Arts and Entertainment

  • Best Play: 'Garbage, Death and the City of Baltimore' by Ric Royer

    Psychic Readings, 219 Park Ave., psychicreadings.church The whole thing with plays is the tension between what is real and what we imagine—the act of suspension in the willing suspension of disbelief. And too often, plays seem so play-y, you know? When Acme Corporation did 12- and 24-hour version...

  • Best Actor: Dawn Ursula

    As a member of Everyman Theatre’s Resident Acting Company, Dawn Ursula has delivered some unforgettable performances—as a Hollywood maid in “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” as an apprentice conjurer in “Gem of the Ocean” and as a beleaguered wife in “A Raisin in the Sun”—but she hit a new peak in...

  • Best Director: Tazewell Thompson

    Tazewell Thompson, who got his start at Washington’s Arena Stage, now travels the globe to direct both theater and opera. He made his Baltimore debut this year with a stunning mounting of Lynn Nottage’s “Ruined.” It’s a play in which the joys and horrors of tropical Africa alternate in brisk succession....

  • Best Company: Arena Players

    801 McCulloh St., (410) 728-6500, arenaplayersinc.com Yes, Arena Players is the oldest continually performing African-American community theater in the country, but that's not what's important here— we don't remember 1953, but we damn sure remember its 2015 season. With James Baldwin's “The Amen...

  • Best Musical That's Probably Going to be on Broadway: 'Marley' by Kwame Kwei-Armah

    Kwame Kwei-Armah's “Marley,” a bio musical in the mode of off-Broadway-turned-Broadway-smash “Fela!”, was clearly bigger than Baltimore from the start and it was thanks to Kwei-Armah's uncompromising demand that it debut here that the city got to this musical whose Broadway debut seems imminent,...

  • Best New Theater: Cohesion Theatre Company

    3717 Gough St., cohesiontheatre.org Within the bloom of young theater troupes in Baltimore, the most impressive has been the Cohesion Theatre Company, which in its first year mounted a raw, low-budget production of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” plus slyly witty interpretations of two contemporary...

  • Best New Social-Justice Opera: 'Stinney' by Frances Pollock

    A white woman writing an opera about the execution of a young African-American boy could easily become just another example of white artists profiting from black death. But Frances Pollock, who earned a master's degree in vocal performance from Peabody this year, managed to handle the subject respectfully...

  • Best Dinner Theater: 'The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover,' adapted by Nick Vyssotsky

    Annex Theater, 219 N. Park Ave., baltimoreannextheater.org It's a little wistful for us to think about this production because it took place at Canteen, the greatly missed Station North coffee shop, whose owner, Dane Nester, was in charge of creating the gustatory drama to accompany Annex Theater's...

  • Best Adaptation: 'The World Is Round' by Gertrude Stein, adapted by Lola B. Pierson

    The Acme Corporation/Annex Theater, theacmecorporation.org Not only did Lola B. Pierson’s adaptation of Gertrude Stein’s children’s book remind people that yes, the pioneer of American literary modernism wrote a children’s book, but it also brilliantly interpreted the book’s nonlinear narrative...

  • Best Short Play: 'Make Yourself At Home' by Cricket Arrison

    With only about 10 minutes of text and a fascinating concept, writer/performer Cricket Arrison provided one of the more rewardingly disorienting theater experiences of the past year. Inspired by the story of Lucy, the chimpanzee raised in captivity and taught sign language in the 1970s, Arrison...

  • Best Musical: 'Caroline, Or Change' by Tony Kushner

    StillPointe Theatre Initiative, 811 Cathedral St., stillpointetheatre.com A young theater company producing Tony Kushner's “Caroline, or Change” should be a recipe for disaster. Kushner's book is a miniature epic, with a 16-character cast tackling race relations in Louisiana around the 1963 assassination...

  • Best Paring Down: 'The Rock Opera 6-Pack' by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society

    1539 N. Calvert St., baltimorerockopera.org The Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) puts the epic in epic with its massive bass-heavy, guitar-laden, local brew-fueled productions. They are awesome. And, if we’re being honest, kinda sometimes a little bit too long for those of us with the attention...

  • Best Queer Theater: Iron Crow Theatre Company

    (443) 637-2769, ironcrowtheatre.org Baltimore is lucky to have such a thriving creative scene, and its array of independent theater companies is one of our favorite parts of that. Founded in 2009 and calling themselves “the theater of mischief and subversion,” Iron Crow is the city’s only queer...

