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  • Schoolboy Q leads rap’s new supergroup into Baltimore

    April 29, 2014
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    Schoolboy Q leads rap’s new supergroup into Baltimore

    The days of the rap supergroup are deep in the rear view for my generation of hip-hop millennials. Most of us were in elementary school or diapers when Wu-Tang and Death Row dominated the genre and we weren’t much older when Cash Money and Roc-A-Fella took hold of the late 90’s and early 2000’s....
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  • Tate Kobang Reboots His Career With Crown Of Thorns

    April 24, 2014
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    Tate Kobang Reboots His Career With Crown Of Thorns

    When I interviewed rapper Tate Kobang for City Paper last year, the young rapper had just released his third mixtape, the fantastic and provocative Hitler Hardaway, and had also just parted ways with his previous label and production team, Dem808z. Since them, Dem808z has pulled virtually all of Tate’s old music from the various...
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  • Thievery Corporation, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jimmy Cliff to headline Believe in Music Festival at Oregon Ridge

    April 23, 2014
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    Thievery Corporation, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jimmy Cliff to headline Believe in Music Festival at Oregon Ridge

    D.C.’s Thievery Corporation, dynamic acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela (see one of their crazy performances below), and reggae legend Jimmy Cliff are among the headliners for the Believe in Music Festival, which comes to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville July 26. Proceeds from the event will benefit Believe in Music, a division of...
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  • Stream Wye Oak’s new album “Shriek”

    April 23, 2014
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    Stream Wye Oak’s new album “Shriek”

    Wye Oak’s new album, Shriek, doesn’t come out until April 29, but the fine folks at NPR have a stream of the album on their site, which you can listen to here. Our cover story this week looks at the band’s new direction. Give it a read while listening to their terrific new album.
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  • Sondheim finalists announced

    April 18, 2014
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    Work by finalist Kyle Tata.

    This morning the Baltimore Office for Promotion and the Arts announced the seven finalists for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. After criticism that last year’s judges seemed to favor Washington, D.C.-based artists and strived too hard for social relevance—with four of the six finalists working in documentary photography or film–this year’s group...
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  • J. Roddy Walston and the Business release video for “Same Days”

    April 17, 2014
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    J. Roddy Walston and the Business release video for “Same Days”

    When we first heard “Same Days” on Essential Tremors, the latest album from J. Roddy Walston and the Business, we thought it might be some kind of riff on the Talking Heads’ “Heaven,” the place “where nothing ever happens.” Instead, Walston told us that the words dealt with institutional child abuse. Wow. The video,...
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  • Kix Announce First Studio Album In 19 Years

    April 16, 2014
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    Kix Announce First Studio Album In 19 Years

    Kix, the Hagerstown band who ruled the Baltimore hard rock scene in the ‘80s and scored national hits like “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” has announced that it will release a new studio album on July 22, though Loud & Proud Records. The band last released new music on 1995’s $how Bu$ine$$ and broke up...
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  • Soft rock-loving hipsters and baby boomers rejoice! Pier Six hosts back-to-back nights of smooth jams

    April 14, 2014
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    Soft rock-loving hipsters and baby boomers rejoice! Pier Six hosts back-to-back nights of smooth jams

    In one of the more inspired bookings of the year, Pier Six Pavilion has stacked concerts by Steely Dan and Hall & Oates on consecutive nights, Sept. 17 and 18 respectively. So many smooth jams, you guys. Given Pier Six’s idyllic waterfront setting, these shows offer the rare opportunity for yuppies to dance to...
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  • Dan Deacon to join Diplo at this year’s Mad Decent Block Party

    April 11, 2014
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    Dan Deacon to join Diplo at this year’s Mad Decent Block Party

    In years past, the Mad Decent Block Party, the annual concert tour put on by producer Diplo’s imprint, has featured the dancehall-charged music of Major Lazer, Canadian dubstep duo Zeds Dead, and oddball rap sensation Riff Raff on its lineup card when it stopped at Merriweather Post Pavilion. You can now add local electronic...
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  • Film Review: Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II

    April 10, 2014
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    Film Review: Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II

    Early on in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, opening in two parts today at the Charles Theatre, my wife said: “Maybe we can have sex after this movie about sex.” Four hours later, when the credits finally rolled, she said, “I don’t think I ever want to have sex again.” So, thanks for that Lars....
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