NOISE: AN ARTS BLOG

Local street artist Nether creates work on bus stop where video captured police beating citizen

Over the last year or so, Baltimore street artist Nether has been demolishing the somewhat stale lines between politically engaged work and avant garde conceptual art. Unlike so much of the boosterish street art in Baltimore, which is often purely decorative, Nether's work becomes conceptually...

Premiere: DJ AngelBaby and Mighty Mark's 'Avenue' music video

DJ Angelbaby has spent the past few years helping to resurrect Baltimore club music in Baltimore, in the clubs, on the radio, and on the internet. Yeah yeah yeah, Bmore club never left or died out and...

Today: Devil's Night Halloween Cover Show

Some of our favorite local bands are celebrating Halloween in disguise as their favorite bands. Five Sided Fistogram, featuring members of Smoke Below and AK Slaughter, covers Rage Against the...

Today: Geo-Poe: A Literary Geo-Caching Adventure

If you haven’t noticed, short Poe-y stories have been hidden all over the city to be hunted via geo-caching (GPS) since the beginning of October. Inspired by the Baltimore legend’s...

Great Lantern Parade lights up Patterson Park

Hundreds upon hundreds of people descended on Patterson Park Saturday to join the Creative Alliance and the Friends of Patterson Park for their 15th annual Great Lantern Parade. The event started at...

Be sure to watch the music video for Dope Body's 'Repo Man' ahead of tonight's release show

Dope Body recently released a beautifully shot visual tribute to south Baltimore County with its new music video for the song 'Repo Man,' off the band's new album "Lifer." Featuring shots following...

The Contemporary creates a new grant, the Grit Fund, to support artist collaboration

On the heels of last week's Cultural Town...

The Self-Titled (Quantum Leap?) Comedy Tour

Precisely when The Self Titled Comedy Tour, comprised of sketch teams rude.

Elaine Eff to talk about "The Painted Screens of Baltimore" on CBS News Sunday Morning

When we wrote about Elaine Eff’s book, “The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed," Rafael Alvarez said it was a “masterful” history of screen painting and...

Who benefits from the mayor's plan to boost the Baltimore art scene?

During the Cultural Town Meeting on Wednesday night at the Maryland Historical Society, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake boasted the numerous arts- and community-based projects, research, and grants...

Just in time for Halloween, Terence Hannum releases "Dead Air," a hour-long mix of horror-movie music

I don't know about you, but I'm still pretty bummed out that Claudio Simonetti's live-scoring "Dawn of the Dead" got canceled back in July. Not only did it promise to be a unique way to see the...

Read the review, skip the recap and the show at Guest Spot

We have reached a kind of post-historical point in culture where there is no longer a narrative about what art should or can be. As a result, we now see many artists producing...

No Trivia: A local crack rap hit becomes an Orioles anthem

West Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota has a local hit on his hands right now with 'Bird Flu.' The catchy, menacing, and brutally...

Tom Malenski goes out in style

Baltimore really came together last night in...

Ottobar hosts a fundraiser for Tom Malenski's family

There’s an important event going on at the Ottobar today, and you should go—not just for the bands and the DJs and the cool raffle prizes. You should go because the all-day fundraiser is...

Ahead of tonight's release show, stream the new Crimson Wave 7-inch "Say/Calling You"

If playoff baseball isn't your thing, you could do a lot worse on a Friday night than heading to The Windup Space for a terrific slate, top-to-bottom, of local bands, featuring Wildhoney, Crimson...

Top 10 Movies Featuring The O's

As the boys of summer slide comfortably into the fall playoff season, we thought we would honor them and their film-loving fans with a list of movies that mention or feature the team.

Hear Horse Lords' sprawling 'Outer East,' the opening track from upcoming album "Hidden Cities"

A new Horse Lords song premiered over at Stereogum yesterday, and it runs nearly 13...

Hear TT The Artist & DDm's 'Elevator' (and check out the cover art by Alex Fine)

Yesterday, TT The Artist and DDm released their collaborative Mighty Mark-produced single 'Elevator,' packaged with two remixes (from Thunderbird Juicebox and Normaling) and featuring cover art by...

Louisville punk band Coliseum had its van (briefly) stolen while working on a new album in Baltimore

On Monday night, the van of Louisville punk band Coliseum

Baltimore Playwrights Festival announces winners: everyone

A lot of us grumpy olds like to grumble about how everyone gets a trophy these...

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...

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