NOISE: AN ARTS BLOG

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 show next to the Metro Gallery, the beloved duo who recently released their fourth album, "Shriek," a...

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 DarlingtonĀ the weekend of August 22-24? This three-day event features damn near every out music-maker that matters in the city:...

Sondheim finalists announced

Work by finalist Kyle Tata.

SXSW Postscript: Soul Survives

In the wake of the Dap-Tones' triumphs with both Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse, not to mention the related success by Adele, Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc and Joss Stone, the retro-soul movement has...

Darkroom Productions returns with a new single from Diablo

Darkroom Productions, the local duo that produced music for The Wire and created the Hamsterdam...

Peabody soprano breaks a window with her voice

Last Friday, Peabody Institute soprano Tammie Woods was practicing the aria in Act One of Verdi's Il TrovatoreĀ when the operatic equivalent of the hole-in-one happened: she broke a...

J. Roddy Walston and the Business release video for "Same Days"

When we first heard "Same Days" on Essential Tremors, the latest album from J. Roddy Walston and the Business, we thought it might be some kind of riff on the Talking Heads' "Heaven," the...

Soft rock-loving hipsters and baby boomers rejoice! Pier Six hosts back-to-back nights of smooth jams

In one of the more inspired bookings of the year, Pier Six Pavilion has stacked concerts by Steely Dan and Hall & Oates on consecutive nights, Sept. 17 and 18 respectively. So many smooth jams, you...

Dan Deacon to join Diplo at this year's Mad Decent Block Party

In years past, the Mad Decent Block Party, the annual concert tour put on by producer Diplo's imprint, has featured the dancehall-charged music of Major Lazer, Canadian dubstep duo Zeds Dead, and...

Wye Oak debuts a new music video for "The Tower."

The folks over at Stereogum have the premiere of Wye Oak's new video for "The Tower," the lead single off their forthcoming album Shriek, due out April 29 on Merge. In the video, locals Ben...

African American Festival has the theme "Happy," a lineup featuring Johnny Gill and Brandy

Rarely -- and we mean rarely -- do we get excited when a press release from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pops into our inbox. But when we clicked on the release announcing the lineup for...

Films from Chris LaMartina and Michael Tully to highlight 2014 Maryland Film Festival

With the Maryland Film Festival's first lineup announcement out today, City Paper spoke with festival director Jed Dietz and director of programming Eric Hatch (a former CP ...

Ogun Pushes The Button To Launch A New All-Star Mixtape Series

In February, 5 Seasons held an event billed as a "Rap Retirement and Birthday Party" in honor of Baltimore hip-hop veteran Ogun. And while it appears that the days of Ogun solo releases are indeed...

Schwarz's new song and video will make your day better

On Monday, local producer Schwarz debuted the music video for his latest club track "U R Beautiful," wherein he earnestly tells listeners "I want y'all to stop for a minute/ and just think about how...

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