  • Best New Series: Pulse: Performance Art Salon

    EMP Collective, 307 W. Baltimore St., empcollective.org EMP Collective artistic director Carly J. Bales filled a local hole when she debuted this performance series in May 2014. Pulse not only offers a regular monthly opportunity to see new and emerging performance works, but also provides a workshop...

  • Best Water Ballet: Fluid Movement

    403 N. Paca St., fluidmovement.org Fluid Movement’s annual water ballet production is a summer rite of passage. Held over two weekends at Druid Hill Park and Patterson Park’s public pools, the shows are a festival of glitter and coordinated dance moves, both in and out of the water, held together...

  • Best Mad Scientists: LabBodies

    Local multidisciplinary artists Ada Pinkston and Hoesy Corona—Dr. A. Pinkston and Dr. H. Corona, as they call themselves—formed the performance-art curatorial project LabBodies just last year and already have several solo and group shows behind them, not to mention a two-week-long multivenue performance-art...

  • Best Band: Wume

    One of the reasons we love Wume is that it isn’t what a lot of people think of when they think band, i.e. four dudes still, basically, doing the Beatles thang. But the duo of April Camlin and the delirious synths of Albert Schatz make some of the most interesting music we’ve heard in a long time....

  • Best Song: 'No SunShine' by Young Moose feat. Martina Lynch

    From Joy Postell’s ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ to Lor Chris’ ‘#Justice4Freddie,’ Baltimore artists of color across genre lines swarmed to step up and speak out in the wake Freddie Gray’s unjust death back in April. The most polarizing of the bunch was Young Moose’s ‘No SunShine’ featuring Martina Lynch,...

  • Best Album: 'Blossoming Decay' by Noisem

    Noisem got a lot of well-deserved attention when its (excellent) debut album “Agony Defined” was released on A389—after all, it’s rare for a band to come out of the gate with such a cohesive, assured record. It’s even rarer for a thrash-metal band to follow up a record like that with one that isn’t...

  • Best Rapper: Young Moose

    With the few rappers that Baltimore has seen make some sort of local or national splash—no matter how minimal—none have been able to realistically claim the “hometown hero” tag like Young Moose, whose main draw is his likeness to the young, inner-city residents who listen to him. Moose unapologetically...

  • Best R&B: :3lON

    Remember that scene in “Back to the Future” where Marty McFly is playing ‘Johnny B. Goode’ and a guy named Marvin Berry calls his cousin, Chuck, to clue him on the “new sound” he’s been looking for? The shitty subtext of that scene aside, it kinda captures how we feel about :3lON (or Elon, if you...

  • Best New Band: Bond St. District

    Bond St. District’s “Everybody’s So Sleepy” EP felt like it fell out of a time warp when it debuted last November. The duo of producer Paul Hutson and MC Unkle Lulu (aka local powerhouse DDm) emerged fully formed, marrying the warm irreverence of Prince Paul-ish golden-age hip-hop production and...

  • Best Music Video: 'Waitress' by Wet Brain

    Oddly enough, this is the second music video directed by Chris LaMartina in which people gorge themselves on food—the other being Natural Velvet’s ‘Fruits.’ What sets this one apart, from that video and all other videos this year, is its badass blue-collar revolt. The members of the band are the...

  • Best Noisemaker: TRNSGNDR/VHS

    Synth-and-noise provocateur Alexandra Brandon’s stunning EP “Condominium” places industrial percussion and nagging, confessional vocals that are just out of reach atop swirls of narcotic electronic hiss—it’s the year’s most fascinating experimental music release. It breathes new life and updates...

  • Best Metal: 'Infinite Dissolution' by Locrian

    The most accessible record yet from these experts of minimalism deigns to rock good and proper sometimes—especially right in the middle of the stunning ‘The Future of Death’—and houses a reedy concept about how we as humans can’t really comprehend the end of our race as we exacerbate it. It’s smart...

  • Best Live Band: Trunkweed

    City Paper loves this loud-quiet-loud rock of Trunkweed, which has found a way to renovate the surf-punk ’90s worship that’s been coming back in a big way these past few years, mostly by sheer intensity and a kind of stoned poetic ennui to its lyrics. The musicians’ increased confidence on the...

