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Postal Service returns with Merriweather show and new video

June 19, 2013
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Electronic indie pop super-group the Postal Service appeared at Merriweather Post Pavilion Tuesday night with a flawlessly executed and intimate-feeling set. Their appearance at the Columbia amphitheater was part of a reunion tour coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the release of their only full-length album, Give Up. Though rain threatening to derail attendance,...
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Lotus on Moonrise’s demise and this Sunday’s Soundstage show

June 7, 2013
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Lotus on Moonrise’s demise and this Sunday’s Soundstage show

For jazzy electronic-fusion band Lotus, the last minute cancellation of Moonrise Festival meant losing a potential headlining set at the ill-fated event. Shortly after the festival’s promoters confirmed its cancellation, Lotus announced a replacement billing at Baltimore Soundstage on Sunday. Tickets are sold out. “We were set to close out Saturday night ,...
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Toots Hibbert talks bottle-throwing incident at The Hamilton

May 23, 2013
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Toots Hibbert talks bottle-throwing incident at The Hamilton

Throughout an intimate acoustic performance with his band The Maytals Wednesday night at DC’s The Hamilton, 70-year-old reggae icon Toots Hibbert spoke of last week’s incident (see it at about the 2:25 mark in the video below) in Richmond, where a fan hurled a glass bottle at the singer’s head. Though still jovial and...
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Moonrise Festival cancelled

May 23, 2013
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Moonrise Festival cancelled

Moonrise Festival, the electronic-heavy event slated as Starscape’s successor, has been cancelled, festival organizers announced Wednesday. According to the statement released by organizers and posted on the festival’s website, the final permit required for hosting the event “will not be approved.” The two day festival was to take place at Port Covington’s Sun Park....
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Honey Island Swamp Band and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes

May 17, 2013
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Honey Island Swamp Band and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes

Representing lesser known aspects of the New Orleans music scene, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes’ opening set Thursday night at the 8×10 provided a sharp contrast to their headlining counterparts Honey Island Swamp Band. The latter leaning more towards established Louisianan tradition (self-described as “Bayou Americana”), both bands used their sets to showcase...
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Cris Jacobs sit-in highlights Greensky Bluegrass appearance at Soundstage

April 23, 2013
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Cris Jacobs sit-in highlights Greensky Bluegrass appearance at Soundstage

Having played the first two shows of their current tour with opening sets and sit-ins by Baltimore native Cris Jacobs, the guys in hard touring Michigan new-grass outfit Greensky Bluegrass were excited to bring the collaboration to Baltimore Soundstage Friday. “Beyond being a great musician, is really fun to hang out with, so...
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Snarky Puppy bring skill, panache to the 8×10

April 18, 2013
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Snarky Puppy bring skill, panache to the 8×10

Appearing Wednesday night at Federal Hill’s 8×10 armed with an excess of technical talent, Texas based jazz/dance/fusion/world collective Snarky Puppy served clear notice in just how criminally unrecognized they are within the spectrum of popular music. Of course, meandering instrumental songs will never be as accessible as simplistic tracks with vocals, but in an...
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WTMD’s Baltimore Band Block Party Stirs Up Recher’s Ghost

February 22, 2013
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WTMD’s Baltimore Band Block Party Stirs Up Recher’s Ghost

Serving as a fundraiser and an opportunity for Baltimore bands to compete for a $3,000 Guitar Center gift card and a slot at a future show, 89.7 WTMD’s sold out Thursday night Baltimore Band Block Party featured an appropriately diverse lineup. With each of the billed performers given their own webpage for ticket purchases,...
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Interview with Big Gigantic

November 9, 2012
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Dominic Lalli, the enthusiastic saxophone player and producer who makes up half of unlikely electronic outlet Big Gigantic, often finds himself backstage on a tour stop in Baltimore, searching for a sense of focus. Once he’s found it, he says, he uses that focus to create the expansive sax lines that allow him and...
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Anders Osborne optimistic about Soundstage show

October 31, 2012
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Hoping to appear at Baltimore Soundstage Friday as part of Magic Hat’s Participation mini-tour, Anders Osborne and Ian Neville’s Dumpstaphunk are dealing with changes to initial travel arrangements caused by Hurricane Sandy. Local guitarist and vocalist John Kadlecik, who has been co-opted by the post-Grateful Dead project Furthur, is also slated to appear as...
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