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Over Guiding Light: Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Feb. 28 at Goucher College

March 3, 2010
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Over Guiding Light: Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Feb. 28 at Goucher College

| Image by Robbie Whelan There are heaps of nice things to say about the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s Feb. 28 program at Goucher College. The program—Franz Schubert’s Mass in G Major and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna—included two highly beautiful pieces of music that made an interesting counterpoint to one another: one a tidy,...
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Taking it to the Tweets: Mos Def one night; Amanda Blank the next

October 2, 2009
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Taking it to the Tweets: Mos Def one night; Amanda Blank the next

Whosane So an odd thing happened to me Sept. 16: I had my first real-time Twitter-based interface with a performing artist. Maybe that’s not that weird for some critics, but it was new to me. I was at Sonar for the Baltimore leg of Mos Def’s Ecstatic Tour, and I had been there since...
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Unheard Of Nomo?

August 14, 2009
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Unheard Of Nomo?

Nomo | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Maybe it was just because it was a Tuesday, or maybe because it wasn’t hyped enough, but all but about 40 people in Baltimore missed a killer set from Nomo, the Michigan-based Afrobeat sextet at the Ottobar. The vibe of the night was doubly odd because the...
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A Long Weekend Of Urban Americana

April 2, 2009
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A Long Weekend Of Urban Americana

Deer Tick | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Flanneled weird-beards of Baltimore: Fear not! Americana, with the occasional tinge of indie rock, is alive and well in this town. This past weekend we checked out a total of five acts, at three different venues, all but one of which fell under the general banner...
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Giddy Again With Your Friends Matt and Kim

February 27, 2009
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Giddy Again With Your Friends Matt and Kim

Walking away from the triple bill headlined by Matt and Kim—the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based dance-punk carnival band that was the darling at last year’s South by Southwest festival—at the Ottobar Thursday night, we were wracking our brains trying to think of another band, or any sort of live act, that does as good a job...
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Mobtown Modern’s Night Of “Hard As F#@!” Composition

December 17, 2008
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Mobtown Modern’s Night Of “Hard As F#@!” Composition

| Image by City Paper Digi-Cam The theme of Monday night’s Mobtown Modern concert series installment was “Hard as F#@!”–works of modern classical music that are finger-breakingly tough to play, fraught with the kind of quick technical passages, unsteady rhythms, and unfamiliar harmonies that make it near impossible for the audience to identify mistakes....
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SXSW: Fuzzy, Buzzy Bands and Cheesy, Beefy, Cheese

March 26, 2008
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SXSW: Fuzzy, Buzzy Bands and Cheesy, Beefy, Cheese

For me, this year’s South by Southwest festival (my first) came with a high risk of terminal illness. Over the course of the two or three days prior to getting on that 5:30 a.m. plane to Austin, every time I looked at the schedule of bands online, I thought I was going to have...
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