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Noise: Mullyman combines Prince loops and Ravens pride on “Purple Reign”

January 24, 2013
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Noise: Mullyman combines Prince loops and Ravens pride on “Purple Reign”

Every year, rappers with an NFL franchise in their city get pumped up about making anthems for the home team, especially since Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa topped the charts with “Black And Yellow” just as the Steelers were headed to the Super Bowl last year. Baltimore rappers are no exception, and there have been a...
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The importance of being miserable: Morrissey’s moping as pop subversion

January 16, 2013
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The importance of being miserable: Morrissey’s moping as pop subversion

Thirty years ago, the world’s most pronounced post-Presley pompadour came into prominence on the posterior of a scandalously erotic single.  Within a day of being released, “Hand In Glove” went platinum, because everybody can appreciate a lovely ass regardless of what gender it is on, and Morrissey lived happily ever after. Or the single...
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DJ AngelBaby jumps into the Baltimore club mixtape game

January 14, 2013
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DJ AngelBaby jumps into the Baltimore club mixtape game

Some Baltimoreans may feel a strange, perhaps unpleasant sense of déjà vu when laying eyes on DJ AngelBaby’s Get Pumped Vol. 1. A mix CD of Baltimore club music by a popular female on-air personality from 92Q, distributed by the local retail chain Downtown Locker Room, can’t help but bring to mind the dozens...
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Gary B and the Notions cook up new song and unexpected remixes

January 10, 2013
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Gary B and the Notions cook up new song and unexpected remixes

It was only last spring that Baltimore rockers Gary B & The Notions released their latest album, the excellent How Do We Explode, but they decided to close out 2012 with a little more new music on the Cheri EP. The title track is a worthy addition to the canon of Gary Barrett songs...
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