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Closing Bang: The Nels Cline Singers and the Rova Saxophone Quartet, the Windup Space, Feb. 27

February 28, 2011
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Closing Bang: The Nels Cline Singers and the Rova Saxophone Quartet, the Windup Space, Feb. 27

It was quite a weekend for jazz in Baltimore. Friday night began with a concert by Baltimore pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, New York bassist William Parker, and Baltimore reed player John Dierker at the University of Baltimore. Later that same night, New York’s Matthew Shipp Trio held forth at An Die Musik. The next night...
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Black Comedy: Stars and the Sea, Rasputina, and Voltaire at the Ottobar, Feb. 25

February 28, 2011
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Black Comedy: Stars and the Sea, Rasputina, and Voltaire at the Ottobar, Feb. 25

On Friday night, the Baltimore post-punk trio Stars and the Sea got a pretty plum gig playing to a full house of goths and weirdos dressed in top hats and corsets and leather jackets, opening for the like-minded cult acts Rasputina and Voltaire. It was an ideal audience for the band, three aging rockers...
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New Wye Oak Album Streaming at NPR

February 28, 2011
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New Wye Oak Album Streaming at NPR

News you can use: Civilian, the third album from Baltimore duo Wye Oak, is streaming in its entirety over at npr.org until its release date on March 8. You’re welcome.
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Video: Meet the “Whore of Baltimore”

February 25, 2011
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Video: Meet the “Whore of Baltimore”

Enjoy this new song/video from Baltimore’s Bethany Dinsick, making lovely out-folk ambience equal parts song and ritual: slow, falling-off guitar strums; honeyed, burrowing vocals; and background texture courtesy of an MRI machine (according to the video’s notes). Also: more, more, MORE triangles.  It seems like Disnick doesn’t appear out all that often–at least under...
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We’re Not Sure About This New DJ Class Track

February 25, 2011
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We’re Not Sure About This New DJ Class Track

Earlier this week, DJ Class released a song called “Wacko Flacco” that’s sort of about the Ravens, sort of about weed, and seems to be somehow grabbing onto the Waka Flocka Flame radio rap zeitgeist . . . or something? It’s got AutoTune, pretty much the same sing-rap cadence as “Dance Like a Freak,”...
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Volcom Finally Delivers Live Saint Vitus Vinyl

February 25, 2011
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Volcom Finally Delivers Live Saint Vitus Vinyl

Last year, Volcom Entertainment’s “vinyl club” announced a 7-inch from Maryland metal god Scott “Wino” Weinrich‘s old, recently reunited band Saint Vitus. It was supposed to feature live recordings of “Saint Vitus” and “Born Too Late” (those are links to studio recordings, by the way). But “Saint Vitus” b/w “Born Too Late” (VEVC 0014)...
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Q&A: Height on the New Shark Tank Album and Impending Height With Friends Tour

February 23, 2011
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Q&A: Height on the New Shark Tank Album and Impending Height With Friends Tour

More than a decade ago, Dan Keech began rapping under the name Height, forming the short-lived hip-hop group Wounds with a few high school buddies and later releasing three solo albums. In 2009, however, he began billing his records as Height With Friends, first with Baltimore Highlands and then last year’s Bed of Seeds,...
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A “Best Of” Rod Lee Mix Not Made By Rod Lee

February 22, 2011
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A “Best Of” Rod Lee Mix Not Made By Rod Lee

Uncle Jesse put together this Best Of Rod Lee mix for the Philly internet label Crossfaded Bacon (which also released Uncle Jesse’s Glen Tech EP). It’s a near hour of spare break-beats, hilarious/filthy lyrics, and lots and lots of Lee’s inimitable throaty shout-singing. And speaking of shout-singing, not sure how a Rod Lee “Best...
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Listen: Street Scott, “Rocket Man”

February 22, 2011
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Listen: Street Scott, “Rocket Man”

Baltimore-based hip-hop producer Street Heat has been selling tracks out of town for years, most notably to various members of New York’s Diplomats crew. But as an artist in his own right, he also records for local label Team Arson Music alongside another talented rapper/producer, PenDragon. And just as Street Heat appeared to be...
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Alabama Rap Group G-Side Samples Beach House

February 21, 2011
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Alabama Rap Group G-Side Samples Beach House

Huntsville, Ala., rap group G-Side is known for its working-class raps and experimental but distinctively Southern beats. Along with its in-house production team the Block Beattaz, it also has a thing for out-of-the-box, though somehow never gimmicky, samples (Chinese new-age on “Rising Sun,” and um, Enya on “Speed of Sound“). Though their new album,...
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On the Download: Kane Mayfield’s Mobtown Studios Microshow