  • Best Label: Girl Problem Records

    Stalwart labels such as Friends and Ehse continue to put out great work at a time when so many other labels out there are throwing in the towel, but Madi Shapiro of Wet Brain’s 7-inch label Girl Problem arrived with “The Wheel,” the first in a series of tarot-oriented 7-inch compilations featuring...

  • Best Club DJ: DJ AngelBaby

    We feel like we’re pretty much repeating ourselves here because AngelBaby was given this award last year and probably deserved it the year before that—or at least her own award—and it seems like our reminding y’all of why she’s the heir to K-Swift as club ambassador will be one of those annual...

  • Best New DJ: DJ TrillNatured

    Jessica Hyman, alternately known as TrillNatured and sometimes DJ Jess, has been spinning at events such as Queer-ology and shows curated by Electric Llama all year, making herself known thanks to versatile, R&B-influenced house and club mixes with a sort of intergalactic jazz edge. Her sets often...

  • Best Anxiety Reliever: 'Gliss Riffer' by Dan Deacon

    As has been told in this paper and elsewhere, Dan Deacon turned his own anxieties into music for his most recent album, and that itself is kind of affirming. Mental health is still not something people talk about enough, so an album that puts it all out there and, ultimately, finds relief is a...

  • Best Panty Raid: WTMD reimagines 'Thong Song'

    Turns out 2015 marked the 15th anniversary of ‘Thong Song,’ the smash hit that made Dru Hill member Sisqo the silver-domed icon of the summer of 2000. Rather than an oral history or some sort of retrospective essay, WTMD asked seven local artists to reimagine the ode to barely-there underwear....

  • Best Up-Its-Own-Ass Album Announcement: Beach House

    Dozens of bands announce new albums every damn day of the year, so it’s understandable that some might try something a bit gimmicky to set themselves apart. But when you’re as well-established as Beach House, your new release is going to be written about regardless. Even so, the duo really went...

  • Best Blast From The Past: Smokey

    Before this year, we had never heard of the music of ’70s gay glam rocker Smokey. Most people hadn’t—his glam-y garage rock songs about gay culture had mostly been lost to time. Thanks to a re-release by an indie label in Australia called Chapter Music, Smokey, aka Baltimore native John Condon,...

  • Best Sober Drug Experience: 'Bata Malablab: Suite for Prepared Piano, Flute and Electronics' by M.C. Schmidt

    Onstage the suave and debonair M.C. Schmidt always looked liked Matmos’ neighborly presence. Yes, he’s got a undeniable mischievous streak, but it was his partner Drew Daniel who turned death metal into homoerotic disco as the Soft Pink Truth last year. Schmidt’s debut solo outing, “Bata Malablab”...

  • Best Remix: 'Hip Hop Chronicles' by Mike Nyce on WEAA-FM

    During the Baltimore Uprising, when we were on the ground, we often knew less about what was going on at large than people sitting at their computers. It’s hard to follow the cable shows and the mayor’s speeches when you’re trying not to get tear-gassed or knocked down by the cops. But each night...

  • Best Country and Folk: 'Zane Campbell' by Zane Campbell

    Disclosures out the way first—Zane Campbell’s seminal self-titled album was produced by CP contributor Travis Kitchens. And despite what you might think, such conflicts generally make us more reluctant to give an award. But the album is so undeniably brilliant that there’s really no way we could...

  • Best Beat-maker: DJ Dizzy

    DJ Dizzy is the arch-nemesis of any Baltimore club producer who takes him or herself too seriously. Fully immersed in today’s meme culture of viral videos and hilarious six-second Vine clips, the 19-year-old producer found his niche by sampling the Internet’s favorite inside jokes, including ‘You’re...

  • Best Summer Jam: 'Bank Rolls' by Tate Kobang

    Tate Kobang threw his hat in the ring of Baltimore’s rap game with last year’s “Crown Of Thorns” mixtape, but it was this year’s instant hit, ‘Bank Rolls,’ that really put the rapper on the map. Kobang refreshed Tim Trees’ 2002 hit ‘Bankroll’ into a bass-heavy anthem that quickly won over the streets...

  • Best Pop Renaissance: 'Bobby Donnie Plays the Bobby Donnie Songs' by Bobby Donnie

    Painting, poetry, punk, god, and rock ’n’ roll are all dead and that’s great news because it means that we can start all over and make new things—which seems to be the ethos behind the duo Bobby Donnie’s debut album, full of rickety, sparse drumming, fuzzy guitar, and hootin’ and hollerin’ sounds,...

