Music

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...

  • 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...

  • Sizzlin' Summer Music Events

    Sizzlin' Summer Music Events

    May Lacuna Coil. The Italian metal band plays Rams Head Live just days ahead of the release of their eighth album “Delirium” with Painted Wives, 9Electric, and Seventh Seal. May 23, 8 p.m., Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com, $18-$23. Minus the Bear. Restorations...

  • Talking about The Indian Talking Machine: An interview with Robert Millis

    Talking about The Indian Talking Machine: An interview with Robert Millis

    Seattle-based sound artist and record producer Robert Millis began releasing cassettes of early 20th century 78rpm discs with his collaborator Jeffrey Taylor 20 years ago. As a performing and recording duo, Millis and Taylor called themselves the Climax Golden Twins and made collage soundscapes...

  • Q&A: Animal Collective's Deakin talks about his six years in-the-making, Kickstarter-funded album

    Q&A: Animal Collective's Deakin talks about his six years in-the-making, Kickstarter-funded album

    Right off the bat, Josh Dibb recognizes my name. The Animal Collective member and I had briefly chatted once before, but that's not why it jumps out at him. I donated to his Kickstarter project in late 2009. "I don't know if that would have happened with everybody, but yeah, I feel like I'm pretty...

  • Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' resonates in Baltimore

    Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' resonates in Baltimore

    The raging Beyoncé we witness on the first half of her latest album and hour-long film "Lemonade" expresses The Crazy Bitch in a way that we rarely get to see from a black woman. She smashes cars, she tosses a wedding ring, and she throws up her middle finger (while underappreciated tennis goddess...

  • Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': A year later, viral Michael Jackson tribute artist dances on

    Wanna Be Startin' Somethin': A year later, viral Michael Jackson tribute artist dances on

    Dimitri Reeves went viral last year during the riots, dancing on North Avenue as police faced off with protesters and looters emptied nearby stores. Most notably, he danced and lipsynched to 'Beat It,' and immediately became known as "the Michael Jackson protester." "I hated that. With a passion....

  • Hard Lives and Hash Dens in Greek Music

    Hard Lives and Hash Dens in Greek Music

    The Manhattan apartments of Jack Gregory (born Ioannis Halikias) were for three decades, from the 1930s to the 1960s, a meeting-place for Greek and Turkish-speaking musicians; a place to jam, hang out, smoke, and score hash. In the vernacular of the Greek underworld, they were tekehdes, hash dens....

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