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  • Films from Chris LaMartina and Michael Tully to highlight 2014 Maryland Film Festival

    April 9, 2014
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    Films from Chris LaMartina and Michael Tully to highlight 2014 Maryland Film Festival

    With the Maryland Film Festival’s first lineup announcement out today, City Paper spoke with festival director Jed Dietz and director of programming Eric Hatch (a former CP contributor) about some of this year’s highlights. Following up on last year’s Maryland-centric entries (12 O’Clock Boys, I Used to Be Darker), MFF 2014 will feature local...
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  • Marvel’s Own Dark Knight

    April 4, 2014
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    Until the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Marvel movie juggernaut was a series of breezy and loud, yet easy-to-digest comic book films. Winter Soldier just said goodbye to all that by being a super serious, not-for-kids political thriller with the occasional hero thrown in. In a shout out to ’70s political...
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  • African American Festival has the theme “Happy,” a lineup featuring Johnny Gill and Brandy

    April 2, 2014
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    African American Festival has the theme “Happy,” a lineup featuring Johnny Gill and Brandy

    Rarely — and we mean rarely — do we get excited when a press release from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pops into our inbox. But when we clicked on the release announcing the lineup for the  38th Annual African American Festival and saw the festival’s theme was “Happy,” we scrolled down with anticipation, thinking the...
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  • Wye Oak debuts a new music video for “The Tower.”

    April 2, 2014
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    The folks over at Stereogum have the premiere of Wye Oak’s new video for “The Tower,” the lead single off their forthcoming album Shriek, due out April 29 on Merge. In the video, locals Ben O’Brien and Cricket Arrison star as a high-stepping, happy-go-lucky pair of painters who lead a group dance with a...
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  • Peabody soprano breaks a window with her voice

    April 1, 2014
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    Peabody soprano breaks a window with her voice

    Last Friday, Peabody Institute soprano Tammie Woods was practicing the aria in Act One of Verdi’s Il Trovatore when the operatic equivalent of the hole-in-one happened: she broke a pane of glass in one of the studio’s windows. It didn’t shatter right then and there in the frame, but Woods had developed enough vocal power...
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  • Darkroom Productions returns with a new single from Diablo

    April 1, 2014
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    Darkroom Productions returns with a new single from Diablo

    Darkroom Productions, the local duo that produced music for The Wire and created the Hamsterdam mixtapes, is back after a long absence with a new track by Diablo Flamez featuring Rolls Royce Rizzy. In an email, Juan Donovan Bell, who launched Darkroom with partner Jamal Roberts, explains the layoff between releases: “To be brief,...
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  • SXSW Postscript: Soul Survives

    March 28, 2014
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    SXSW Postscript: Soul Survives

    In the wake of the Dap-Tones’ triumphs with both Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse, not to mention the related success by Adele, Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc and Joss Stone, the retro-soul movement has gathered considerable momentum. So it was no surprise to encounter plenty of old-school R&B artists—both young and old—at this year’s South...
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  • “Pumpkin Dance” + Future Islands = Best new version of The Herring

    March 28, 2014
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    “Pumpkin Dance” + Future Islands = Best new version of The Herring

    As you’ve probably read here and elsewhere, Future Islands’ performance on Letterman became something of an internet sensation, spawning .gifs of frontman Samuel T. Herring’s hip-swiveling dance moves, which came to be known as “The Herring” on Pitchfork and other places, and gaining the Baltimore synth-pop band a legion of new fans. Below, we...
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  • Walter Murch on Malaparte and the Multiverse

    March 24, 2014
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    Walter Murch on Malaparte and the Multiverse

    Walter Murch is a living legend. Lawrence Weschler (who speaks at UMBC tomorrow) calls him “the smartest man in America.” Murch is responsible for the sound design or film editing on iconic films ranging from this year’s Particle Fever back to The English Patient, Star Wars, The Godfather, and Apocalypse Now, where he discovered...
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  • Interview with Ariel Gore

    March 20, 2014
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    Interview with Ariel Gore

    Ariel Gore, unconventional matriarch, Gen-X trailblazer, and the author of eight books (including Hip Mama’s Guide to Raising a Teenager, How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead, and Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City, winner of the 2010 LAMBDA Literary Award), returns to Atomic Books with The End of Eve, a memoir...
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