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Stream Wye Oak’s new album “Shriek”

April 23, 2014
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Stream Wye Oak’s new album “Shriek”

Wye Oak’s new album, Shriek, doesn’t come out until April 29, but the fine folks at NPR have a stream of the album on their site, which you can listen to here. Our cover story this week looks at the band’s new direction. Give it a read while listening to their terrific new album.
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Soft rock-loving hipsters and baby boomers rejoice! Pier Six hosts back-to-back nights of smooth jams

April 14, 2014
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Soft rock-loving hipsters and baby boomers rejoice! Pier Six hosts back-to-back nights of smooth jams

In one of the more inspired bookings of the year, Pier Six Pavilion has stacked concerts by Steely Dan and Hall & Oates on consecutive nights, Sept. 17 and 18 respectively. So many smooth jams, you guys. Given Pier Six’s idyllic waterfront setting, these shows offer the rare opportunity for yuppies to dance to...
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Dan Deacon to join Diplo at this year’s Mad Decent Block Party

April 11, 2014
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Dan Deacon to join Diplo at this year’s Mad Decent Block Party

In years past, the Mad Decent Block Party, the annual concert tour put on by producer Diplo’s imprint, has featured the dancehall-charged music of Major Lazer, Canadian dubstep duo Zeds Dead, and oddball rap sensation Riff Raff on its lineup card when it stopped at Merriweather Post Pavilion. You can now add local electronic...
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African American Festival has the theme “Happy,” a lineup featuring Johnny Gill and Brandy

April 2, 2014
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African American Festival has the theme “Happy,” a lineup featuring Johnny Gill and Brandy

Rarely — and we mean rarely — do we get excited when a press release from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pops into our inbox. But when we clicked on the release announcing the lineup for the  38th Annual African American Festival and saw the festival’s theme was “Happy,” we scrolled down with anticipation, thinking the...
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Wye Oak debuts a new music video for “The Tower.”

April 2, 2014
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The folks over at Stereogum have the premiere of Wye Oak’s new video for “The Tower,” the lead single off their forthcoming album Shriek, due out April 29 on Merge. In the video, locals Ben O’Brien and Cricket Arrison star as a high-stepping, happy-go-lucky pair of painters who lead a group dance with a...
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Peabody soprano breaks a window with her voice

April 1, 2014
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Peabody soprano breaks a window with her voice

Last Friday, Peabody Institute soprano Tammie Woods was practicing the aria in Act One of Verdi’s Il Trovatore when the operatic equivalent of the hole-in-one happened: she broke a pane of glass in one of the studio’s windows. It didn’t shatter right then and there in the frame, but Woods had developed enough vocal power...
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Darkroom Productions returns with a new single from Diablo

April 1, 2014
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Darkroom Productions returns with a new single from Diablo

Darkroom Productions, the local duo that produced music for The Wire and created the Hamsterdam mixtapes, is back after a long absence with a new track by Diablo Flamez featuring Rolls Royce Rizzy. In an email, Juan Donovan Bell, who launched Darkroom with partner Jamal Roberts, explains the layoff between releases: “To be brief,...
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“Pumpkin Dance” + Future Islands = Best new version of The Herring

March 28, 2014
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“Pumpkin Dance” + Future Islands = Best new version of The Herring

As you’ve probably read here and elsewhere, Future Islands’ performance on Letterman became something of an internet sensation, spawning .gifs of frontman Samuel T. Herring’s hip-swiveling dance moves, which came to be known as “The Herring” on Pitchfork and other places, and gaining the Baltimore synth-pop band a legion of new fans. Below, we...
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Video Americain sale extended to March 21, possibly later

March 17, 2014
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Video Americain sale extended to March 21, possibly later

The Roland Park location of Video Americain, the beloved video store with a deep collection that inspired both customers and clerks to learn more about film (read our oral history from this week’s paper), has extended the sale of its remaining stock until March 21. Initially, owners Barry and Annie Solan were going to...
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That time the liquor board chairman quoted the Smiths

March 14, 2014
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That time the liquor board chairman quoted the Smiths

