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Stream the New Beach House Record Right Now for Free

May 9, 2012
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Stream the New Beach House Record Right Now for Free

On Sunday night, the fine folks at National Public Radio uploaded a free stream of Beach House’s Bloom, the local duo’s fourth album and its first since the breakthrough success of 2010’s Teen Dream. A first listen reveals an album that feels like a natural extension of Teen Dream, with tightly layered keys, guitar,...
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Blaqstarr Is Still Making the Weirdest R&B (New Track)

March 6, 2012
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Blaqstarr Is Still Making the Weirdest R&B (New Track)

Blaqstarr dropped a new track yesterday (via his label Interscope) and there’s nothing Baltimore club about it. Which isn’t a big surprise; dude’s been onto something more for a while, even when you could properly call him a club producer. This is like a new strain of anti-R&B—lo-fi backgroundy production, a kind of “just...
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Lend the Pilgrim a Hand With Its Debut Album On Kickstarter

January 5, 2012
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Lend the Pilgrim a Hand With Its Debut Album On Kickstarter

I’ve seen some powerfully bullshit Kickstarter pleas over the past year or so from bands you will never hear of, wanting, like, major label-style money to record a debut record and various things several miles past the border of self-obsessed self-indulgence, but there’s also a flip-side to that of the young, talented band needing...
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Enjoy This New Super-Slick, Bizarrely Violent Video From Bosley, Or Don’t

January 4, 2012
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Enjoy This New Super-Slick, Bizarrely Violent Video From Bosley, Or Don’t

Bosley, a young white hipster soul singer-slash-persona from Baltimore, tried to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter for this video, in which said performer walks around shooting people on Old Town Mall indiscriminately. It’s supposed to be a metaphor, I guess, though as far as metaphors go–and most anything else, for that matter–it has all the sophistication...
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An die Musik Is Closed Temporarily

November 11, 2011
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An die Musik Is Closed Temporarily

We were kinda worried that it was going to be worse: The jazz and classical venue‘s phone has been turned off since early in the week, after a Sunday night show cancelled. E-mails to club owner Henry Wong were bouncing back, and e-mails about cancelled and/or moved shows had started rolling in. The thing...
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Hurricane Irene Washes Away the Silopanna Music Festival

August 26, 2011
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Hurricane Irene Washes Away the Silopanna Music Festival

Tomorrow’s event at the Anne Arundel County fairgrounds is off, with organizers citing the big you-know-what presently lapping at the Georgia coast. “We have been watching the weather very closely this week,” says Kyle Muehlhauser, president of the Rams Head Group, in a press blast. “Safety for the fans, bands, staff and volunteers is...
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The Hexagon Space Is Closed

May 25, 2011
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The Hexagon Space Is Closed

Last week, the Hexagon Space, the Station North DIY gallery/music venue, announced it would be shutting down as of July 1. Its lease was set to expire, and it would not be renewed by the space’s owner, Joy Martin (of Club Charles/Zodiac fame). In a phone call to City Paper, Martin explained, “They just...
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Hexagon Space to Shutter in July

May 19, 2011
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Hexagon Space to Shutter in July

The Hexagon Space, for a time an indispensable DIY performance/gallery space in Station North, has announced that it intends to shut down July 1. A posting on its web site reads: Sorry folks.  We’ve lost our lease.  Effective JULY 1ST, 2011, The Hexagon Space location at 1825 NORTH CHARLES will be CLOSED.  It’s been...
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This Wye Oak Danzig Cover Is Gorgeous and Fantastic

April 19, 2011
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This Wye Oak Danzig Cover Is Gorgeous and Fantastic

“I’m not cool; I’m not badass. It’s an intimidating thing to try and do,” says Jenn Wasner, prefacing Wye Oak’s cover of Danzig’s “Mother,” done recently for the Onion A/V Club’s Undercover cover song series (making them the only band invited back a second time). It winds up fitting the Wye Oak aesthetic perfectly,...
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Meet Broke-Ass Stuart, Guardian of the Poor

March 25, 2011
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Meet Broke-Ass Stuart, Guardian of the Poor

