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Q&A: Jeff Henley of Things That Fly on Working At TGI Fridays, the Ataris, and Life After God

October 18, 2010
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Q&A: Jeff Henley of Things That Fly on Working At TGI Fridays, the Ataris, and  Life After God

Baltimore’s Things That Fly need a superhero movie to soundtrack like sparrows need nests–something hopeful, inspiring, and flashy, teeming with twentysomething angst and hormones and moral prerogatives and slow-motion explosions. Comic-book drama would be a perfect fit for the stirring emo-pop singer/guitarist Jeff Henley, 26, and guitarist Arthur “Paul” Hemlock, 27, whip up together....
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Sludgefeast: Arbouretum, Caltrop, and the Pilgrim at the Metro Gallery, Oct. 6

October 8, 2010
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Sludgefeast: Arbouretum, Caltrop, and the Pilgrim at the Metro Gallery, Oct. 6

One of the nice things about the Metro Gallery’s big front windows, which don’t insulate sound well, is that when you’re walking up Charles Street to see a show and a band is really rocking the fuck out, you can hear it from a block away. On Wednesday night, that band was the Pilgrim,...
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The Band Played On: Kingsley Flood at the Golden West Café, Oct. 1

October 5, 2010
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The Band Played On: Kingsley Flood at the Golden West Café, Oct. 1

Kingsley Flood, an impressive young Americana band from Boston, recently released its first album, Dust Windows, and on Friday played its first-ever Baltimore show at the Golden West Café. The show wasn’t as successful as the record, but the record is very good indeed. At the center of the CD is Naseem Khuri, the...
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Doctor Atomic: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff, Oct. 2

October 4, 2010
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As she often does when she’s introducing new music to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s audience, Marin Alsop turned around on the podium Saturday night and talked a bit about John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony. In her black-satin suit with the magenta cuffs, she explained how the piece was based on the invention of the...
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A Night at the Improv: The High Zero Festival, Sept. 25 at the Theatre Project

October 1, 2010
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One of the reasons that the High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music, now in its 12th year, is such a sturdy Baltimore institution is that it drops the most unpredictable music possible into a consistent but not confining structure that allows for growth and freedom, but is at the same time strangely comfortable...
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Punks and Poets: The Gaslight Anthem at Rams Head Live, Sept. 28

October 1, 2010
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Punks and Poets: The Gaslight Anthem at Rams Head Live, Sept. 28

Before his manager intervened, Bruce Springsteen originally meant to give his song “Hungry Heart” to the Ramones, and listeners ever since have wondered what that not-to-be-denied pop hit might have sounded like if the Ramones recorded it. Perhaps Gaslight Anthem exists merely to answer that question. When Gaslight Anthem took the stage at Rams...
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