NOISE: AN ARTS BLOG

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 sandwiches generating content for the internet, not on lists themselves. The secret, of course, is that...

'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...

Art Fart: Edwin Lord Weeks, Edouard Vuillard, and making art from memory

Memory is weird. It is always somewhat flawed and distorted. It's a string of reconstructions. It's abstract and subjective, and it's all in your mind. For all of these reasons, I've always had an...

'Akira,' the beyond-reproach Japanese anime, plays at the Charles Theatre tonight

Try and imagine what the inevitable live-action Hollywood remake of "Akira" will look like: directed by some Hollywood worker bee after Darren Aronofsky is fired a few days in from a script written by...

Watch the beautifully animated video for the new Panda Bear song 'Boys Latin.' And yes, it's named for the school

Earlier this morning, Adult Swim premiered a beautifully animated and wonderfully trippy video for 'Boys Latin,' the second single from Baltimore-bred avant-pop musician and Animal Collective member...

No Trivia: D.C. rapper and Bmore favorite Shy Glizzy's 'Law 3' is a profile-raising plateau jump

Young Thug's batshit-crazy baby talk on 'Lifestyle'. I Love Makonnen's alone-in-the-shower howl on 'Tuesday.' Rae Sremmurd's castrato-hop on 'No Flex Zone.' Rap is in its weird-voice phase right now&...

Art Fart: Looking at one of the first nativity scenes, 'Isis with Horus the Child,' and remembering the true origins of Christmas

Since it is the season of dying and resurrecting wine gods, I wandered over to the Walters to see some of the Dionysus black-figure vase paintings. But when I got there, I was captivated by 'Isis with...

Book Review: Dawn Paley looks at the people on the ground in the War on Drugs in 'Drug War Capitalism'

Official accounts of the War on Drugs in Mexico, Central America, and Colombia tend to tell tales of massive cartels fighting each other over territory and trade routes. This narrative dominates our...

Dan Deacon's new album has a name, release date, and single. Watch the video for 'Feel the Lightning'

On Monday, local electronic music maestro Dan Deacon released a...

Dan Deacon to release new album in February

This morning, Dan Deacon posted a video to his Facebook page announcing that he'll release a new album in February. The caption says, "Footage from the recording sessions for the forthcoming Dan...

Clicking and Streaming: Two 'opium Westerns' from Monte Hellman

"The Shooting" / "Ride in the Whirlwind"

Live Review: Drummer Patrick Carney shows how the Black Keys pack a punch as a duo

Guitarist Dan Auerbach sings all the vocals, takes all the solos, and plays the fundamental riffs, so why is drummer Patrick Carney considered an equal half of the Black Keys?

The Baltimore Book Festival relocates to the Inner Harbor for good

After being forced to move from Mount Vernon to the Inner Harbor earlier this year due to the rehabilitation of the Washington Monument, the Baltimore...

Art Fart: Seeing Matisse's 'Large Reclining Nude' at the BMA and on the street

As I meandered through the BMA last weekend, Matisse's 'Large Reclining Nude' gave me a momentary flutter, a fleeting familiarity. I stood in front of it for a few minutes, trying to determine why...

How HBO mutilated 'The Wire' for its HD release

Great news: "The Wire" is being released in HD for the first time and will be available through HBO Go the day after Christmas and available to digitally purchase on Jan. 5 (a Blu-ray release is...

Clicking and Streaming: A families-are-terrible-themed holiday edition featuring 'Restaurant: Impossible,' 'In a World,' and 'I Am Love'

In this installment of "Clicking and Streaming," we have a few recommendations that all circle around the meaty theme of "families are incredibly, depressingly toxic," which is just perfect for the...

No Trivia: Baltimore and Ferguson, protest music, and the importance of shutting the hell up

The night before the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown, would not be indicted, I drunkenly derailed City Paper’s...

Art Fart: The political power of Philip Guston's 'The Oracle,' on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art

If Philip Guston were alive today, he would shame us for attempting to escape the tragedy in Ferguson to bother ourselves with irrelevant art. So for this week's Art Fart, we bring you a painting...

Live Review: Focusing on mostly new material, Bob Dylan delivers an invigorating performance at DAR Constitution Hall

For years one of the pleasures of going to a Bob Dylan concert was the guessing game of "What will he play tonight?" It wasn't always easy to recognize the surprises, what with the new, flattened...