In which the white, privileged phenomenon known as “playing poor” reaches its establishment apogee. Broke-Ass Stuart is in town right now filming a television show for IFC, apparently to do with the “broke and beautiful” concept explored on “broke-ass stuart’s goddamn website” via such items as “Are Rock “Gods” Really That Bone-able?” and how...
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Video: Meet the “Whore of Baltimore”

February 25, 2011
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Video: Meet the “Whore of Baltimore”

Enjoy this new song/video from Baltimore’s Bethany Dinsick, making lovely out-folk ambience equal parts song and ritual: slow, falling-off guitar strums; honeyed, burrowing vocals; and background texture courtesy of an MRI machine (according to the video’s notes). Also: more, more, MORE triangles.  It seems like Disnick doesn’t appear out all that often–at least under...
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Ponytail Teases New Album With Super-fun New Video

February 18, 2011
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Ponytail Teases New Album With Super-fun New Video

The band Ponytail isn’t dead. The beachy, squealy art-punk force-of-nature even has another album coming out, a long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s Ice Cream Spiritual, this April, Do Whatever You Want All the Time. Dig this teaser video, an ecstatic barf of found footage, reappropriated pop imagery, and kitties. Be more excited about the music...
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Zomes Signs to Thrill Jockey, Announces New Record

February 3, 2011
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Zomes Signs to Thrill Jockey, Announces New Record

Zomes, the current project of erstwhile Lungfisher Asa Osborne, will be releasing its second album and first since 2008′s self-titled debut this spring on Thrill Jockey, e.g. one of Baltimore music’s biggest label supporters. Expect this new batch of inner-space drone bliss, titled Earth Grid, April 12.
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Video Roundup: New Sounds/Pictures From the Death Set, Celebration, and Dog Leather

January 21, 2011
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Video Roundup: New Sounds/Pictures From the Death Set, Celebration, and Dog Leather

First up, the first new song in years from erstwhile Baltimore spazz-punk band the Death Set. And it’s probably the heaviest, most breaking-things track the band’s ever done—Johnny Siera stops shrieking just long enough for a weird mechanical sampled chorus to cut in, backed by a guitar that seems almost metal. Punishing and kinda...
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On the Download: Improv With Dan Deacon and Matmos

January 20, 2011
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On the Download: Improv With Dan Deacon and Matmos

This happened at last fall’s MoogFest in North Carolina: two improv jams between Dan Deacon and Matmos’ Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt, released yesterday via the indie live-recording vault Daytrotter. Warned by a comment from Schmidt on the Daytrotter posting that the second track “*really* isn’t very good,” I went ahead and skipped it,...
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Dan Deacon on Scoring Francis Ford Coppola’s New Film

January 17, 2011
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Dan Deacon on Scoring Francis Ford Coppola’s New Film

It wasn’t long ago that Dan Deacon was touring via Greyhound bus and living the unglamorous, underground art-collective lifestyle. Well, he still does. Mostly. But last week, it was announced that he’ll be scoring the new Francis Ford Coppola movie, Twixt Now and Sunrise, starring Val Kilmer. Late last week, City Paper caught up...
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Video: Arbouretum’s Dave Heumann Performing “When Delivery Comes” Solo

January 13, 2011
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Video: Arbouretum’s Dave Heumann Performing “When Delivery Comes” Solo

Dunno the context for this aside from it being Dave Heumann sitting alone on a hill during the fall sometime. The song is “When Delivery Comes,” off Arbouretum‘s forthcoming The Gathering, and you’ve got to appreciate how heavy he can make it even minus all of the full band’s electric churn and gravitas. No...
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Dan Deacon Scoring New Francis Ford Coppola Film

January 12, 2011
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Dan Deacon Scoring New Francis Ford Coppola Film

Well, here is a thing that makes total and complete sense but, at the same time, none whatsoever. Dan Deacon is set to score a new Francis Ford Coppola film called Twixt Now and Sunrise. Which is a league away from Ultimate Reality head-tripping but, anyone who’s paid deep attention to Deacon’s music shouldn’t...
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Listen: Bossman, “Illuminati”

January 12, 2011
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Listen: Bossman, “Illuminati”

Rap beef? Bossman doesn’t even have time for that now. He’s on to the Ultimate Question. The answer? “Live life, religion’s all a mind game.” The beat is as heavy as lead, and his delivery is kinda insane, darting all over feverishly and only coalescing a few times into lines like the above. All...
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