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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart to headline second Baltimore Popfest

February 3, 2014
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart to headline second Baltimore Popfest

Last year, in its inaugural edition, the Baltimore Popfest got The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s lead singer, Kip Berman, to play a solo set. For the 2014 show, the full band (pictured) will top a bill that also includes Eternal Summers, Literature, Sapphire Mansions, and locals Wildhoney and Expert Alterations, whose drummer,...
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Live Review: Woods and Parquet Courts at Ottobar

July 26, 2013
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Live Review: Woods and Parquet Courts at Ottobar

“As nice as this is,” sings Woods frontman Jeremy Earl, “is it honest?” It’s not the kind of question you’re used to hearing at the Ottobar, where the band played last night with tourmates Parquet Court (pictured), and which, as a rule, does not advertise itself as a forum for earnest inquiries into the...
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Q&A: Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino talks old-school country, confessional songwriting, and bench pressing

April 1, 2013
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In 2010 Best Coast surprised everyone, including themselves, with the runaway success of their debut Crazy for You. Its blast of catchy, lo-fi guitar pop caught many an ear, including power pop legend and Kanye West co-producer Jon Brion, who produced the band’s second album The Only Place. With a new polished sound, Best...
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Black Comedy: Stars and the Sea, Rasputina, and Voltaire at the Ottobar, Feb. 25

February 28, 2011
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Black Comedy: Stars and the Sea, Rasputina, and Voltaire at the Ottobar, Feb. 25

On Friday night, the Baltimore post-punk trio Stars and the Sea got a pretty plum gig playing to a full house of goths and weirdos dressed in top hats and corsets and leather jackets, opening for the like-minded cult acts Rasputina and Voltaire. It was an ideal audience for the band, three aging rockers...
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Bigger In Baltimore: Big In Japan with Katrina Ford, the Water, Infinite Honey, and Avocado Happy Hour at The Ottobar, Jan. 7

January 11, 2011
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Bigger In Baltimore: Big In Japan with Katrina Ford, the Water, Infinite Honey, and Avocado Happy Hour at The Ottobar, Jan. 7

Big In Japan, once a fairly quiet, low-key, live-only Lake Trout side project, has become an increasingly formidable entity unto itself over the last few years, reaching out to other bands in the Baltimore indie scene and mixing it up more than in the past, and will this year finally start releasing studio recordings....
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Q&A: Warpaint’s Jenny Lee on Billie Holiday, Exquisite Corpses, and Los Angeles

August 16, 2010
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Q&A: Warpaint’s Jenny Lee on Billie Holiday, Exquisite Corpses, and Los Angeles

The guitars of Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman interlocking in sequin-sparkle shimmer or sinuous smolder; Jenny Lee Lindburg’s bass notes pacing thoughtfully at melody’s edge; Stella Mozgawa’s keyboards adding depth and texture to the whole even as her drumming propels it. This is the intoxicating sound of Warpaint , an Los Angeles-based foursome whose...
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Saturday Saints: J-Roddy Walston and the Business and Tommy Tucker and the Supernaturals at the Ottobar, July 31

August 3, 2010
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Saturday Saints: J-Roddy Walston and the Business and Tommy Tucker and the Supernaturals at the Ottobar, July 31

J-Roddy Walston and the Business have been packing big, enthusiastic crowds into the Ottobar for years, so in a sense, this was just another Saturday night for the Tennessee native and his backing band. In another sense, however, it represented a big moment for Walston: a release party in his adopted hometown for the...
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The Same Damn Club, Some New Damn Bands

August 1, 2008
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The Same Damn Club, Some New Damn Bands

The Ottobar, as supportive as it is to local music, can be a tough place for an all-local bill. It books enough national acts to fill the place up on a regular basis that on nights when there are no name-brand headliner, it can feel of like an off-night, which isn’t so much an...
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