NOISE: AN ARTS BLOG

Download the Boiler Room "Baltimore Club Special" EP featuring TT The Artist, James Nasty, more

Last Friday, the "Baltimore Club Special" featuring Mighty Mark & TT The Artist, DJ Technics, Scottie B, Rod Lee, and James Nasty, who was added to the lineup last minute, streamed live on Boiler Room's website at 7...

Bob Marley musical coming to Center Stage

Center Stage will produce "Marley," an original musical based on the life of Bob Marley that will incoporate at least 20 songs from crucial later-career albums "Exodus," "Kaya," and "Rastaman...

Schwarz drops a track in support of the Ferguson protests

In the wake of unrest following the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, local producer Schwarz put together a track using the chant 'Hands Up Don't Shoot,' which protestors from St. Louis to...

Live Review: Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie delivers an energetic show at his home away from home

Before Lil Boosie started his almost five-year prison sentence in November 2009, the Baton Rouge rapper and Atlanta trap MC Gucci Mane were, by far, the most adored rappers in inner-city Baltimore....

Maryland Death Fest XIII lineup announced

Organizers have just announced the final lineup for 2015's Maryland Death Fest XIII, which will be held May 21-24 at the combination of the Edison Lot/Rams Head Live/Soundstage that worked out well...

No Trivia: Thoughts on Ferguson

It feels pretty fucking stupid writing about music this week. The murder of Mike Brown and the subsequent martial-law fuckery in Ferguson, Missouri, and then, just this morning, the to-be-expected...

Stream the new Celebration album "Albumin"

Though Celebration's new album, "Albumin," drops on Aug. 19 from the band's UK label,...

If you liked that mashup with the Muppets and the Beastie Boys, check out this locally produced video with a song by Nine Inch Nails

You may have noticed the recent Muppet/Beastie Boys mashup of 'So What'cha Want' making the rounds on the...

And now the superlatives for last weekend's Moonrise Festival

"Shoes off!" and "I need you to lift up your hair so I can see behind your ears" are two things I have rarely, if ever, heard when going through a security check to enter a festival. Additionally,...

Matmos release a new track 'Weed World' and an old new track, 'Father Forgive Them (VIP)'

This morning over at the website AdHoc, Matmos released a new track to promote the upcoming...

No Trivia: Abdu Ali, Too Big For Baltimore

Last week's inaugural column wrapped...

Only you can save Blowfly's house from the Tax Man and/or transcribe this part of our interview with him

As emotionally scarred as we are after this week's "Q&A," we...

Full Disclosure: When media outlets don't tell you their relationships, they distort the truth

Smalltimore: It's a bullshit designation used by white people to describe the so-called "white L." Nevertheless, it's hard to report on the city's art scene without encountering dozens of people you...

Members of Pussy Riot to appear on Season 3 of "House of Cards"

Two sources associated with the production team of Kevin Spacey's Netflix show "House of Cards," confirmed that Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina,...

Man on Wire: A Baltimore street artist takes his signature creations off the wall and into the air

If you've been around Station North lately, there's a good chance you've seen one of Reed Bmore's hanging wire pieces, such as a whimsical sculpture of a...

Billy Joe Shaver talks about life in Nashville, his new album,  and drinking with Townes Van Zandt

The last time Billy Joe Shaver worked with Ray Kennedy was 2001's "The Earth Rolls On," the last of five father-and-son albums Shaver made with his son, Eddy Shaver, a guitar prodigy who had also...

Celebrated Summer Records marks eight years with anniversary show

Hampden record store Celebrated Summer Records has managed to stay open, and even thrive, for eight years in a time when post people have stopped buying music altogether. CP talked with store owner...

At the Summer Spirit Festival, Janelle Monáe delivers

It has been 16 years since Lauryn Hill released her last studio album of new material, the five-Grammy-winning "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," and that fusion of soul and hip-hop was so...

No Trivia: James Nasty, Lor Scoota and Young Moose, Bmore bros go home, and more

The title of this music column is "No Trivia," which is swiped from a Wu Tang Clan lyric ("Raw, I'm a give to ya, with no trivia") because it's just a cool-ass way of saying, "no bullshit," which is a...