February 18, 2011
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On the Download: Kane Mayfield’s Mobtown Studios Microshow

Last Thursday’s Mobtown Studios microshow from Mania Music Group’s Kane Mayfield and a live band—guitarist Karlos Brickhouse, keyboardist Dennard Watson, drummer Brandon Segar, and trombonist Patrick Harrison—is now available for download at the Mobtown Studios web site. Kane begins with a snappy, near Neptunes-like take on his recent single “Wreck,” and from there makes...
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Ponytail Teases New Album With Super-fun New Video

February 18, 2011
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Ponytail Teases New Album With Super-fun New Video

The band Ponytail isn’t dead. The beachy, squealy art-punk force-of-nature even has another album coming out, a long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s Ice Cream Spiritual, this April, Do Whatever You Want All the Time. Dig this teaser video, an ecstatic barf of found footage, reappropriated pop imagery, and kitties. Be more excited about the music...
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On the Download: Kil’s Through the Wire

February 17, 2011
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On the Download: Kil’s Through the Wire

Kil, a beatmaker and a former host of Strictly Hip Hop, has put together a surprisingly non-shticky concept album based around The Wire. On his Bandcamp page—where Through the Wire can be downloaded for free—Kil calls the tape “a perfect marriage between two of my loves, making beats and the HBO television series The...
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The Club Beat with DJ Kenny K and DJ Mike Crosby

February 17, 2011
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The Club Beat with DJ Kenny K and DJ Mike Crosby

“My first club was Odell’s, and for the first year I worked there I didn’t get paid a dollar,” DJ Mike Crosby says. “You gotta pay your dues in this business.” And after two decades of spinning records in Baltimore, Crosby and his frequent partner DJ Kenny K have definitely paid their dues, both...
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Listen: The Seldon Plan, “Fractionation”

February 16, 2011
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Listen: The Seldon Plan, “Fractionation”

The Seldon Plan’s fourth album, Coalizione del Volere, due out March 1 on The Beechfields Record Label, values brevity even more than the band’s previous full-lengths, which never pushed very far past the half-hour mark. The new album is over and done with in just 24 minutes, but the eight songs that rush by...
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Listen To This DJ Pierre Remix of Rihanna’s “S & M”

February 15, 2011
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Listen To This DJ Pierre Remix of Rihanna’s “S & M”

Norwegian production duo Stargate have put together dance-pop hits like Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” Ne-Yo’s “Closer” (which DJ Booman remixed), and more recently Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Rihanna’s “S & M.” All of the songs follow this loud-quiet-loud, build-up blueprint that isn’t too far removed from club music, but still doesn’t really compare given club’s well,...
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On the Download: DJ Excel’s “Disco Flow” Remix

February 14, 2011
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On the Download: DJ Excel’s “Disco Flow” Remix

Don’t know too much about this Phil Adé character, other than that he’s one of those nimble, excited young rappers really repping this whole super-nebulous “DMV” movement, but Bmore Original’s DJ Excel turned Adé’s “Disco Flow” into, well—actually, not all that sure how to explain this one. Excel’s made a club song on speed,...
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On the Download: Sean Touré ft. Kev Brown and Ab Rock, “A Day in the Life”

February 10, 2011
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On the Download: Sean Touré ft. Kev Brown and Ab Rock, “A Day in the Life”

Sean Touré doesn’t really give guest rappers Kev Brown and Ab Rock a chance on this one. He kicks off “A Day in the Life” with a verse that captures not only his struggles as a musician, but as a regular dude trying to make it through the day with bills to pay and...
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On The Download: Mullyman’s Mullyman vs. the Machine Mixtape

February 9, 2011
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On The Download: Mullyman’s Mullyman vs. the Machine Mixtape

Mullyman’s new mixtape, Mullyman vs. the Machine, is sponsored by noted mixtape shouter DJ Whoo Kid, and in New York last night, there was a party and performance hosted by Angela Yee, morning DJ for New York’s Power 105.1. (Reports of Jimmy Jones dancing to “No Hands” should make everybody sad they didn’t go)....
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Listen: The Death Set, “I Miss You Beau Velasco”

February 9, 2011
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Listen: The Death Set, “I Miss You Beau Velasco”

When a band releases its first album after something big and terrible has happened, like the death of a band member, it’s inevitable and natural, if a little morbid, to want to comb through that album listening for clues to how that event informed the music. But the Death Set, whose co-founding member Beau...
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