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Skarr Akbar Finally Unveils His Beautiful Mind

September 30, 2011
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Skarr Akbar Finally Unveils His Beautiful Mind

It’s commonplace for unsigned rappers to keep throwing out free releases on the mixtape circuit for months or years while hyping up their eventual (and, they hope, major label) proper debut album. Baltimore’s Skarr Akbar is no exception, but he’s taken the practice to an unusual extreme, touting the forthcoming album Da Beautiful Mind...
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Oxes Announce New Releases, Hometown Show

September 29, 2011
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Oxes Announce New Releases, Hometown Show

Back in April, we got word of two 12-inch singles, titled “Crunchy Zest” and “Orange Jewelryist,” released in Europe by math-metalheads Oxes. The band also announced some European tour dates, and then we didn’t hear much of anything. No American release for the 12-inches and no stateside, let alone hometown, shows. Well, that has...
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The JACK Quartet Decodes Xenakis At Mobtown Modern Season Opener

September 16, 2011
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The JACK Quartet Decodes Xenakis At Mobtown Modern Season Opener

The name doesn’t come from the phrase: “You don’t know Jack!” It’s an acronym from the first letter of each player’s name. But these knockout young performers may relish the association. After all, they’ve made it their game to advocate challenging repertoire: stuff that’s hard to play and sometimes hard for audiences to take....
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Double Dagger To Call It Quits

September 14, 2011
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Double Dagger To Call It Quits

The local post-hardcore heroes Double Dagger are calling it quits, according to a statement on the band’s site. “As the band got older and grew and changed, the people in it did too, and our individual lives are pulling us towards other pursuits,” the statement, signed by all three members, reads. “With this in...
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Riding Along on Wye Oak’s “Holy” Roller Coaster

September 12, 2011
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Riding Along on Wye Oak’s “Holy” Roller Coaster

A roller coaster ride would be a temptingly lazy metaphor to describe either the soft-loud dynamics of Wye Oak’s songs or the runaway success the Baltimore duo’s third full-length Civilian has enjoyed since its release in March. But the new video for “Holy Holy,” directed by Jeremy Johnstone, features the members of the band...
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Future Islands Unveil New Video For “Balance”

September 1, 2011
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Future Islands Unveil New Video For “Balance”

The plot of the music video for the new Future Islands song, “Balance,” is fairly simple: two love-struck kids thumb rides with little more than a sign that reads “Beach.” But in the same way, say, the Smashing Pumpkins’ video for “1979” was able to capture the doldrums of being a teenager in suburbia,...
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