NOISE: AN ARTS BLOG

True Directions, a lesbian/queer feminist film series, is a fun way to build community. Check it out this Sunday

Sara Lautman wanted to screen just one movie: "Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby," a 1999 film featuring Natasha Lyonne and Vincent Gallo that tracked the escapades of two women on the run from a mental institution and toward relief from eating disorders. She reached out to Rahne Alexander,...

Lower Dens announces third album, 'Escape From Evil,' due out in March. Hear 'To Die in L.A.'

Local kraut-rocky indie group Lower Dens is set to release its third album, "Escape from Evil," on March 31 via Ribbon Music. It's the band's first album since the delightful, Kraftwerk-indebted...

Alleged serial rapist and comedy legend Bill Cosby is still set to play the Lyric in March, two weeks after Hannibal Buress

On March 27, to be exact. Tickets are still on sale on The Lyric's website and a representative for the...

In 'Blackhat,' Thor trades Mjölnir for continental philosophy in Michael Mann's latest

We first encounter Nick Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth) in a maximum-security prison cell, where the erstwhile MIT student and anarchic brogrammer makes the most of his time, as he later explains, by...

Check out the awesome new video for Wet Brain's 'Waitress'

Watch as our heroes in Wet Brain run the eponymous Chez Wet Brain (which you might recognize as The Windup Space), an all-spaghetti restaurant patronized by gluttonous uppity assholes. Then watch with...

The Lexington Market subway station's mosaics are the rare example of good public art in Baltimore

Baltimore is a city with great public life. We're also a city that's known for having great art. So it's downright confusing that the majority of our public art is underwhelming, predictable, or...

'American Sniper': Gun-toting religious fanatic wages holy war in Clint Eastwood's old-fashioned, politically naive Chris Kyle biopic

A gun-toting religious fanatic waging a holy war. Sound familiar? Maybe when talking about the Charlie Hebdo massacre, not so much Chris Kyle, self-branded "most lethal sniper in U.S. history" and...

Metalhead record shop Black Mess Records is closing its doors at the end of the month

Local record store Black Mess Records announced on Facebook that Jan. 31 would be its last day in its...

Tangled up in blue, a sublime color of mystery and distance

Before I get going, I recommend opening up this YouTube link to Derek Jarman's film "Blue" in a...

A sneak peek at this year's A389 Bash, which kicks off tonight

Veteran purveyors of all things dark and heavy, A389 Recordings return this year with a scaled-down but still-crucial edition of their annual A389 Bash. A tradition that is now over a decade strong,...

After skipping 2014, Scapescape returns this summer

Following last year's absence, Scapescape, the multiday fete of local music and just one...

Watch the appropriately stoney video for Nerftoss track 'Corner Prophet'

We've already told you about the "confident...

Clicking and Streaming: 'The Nine Lives of Marion Barry' and 'Happy,' two knotty documentaries

"The Nine Lives of Marion Barry"

Q&A: Weyes Blood discusses her time in Baltimore, Flannery O'Connor, and early 20s disillusionment. See her Sunday at The Crown

Natalie Mering, aka Weyes Blood, the well-traveled, Pennsylvania-bred, and now Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, sings like a '60s American folk poet or medieval bard who has seen the 21st century....

Stream the new Wildhoney track 'Sleep Through It,' see the band's LP release show at The Crown on Jan. 23

Baltimore four-piece Wildhoney, through projects such as 2013's self-titled EP and last year's "Seventeen" EP, mixes genres in a way that's unique to the city's noise-rock scene. Though guitarist...

Check out the selfie-tastic video for The Sneaks' latest song, 'D.A.M.B.'

Pardon our post-holidays malaise, for we are only just now getting around to telling you about the new video for 'D.A.M.B.,' or Don't Ask Me 'Bout, the latest song from electronic rockers The Sneaks.

'Foxcatcher' is a rigidly surreal masterpiece of sustained dread

"Foxcatcher," a viscous movie about the myth of American exceptionalism, really gets going when down-on-his-luck Olympic gold-medal-winning wrestling lug Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and John du Pont...

Finding a sense of isolation and anxiety in Alberto Giacometti's 'Man Pointing' at the BMA

I first started thinking about the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti when I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, more than 20 years ago now. Space, in the arid high desert, seemed so much different than...

Top 10 people Dan Rodricks should unblock on Twitter

Sun columnist and

Ranking the Covers of Future Islands' 'Seasons (Waiting On You)'

From a crazily crappy karaoke take to a blunted soul-rap remix from BadBadNotGood, City Paper listens to every cover, remix, refix, music-video riff, and mash-up of Future Islands' 'Seasons (Waiting...

A comprehensive roundup of outlets leeching off Justin Fenton's tweets of 'The Wire' locales, then and now

On Friday, Sun crime and courts reporter and Best of Baltimore Hall of Famer Justin Fenton took time...

Baltimore reflects on 'The Wire's' legacy as #TheWireMarathon kicks off

When I talked to Laura Lippman, David Simon's wife, about her book "After I'm Gone" last February, she noted how strange it was to "hear so much 'Wire' lingo in day-to-day life from strangers who have...

Art Fart: Nick Cave's 'Soundsuit' at the BMA

We’d really like to know how Nick Cave decorates his Christmas tree. His 2013 'Soundsuit' in the Contemporary wing at the Baltimore Museum of Art is packed with as much domestic...

A three-word review of 'The Interview'

Well, that sucked.

'Pooches at the Penthouse' offers an art exhibit both dogs and their owners can enjoy

Local dogs and their humans gathered at Penthouse Gallery in the Copycat building Friday night to celebrate the opening of "Pooches at the Penthouse," curated by Process Collective and Alloverstreet...

It's Gianna Bitch!: What's the proper way to use social media during moments of great upheaval? IDEK

I must be listening to too much Taylor Swift because when I was trying to write a column last week my mind was the blankest of ...

Live Review: Warren Wolf and Aaron Diehl bring the muscle of jazz improvisation to Mozart at An die Musik

A highlight of Baltimore vibraphonist Warren Wolf's "Wolfgang" album last year was the title track. Featuring Wolf's variations on a phrase in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem," the piece was...

Clicking and Streaming: 'Zodiac' and 'Broadchurch,' two picks for 'Serial' fans and haters alike

"Serial" is a podcast in which host Sarah Koenig details her own investigation into a potential wrongful imprisonment. It is the biggest podcast of all time. Before reigning podcast champion and "Best...

No Trivia's Year in Music: The top 50 singles and 50 albums of 2014

News flash everybody: Lists are fucking awesome. They get a bad rep these days, because they're cranked out willy-nilly with no thought or energy put into them, but blame that on the lazy wet...

'Laura,' a smirking class satire masquerading as a film noir, plays at the Charles tomorrow and Monday

Who killed advertising superstar Laura Hunt? That's the question New York City detective McPherson (Dana Andrews) is trying to answer in this 1944 thriller. With his hat perpetually at a rakish tilt...

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