NOISE: AN ARTS BLOG

We'd buy a share of the Station North CSA if we could

Last night, Pen and Quill hosted a happy hour for the Station North CSA. By now, at least in the foodie oasis surrounded by food deserts, we all know what a CSA is—Community Supported Agriculture allows consumers to buy shares from a farm at the beginning of the season, which provides...

No Trivia: Songs That Pass the Car-Windows Test

Because local radio is for the most part hopelessly out of touch, and internet music coverage is primarily a big frustrating P.R.-pleasing circle jerk, it is very hard to gauge what people are...

"Love Tap" at Current Space

If you spend enough time in any one place, it's inevitable that you'll start to talk and think and make like those around you, especially as an art student. It's in those emergent years of your career...

Live Review: The intimate An Die Musik proves to be a perfect space for jazz legend Tootie Heath

"I think we should play some bebop," said Ethan Iverson, sitting at An Die Musik's piano Saturday night, "because on stage we have one of the greatest bebop drummers ever." He nodded toward the leader...

No Trivia: In praise of 92Q Labor Day weekend; August's best music

Holiday weekends in Baltimore mean local rap-and-R&B station 92Q opens up a little bit and allows its DJs to go nuts. For all intents and purposes, Labor Day or Memorial Day or Fourth of July...

11 GIFs that perfectly capture our reaction to Downtown Partnership's Buzzfeed article on Baltimore music

Someone over at Downtown Partnership of Baltimore apparently decided that one way to help promote Baltimore would be to partner with Buzzfeed...

Locally Sourced

Now more than ever, Station North is in a state of transformation. The neighborhood has seen a boom in gallery spaces, street art, and studios since it was appointed the Arts and Entertainment...

Live Review: At the last First Thursday of the year, the Hold Steady maintains its rambunctious spirit

Every time the Hold Steady plays Baltimore, lead singer Craig Finn tells the same story of how the band played its second-ever gig here at the Talking Head in 2003. On Thursday evening, in the...

Limited tickets to City Paper's Best of Baltimore party featuring Dan Deacon DJ set and open bar available NOW

City Paper's Best of Baltimore party will be on Thursday, September 18th (a day after the Best of Baltimore issue goes out and up online), from 6:30 to 9:30 at Baltimore Soundstage. There will be an...

In last weekend's faux fight of Drake vs. Lil Wayne at Jiffy Lube Live, both rappers perform as if something real is at stake

There's really no way to talk about this decade in hip-hop without mentioning Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment: Already, Drake has gone three-for-three with platinum albums; Nicki Minaj is...

Stream the new Height With Friends album "Versus The Continental MC's"

Local MC Height (government name: Dan Keech) is one of Baltimore's most established indie rappers, having steadily put out releases since 2000. Something that's been unwavering in that long stretch of...

Roomrunner announces new EP, "Separate," and releases new single 'Chrono Trigger'

Today, Roomrunner released 'Chrono Trigger,' the first single from its upcoming EP, "Separate." The new track's a particularly poppy burst of the type of noise rock Roomrunner does so well, but it...

Hampdenfest Details Announced

After a brief scare

Michael Owen sinks to a new low of self-promotion

There is self-promotion and then there is shameless self-promotion. We've had issues with the shamelessness of "street artist"...

Art gallery RandallScottProjects to move from D.C. to Baltimore

Influential commercial gallerist and former Los Angeles art dealer Randall Scott is relocating his gallery, RandallScottProjects, from the H Street/Atlas District of Washington, D.C., to Baltimore....

An appreciation of local stage actress Tana Hicken (1944-2014)

For anyone who has followed theater in the Baltimore-Washington region over the past four decades, many of the most thrilling experiences have been created by actress Tana Hicken. The skin stretched...

No Trivia: Streaming Baltimore Club, Streaming Police Brutality

Two Fridays ago, the website Boiler Room live-streamed a "Baltimore...

Live Review: Balladeer Jackson Browne shows a sense of humor in his lively concert at the Hippodrome

Jackson Browne's current U.S. tour is billed as a solo performance, with the veteran singer-songwriter onstage by himself with piano and guitar. But nobody said anything about it being just one...

Sisqo releases a new single featuring Waka Flocka Flame

If Sisqo was ever on the A-list, it was back in the 'Thong Song' days. And if Dru Hill's last reunion album, 2010's "InDRUpendence Day," couldn't restore him to the R&B mainstream, it seems unlikely...

Moonrise Festival roils restive Mount Washington residents

By most accounts the Moonrise Festival at Pimlico—the city'...

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...

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...

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