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Sonar Hosts Benefit for Local Rapper Darrell “Yuk” Bolling This Thursday

August 30, 2011
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Sonar Hosts Benefit for Local Rapper Darrell “Yuk” Bolling This Thursday

I first met local rapper Darrell “Yuk” Bolling in 2007 while profiling his then-label, For The People Entertainment, for which he recorded as a member of the groups Yuk and Cut and Squadre Committee. Since then, the rapper also known as Mr. Livewire has been active as a solo artist, currently recording with B-More...
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Hurricane Irene Washes Away the Silopanna Music Festival

August 26, 2011
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Hurricane Irene Washes Away the Silopanna Music Festival

Tomorrow’s event at the Anne Arundel County fairgrounds is off, with organizers citing the big you-know-what presently lapping at the Georgia coast. “We have been watching the weather very closely this week,” says Kyle Muehlhauser, president of the Rams Head Group, in a press blast. “Safety for the fans, bands, staff and volunteers is...
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Girl Talk, Dan Deacon: All the Same Thing to Stephen Malkmus

August 26, 2011
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Girl Talk, Dan Deacon: All the Same Thing to Stephen Malkmus

Former Pavement lead singer and ‘90s slacker avatar Stephen Malkmus sees a double standard in his inability to name his new album with his band the Jicks L.A. Guns and the pervasive use of sampling. Malkmus had been advised by his record company’s lawyers that L.A. Guns, the glam band, might sue him if...
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Songwriting Legend Jerry Leiber, 1933 – 2011

August 23, 2011
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Songwriting Legend Jerry Leiber, 1933 – 2011

Jerry Leiber, who was born and raised in Baltimore before becoming one of the greatest lyricists in rock ‘n ‘roll history, died of cardio-pulmonary failure in Los Angeles Monday. He was 78. Leiber’s lyrics, almost always set to music by his longtime partner Mike Stoller, were recorded by Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin,...
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Alto Verde Get in the College-Rock Time Machine With “Paul Westerberg”

August 18, 2011
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Alto Verde Get in the College-Rock Time Machine With “Paul Westerberg”

Alto Verde is the latest band fronted by longtime Baltimore rock fixture Andy Bopp, whose history includes Love Nut’s brief major label tenure in the ’90s as well as the long-running solo project Myracle Brah. Anchored by bassist Kris Heath, also of local powerpoppers Gary B. and the Notions, and drummer Nicholas Bertling, the...
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On the Download: DDm, TV Killed the Radio Star

August 11, 2011
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On the Download: DDm, TV Killed the Radio Star

Rapper DDm, previously known as Dappa Dan Midas (though everybody called him Midas) just put out his EP, TV Killed the Radio Star. In a little over 16 and a half minutes, DDm impersonates a rowdy group of kindergartners, raps over the theme from Martin, concocts a maddeningly catchy in that weird Lil B...
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Steely Dan Brings The Show Biz Kids To Merriweather Post Pavilion

August 3, 2011
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Steely Dan Brings The Show Biz Kids To Merriweather Post Pavilion

Steely Dan is one of the few bands in rock history, alongside the Beatles and R.E.M., that reached its creative and commercial peak during a period when it was purely a studio act, opting out of touring altogether. Steely Dan’s founding braintrust of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen stayed off the road from 1975...
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