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Maryland Menace Guests On New Lil Scrappy Album

June 27, 2012
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Maryland Menace Guests On New Lil Scrappy Album

When it’s kind of your job to know the name of any rapper from Maryland that’s making noise, it’s a little surprising to see that some heretofore unknown entity named Maryland Menace appears on the new album from a national star. This week Lil Scrappy, the Atlanta rapper once signed with superstars Lil Jon...
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Rye Rye Gets a Shot at the Cover of Rolling Stone

June 22, 2012
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Rye Rye Gets a Shot at the Cover of Rolling Stone

“Women in rock” pieces have always been a problematic, if not downright offensive, staple of music writing, for reasons that have been articulated better by my female contemporaries than I ever could, perhaps most comprehensively by Maura Johnston. So it’s with mixed feelings that I observed that Rolling Stone is preparing another one of...
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Fiona Apple last night at the Lyric

June 21, 2012
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Fiona Apple last night at the Lyric

The Lyric Opera House is a pretty snazzy place for a rock show – even a sorta non-rock rock show like a Fiona Apple show. Previous to this I’d seen Fiddler on the Roof and a John Waters Christmas show there. The only rock show I’d seen there was a gig by Milkshake, the...
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Video: DDm Pays Tribute To Miss Tony at Baltimore Pride 2012

June 20, 2012
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A couple years ago, I was asked to write a piece for the academic hip-hop journal Words.Beats.Life about gender and sexuality in Baltimore club music, and I invariably focused on the two exceptions in a scene dominated by straight male DJs and performers: the late DJ K-Swift, who was a woman, and the also...
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