NOISE: AN ARTS BLOG

Baltimore Playwrights Festival announces winners: everyone

A lot of us grumpy olds like to grumble about how everyone gets a trophy these days just for showing up. (Example: My kid's in second grade and he's already had three "graduations")...

No Trivia: My earbuds made me metal

Last week, I lost my "good" headphones. They weren't a really nice noise-canceling pair that cost a whole lot or anything like that, just a crappy pair that I picked up at Rite Aid for like 12 bucks...

"A Night of Satie" at Lil' Gallery

There's a strange bittersweet feeling that certain artworks or moments in life conjure. Sometimes, an experience feels profound because you simultaneously appreciate its beauty (or even singularity)...

Following a rise to national acclaim, Future Islands return home for a triumphant Hampdenfest show

Following Future Islands' March performance on Letterman, the band's secret got out and the group was handed over to the rest of the world. Lead singer Sam Herring turned into a Tumblr meme and a...

With its awards show, the Americana Music Association embraces blues, gospel, and R&B

The secret hero of the 2014 Americana Festival in Nashville last week was neither a scrawny ex-punk rocker from Austin nor a bespectacled ex-English major from Nashville. It was a fat, often jolly,...

No Trivia: The future of Baltimore club is getting sampled in a crappy J. Lo song

-A tragic optimism has taken over the Baltimore club scene these past couple of years. Everybody is finally getting pretty damned realistic about the possibility of a local producer or DJ blowing up...

Raz-Ber-Ritas, trombone breaks, and goofing on Michael McDonald: A Steely Dan live review

Wednesday was the anniversary of my Natal Day, and along with the usual well-wishes from well-wishers, I was super psyched about my Celebratory Evening in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, USA, to wit;...

At Merriweather Post performance, Jack White adds a little Nashville twang to his garage rock

"OK-do-you-feel-good-OK-now!" Jack White said as he walked on stage, addressing the Merriweather Post Pavilion crowd on Sunday. Everybody freaked out. While almost half of the setlist consisted of...

A Comic Review of the 2014 Small Press Expo

Last weekend, I went to the Small Press Expo, an independent publishing convention that makes an annual destination of Bethesda, MD for comics artists, cartoonists, micro-publishers,...

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...

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...

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