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What does it mean to be American? One photographer, in town this weekend, aims to find out

March 14, 2014
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What does it mean to be American? One photographer, in town this weekend, aims to find out

Before I had the chance to ask Shelia Pree Bright a question, she had one for me: “What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century?” That’s what the Atlanta-based photographer is asking people interested in being photographed with the flag of the United States of America for her current project...
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Peter Walker plays the Windup Space Feb. 8

February 7, 2014
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Peter Walker plays the Windup Space Feb. 8

About a minute and a half into the song “Me and My Lady,” the solitary acoustic guitar powering it starts producing notes that sound like they’re tripping over each other in a torrid rush. This pulse-fluttering sound is a striking counterpoint to the lyrics of this sprightly folk song, which opens with the cloyingly...
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Max Eilbacher plays release show for his new Red Anxiety Tracers

October 18, 2013
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Max Eilbacher plays release show for his new Red Anxiety Tracers

It can be easy to overlook the fact that local artist, filmmaker, and musician Max Eilbacher has as deft touch with amorphous ooze. Since 2006 he’s been a member of Needle Gun (video below), a noise-soaked group that swerves from knee-buckling punches to throat to tribal séances to the ruckus of two old television...
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Tim Berne’s Snakeoil presents new album at Windup tonight

October 10, 2013
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Tim Berne’s Snakeoil presents new album at Windup tonight

The prickly friction of fingers moving over a taut drumhead and the rhythmic purr of what sounds like a stick being dragged over something metallic creates a charged spaciousness in the opening minutes of “Son of Not So Sure,” the lead-off track on Shadow Man (ECM), the new album from Tim Berne’s Snakeoil. Drummer/percussionist...
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Ten-piece Lubbock hits stage for first time in over a year

July 9, 2013
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Ten-piece Lubbock hits stage for first time in over a year

Adam Hopkins returns to Baltimore this week for a rare appearance of Lubbock, the ten-piece ensemble he co-founded with trumpeter Dave Ballou in 2010. Lubbock plays at the Windup Space July 10 with a pair of New York acts, the trio You Too and the duo Blister. It is Lubbock’s first appearance in more...
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Sight Unseen, Open Space considering future plans

July 1, 2013
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Sight Unseen, Open Space considering future plans

Sight Unseen—the year-old roaming experimental film/video and expanded cinema series founded and programmed by artists/curators Lorenzo Gattorna, Margaret Rorison, and Kate Ewald—reports that it is considering partnering with Open Space, the artists-run gallery damaged by a fire in March, during its current search to find a permanent home base/exhibition space. The film series originally planned to hold its June program,...
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Roomrunner and Dope Body Move To Own Baltimore Rock in 2012 with New Releases

May 18, 2012
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Roomrunner and Dope Body Move To Own Baltimore Rock in 2012 with New Releases

Barely a minute and a half into “Road Dog,” the second track on Dope Body’s Drag City debut Natural History, and guitarist Zachary Utz has already unleashed a handful of different guitar sounds. There’s the squelching scratches that mark the opening chug of the song’s first 30 or so seconds. There’s the zig-zag streaks...
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Q&A: Local Composer David Smooke on the League of the Unsound Sound, March 20 at the Windup Space

March 17, 2011
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Q&A: Local Composer David Smooke on the League of the Unsound Sound, March 20 at the Windup Space

On Sunday night the latest experimental music endeavor with firm Baltimore roots makes it local debut. Co-organized and -founded by local composer and musician David Smooke, the League of the Unsound Sound is a loose ensemble dedicated not only to exploring new composed music and improvisation, but to advocating for both of those camps...
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Amy Domingues Goes Baroque March 2 at Grace and St. Peter’s Church

March 1, 2011
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Amy Domingues Goes Baroque March 2 at Grace and St. Peter’s Church

Indie-rock fans of a certain generation might recognize the name Amy Domingues. Yes, the longtime Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia cellist was one half of the dreamy chamber pop duo Garland of Hours and the bombastic trio Telegraph Melts with Bob Massey, an erstwhile City Paper contributor, but she’s also been the go-to cellist for regional...
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Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra Recording Live Album at An die Musik Jan. 7

January 5, 2011
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Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra Recording Live Album at An die Musik Jan. 7

One great reason to catch the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra when it performs Jan. 7 at An die Musik: The bass clarinetist’s original tunes and the top-notch, lively musicians in the orchestra deliver one of the most satisfying big-band sounds in the region. Another great reason: The orchestra’s two sets will be recorded for...
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Out of Your Head Launches Guest-Artist Kickstarter Campaign

December 30, 2010
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Out of Your Head

Local improvisation organization Out of Your Head Collective just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for a guest-artist series in anticipation of its two-year anniversary in March (see fundraising video, above). The collective, founded by Quartet Offensive bassist Adam Hopkins and guitarist Matt Frazao, has put on weekly Tuesday night concerts at the...
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The Red Room’s “130% Surround Sound” Series Debuts Tonight, 8:30 p.m.