Abdu Ali is moving to New York

Local MC and CP's 2013 "Best Renaissance Man,"

With their homecoming show, a more synthy Wye Oak joins the continuum of Baltimore's experimental scene

The guitar is dead and Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak know it. On Saturday, in the Charles Street Parking Lot...

Dope Body announces new album, release party

One of the best local suppliers of gnashing, distorted, tinnitus-causing guitar rock, Dope Body, is set to release its third LP, and second for terrific Chicago imprint Drag City, on Oct. 21.

War On Women signs to Bridge 9 Records

Influential punk and hardcore label Bridge 9 Records recently announced they signed Baltimore feminist punk group War on Women and will release their first full-length in early 2015.

Falling on deaf beers: The BSO hosts pre-Beethoven happy hour tonight

Even if you aren't a classical music fan, chances are that you know Ludwig Van Beethoven's tunes. His "Fur Elise" has been used in movies from "Rosemary's Baby" to "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure,...

Howard Street Theatre Incubator approved

The Howard Street Theatre Incubator — a group made up of several local theater companies with the backing of Teddy Rouse — announced today that its bid for the three storefronts at 408-414...

It's Batman Day. Here's how local comic book stores are celebrating.

Holy Birthday Batman! The Caped Crusader turns 75 today, first appearing in...

A389 Recordings launches 54-track free mixtape

To mark their showcase at this weekend's This Is Hardcore fest in Philly, Baltimore's own A389 Records is releasing a...

Baltimore episode of "Drunk History" airs tonight, Mother's hosts a viewing party

Back in January, Derek Waters, creator and host of Comedy Central's "Drunk History," was back home (he's originally from Lutherville) to film segments for an episode based on Baltimore, which...

The Mobtown Ballroom can now serve booze, making it easier for people to dance (or think they can)

Mobtown Ballroom's practitioners of swing and the Lindy Hop will now be able to work on their dance moves with the aid of sweet, sweet booze -- the centuries-old elixir that has often convinced...

Live Review: Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, & The Guilty Ones at Rams Head On Stage

When it comes to rock'n'roll's famous feuding brothers, the Blasters' Phil and Dave Alvin rank right up there with the Kinks' Ray and Dave Davies and Oasis's Noel and Liam Gallagher. The Alvins,...

Celebration announces album release show

Celebration, the local stalwarts of soulful psych-rock, are set to play an album release show at the Ottobar on Sept. 27. It's actually a full month after Bella Union is scheduled to put out "Albumin,...

Slow Jerks drop a new cassette

With the drop of the Slow Jerks' self titled cassette this morning, Friends Records is officially on a tear, putting out a new release a month. The Jerks' manic punk release rips through 12 songs in...

The Oranges Band returns for mini-tour

Local indie-pop greats The Oranges Band are reuniting to play a mini-tour, including a Sept. 12 stop at the Metro Gallery, the first time since taking the stage for 10-year anniversary shows in 2010.

Neil Feather wins the Sondheim Prize

Neil Feather, a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation who creates sculptures that work as instruments, is the winner of this year's Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize,...

J. Roddy Walston and the Business At Bonnaroo: Drunk, Weird, and Very Bonnaroo

At any music festival, the shared love of music provides a basis for unity. But Bonnaroo, the four-day festival just outside of Manchester, Tennessee, is particularly interested in cultivating a sense...

Strictly Hip-Hop Broadcasts For 24 Hours This Weekend

Every year, the long-running weekly WEAA 88.9 FM program Strictly Hip-Hop holds a special all day broadcast, from midnight Friday, June 13 to midnight Saturday, June 14. This year, the 24-hour...

Dan Deacon, Matmos, and the Rest of Baltimore Music and Arts Community Play August's Fields Festival

Holy cow, have you seen the lineup for Fields Festival going on in Darlington the weekend of August 22-24? This three-day event features damn near every out music-maker that matters in the city:...

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