Music

Kahlon's Cut Up Series returns with audio-visual exhibition

When Kahlon ceased to exist in its capacity as a bimonthly party at The Crown, it felt like a blow to the city's music scene, which was finally starting to feel a bit less siloed. That was due to the series' eclectic lineups, bringing artists of disparate sounds and scenes together under the umbrella...

  • Top Ten Non-Local Albums of 2016

    Top Ten Non-Local Albums of 2016

    1. Beyoncé, “Lemonade” (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment) Beyoncé did a lot this year. Most recently, she took the stage at the Country Music Awards, flanked by the Dixie Chicks, and dared anyone in the audience and at home not to enjoy themselves. The song she performed, ‘Daddy Lessons,’...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Singles of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore Singles of 2016

    1. Dooley, Tlow, and Lor Roger, ‘CIT4DT’ (self-released) The day after the election, when everyone was trying however they could to grapple with the reality that Donald Trump is evidently going to be our next President, it was important to remember that while some people were presented with the...

  • 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...

  • No Trivia: Everybody knows this is nowhere

    No Trivia: Everybody knows this is nowhere

    A big chunk of Neil Young's discography showed up on Apple Music and Spotify just a few days before Donald Trump's victory and I've been revisiting his noisy, rickety records of rage, rancor, and resignation ever since. There's maybe no musician who better articulates the long game of dissappointment,...

  • A night with the Insane Clown Posse at Baltimore Soundstage

    A night with the Insane Clown Posse at Baltimore Soundstage

    I will preface this live review of The Insane Clown Posse at Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 24, 2016, by confessing that, yes, I have dabbled in Juggalism. One Halloween a few years ago, I donned a Philadelphia Eagles jersey and a camo jacket, stuffed a pillow under my tank top, painted my face...

  • On The Download: New singles from Lower Dens, Lor X, Blacksage, more

    On The Download: New singles from Lower Dens, Lor X, Blacksage, more

    -Ami Dang, 'Sublimate' On this rugged pop track from her latest, "Uni Sun," Ami Dang, an Indian classical sublimator (she dubbed her approach "Bollywave" in a Tedx Talk back in 2013) crafts curly-cued, post-Timbaland, meta-orientalism—a more mindful and just plain valid version of the "Eastern"-tinged...

  • The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

    The highlights and lowlights of Fields Festival

    Highlights Bobbing around in the pool on Friday night with just about everyone; sipping the Champagne of Beers; the spontaneous whirlpool someone started; the line of beer cans and empty cups around the pool's perimeter that created an ephemeral and interactive installation; the security guards...

  • Staring back at Charlie Parker on Pontella Mason's 'Bebop'

    Staring back at Charlie Parker on Pontella Mason's 'Bebop'

    Charlie Parker, born 96 years ago on August 29, was from the landlocked state of Kansas and he spent some of his worst years in sunny California (including a six-month stay in a mental institution), but Pontella Mason's 2008 mural "Bebop: Charlie Parker and Bettie Carter," painted on one of the...

  • Hands Up! crafts intentional party music for right now

    Hands Up! crafts intentional party music for right now

    Baltimore club music seems to be constantly in a state of resuscitation, but Hands Up! is eager to breathe new life into the genre. A collaboration between the ubiquitous club music DJ and producer Mighty Mark and new-to-us skilled studio engineer and producer Michael J.R., Hands Up! just released...

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