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Your Week: David Lynch, Blaster Al Ackerman, and beer cocktails

May 15, 2013
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As many of you loyal City Paper readers may have realized, there was no Your Week in today’s issue, our Sizzlin’ Summer guide. But hey, we still have plenty of suggestions for great ways you can spend your leisure time. May 15 Thirty: 30 Creative Minds Under 30 6 P.M., Maryland Art Place, 8...
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Talking Cassette Tapes and Memories with Lexie Mountain

June 30, 2011
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Talking Cassette Tapes and Memories with Lexie Mountain

Lexie Mountain rummages through her tape collection, pulls out yet another cassette and pops it into the Centennial tape player on the floor. “Her tapes are bonkers,” Mountain says of the woman on the recording. Play. “God, I wish I could stop shaking,” says the woman. Audibly, she shutters, shivers. Then silence for a...
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Band of Susan’s: Out of Your Head Collective at the Windup Space, Jan. 25

January 27, 2011
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Band of Susan’s: Out of Your Head Collective at the Windup Space, Jan. 25

I once interviewed Adam Hopkins and Matt Frazao, who curate the constantly changing lineups of improvisers that perform as the Out of Your Head collective at the Windup Space every Tuesday night, and they both singled out pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn as one of the standout players in their repertory. “Everybody likes playing...
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Baltimore Parade: Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes at the Windup Space, July 11

July 13, 2010
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Baltimore Parade: Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes at the Windup Space, July 11

Lafayette Gilchrist continues to tour the world as pianist for the David Murray Quartet and as co-leader of a quartet with Chicago drummer Hamid Drake, Hungarian bassist Matyas Szandai, and Hungarian saxophonist Mihaly Dresch (the latter group releases its debut album this fall). But Gilchrist still lives in Baltimore, and this past Sunday he...
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Party Like The New Year: Soul Cannon, the Get Em Mamis and Mania Music Group at the Windup Space, July 3

July 7, 2010
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Party Like The New Year: Soul Cannon, the Get Em Mamis and Mania Music Group at the Windup Space, July 3

The Windup Space doesn’t book hip-hop shows very often, but it’s proven that when it does, it gets it right. Saturday night’s bill was in many ways the perfect trio of acts to represent Baltimore rap at the venue: left-field and approachable enough for the Station North crowd, but still hip-hop to the core....
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Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum: Ches Smith at the Windup Space, April 28

April 22, 2010
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Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum: Ches Smith at the Windup Space, April 28

The life of the solo drummer has gotta be a rough one, up there all alone and exposed, goofy faces front-and-center, every little stumble comically magnified, or, worse, just keeping what is essentially one long drum solo—that now somewhat maligned relic of bands with big hair—not just interesting but engaging enough to keep a...
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Freeing Improv: Evan Parker, Susan Alcorn, and Michael Formanek at the Windup Space, April 18; Tomasz Stanko Quintet at An die Musik, April 18

April 19, 2010
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Freeing Improv: Evan Parker, Susan Alcorn, and Michael Formanek  at the Windup Space, April 18; Tomasz Stanko Quintet at An die Musik, April 18

Evan Parker When two of Europe’s leading improvisers, British saxophonist Evan Parker and Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, came to the United States this month, there was a reason that they both skipped Philadelphia and Washington D.C. to play their only Mid-Atlantic dates in Baltimore. Our town has, somewhat improbably, become a major center for...
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The Third Man Reigns: Han Bennink at the Windup Space, Oct. 14

October 16, 2009
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Avant-garde jazz can sometimes be a dour, cerebral exercise but not when Han Bennink plays it. The Dutch drummer may be 67, his hair gone silver beneath his bright red headband, his Amsterdam home full of Europe’s top jazz prizes, but at the Windup Space on Wednesday, he played with sheer abandon and infectious...
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Weekend Notes: Leprechaun Catering Might Be Your New Favorite Band

January 7, 2009
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Weekend Notes: Leprechaun Catering Might Be Your New Favorite Band

| Image by Greg Szeto Maybe it goes without saying, but Thank You‘s awesomely free show Friday night at the Windup Space was packed. As such, we realized another sort of cool/weird thing about the North Avenue venue/bar/etc.–it may be a weird spatial mind trick, but the Windup Space is huge. Pretty sure that...
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