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Jazzfest Day Two: Charles Bradley shows how it’s done

April 28, 2013
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Jazzfest Day Two: Charles Bradley shows how it’s done

The problem with a lot of retro R&B acts is that whenever they sing, they sound more in love with their record collection than with the lover they’re supposedly addressing. You get the sense that they’re more worried about sounding like their heroes than they are about convincing a wayward spouse to come home....
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Beach House return with a killer hometown show. . . finally

April 27, 2013
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  On Friday night Beach House, perhaps the biggest active band to emerge from Baltimore’s music scene, performed to a packed crowd at the Lyric Opera House, their first time performing in their hometown in three years. Now let’s stop right there. It is at this point in the review I must reveal something...
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Jazzfest Day One: Battle of the Dr. John bands

April 26, 2013
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The news out of New Orleans in January was surprising. At the end of 2012, the year Locked Down became his first top-40 album since 1973 and won a Grammy for Blues Album of the Year, Dr. John (a.k.a. Mac Rebennack) fired his longtime band, the Lower 911, and managers. Both the singer-pianist and...
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Cris Jacobs sit-in highlights Greensky Bluegrass appearance at Soundstage

April 23, 2013
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Cris Jacobs sit-in highlights Greensky Bluegrass appearance at Soundstage

Having played the first two shows of their current tour with opening sets and sit-ins by Baltimore native Cris Jacobs, the guys in hard touring Michigan new-grass outfit Greensky Bluegrass were excited to bring the collaboration to Baltimore Soundstage Friday. “Beyond being a great musician, is really fun to hang out with, so...
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Dangerously Delicious Pies hosts honky tonk show to benefit Boston

April 20, 2013
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Dangerously Delicious Pies hosts honky tonk show to benefit Boston

On Sunday, April 21 Dangerously Delicious Pies will host a concert in Canton Square to raise money for charities helping those affected by the bombing of the Boston Marathon. The line-up of country, alt-country, honky tonk, and rockabilly bands includes the Highballers (pictured), Carrie and The Dirty Pillows, Danny Kay, Robert Fireball Mitchell, and...
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Snarky Puppy bring skill, panache to the 8×10

April 18, 2013
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Snarky Puppy bring skill, panache to the 8×10

Appearing Wednesday night at Federal Hill’s 8×10 armed with an excess of technical talent, Texas based jazz/dance/fusion/world collective Snarky Puppy served clear notice in just how criminally unrecognized they are within the spectrum of popular music. Of course, meandering instrumental songs will never be as accessible as simplistic tracks with vocals, but in an...
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Secret Mountains will stay together despite singer’s departure

April 18, 2013
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Secret Mountains will stay together despite singer’s departure

Almost immediately after Secret Mountains released Rainer, the band’s first full-length album, singer Kelly Laughlin told The Sun that she was leaving the band, which she and songwriter/guitarist Jeffrey Silverstein founded as a folky duo in 2008. The band quickly evolved into a six-piece psych-rock band fueled by Laughlin’s powerful voice. But with Silverstein...
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Labtekwon is “Post-skatepunk/Ghettoclectic” in new video

April 11, 2013
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In the introduction to his new video “Post-Skatepunk/Ghettoclectic” the brilliant and eccentric rapper Labtekwon (Back to the Lab, Feature, Aug. 29, 2012) says “I love my black skin and natty hair. I like cereal” over an image of him eating what I guess is cereal. He goes on to say that he is a...
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Conventions Untied

April 8, 2013
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The idea of presenting modern and contemporary art music in more informal spaces is not a new one, neither nationally or locally. However, it seems that the forward-thinking organizers always manage to import one or two stuffy holdovers from academia. Not so on Saturday night, April 6 at the Coward Shoe for the premier...
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James Nasty turns “Orioles Magic” into a club banger

April 5, 2013
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On your way to Opening Day? Take the time to get pumped up with producer James Nasty’s fresh take on the classic team anthem “Orioles Magic.” Nasty recasts the song as a pounding, bass-heavy stomp that includes the signature “O-R-I-O-L-E-S” chorus  as a chant that would blow the lid off Oriole Park at Camden...
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Live Review: Best Coast

April 5, 2013
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Live Review: Best Coast

“Do you remember rock ‘n roll radio?” The Ramones, Jan and Dean and MBV? It seems that Best Coast does. But, perhaps more importantly, lead singer Bethany Cosentino recalls the storied ’90s sitcom Martin. After noting that her reference to Martin Lawrence’s Fox program might be a bit old for a majority of people...
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Wildhoney releases new track in advance of Baltimore Popfest performance

April 3, 2013
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Wildhoney releases new track in advance of Baltimore Popfest performance

The inaugural Baltimore Popfest at the Charm City Art Space, which I wrote about in this week’s City Paper, features many performers from far flung locations, but only a couple local combos. One of them, Wildhoney, has only been playing shows for a year, but has quickly made an impression around town with loud...
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Schwarz’s new song and video will make your day better

April 3, 2013
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On Monday, local producer Schwarz debuted the music video for his latest club track “U R Beautiful,” wherein he earnestly tells listeners “I want y’all to stop for a minute/ and just think about how fucking beautiful you are” and that “anybody telling you anything different right now is full of fucking shit/ Y’all...
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Q&A: Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino talks old-school country, confessional songwriting, and bench pressing

April 1, 2013
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In 2010 Best Coast surprised everyone, including themselves, with the runaway success of their debut Crazy for You. Its blast of catchy, lo-fi guitar pop caught many an ear, including power pop legend and Kanye West co-producer Jon Brion, who produced the band’s second album The Only Place. With a new polished sound, Best...
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