Holy shit, 3-D Jean-Luc Godard flick 'Goodbye to Language' to screen at the Senator Theatre

It's frustrating to a be film fan here in Baltimore. Not that that the community itself doesn't do all it can to create an exciting and fairly diverse series of screenings and events all the time...

Friends Records celebrates its fifth anniversary with a two-day bacchanalia of local music

Running a record label is hard—or so we imagine, because we've never actually tried to do it. Based on what we've heard from people who do, the enterprise requires hours for packaging records,...

Watch the Lotfy Nathan-directed video for Blaqstarr's 'Hands Up Thumbs Down'

This thing where Mad Decent and Blaqstarr repurpose old Blaqstarr tracks for 2014 is weird as hell, man. For Baltimore club heads, tracks 'Feel It In The Air' and 'Hands Up Thumbs Down' (released...

Nerftoss' 'Maiden Powers,' mescaline, and Baltimore's new chill

Here's what immediately came to mind while listening to Nerftoss' stoned, soigné "Maiden Powers," released earlier this week on Ehse...

Introducing our new blog series of art ruminations, Art Fart. Some thoughts on 'The Ideal City' at the Walters Art Museum

In this new weekly feature, City Paper's art critics wll look at a single work of art that is on view somewhere in the city. Except, as this first installment shows, it is almost impossible to talk...

A Center Stage playwright wrote a one-minute play about me during lunch. You can get one too

Thursdays at the City Paper offices often means lunch at the Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon parked two blocks away at North Calvert and East Monument streets. On our way to the line last week, we...

Stop playing fast and loose with Bmore club history

This playing fast and loose with Baltimore club history must stop. The innovators, all of them working-class, most of them black, all from Baltimore, haven't really gotten their due or really received...

An introduction to Canon Balls, featuring power-pop bands Luxury, The Letters, and The Shivvers

Arguments about pop canon—the "genuine" articles of highest artistic quality in a given medium as determined by tradition and/or critical consensus—are arguments between pop ideologies. Is...

Michael Owen and Lululemon are collaborating on a clothing line. They deserve each other

Baltimore magazine wrote yesterday that local artist Michael Owen and overpriced athletic-wear company Lululemon are...

Going beyond "Is your refrigerator running?" Some words with the infamous prank caller Longmont Potion Castle

The phone call begins with a seemingly harmless question: "Yeah, when does that Green Julius come out?" The Orange Julius employee on the other end tells the caller he knows nothing of a Green Julius,...

Being a woman on the internet is hard

Here's a fun game. Go to any comment section on an online story/video/blog/whatever about or written by a woman and count how many posts it takes before you see a gendered slur or personal attack...

Listen to James Nasty and DJ Dizzy's butt music EP, 'Bmore Bounce'

Just when you think Baltimore club's ability to grab onto viral pop-culture detritus has hit a wall, some new fresh-faced producer comes along and re-energizes the formula. These days, it's DJ Dizzy,...

Now Hear This: J. Robbins, Jonah's Onelinedrawing, Lushfarm, Invitational

In case you didn't know, part of the reason Roomrunner's new EP "Separate" sounds so damned good, so punchy and direct even at its noise-rockiest, is because of producer J. Robbins of Magpie Cage...

Now Support This: Holdenfest

Larger than life when he was alive, Baltimore photographer and drummer Sam Holden is staying so even after his sudden death in April. The Sam Holden Memorial Fund at Towson University, where he...

Clicking and Streaming: "How To Die In Oregon" and "A Field In England"

How To Die In Oregon

Sweet Adelines International features female barbershop singers from all around the world, and you can see them perform at the Convention Center today

Downtown is buzzing in harmony this weekend, thanks to Sweet Adelines International, which brings 8,000 singers, fans, and supporters to town this week. And most of them are in sequins and...

Live Review: Black Pus and Oozing Wound shook the Floristree, literally and figuratively

The experience of listening to Black Pus' music in the comfort of one's own automobile or domicile is distinctly different from standing two or three feet away from Brian Chippendale while he performs...

Sterling Sisters call it quits; Scout Pare-Phillips debuts new single

Last time we saw the Sterling Sisters (2013's "Best Country Band") at Metro Gallery, Scout Paré-...

Potential Gallery CA art exhibit causes controversy with its culturally insensitive message, critics say

An exhibition intended to be shown at Gallery CA, still in the very beginning stages of planning, has come under fire for communicating a culturally insensitive message. "Xenos," curated by Lizz...

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