headlining slot at the Virgin Mobile Free Fest Saturday, for it’s one of the most exciting rock’n'roll bands in the world right now. I know, I know: some would dispute that it’s really rock’n'roll and even more would dispute that it’s even a band. After all, the new LCD Soundsystem...
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Who Needs FreeFest? Just Look at this Baltimore Weekend

September 22, 2010
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Who Needs FreeFest? Just Look at this Baltimore Weekend

It’s pretty impressive, and FreeFest free tickets have been gone for a long time. We got late notice about this show so it’s not in today’s print edition, but Sleigh Bells performs Sunday, Sept. 26, at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12. An unofficial...
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Jangle All the Way: Superchunk at the 9:30 Club, Sept. 17

September 21, 2010
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Jangle All the Way: Superchunk at the 9:30 Club, Sept. 17

While most of its 1990s indie-rock contemporaries have since broken up and, in many cases, gotten back together for lucrative reunion tours, Chapel Hill, N.C.’s Superchunk never really split or went away, still gigging here and there and trickling out the occasional new song. But its excellent new album, Majesty Shredding, is the band’s...
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Evil Genius: Ralph Alessi and This Against That at Towson University, Sept. 16

September 20, 2010
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Evil Genius: Ralph Alessi and This Against That at Towson University, Sept. 16

Ralph Alessi is an avant-gardist who’s not afraid of beauty. As the jazz trumpeter led his This Against That quintet at Towson University Thursday, he was willing to go anywhere the music led him, including the one area jazz radicals often shy away from: passages of gorgeous harmony. Alessi, a tall, slender man with...
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Noise In Brief, Sept. 16: Scottie B’s Baltimore, Barn Aid, Record Store Love

September 17, 2010
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Noise In Brief, Sept. 16: Scottie B’s Baltimore, Barn Aid, Record Store Love

Here’s a new mix from soon-to-be ex-Baltimorean Dave Nada on Dissonance radio in Washington D.C.–Diplo-style world-dance stuff, judging by the tracklist. Barn Aid, a benefit festival of quality local talent such as Wye Oak and the Celebration side-project Birdland, has been moved from Springfield Farms in Sparks to the Golden West, and from Sunday...
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Noise In Brief, Sept. 3: DJ Rice Benefit Show, Dustin Wong Video, J-Roddy Is Blowing Up

September 3, 2010
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Noise In Brief, Sept. 3: DJ Rice Benefit Show, Dustin Wong Video, J-Roddy Is Blowing Up

Sometime in the very early morning of Saturday, Aug. 21, DJ Rice–of one-man band Teenage Souls and one of the nicest humans around–was attacked after leaving the Copycat building. He was found sometime later off Loch Raven Boulevard with multiple but nonfatal skull fractures and spent eight days in the ICU. The Floristree holds...
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