  • Best Hair: Big Mouth

    Some say punk is dead because of capitalism and commercialism and in some ways of course it’s true, but by that logic so is all art and everything else that’s good. And the world’s always a mess so we still need the fury, frustration, and fuck-it-all feeling that are injected into punk, pumping...

  • Best Supergroup: Fulgora

    The Baltimore metal scene has been going through somewhat of a renaissance, and one of the more notable bands to come out lately is Fulgora, which was founded in St. Louis but fully three-quarters of the band lives right here in Charm City, all of whom are current members or seasoned vets of area...

  • Best Boy Band: Party Poison

    When we first were told about Party Poison, we couldn’t really believe that in 2015 there was a boy band in existence in Baltimore (well . . . Hagerstown), nor could we understand why they seem to play at the Ottobar and other area clubs so often. Then we saw them, and we totally got it. Discovered...

  • Best Radio DJs: Lil Mo & Quicksilva

    For weeks leading up to April 27, there were teasers about a big change coming to the 92Q. On April 27, the schedule switched to bring back Quicksilva and Lil Mo as afternoon DJs. But instead of the prize giveaways and guest call-ins they had scheduled to do, their return coincided with the confrontation...

  • Best Soundtrack to the Revolution: PulseWidthMod

    During the uprising, plenty of Baltimore musicians, inspired by the history happening all around them, cranked out some really great protest tracks. The one that stuck with us the most was ‘An Awakening’ by Maeghan Donavan, who records as PulseWidthMod. The song was a mysterious, menacing instrumental...

  • Best Fiction: 'Find Me' by Laura van den Berg

    Though no longer a Baltimore writer, Laura van den Berg spent a few formative years here, putting together short stories that eventually became “Isle of Youth,” which pulled her into the mainstream. Her debut novel “Find Me” is set in a world debilitated by a memory-destroying disease that moves...

  • Best Nonfiction: 'The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots' by Lawrence Grandpre and Dayvon Love

    This smart, demanding collection of essays from two members of grassroots think tank Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle begins by asking that its readers have “racial literacy.” That is to say, it is not a book that will talk down to you or get you up to speed, it is one that expects you to grasp...

  • Best Poet: Anna K. Crooks

    Anna K. Crooks might not have a chapbook out (yet) or be published in major literary journals (time will tell), but none of that really matters and who needs it anyway? Because we live in a world where everything is instantly sharable, you can find many of her poems on the poetry blog manymistypes.tumblr.com....

  • Best Shaggy Dog Story: 'The Great Grisby' by Mikita Brottman

    MICA professor Mikita Brottman’s seven-year relationship with a beloved French bulldog named Grisby serves as the springboard for this thoughtful, humorous, and moving meditation about the dog-human bond. Brottman is a fearlessly dispassionate observer of our absurd foibles, able to acknowledge...

  • Best Rogue: Robert Marbury

    Robert Marbury’s “Taxidermy Art: A Rogue’s Guide” might be the most beautiful Baltimore book produced in living memory. In the book Marbury, who began working as a “vegan taxidermist” using stuffed animals (of the plush variety), travels the world to profile the top “rogue taxidermists”—who have...

  • Best Pop-Up Book: 'Baltimore Breakups' by Julia Arredondo

    The term “Smalltimore” is a corny as hell and myopic and we just ban it, but damn if it isn’t impossible to go through weekend errands to the farmers market, wait for the bus, and carry on to a museum or the park or a show or wherever without running into at least a few exes along the way. That’s...

  • Best Artist: Alex Ebstein

    At first glance, Alex Ebstein’s recent work wouldn’t look out of place in the BMA’s Cone Collection. But her colorful abstractions aren’t really “paintings” in the Joan Miró sense and they’re not quite “collages” in the Matisse sense, either. They’re cut-up-and-reassembled yoga mats—a medium very...

  • Best Solo Show: Paul Rucker's 'REWIND' at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson

    Works included in artist and cellist Paul Rucker’s February show “REWIND” included pieces of paper shot full of holes—the number of holes that punctured the bodies of victims of police—and cello faces, burned and damaged and named after black bodies that endured the same kind of torture. Other...

