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The Make-Up to headline Apr. 5 Save Your Soul

March 29, 2013
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The Make-Up to headline Apr. 5 Save Your Soul

Save Your Soul is already one of Baltimore’s best dance parties, but getting the legendary, Ian Svenonius-fronted soul-funk-gospel group The Make-Up to perform live takes things up a notch. On Apr. 5, the popular soul night will move from its usual location in the basement of Lithuanian Hall to the grand ballroom upstairs, which...
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“Hand Out My Pocket”

March 28, 2013
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“Hand Out My Pocket”

Eze Jackson, of the hip hop/jazz/experimental band Soul Cannon, just released “Hand Out My Pocket” a new single of solo material. Jackson says that the song, produced by BLKVIITH, is about the “woes of being black, working class, and viewed as a target for the rich to get richer.” You can listen here.
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The Feelies take control at the Ottobar

March 25, 2013
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The Feelies take control at the Ottobar

The Feelies assumed the Ottobar’s stage ten minutes after 9pm on March 23, 2013, a date which will live in famy. According to Wikipedia Famy is, “a fifth class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines.” Five, that’s the number of encores the Feelies played at the Ottobar on March 23rd.  Coincidence?...
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Friend Collector Show Back On

March 25, 2013
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Friend Collector Show Back On

With local underground venue The Bell Foundry canceling some upcoming shows (an unfortunate if familiar situation), bands booked to play the space have been scrambling for other options. Among them are Friend Collector and Curse, who were to kick off a brief East coast tour tonight at The Bell Foundry. After being told the...
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Bangers and Thrash’s 12 best moments of SXSW

March 21, 2013
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Bangers and Thrash’s 12 best moments of SXSW

Photos and text by Josh Sisk. Click on images to see full-size.
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SXSW: Listening in with Kelly Hogan and the mayor of SXSW, Jon Langford

March 21, 2013
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SXSW: Listening in with Kelly Hogan and the mayor of SXSW, Jon Langford

Kelly Hogan’s I Like To Keep Myself in Pain was the best covers album of 2012, a demonstration that punk/new-wave songwriting is as worthy of inspired interpretive singing as the songwriting of any other era. On Thursday afternoon, during the Blurt magazine day party at the Gingerman Pub in downtown Austin, Hogan made the...
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R.I.P. Stevie “Low Key God” Loney

March 21, 2013
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R.I.P. Stevie “Low Key God” Loney

Information has been sparse so far, but the news has been going around town that Steven “Low Key God” Loney, a ubiquitous figure on the Baltimore hip-hop scene for the past two decades, passed away on Sunday, March 17th. Though not a recording artist himself, Loney seemed to show up anywhere grimey underground hip-hop...
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SXSW: True Believers

March 18, 2013
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SXSW: True Believers

In the mid-‘80s, the True Believers were the toast of Austin—a a rock’n'roll quintet that seemed to marry the Border rootsiness of Los Lobos with the power-pop of the Replacements. In 1986, after opening many shows for Los Lobos and Green on Red, the True Believers released a Jim Dickinson-produced, self-released album that was...
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SXSW: Terakaft

March 18, 2013
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SXSW: Terakaft

You hear at lot of complaining from musicians at South by Southwest. They complain about declining CD sales, meager download royalties, dwindling live venues and younger audiences who don’t appreciate “good music” (i.e. their music). But all these complaints seem petty compared to the troubles of the band Terakaft. In the Saharan desert of...
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SXSW: Billy Bragg plays songs from new album, plus one inspired by the Bible

March 15, 2013
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SXSW: Billy Bragg plays songs from new album, plus one inspired by the Bible

“The problem with most protest songs,” Billy Bragg said Wednesday afternoon, “is people spend all their time on the protest and not enough on the song.” The British singer, who has written more than a few protest songs of his own, was standing on the rooftop deck of the Hangar, enjoying the view of...
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SXSW: Barbecue and natural beauty off the beaten path

March 14, 2013
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SXSW: Barbecue and natural beauty off the beaten path

South by Southwest can be a terrific experience in many ways, but it has the effect of dropping a curtain between out-of-towners and the real Texas, which is a pretty mind-boggling place. If you can tear yourself away from the official showcases, panel discussion, day parties and show-biz schmoozing and drive out beyond Austin’s...
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Gurf Morlix and swapping songs at SXSW

March 13, 2013
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Gurf Morlix and swapping songs at SXSW

The Austin music scene has an ambivalent attitude towards the South by Southwest circus that takes over the town for spring-break week every March. On the one hand, they appreciate the attention it brings to the state capital as a major music center, but they resent the way it often eclipses the qualities that...
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SXSW: Danny Boyle talks up new film Trance

March 12, 2013
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SXSW: Danny Boyle talks up new film Trance

On Saturday morning, the British filmmaker Danny Boyle was interviewed before a large theater of South by Southwest badge holders. Boyle couldn’t screen his new movie Trance–the tale of a stolen painting, hypnotism and violent revenge—because the producing studio Pathe had the rights to the world premiere later this month. But Boyle did screen...
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Chris Bivins goes from reality TV to a Jay Verze collaboration

March 11, 2013
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Chris Bivins goes from reality TV to a Jay Verze collaboration

Last summer, the CW network attempted to jump into the post-American Idol gold rush of singing competitions with “The Next,” which went from city to city looking for hometown heroes. I recapped the episode in which the show’s celebrity mentors came to Baltimore, and pop singer Jordan Baird won the night and went on...
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Much Ado About Nothing

March 11, 2013
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Much Ado About Nothing

A few minutes after his new film, Much Ado About Nothing, had finished screening at the South by Southwest Film Conference, Joss Whedon climbed atop a riser in front of the screen. Surrounded by almost all of the film’s large cast, the director explained that he had shot this modern-dress version of William Shakespeare’s...
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Sound City at SXSW

March 10, 2013
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Sound City at SXSW

The South by Southwest Conference got underway yesterday with SXSW Film, one leg of the tripod extravaganza that also features Interactive and Music components. Twenty-two different movie were shown on 13 different screens, and the surest sellout was Sound City, the new documentary by the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. Sound City Studio, located in...
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J. Roddy Walston on band’s switch to ATO

March 7, 2013
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J. Roddy Walston on band’s switch to ATO

As The Sun reported earlier this week, J. Roddy Walston and the Business have joined the Drive By Truckers, Alabama Shakes, and others on the roster of ATO record label. City Paper got in touch with Walston to see what the change means. “We’d actually jumped ship with Vagrant six months or a...
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Watch the music video for Dan Deacon’s “Crash Jam.”

March 7, 2013
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In this Ben O’Brien-directed clip, the manic beats of the America track “Crash Jam” are synced up to bits and pieces of a P90X workout video, speeding the fitness models up to look like spazzed-out windup toys on a sugar rush during strenuous activity or slowing them down during periods of rest or stretching...
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New Beach House video most Lynchian film since Lynch went total TM

March 7, 2013
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A couple weeks ago, The New York Times Magazine wondered if David Lynch had given up film-making for Transcendental Meditation. He made his own music video recently, but local indie due Beach House–along with director Eric Wareheim–out-Lynch Lynch with their new video for “Wishes,” in which Ray Wise, who plays Leland Palmer (Laura Palmer’s...
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Go T-Mac: A YouTube Retrospective of Smash’s Career

March 5, 2013
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After Baltimore rap star “Smash” Taylor sadly, unexpectedly passed away last Friday, and I fast-tracked a brief obituary that ran in this week’s City Paper, I found myself wondering how to best sum up his musical legacy for those who may not have known his music when he was alive. Should the focus be...
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