Politicians and public officials often try to co-opt songs and pop culture references when they’re on the campaign trail. It makes them “relatable” or something. It’s rarer to see a public official cite lyrics when referencing a matter of the law; rarer still is a public official using the lyrics of a band as...
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Open Walls Baltimore 2 comes to Station North this spring and summer

March 11, 2014
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Open Walls Baltimore 2 comes to Station North this spring and summer

Open Walls Baltimore, the project bringing together local and international street artists to create large murals in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, is set to bring 15 new works this spring and summer. Artists from as far away as Finland and Peru are coming to the city to paint murals “to produce...
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I’m Throwing My Arms Around Baltimore: Morrissey to play the Meyerhoff in June

February 14, 2014
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I’m Throwing My Arms Around Baltimore: Morrissey to play the Meyerhoff in June

Former Smiths frontman and master of mope Morrissey has given the best Valentine’s Day gift of all to his forlorn fans in Charm City: a headlining show at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on June 10. Tickets go on sale Feb. 21 at noon through Ticketmaster and box offices at both the 9:30 Club and...
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Lorde to headline Preakness InfieldFest

February 5, 2014
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Lorde to headline Preakness InfieldFest

Lorde, the 17-year-old New Zealand pop singer best known for the anti-materialistic hit song “Royals,” will headline this year’s Infield Fest at Preakness, held May 17 at Pimlico Race Course during the second leg of the Triple Crown. “Royals” racked up two Grammy awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance,...
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart to headline second Baltimore Popfest

February 3, 2014
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart to headline second Baltimore Popfest

Last year, in its inaugural edition, the Baltimore Popfest got The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s lead singer, Kip Berman, to play a solo set. For the 2014 show, the full band (pictured) will top a bill that also includes Eternal Summers, Literature, Sapphire Mansions, and locals Wildhoney and Expert Alterations, whose drummer,...
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Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne coming to the Sound Garden next week

February 3, 2014
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Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne coming to the Sound Garden next week

It’s pretty cool that a band as out there as the Flaming Lips can headline a place as big as Merriweather Post Pavilion, but such a venue doesn’t exactly scream “intimate setting.” So if you’ve ever wanted to get a bit more up close and personal with consummate weirdo, Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, you’ll...
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Want to see Wye Oak in D.C.? There’s a party bus for that.

January 31, 2014
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Want to see Wye Oak in D.C.? There’s a party bus for that.

With no hometown date scheduled yet for an upcoming tour in support of their new album, Shriek, out April 29, local duo Wye Oak (now featuring less guitar) is instead giving Baltimore fans the option of riding a party bus to and from their May 6 gig at the 9:30 Club. A few quick...
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Future Islands set to release new album in March

January 8, 2014
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Future Islands set to release new album in March

Local synth-pop trio Future Islands have a new album, titled Singles, due out March 25, according to a post on Pitchfork. The band has left the Chicag0-based, Baltimore-supporting label Thrill Jockey to release the album on the venerable outfit 4AD. You’re sure to catch a lot of these new tunes at the group’s Floristree...
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Beach House leads an all-star group of local and national musicians in a performance of Gene Clark’s No Other

December 3, 2013
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Beach House leads an all-star group of local and national musicians in a performance of Gene Clark’s No Other

Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally of Beach House have put together an all-star, Last Waltz-but-indie lineup for a limited run of four performances of Gene Clark’s  solo album No Other in its entirety, with a show scheduled for January 23 at Floristree. A founding member of the Byrds, Clark released the album in 1974 to...
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Live review: John Fogerty at the Lyric

November 7, 2013
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Live review: John Fogerty at the Lyric

In an interview with The Washington Post last week, John Fogerty said this of his days at the helm of the pioneering ’60s and ’70s swamp rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival: “I was sort of an unstoppable force.” He was talking about the CCR’s creative efficiency in its six-year stretch. But seeing him work...
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Live review: Pearl Jam at the Baltimore Arena

October 28, 2013
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Live review: Pearl Jam at the Baltimore Arena

It seemed unlikely that threads of rock ‘n roll history as disparate as Fugazi and Ted Nugent could be tied together neatly in one show, but they were on Sunday night at the Baltimore Arena, at the first Charm City date in Pearl Jam’s 23-year history. The first thread came, not with tributes to...
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