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  • Want to see Wye Oak in D.C.? There’s a party bus for that.

    January 31, 2014
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    Want to see Wye Oak in D.C.? There’s a party bus for that.

    With no hometown date scheduled yet for an upcoming tour in support of their new album, Shriek, out April 29, local duo Wye Oak (now featuring less guitar) is instead giving Baltimore fans the option of riding a party bus to and from their May 6 gig at the 9:30 Club. A few quick...
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  • Live Review: Shooter Jennings

    January 28, 2014
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    Live Review: Shooter Jennings

    Cancun Cantina West is a country disco in Hagerstown with black lights and tanned twenty­somethings twirling on the bar tops. The waitresses walking around with whistles and trays of shots reminded me of Tijuana, that other southern mecca of sun and sleaze. I frequented TJ during my brief stint as a San Diegan, but...
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  • R.I.P. Pete Seeger

    January 28, 2014
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    R.I.P. Pete Seeger

    Last May, I had the chance to spend a couple hours talking to Pete Seeger at George’s in the Peabody Court hotel. He was in town to speak at Peabody’s commencement. Later that night, I happened to be back in George’s. A man approached me. “Who was that man you were talking to this...
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  • Live Review: All-Star Tribute to Gene Clark at Floristree

    January 24, 2014
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    Live Review: All-Star Tribute to Gene Clark at Floristree

    After last year’s gig at the Lyric, we didn’t think we’d ever see Beach House perform in a warehouse space like Floristree again, so we were psyched when they announced a show there, part of a small tour with musicians from Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Lower Dens, Celebration, Wye Oak, and more. They had...
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  • The Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra Plays An Die Musik

    January 20, 2014
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    Over this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra gave concerts in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington to prepare for Monday’s recording of a new album, Blues for Tahrir. It was a smart way to road test the material before committing it to a hard drive. Saturday’s show at An...
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  • Contemporary kicks off CoHost series at Baltimore School for the Arts with Coco Fusco

    January 14, 2014
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    The lights dim in the packed Baltimore School for the Arts ballroom as Contemporary museum director Deana Haggag thanks the partners for the museum’s inaugural CoHost speaker series and introduces the New York-based artist Coco Fusco. Fusco is a fitting choice to begin the series because her work challenges the boundaries of art and...
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  • 92Q’s DJ Angelbaby gets pumped again with new club mix album

    January 9, 2014
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    92Q’s DJ Angelbaby gets pumped again with new club mix album

    DJ AngelBaby opens her second Baltimore club mix album with one of her on-air colleagues from 92Q, Pork Chop, hyping up the new disc. “Now last year, we hit you in the head with Get Pumped, right?” he hollers. “It was like the biggest club CD ever to hit the planet earth.” He’s exaggerating,...
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  • Future Islands set to release new album in March

    January 8, 2014
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    Future Islands set to release new album in March

    Local synth-pop trio Future Islands have a new album, titled Singles, due out March 25, according to a post on Pitchfork. The band has left the Chicag0-based, Baltimore-supporting label Thrill Jockey to release the album on the venerable outfit 4AD. You’re sure to catch a lot of these new tunes at the group’s Floristree...
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  • Live Review: Warren Wolf and Christian McBride

    January 6, 2014
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    Live Review: Warren Wolf and Christian McBride

    When a visiting jazz star says nice things about the local musicians he’s playing with, that doesn’t mean much; he’s just being polite. But when that star breaks into a spontaneous grin during the locals’ solos, that does tell you something. That happened again and again when poll-topping bassist Christian McBride played with Baltimore’s...
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  • Los Collaborates With Mark Battles and Wale On New Mixtape

    January 2, 2014
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    Los, Baltimore hip-hop’s rising star on Bad Boy Records, released his last solo mixtape, Becoming King, only 8 months ago, but he didn’t let 2013 end without dropping some more new music. In the last weekend of the year, Los and another up-and-coming MC, Indianapolis’s Mark Battles, put out their collaborative mixtape Broken Silence,...
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