  • Best Gallery Show: 'Pooches at the Penthouse' at Penthouse Gallery

    We didn’t just love this show because there were over a dozen dogs in attendance—well, that was a big part of it, but our immense excitement over seeing our four-legged companions happily participate in an art show was equal to the visual quality of the interactive agility course sculptures by...

  • Best Museum Show: 'Bubble Over Green' by Victoria Fu at The Contemporary

    When The Contemporary Museum mysteriously suspended operations in 2012, it seemed like the Mayans were right—Baltimore’s art scene was dealt a blow of apocalyptic proportions. But under director Deana Haggag’s leadership and rebranding, The Contemporary put on its first exhibition in nearly three...

  • Best Gallery: Guest Spot at the Reinstitute

    1715 N. Calvert St., (718) 541-9672, guestspot.org Rod Malin’s curatorial eye has been a welcome addition to the city since he started exhibiting artists in his Fells Point home in 2011, but ever since moving to his current location on Calvert Street in 2012, he’s not only broadened the variety...

  • Best Public Art: 'Change for the Better' by Loring Cornish

    At North Charles and East Lanvale streets, loringcornish.com In the wake of the murder of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Uprising, and the subsequent militarization of the city’s streets, we all needed some good news. Thankfully, local artist Loring Cornish rose to the occasion. He transformed the...

  • Best Programming: Open Space

    In 2013 we awarded Open Space Best Phoenix for persevering despite a fire that destroyed its members’ home and project/gallery space in Remington. After the fire, they kept on, and a little more than a year later they organized the first Alternative Art Fair at Artscape, where the drunken masses...

  • Best Healing: 'Love on the Line' pop-up series

    On a Sunday afternoon almost a week after the Baltimore Uprising, 50 people or so packed into the Spin Cycle laundromat in Charles North. Some folks were just there to do laundry, but most came together to see art by Pierre Bennu and Stephanie Safiyatou Edwards and music and spoken-word performances...

  • Best Visual Rhythm: Hermonie 'only' Williams

    Hermonie “only” Williams’ “Saccade” exhibition at Terrault Contemporary over the summer was this local artist’s first solo show since her impressive “Big Deal” at the Penthouse in 2010. And even though that was five years ago, Williams’ new work was still instantly and indelibly recognizable as...

  • Best D.C. Invasion: RandallScottProjects

    216 W. Read St., (410) 617-0091 Fears of Washington, D.C. residents being lured up to Baltimore by cheaper real estate reached a nail-biting moment when those prefab “luxury” Station North Townhomes were completed near Penn Station in 2007. That it never happened—or simply hasn’t yet—doesn’t mean...

  • Best Visual Virus: Angry Kevin

    The anonymous person, or really probably people, responsible for the Angry Kevin graffiti that has covered much of Station North is hated. Even your smart and with-it street-art fan seems to draw the line at Angry Kevin and calls what he does—which is cover nearly everything with scrawly, half-assed...

  • Best Subversive Heirs to the Legacy of 'The Wire': Wickerham & Lomax

    You know when people from other cities ask “I’ve never been to Baltimore! Is it just like ‘The Wire’?” and you say “Well, parts of it are. But it’s also like a John Waters movie. And a little like ‘Blade Runner’ too”? Now, you can save your breath and direct out-of-towners to “BOY’DegaEdited4Syndication,”...

  • Best Propaganda: Baltimore Police Department

    Everyone’s got to have a social media presence, and the Baltimore Police Department is no exception, with its Instagram and Twitter feeds full of net-art-esque, kitschy photos and design. Select highlights include a tribute to a fallen police dog, K9 Cash, Photoshop-collaged together in a manner...

  • Best Overdue Conversation: Art-Part'heid

    Many people refer to Baltimore’s art scene in the singular, as if it is just one scene, when really it’s a series of different scenes or silos, where those who run galleries and institutions don’t do enough to reach out and cultivate more diverse shows and audiences, while other folks specifically...

  • Best Film Series: Charles Revival Series

    Since the 1990s, projectionist John Standiford has painstakingly curated a series that runs every season with a diverse group of films whose usually triweekly runs showcase the beauty of original film prints, and finds room for, say, Orson Welles following a week of Hayao Miyazaki screenings. Often...

