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Out of Your Head Launches Guest-Artist Kickstarter Campaign

December 30, 2010
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Out of Your Head Launches Guest-Artist Kickstarter Campaign

Local improvisation organization Out of Your Head Collective just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for a guest-artist series in anticipation of its two-year anniversary in March (see fundraising video, above). The collective, founded by Quartet Offensive bassist Adam Hopkins and guitarist Matt Frazao, has put on weekly Tuesday night concerts at the...
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Whoa: Six Minutes of Epic Wale Meltdown

December 23, 2010
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Whoa: Six Minutes of Epic Wale Meltdown

Dunno really how it started, but local MC Bossman has had some beef with Washington, D.C. MC-done-good Wale, emblemized, naturally, in a diss track. The latter got shit-talked on 92Q to the tune of, “Wale is going to get beat at the show tomorrow,” according to the Bmore Beckham blog. Wale’s (off-air) response to...
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Backing Band Chemistry: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Heks Orkest at the G-Spot, Dec. 7

December 9, 2010
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Backing Band Chemistry: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Heks Orkest at the G-Spot, Dec. 7

When talking about Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, it’s easy to focus on the first half of the name on the marquee, the indie-rock singer/guitarist who drives the whole enterprise forward. But with a punk pedigree, breakneck tempos, and heavier riffs than you’re likely to get from the average literate singer/songwriter, Leo’s songs have...
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Artist in Residence: The Gerald Cleaver Group at Towson University’s Center for the Arts, Dec. 4-8

December 8, 2010
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Artist in Residence: The Gerald Cleaver Group at Towson University’s Center for the Arts, Dec. 4-8

The Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency has proven itself a major addition to the Maryland jazz community. Twice a year the program brings in an established jazz musician—not a star necessarily, but someone who has earned the respect of critics and other musicians—for a week-long residency at Towson University. Past guests have included...
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Too Drunk to Encore: Among Wolves, Brown Bird, Paul Masson and the Great American Canyon Band at the Metro Gallery, Dec. 3

December 7, 2010
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Too Drunk to Encore: Among Wolves, Brown Bird, Paul Masson and the Great American Canyon Band at the Metro Gallery, Dec. 3

There are two things you’re just about guaranteed to get plenty of at an Among Wolves show: 1) great songs, and 2) drunken members of the band hilariously taunting and interrupting each other between them. On Friday night at the Metro Gallery, when singer/guitarist Billy Tiedeken noted that a song they were about to...
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Mobtown Modern Receives Well-Deserved Programming Award

December 3, 2010
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Mobtown Modern Receives Well-Deserved Programming Award

While it’s not getting porn industry kudos, the excellent Mobtown Modern contemporary-music series is set to receive the Award for Adventurous Programming next month from Chamber Music America and ASCAP. Which validates what many of us around Baltimore have already known about the now nearly four-year-old series: Bold and challenging programming can be served...
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Baltimore’s Dirt and Bank Up for AVN Award

December 1, 2010
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Baltimore’s Dirt and Bank Up for AVN Award

. . . for music. Specifically, their song “Yeah I” is up for “Best Original Song” in the adult industry’s annual celebration of its best and brightest. Dirt and Bank’s competition can be found on AVN’s list of nominees (PDF, Page 55) for every one of its nearly 100 categories. Anyhow, this is the...
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The Jennifers Get All OK Go in New Video

December 1, 2010
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The Jennifers

Long-running Baltimore guitar-pop band the Jennifers have a new video for their song “Well-Intentioned World,” directed by drummer and local indie film guru Skizz Cyzyk. It is clever and entertaining and must have been a pain in the ass to get right. Enjoy.
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