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Kill (or at Least Sweat) For Metal

May 29, 2007
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Kill (or at Least Sweat) For Metal

(All photos by Frank Hamilton) Our dirty little secret: We did not make it through all 33 bands spread across all three days of this year’s Maryland Deathfest at Sonar. With only slices of pizza and $3 Cokes on site for sustenance, our live report had to be tempered with periodic trips for vegetable-based...
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Music Perhaps Not Destroyed by Recording

April 26, 2007
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Between watching old episodes of America’s Top 10 with Casey Kasem from 1989 on YouTube, we discovered this clip of Lungfish performing “Armageddon” at a Philly hole in the wall circa 1998. The sound quality gets pretty distorted if you turn it up too loud and the image/music sync isn’t the best, but c’mon....
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British Hype Bands Love Soft Rock, Baltimore Abstract Noize

April 26, 2007
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British Hype Bands Love Soft Rock, Baltimore Abstract Noize

So we’re reading web zine Pitchfork over our morning coffee, and we open the recurring “Guest List” feature where the site gets current indie-rock hot commodities to talk about their favorite songs, video games, or flavors of Altoids, and we get smacked with this at the top of a list from Klaxons guitarist Simon...
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Senator in Hospital

April 6, 2007
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Senator in Hospital

There’s sad news circulating around the internet right now that Landis Expandis, drummer and lead vocalist for Baltimore’s long-running and much beloved funk-rock party band the All-Mighty Senators, is currently in the hospital undergoing dialysis for renal failure. Like most professional or semipro musicians hit with major medical expenses, this will undoubtedly be an...
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In Da (Rock) Club

March 29, 2007
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In Da (Rock) Club

(All photos by Frank Hamilton) It’s probably a measure of how much we love the Death Set that we were willing to pay $10 for what we knew would be a 10-minute set–15 on the outside. That’s a dollar a minute; even Netflix and iTunes offer more value for money. But this was the...
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Booze, Beaded Curtains, and Bongos, Oh My

March 16, 2007
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It was a dark and stormy night when we ventured down to Power Plant Live!, whose excessive exclamation point continues to annoy us like a drunk insisting we’re not having enough fun. OK, it wasn’t exactly “stormy,” but it was pissing rain and the temperature had dropped about 30 degrees in four hours. It...
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Hey, You: Go to This Show

March 7, 2007
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Hey, You: Go to This Show

| Image by Holy Mountain Blues Control, Chris Grier, Snacks, and Beastmaster, at the Bank, 2013 Frederick Ave., Thursday, March 8, 9:30 P.M. Occasionally, there are live musical events that we’d like to single out for special appreciation, or that show up on our radar too late in the game to make it into...
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Sales Figures

February 6, 2007
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Sales Figures

Last week, sex-happy foursome Pretty Ricky–less an R&B boy band than four pairs of blue balls come to life–did the world a solid by keeping mimsy-ass indie-pop schlockmeisters the Shins off the top of the Billboard Hot 100, proving once again that while you can’t teach teenagers good taste, at least their natural affinity...
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Talk Talk

February 5, 2007
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Talk Talk

| Image by Frank Hamilton | Image by Frank Hamilton People are going to start to think that Noise is on Wham City’s proverbial and collective dick, but really, we just went out to see Beach House for an early show before jetting a few blocks over to Sonar for the world-famous Beatnuts, one...
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Jazz Hands

January 31, 2007
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Jazz Hands

The swinging corporate overlords of the Paetec Corporation. | Image by www.paetec.com This morning Noise went to City Hall. Not one of our usual haunts–we only break out the suit when someone dies or, worse, gets married–so it was nice to do a little reporting from a place that wasn’t a band’s practice space/flophouse....
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Whamtastic

January 30, 2007
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Whamtastic

| Image by Frank Hamilton So this past Friday night, Noise braved the cold and our own fears about aging to head to Sonar’s Taxlo party for the second or third or 15th installment of local sugar-shocked art/music/weird kids collective Wham City turning the club stage into its own satellite loft party. With candles...
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897 Songs and “Vengabus” Probably Nowhere Among Them

January 26, 2007
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So WTMD, 89.7 FM, has announced its “most ambitious countdown ever”: the 897 “greatest” songs of all time, chosen by you, loyal WTMD listeners and people who presumably own more than 10 records. While we’re normally suspicious of any kind of consensus “best of” lists–banality of organized democracy and all–especially one that stands a...
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You Know They Had Soul

January 25, 2007
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The Scottie B haul at the True Vine reminded us of this great site, the kind of specialized, obsessive cataloging that’s exactly why Al Gore blessed our lives with internet, the sort of deep crates research that a decade ago would have been confined to a photocopied zine that approximately 35 people got a...
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Club Music Legend Dumps Entire Record Library

January 22, 2007
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And City Paper music editor basically forfeits his paycheck for the next six months. A little birdie–OK, an e-mail from True Vine Records co-proprietor and erstwhile CP contributor Ian Nagoski–has informed us that a certain legendary figure in the local DJ community and club music industry has unloaded his entire collection of vintage (think...
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The Love Child of Electric Light Orchestra, Too $hort, the Aphex Twin, and Don Cherry

January 16, 2007
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If nuclear warheads were minutes away from turning the Cheesecake Factory and Best Buy to cinders and we had time to save only one local musician for City Paper‘s fallout shelter–canned vegetables and AA batteries don’t come cheap, you know–it’d probably be Blaq Starr. No offense to anyone else, of course: We’re just big...
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YouTube: A Reason to Go On Living

January 3, 2007
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In this year’s Best of Baltimore issue we hipped you to the trend for young Baltimoreans equipped with just a digital-video camera and a stereo posting clips of themselves busting moves to B-more club music on YouTube. All it took to uncover this world–complete with Eastside/Westside dance crew beef and plenty of indecipherable netspeak...
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