August 5, 2010
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The Red Room Collective kicks off a new series tonight dedicated to four-channel sound works. Titled “130% Surround Sound” and curated by musical chameleon Tom Boram, the series capitalizes on the Red Room’s recent upgrades and refurbishment. “The Red Room bought a new PA last year and we decided to keep the old one,”...
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Ehse on Ice, Part Deux

July 9, 2010
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Ehse on Ice, Part Deux

Back in February local out-sounds label Ehse Records organized one of the best things to put on ice since whiskey. The inaugural Ehse on Ice party hit the Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro Skating Rink at Patterson Park Feb. 26 and featured performances by Sky Crab, Secret Secrets, and a mirthfully bonkers set from the always...
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Preview: Hole at the 9:30 Club, June 27

June 25, 2010
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Preview: Hole at the 9:30 Club, June 27

For good and bad, Courtney Love the public figure can’t take a backseat to her band Hole’s comeback third–or fourth–act. Since a not embarrassing appearance at SXSW and the uniformly unimpressed response to the new album, the media’s love affair with Love the walking entertainment blog fodder has kept her almost continuously in the...
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Cirque de la Symphonie and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, March 11

March 13, 2010
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One totally hairless gold man is supporting another hairless gold man entirely with his neck. No joke: Atop a platform placed front and center on the Meyerhoff stage, two male acrobats clad in goldish trunks and tinted with golden body paint, slowly move through a series of poses that this writer couldn’t pull off...
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Whispers for Wolves, J. Graf, Weyes Bluhd, Owen Gardner, Salamander Wool at Hexagon Jan. 20

January 19, 2010
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Here at Baltimore’s Most Continuing-2009′s-Furlough-Days-in-the-Twenty-Ten Alternative Weekly, production weeks abridged due to holidays or furlough days or furloughed holidays, such as Martin Luther King Jr. day Jan. 18, means sometimes shows/events announced late in the production cycle sadly get overlooked by the print edition—such as this Friday, Jan. 22 show at the Hexagon. The...
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Jemina Pearl at the G-Spot Nov. 2

October 30, 2009
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Jemina Pearl at the G-Spot Nov. 2

For four years and two albums Nashville’s Be Your Own Pet tore through garage punk with the sort of brashness that only teenagers can deliver. The quartet delivered everything at the frenetic clip of young people trying to live before they got old or the Jolt cola ran out—whichever came first. The blonde-haired personality...
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Robe Trotters: Sunn0))) at Sonar, Sept. 23

September 25, 2009
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Robe Trotters: Sunn0))) at Sonar, Sept. 23

| Image by Josh Sisk Guitars are rock’s phallic object, but volume remains its big dick. Ever since the Who hit 126 dB in the late 1970s, the loudness = greatness paradigm is both a joke and operating cliché, as pushing decibel levels became metal’s concert Everest even though “softer” bands–see: My Blood Valentine,...
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Know Your Product: Abby Mott, Go West! Get East! (self-released)

September 18, 2009
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Know Your Product: Abby Mott, Go West! Get East! (self-released)

Four songs. That’s the problem with beguiling songstress Abby Mott’s new EP Go West! Get East!: it’s only four songs. Yes, a mere four tracks that don’t even crack the 20-minute mark in total running time from the supercute vixen with the golden pipes who wrote and recorded her 2007 debut Hearts a’Flutter all...
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Above and Beyoncé: 1st Mariner Arena, June 23, 2009

June 24, 2009
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Above and Beyoncé: 1st Mariner Arena, June 23, 2009

| Image by Frank Hamilton “I AM…YOURS”: these were the last words to leave the mouth of Beyoncé Knowles Tuesday night at the 1st Mariner Arena, and the final message projected onto the gigantic video screen behind the band. It was both a gracious thank you to her fans, whom she left screaming as...
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