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Music, All Shook Down Baltimore Club, The New Dance Show, & Fresh Kicks: U.K. DJ Rushmore Speaks Out

Baltimore Club, The New Dance Show, & Fresh Kicks: U.K. DJ Rushmore Speaks Out

There is a small, but steadily growing global movement based around "club music" — no, not just music you might hear in a club, but referring specifically to a pumped-up, high-octane breed of electronic music that sounds something like…
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Music, All Shook Down Prince Debuts New Song "Baltimore," Plays Baltimore Concert

Prince Debuts New Song "Baltimore," Plays Baltimore Concert

Prince released a new song about the unrest in Baltimore, as promised, over the weekend. Starting the song off with the Ice Cube reference, "Nobody got in nobody's way / so I guess you could say it was a good…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Musicians Respond to the Unrest in Baltimore

This Week: Musicians Respond to the Unrest in Baltimore

Given the unrest in Baltimore this week — and out of solidarity with those that feel the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, from injuries received while in police custody, was unjust (to say the very least) — our weekly quotes…
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Music, Hear This Panda Bear: Show Preview

Panda Bear: Show Preview

It's generally understood that the Bay Area is a forceful creative cultivator, but when, in 2011, Baltimore's Animal Collective blocked out three rehearsal days at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma to write new material following up its hugely successful album…
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Film, "12 O'Clock Boys": City Life on One Wheel

"12 O'Clock Boys": City Life on One Wheel

Lotfy Nation's documentary 12 O'Clock Boys looks at Baltimore's notorious dirt-bike club of the same name. Well, sort of the same name; their preferred spelling is actually "boyz," if their famous and oft-traded 12 O'Clock Boyz Inc. Presents The Official…
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Music, Hear This Matmos: Show Preview

Matmos: Show Preview

Soon after M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel got to know one another around 1994, the pair started Matmos, an avant-garde electronic outfit that plays with music's possibilities and perceptions. The former S.F. (now Baltimore) group has utilized rat cages, Bible…
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Film, "LUV": It's Always One Last Score

"LUV": It's Always One Last Score

"Imma teach you some real-world shit," ex-felon Vincent (Common) tells his 11-year-old nephew, Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.), as they ride through the streets of Baltimore, thus assuring that everything that follows in Luv will adhere solely to the preposterous plot…
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Music, L.A. Punk Legends X Are Still Scathing, Still on the Road

L.A. Punk Legends X Are Still Scathing, Still on the Road

X came rocketing out of the Los Angeles punk scene in 1978, a quartet with a fierce punk-meets-rockabilly attack and a scathing view of the political malaise gripping the country. The band featured two lead singers, John Doe, a Baltimore…
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Music, Hear This Dan Deacon: Show Preview

Dan Deacon: Show Preview

It doesn't matter whether you've heard Dan Deacon's excellent new album, America, or not: The live show of this Baltimore electronic mischief-maker is sure to be a looney, dance-crazy good time. The ever-affable Deacon sets up his noisemaking toys on…
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Calendar, Night&Day True Blue

True Blue

Nancy Pelosi is our blue-state hero. The current minority leader in the House of Representatives was the highest-ranking woman in U.S. political history when she was named speaker in 2007. Prior to that she served as the Democratic whip. Pelosi,…
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Music, Hear This Drop the Lime: Show Preview

Drop the Lime: Show Preview

As head of the Trouble and Bass label, Luca "Drop the Lime" Venezia makes punch-drunk, fidgety tracks with the stuttering swing of rockabilly and the wonky, hard-hitting low end of grimy club music. Based out of Brooklyn, Venezia draws from…
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Film, "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey": Sweet Documentary Remains Frustratingly Impersonal

"Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey": Sweet Documentary Remains Frustratingly Impersonal

Constance Marks' documentary on Kevin Clash, the kind, gentle man who created the Muppet beloved by every single child in the world, rushes through the intriguing points its interviewees bring up to devote more time to banalities. Instead of hearing…
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Music, Bouncer If Bouncer's Date at Andalu Was an Episode of "The Wire"

If Bouncer's Date at Andalu Was an Episode of "The Wire"

I'm the only person I know who didn't get into The Wire or Treme, shows that have been dubbed "city symphonies." They remind me of donuts, which are my least favorite food, despite their amazing ingredients — bread, sugar, and…
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Music, BeatBox Spank Rock: Show Preview

Spank Rock: Show Preview

When Spank Rock debuted in 2005, the indie world was swept up in Baltimore club music fetishism and primed for a dance party group grope. And that's what Spank Rock provided: with bass-heavy gutter rhythms following in the footsteps of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo

You may love Baltimore for being the set of HBO’s extraordinary series The Wire, or for having spawned John Waters. But friends, the joint has also given us some of punk’s great talents, including artists Daniel Higgs and Kyle Ranson.…
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Music, Beach House's pop euphoria

Beach House's pop euphoria

Baltimore duo Beach House revels in large, lush sonic compositions. The pair joins a select handful of bands in the postrock era — Cocteau Twins, Galaxie 500, Mazzy Star — that expertly renders shimmering sounds with equal parts confidence and…
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Calendar, Night&Day On Poetry

On Poetry

The poet Lorine Niedecker lived in out-of-the-way rural Wisconsin, but was widely recognized and embraced by contemporaries such as William Carlos Williams. An unsentimental modernist and gifted observer of nature, her star didn’t exactly fade after her death in 1970.…
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Music, BeatBox Stretch Armstrong

Stretch Armstrong

Few DJs have helped boost dancefloor culture into the 21st century like New Yorker Adrian Bartos. As Stretch Armstrong, he teamed up with Robert "Bobbito" Garcia for most of the '90s on the legendary Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito show on…
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Music, Amanda Blank: indie dance star in the making

Amanda Blank: indie dance star in the making

Twenty-six-year-old MC Amanda Blank is still trying to get past her Married with Children moment. On indie-rap crew Spank Rock's celebrated 2006 debut, YoYoYoYoYo, she contributed the following in honor of Christina Applegate's alter ego: "See, I like my ass…
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Music, BeatBox A-Trak and Treasure Fingers by Tony Ware

A-Trak and Treasure Fingers by Tony Ware

A producer of insurgent drum 'n' bass as well as adrenalized blog house, Ashley "Treasure Fingers" Jones is Fool's Gold Records' master of tweaked synth-funk. So what makes a proper Fingers banger? Stacked claps on a track percolating with shimmery…
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