Music

  • Top Ten Baltimore Albums of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore Albums of 2016

    1. JPEGMAFIA, “Black Ben Carson” (Memorials Of Distinction) Every song on “Black Ben Carson” wields the kind of weaponized vitriol usually reserved for socialist meme pages on Facebook. The title is reason enough to draft legislation to make license plates wider in the new year, but it isn’t just...

  • A Place Away From the Bullshit: The end of DIY arts space the Bell Foundry

    A Place Away From the Bullshit: The end of DIY arts space the Bell Foundry

    Musician, DJ, videographer, and writer Qué Pequeño first came to the Bell Foundry back in 2011. "I know the exact date—it was April 30, 2011," he said, a few days after he and a dozen or so other artists were evicted from the Station North arts studio and performance space. "My friend Tariq—who...

  • Bond St. District look back to look forward on new album 'A Church On Vulcan'

    Bond St. District look back to look forward on new album 'A Church On Vulcan'

    Bond St. District's new album, "A Church on Vulcan" ends at the beginning, telling the story of how rapper DDm and producer Paul Hutson met—what's referred to here as 'A Happy Accident': "So what's up with them beats?/ I heard you got that fire/ Put your number in my phone and I'mma hit you up...

  • Teacher by day, beatmaker by night, meet Jumbled

    Teacher by day, beatmaker by night, meet Jumbled

    Mild-mannered, soft-spoken, and conservatively dressed in a plaid button-down shirt and cardigan, Jumbled doesn't quite fit Baltimore's classic archetype of a DIY hip-hop producer. By day he's known as John Bachman, a high school teacher; but by night he transforms into Jumbled, one of Baltimore's...

  • Unfortunate Son: The roots of Tupac Shakur's rebellion

    Unfortunate Son: The roots of Tupac Shakur's rebellion

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur, who was shot on Sept. 7, 1996 and died on Sept. 13, 1996. It also marks the anniversary of his album, "All Eyez On Me," released on Feb. 13, 1996. Shakur, who lived for a time in Baltimore at 3955 Greenmount Ave., is forever associated...

  • Kacey Musgraves 'A Very Kacey Christmas' might make you believe

    Kacey Musgraves 'A Very Kacey Christmas' might make you believe

    Like all good country music, Kacey Musgraves' "A Very Kacey Christmas" splits the difference between searing sincerity and craven pandering, and understands that you can't have one without the other. Go ahead and start with 'Christmas Makes Me Cry,' one of four originals here, and the best and...

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