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2013 Top Ten Stage

December 17, 2013
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2013 Top Ten Stage

1. RED (Everyman Theatre) Bruce Nelson and Eric Berryman are revelatory as Mark Rothko and his assistant, respectively, in John Logan’s play, which deals more seriously with visual art than most visual artists. Donald Hicken’s direction was superb and especially brilliant in staging the “fourth wall” as the paintings Rothko is working on, for...
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2013 Top Ten Local Folk and Country Releases

December 17, 2013
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1. Mole Suit Choir, Campfire Spacesuit (Ehse) 2. Sterling Sisters, Songs for the Donors (self-released) 3. The Country Devils, The Quick and the Don’t Get Any (self-released) 4. June Star, Kill the Lights (self-released) 5. Her Fantastic Cats, Florida (self-released) 6. D.T. Huber, Scorched Earth (self-released) 7. Boister, Your Wound Is Your Crown (self-released)...
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2013 Top Ten Folk and Country Releases

December 17, 2013
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1. Jason Isbell, Southeastern (Southeastern) 2. Valerie June, Pushin’ Against a Stone (June Tunes) 3. Son Volt, Honky Tonk (Rounder) 4. Brandy Clark, 12 Stories (Slate Creek) 5. Guy Clark, My Favorite Picture of You (Dualtone) 6. Robbie Fulks, Gone Away Backward (Bloodshot) 7. Guy Clark, Live from Dixie’s Bar and Bus Stop (May6)...
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2013 Top Ten local Experimental and Avant-Garde Albums

December 17, 2013
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1. Locrian, Return to Annihilation (Relapse) 2. J. Graf, The Future Is a Faded Song (Juneau Palace) 3. Zomes, Time Was (Thrill Jockey) 4. Liz Meredith and John Somers, The Disposition of Vibrant Forms (self-released) 5. Baklavaa, Spiral Cramp (self-released) 6. Matmos, The Marriage of True Minds (Thrill Jockey) 7. Salvia Plath, The Bardo...
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2013 Top Ten Experimental and Avant-Garde Albums

December 17, 2013
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1. Jenny Hval, Innocence Is Kinky (Rune Grammofon) 2. Young Fathers, Tape Two EP (Anticon) 3. Black Host, Life in the Sugar Candle Mines (Northern Spy) 4. Okkyung Lee, Ghil (Ideologic Organ) 5. Matana Roberts, COIN COIN Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile (Constellation) 5. Dead C, Armed Courage (Ba Da Bing) 6. The Thing, Boot...
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2013 Top Ten Local Heavy Albums

December 17, 2013
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1. Locrian, Return to Annihilation (Relapse) 2. Noisem, Agony Defined (A389) 3. Roomrunner, Ideal Cities (Fan Death) 4. Pig Destroyer, Mass & Volume EP (Relapse) 5. Full of Hell, Rudiments of Mutilation (A389) 6. Old Lines, If You See Something, Say Something EP (Reptilian) 7. Cemetery Piss, Such the Vultures Love EP (Cricket Cemetery)...
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2013 Top Ten Heavy Albums

December 17, 2013
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1. Pharmakon, Abandon (Sacred Bones) 2. Carcass, Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast) 3. Locrian, Return to Annihilation (Relapse) 4. Left for Dead, Devoid of Everything (A389) 5. Inter Arma, Sky Burial (Relapse) 6. Exhumed, Necrocracy (Relapse) 7. Noisem, Agony Defined (A389) 8. Nails, Abandon All Life (Southern Lord) 9. Deafhaven, Sunbather (Deathwish) 10. Weekend Nachos,...
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2013 Top Ten Local Jazz Albums

December 17, 2013
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1. Lafayette Gilchrist, The View from Here (Creative Differences) 2. Warren Wolf, Wolfgang (Mack Avenue) 3. Ellery Eskelin, Susan Alcorn, Michael Formanek; Mirage (Clean Feed) 4. Drew Gress, The Sky Inside (Pirouet) 5. Cyrus Chestnut, Soul Brother Cool (WJ3) 6. The Duke Pearson Big Band, Baltimore 1969 (Uptown) 7. Carl Filipiak, Carl Filipiak and...
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2013 Top Ten Jazz Albums

December 17, 2013
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1. Terence Blanchard, Magnetic (Blue Note) 2. The 3 Cohens, Tightrope (Anzic) 3. Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran, Hagar’s Song (ECM) 4. The Wayne Shorter Quartet, Without a Net (Blue Note) 5. Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Functional Arrhythmias (Pi) 6. Randy Weston/Billy Harper, The Roots of the Blues (Sunnyside) 7. Dave Douglas Quintet, Time Travel...
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2013 Top Ten Baltimore Club Tracks