  • Best Video: 'Unedited Footage of a Bear'

    Wham City is a big reason why mid-2000s Baltimore gained its reputation as a playground for young white artists, but as much as its members/associates seemed to celebrate perpetual adolescences, just underneath that surface are enough disturbed childhoods to fill an asylum. Co-writers/directors...

  • Best Short Film: 'Peace in the Absence of War'

    Filmmaker Theo Anthony (previously of the Congo-based “Coffin Maker” and videos for Dope Body, Future Islands, among others) made a film about the uprising in eerie moments of pause, either curfew-based or because they were the calm before the storm. Intercutting sensitively shot footage of the...

  • Best Cartoon: 'A Family Affair'

    Ed Schrader and Kevin Sherry’s minute-long animated spoofs on family sitcoms of the ’80s feature a family (all voiced by Schrader) composed of a mother who never gets off the phone, a dick-hole of a dad, and a brooding son. Oh and meanwhile, David Bowie (also voiced by Schrader) appears as a Kramer-esque...

  • Best MICA Alum: Abbi Jacobson

    The Maryland Institute College of Art boasts a fairly long list of distinguished alumni, but none have brought the school’s students and fellow alumni as much pride in their alma mater than Abbi Jacobson, one-half of the duo that created and stars in Comedy Central’s “Broad City.” (Sorry, Jeff...

  • Best Way to Get White People to Listen to Black Voices: ReWired for Change

    Don’t get us wrong—we love “The Wire,” and we love that the cast came together at this year’s Artscape in a grand reunion to help amplify the voices of Baltimore residents in relation to the Baltimore Uprising. We love that Sonja Sohn and other actors from “The Wire” are still working to use their...

  • Best Ascent to Relevancy: Pier Six Pavilion

    731 Eastern Ave., (410) 783-4189, piersixpavilion.com Every year Pier Six announces its schedule, and every year it is a parade of old-dude classic rockers. While 2015 was no different, we were pleasantly surprised by all the shows that felt a little more 2015. We’re thinking turnt rapper Future,...

  • Best Decoration For Your 1982 Firebird: Confederate Flag

    Despite—or perhaps because of—the growing controversy of the Confederate Flag following the terrorist massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina in June, the stars ’n’ bars made many appearances in and around Baltimore this summer. Fairgoers at the Dundalk Heritage Fair donned and...

  • Best Festival: Punx Picnic

    Baltimore’s close-knit punk scene soldiers on, maintained by a cadre of bookers, small clubs, and DIY spots who keep bringing exciting artists to town, as well as giving a platform to Baltimore’s underappreciated current crop of punk bands. Punx Picnic is great example of the town’s DIY spirit—an...

  •  Best Synergy: Maryland Film Festival

    The Maryland Film Festival this year coincided with the tail end of the uprising and less than a week out from its start, there was still a curfew in place, which put the festival in a precarious position: Should it reschedule out of respect for the events? Should it go on because the city needed...

  • Best New Festival: Future Fest

    This two-day festival at Windup Space and Hour Haus, organized by Radell Moyd-Kane, heavily focused on experimental black acts in the realm of hip-hop, metal, punk, dance, club, and noise and included acts Black Zheep, ANML, Al Rogers Jr., Butch Dawson, and Hi$to and out-of-towners with ties to...

  • Best Franchise: Maryland Deathfest

    It would be easy for the organizers of Maryland Deathfest, America’s best heavy-metal festival, to rest on their laurels. After 14 years of success in Baltimore, they could have just stuck to their winning formula: four days of bands from all different metal subgenres, playing to an audience from...

  •  Best Curfew Cry: Abdu Ali

    For those who depend on Baltimore night life, either for employment or entertainment, the bullshit curfew restricted access to the city when we really needed it—for cash or some temporary escape from the chaos of the uprising. On May 2, which turned out to be the final night of the curfew, The...

  • Best Michael Jackson: The Michael Jackson Guy

    Late R&B legend Michael Jackson was present during the uprising in more ways than one. For one, his 1995 protest track ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ was turned into a chant during the protests following Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of the Baltimore Police. “All I’m really saying,” protesters...

  • Best Feels: Windjammer

    Anyone with a beating heart and even a passing interest in the Baltimore music scene couldn’t help but have a bit of hometown pride seeing Future Islands, Beach House, and Dan Deacon play before a sell-out crowd at Pier Six Pavilion. After years of putting in the work, these three local bands had...

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