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Noted Bud Light spokesman Pitbull to headline Preakness InfieldFest

February 25, 2013
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Noted Bud Light spokesman Pitbull to headline Preakness InfieldFest

Bud Light pitch man, Walmart master of ceremonies, and sometimes rapper Pitbull will headline the Maryland Jockey Club’s effort to get young people into horse racing without actually seeing a race horse, a.k.a. the 2013 Preakness InfieldFest. We’re not the biggest fans of Pitbull’s music, but we are very much looking forward to lots...
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WTMD’s Baltimore Band Block Party Stirs Up Recher’s Ghost

February 22, 2013
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WTMD’s Baltimore Band Block Party Stirs Up Recher’s Ghost

Serving as a fundraiser and an opportunity for Baltimore bands to compete for a $3,000 Guitar Center gift card and a slot at a future show, 89.7 WTMD’s sold out Thursday night Baltimore Band Block Party featured an appropriately diverse lineup. With each of the billed performers given their own webpage for ticket purchases,...
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Jonathan Richman, philosopher, comes to Golden West

February 22, 2013
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Jonathan Richman, philosopher, comes to Golden West

History has shown that it takes roughly three sentences for an article on Jonathan Richman to mention his ‘naive’, ‘childlike’ persona and lyrical voice.  I just did it in one.  But with Jonathan Richman playing Golden West Cafe on February 23rd and 24th (the second was added after the first sold out in a...
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Double Dagger documentary has a release date

February 21, 2013
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The makers of the documentary on the final days of Baltimore post-punk heroes Double Dagger revealed the film will be released on April 20, Record Store Day. It appears the title has changed from Double Dagger Is Dead to If We Shout Loud Enough, a phrase borrowed from the lyrics of More track “Vivre...
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Brian Ennals has a blue Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013
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Brian Ennals has a blue Valentine’s Day

Severn, Maryland-based rapper Brian Ennals has been slow to trickle out music from his upcoming Candy Cigarettes project since the great “Newport Music” single dropped last year, although the track finally got a video recently. So this week, Ennals unleashed the second single ‘When You Wake Up,” a spleen-venting breakup song, just in time...
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UPDATE: Recher Theatre to become Torrent Lounge

February 13, 2013
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The Recher Theatre, a family-owned rock club in Towson, will close in late March after 15 years.  When it re-opens in September, the large space on York Road will be a nightclub called Torrent Lounge. Brian Recher, who, along with brothers Steve and Scott, transformed the venue from a billiards room in 1998, said...
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Zappa Plays Zappa at Rams Head

February 8, 2013
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There was no way of escaping the fact that the Zappa Plays Zappa show at Rams Head Live last night took place in Baltimore. When the white Fender Olympic Strat guitar that Dweezil Zappa wanted to use for the second song of the set didn’t work, it was like the lights going out during...
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XXL spotlights 10 Baltimore hip-hop acts, making approximately 10 people happy

February 7, 2013
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XXL spotlights 10 Baltimore hip-hop acts, making approximately 10 people happy

A Super Bowl victory is the kind of thing that brings attention to the whole city, even the parts of it that have nothing to with football. So this week, the XXL used the Ravens’ big win as an opportunity to post “10 Baltimore rappers that you need to know.” There are some no-brainers...
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Ron Rico releases “Black History” right on time

February 1, 2013
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Ron Rico releases “Black History” right on time

Ron Rico has long been one of the producers in the city bridging the worlds of hip-hop and Baltimore club music, although his soulful midtempo tracks for MCs like Mike Malachi often bore little similarity to his raucous club tracks. Over the years Rico has dropped verses here and there, but didn’t seem to...
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