December 17, 2013
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1. Matic808, “Baltimore Train Explosion” (self-released) 2. Say Wut, “Ravens Club Anthem 2013” (self-released) 3. Murder Mark and DJ Angelbaby featuring Porkchop, “Get Pumped in the Club” (self-released) 4. DJ Pierre, “This That Shit Right Here” (self-released) 5. Blaqstarr, “Turn Down for What” (selfreleased) 6. DJ Class featuring Rod Lee, “Represent (Remix)” (Clubkingz Records)...
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2013 Top Ten Dance Tracks

December 17, 2013
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2013 Top Ten Dance Tracks

1. Ylvis, “The Fox” (Parlophone) 2. Zedd featuring Foxes, “Clarity” (Interscope) 3. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky” (Columbia) 4. Britney Spears, “Work Bitch” (RCA) 5. Ellie Goulding, “Burn” (Polydor) 6. The Wanted, “I Found You” (Island) 7. Enrique Iglesias, “Turn the Night Up” (Universal) 8. Lady Gaga, “Applause” (Interscope) 9. Krewella, “Alive”...
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2013 Top Ten Local Hip-Hop Albums

December 17, 2013
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1. Tate Kobang, Hitler Hardaway (self-released) 2. Jay Wyse, Wyse Thoughts Wise Journey 2 (self-released) 3. Los, Becoming King (self-released) 4. Ellis, BMC 2K13: The White Henny Edition (self-released) 5. Rickie Jacobs, Beautiful America EP (self-released) 6. OG Dutch Master, Blue Light District (self-released) 7. True God, Soul Revival II (Team DAR) 8. Brian...
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2013 Top Ten Indie-Rock Releases

December 17, 2013
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1. My Bloody Valentine, mbv (self-released) 2. Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Daze (Matador) 3. Arcade Fire, “Reflektor” (Merge) 4. Foxygen, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (Jagjaguwar) 5. Phosphorescent, Muchacho (Dead Oceans) 6. Bill Callahan, Dream River (Drag City) 7. These New Puritans, Field of Reeds (Infectious) 8....
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2013 Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums

December 17, 2013
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1. Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap (self-released) 2. 2 Chainz, B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME (Def Jam) 3. Kevin Gates, Stranger Than Fiction (Atlantic) 4. Kanye West, Yeezus (Def Jam) 5. Juicy J, Stay Trippy (Taylor Gang/Kemosabe/Columbia) 6. Prodigy and the Alchemist, Albert Einstein (Infamous Records) 7. DJ Mustard, Ketchup (self-released) 8. Meek Mill, Dreamchasers 3...
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2013 Top Ten Local Indie-Rock Releases

December 17, 2013
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1. Zomes, Time Was (Thrill Jockey) 2. Raindeer, Tattoo (Friends) 3. Double Dagger, 333 (Thrill Jockey) 4. Weekends, “Basement Fuzz” (Friends) 5. Roomrunner, Ideal Cities (Fan Death) 6. Holy Ghost Party, Weather Channel (Friends) 7. Wildhoney, “Like Me” (Nostalgium Directive) 8. Soft Cat, Lost No Labor (Human Kindness Overflowing) 9. Adam Lempel and the...
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Red Emma’s set to open in Station North

November 15, 2013
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Red Emma’s set to open in Station North

When we toured Red Emma’s new North Avenue location last summer, the collective had just removed the drop ceilings and uncovered the terrazzo floors. It was starting to look good, but they still had a long way to go. When we stopped by last week, Cullen Nawalkowsky was in the process of stocking the...
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House of Cards makes history with Emmy nods

July 18, 2013
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House of Cards makes history with Emmy nods

Although the first season of  House of Cards left its scheming South Carolina congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his historical legacy in a precarious situation, the show itself just secured its historical importance with nine Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama series, the first time a show released solely on the internet has ever...
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Animal Collective cancels July dates

July 11, 2013
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Animal Collective cancels July dates

 By Michael McGurk Though you might have seen them a month ago at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Animal Collective fans from Maine to Michigan will have to wait a little longer to catch the Baltimore-based experimental rock group. In a statement released today, band members Avey Tare, Deakin, Geologist, and Panda Bear apologetically...
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Martha Stewart wants your American-made stuff

July 5, 2013
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Martha Stewart wants your American-made stuff

You better not pout, you better not cry – and you certainly shouldn’t serve your summer soup without citrus garnish: Martha Stewart’s coming to town. Well, not the style diva herself, but her proxies. Martha Stewart Living editors Hannah Millman and Maeve Nicholson are on a nationwide search for American Made stuff ¬and will...
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Preview: Plasmic Patterns at Baltimore Theatre Project

June 13, 2013
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Preview: Plasmic Patterns at Baltimore Theatre Project

By John Barry Starting Thursday, Baltimore Theatre Project will be hosting Plasmic Patterns, a collaboration between choreographer/dancer Naoko Maeshiba and experimental musician/composer Andy Hayleck. Maeshiba’s pieces have always skirted the lines between theatre and dance and incorporate Noh Theatre elements from her native Japan. Hayleck is a Baltimore-based sound artist and composer, who is...
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