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Watch the national television debut of J. Roddy Walston and The Business on VH1

December 27, 2012
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Watch the national television debut of J. Roddy Walston and The Business on VH1

J. Roddy Walston & The Business have long felt like one of Baltimore rock’s best prospects for mainstream success; after all, they are one of the only local bands to have found their way onto 98 Rock playlists, and sound damn good there. Still, it was a little surprising last week to get word...
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Brooks Long and Jumbled Make Christmas Songs for Baltimore

December 20, 2012
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Brooks Long and Jumbled Make Christmas Songs for Baltimore

The search for a modern Christmas song worthy of addition to the canon (besides, of course, that deathless Mariah Carey track) is, perhaps, a fool’s errand. But every 4th quarter, acts big and small continue to toss holiday-themed songs and albums out into the world, and whether they perfectly capture the spirit of the...
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Listening Party: Flock of Dimes

December 19, 2012
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Listening Party FLOCK OF DIMES “(This is Why) I Can’t Wear White” 7-inch (Frenchkiss records) With the recent unveiling of the sugary sweet pop group Dungeonesse, Jenn Wasner, whom most of you know as the guitar-shredding singer of Wye Oak, has doubled up on side projects. It’s exciting to see where Wasner and Jon...
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The Gritty Gang defines Pacquiaoed

December 17, 2012
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The Gritty Gang defines Pacquiaoed

A couple weekends ago, boxer Manny Pacquiao lost a fight to Juan Manuel Marquez, in a non-title bout that had no technical effect on his professional standing, but had a huge effect on his public image: literally overnight, his name went from being synonymous with kicking ass to being synonymous with getting your ass...
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Watch Dan Deacon Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

December 14, 2012
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Last night Dan Deacon, recipient of City Paper’s Best local album of 2012, took the stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform “True Thrush” with his touring ensemble. The camera crew got some pretty sweet shots of Deacon’s interactive iPhone app, flashing lights and all, which Deacon invited viewers at home to use. Watch...
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Unfold Ordinary Mind makes its Baltimore debut at the Windup Space

December 13, 2012
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The recent announcement of Unfold Ordinary Mind, a new quintet led by Ben Goldberg and featuring Nels Cline and Ellery Eskelin, was pretty exciting in and of itself. But even more so, at least in Baltimore, was the news that Creative Differences would be bringing the group here for a performance at the Windup...
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Patti Smith at Rams Head Live!

December 7, 2012
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Patti Smith at Rams Head Live!

Patti Smith and her band lit up the stage at Rams Head last Saturday with grins and youthful energy. At 65, Smith continues to deliver a powerful and genuinely passionate performance. The set started off with “Redondo Beach” off Smith’s debut Horses, and continued into a mix of classics and songs off the new...
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Over the River and Through the Woods: A Trip to See Dope Body and Roomrunner in Harford County

December 6, 2012
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Over the River and Through the Woods: A Trip to See Dope Body and Roomrunner in Harford County

Abingdon is a speck of a town, nestled between Route 40 and Interstate 95 just beyond the banks of the Bush River in Harford County. It is close enough to these major thoroughfares and to the towns of Aberdeen and Bel Air to feel like the byproduct of suburban sprawl but desolate enough to...
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Dan Deacon’s Mashup Wishbook

December 4, 2012
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Monday afternoon, Dan Deacon put a mashup mixtape Wishbook Vol. 1 on his Soundcloud page. He mixes a dizzying number of artists together, as documented in something like a bibliographic algorithm: “Wish Book Volume 1 was made with music made by (in order of appearance): grimes+psy+beach house+skrillex+diplo+nicky da b+dirty projectors+lil wayne+nicki minaj+oneohtrix point never+tune...
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The Metro Gallery holds a fundraiser for Moveable Feast

December 3, 2012
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The Metro Gallery holds a fundraiser for Moveable Feast

On December 1st, World AIDS Day, the Metro Gallery held a fundraiser for Moveable Feast, the Baltimore-based organization that has been providing food and other services to people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions since 1990. As a celebration of an incredibly noble and worthwhile cause, it was an edifying way to spend a...
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