LISTENING PARTY

Listening Party: Roomrunner's 'Separate'

Listening Party: Roomrunner's 'Separate'

Baltimore needs to ask herself, “Were the ’90s actually as good as I remember them?” It seems like everyone was really excited for 2000 to roll around and ready for the ’90s to wrap up, but I was...

Listening Party: Multicult, "Variable Impulse"

Listening Party: Multicult, "Variable Impulse"

By the time bassist Rebecca Burchette and drummer Jake Cregger’s stalking beat ignites ‘Foreign Object,’ the third cut on Multicult’s substantial new album, you realize you&...

Listening Party: Lor Scoota, "Still N' The Trenches 2.5"

Listening Party: Lor Scoota, "Still N' The Trenches 2.5"

Part of a new wave of Baltimore street rap that clearly grew up on Southern trap music, Lor Scoota doesn’t shy away from wearing his influences on his sleeve. His local hit...

Listening Party: Warehouse, "The Destruction"

Listening Party: Warehouse, "The Destruction"

Baltimore is a place where eccentrics have an unusually strong sense of community, forming musical alliances around a shared sense of individuality. So when someone in the city appears out of the ether like a true...

Listening Party: Todd Cage, "Screwed Down (Vol. 1)"

Listening Party: Todd Cage, "Screwed Down (Vol. 1)"

Earl Sweartshirt’s bipolar 2013 single ‘Burgundy’ rides a wobbly symphonic beat as Sweatshirt darts from downer introspection to defensive scowl. As remixed by Todd Cage on “Screwed Down (Vol....

Listening Party: Jon Camp, "Earwig"

Listening Party: Jon Camp, "Earwig"

Recorded in Baltimore by guitarist and vegan activist Jon Camp of Kensington, Maryland, “Earwig” consists of eight unruffled tracks in just 11 minutes (it fits on one side of a 12-inch,...

Listening Party: Various Artists, "Mutant Trax Volume 1"

Listening Party: Various Artists, "Mutant Trax Volume 1"

Calling a song “catchy” usually means it’s got a springy melody or a big soaring hook, and in hip-hop and EDM right now, a phrase said over and over again until it is crammed into listeners’...

Jason Crumer, "Disqualifier"

Listening Party: Jason Crumer, "Disqualifier"

If you're listening to Jason Crumer albums without quality headphones, you¿re doing it wrong. The Baltimore-based noise artist¿s catalog teems with eldritch nuance that rewards close listening.

Ami Dang, "In Auspices"

Listening Party: Ami Dang, "In Auspices"

The flustered breathlessness that¿s greeted FKA twigs' "LP1" is enough to make you think Tricky isn¿t still active. Not hating--twigs' `Two Weeks' simmers with as much combustible lust as anything off 'Maxinquaye'--but her glitch-pitched...

Normaling, "Corpus Callosum"

Listening Party: Normaling, "Corpus Callosum"

What the actual fuck? Last week British music magazine FACT pimped local outfit Normaling's debut EP as a "weird-and-queer take on Baltimore club" music. Let's assume that's ye olde Oxford English Dictionary definitions of weird ("Having...

KIX, "Rock Your Face Off"

Listening Party: KIX, "Rock Your Face Off"

KIX is the kind of band that has little incentive to make a new album, much less a good one, in 2014 and "Rock Your Face Off," its first studio album since 1995, is better than it has any right to be.

Wing Dam

Wing Dam

For those who came of age in the ’90s, a spin through Wing Dam’s sophomore album on local powerhouse Friends Records is like slipping into old long-john-bottoms-under-cutoffs. Fuzzy post-...

Schwarz, "Open Up Yr Mind - The Remixes" (Thunder Zone)

Schwarz, "Open Up Yr Mind - The Remixes" (Thunder Zone)

Schwarz might just be the most sincere and generous dude in music right now. The #BASED DJ/producer/evangelist wants you to see the beauty in the world around you and, perhaps more importantly, in yourself. This EP of...

J. Robbins, "Abandoned Mansions EP" (Self-Released)

J. Robbins, "Abandoned Mansions EP" (Self-Released)

D.C. post-punk hero and Magpie Cage Studios producer J. Robbins has put together an acoustic EP that maintains the intensity of his hallowed work with Jawbox and Burning Airlines. No Starbucks-friendly hushed vocals or...

Young Moose, "O.T.M. 2" (Out The Mud Records)

Young Moose, "O.T.M. 2" (Out The Mud Records)

Baltimore’s Young Moose sounds like he grew up on the street rap of New Orleans and Baton Rouge: ‘Posted,’ the standout single from his latest mixtape “O.T.M. 2,” features a No Limit-style...

James Nasty, "Calvert St." (T & A Records)

James Nasty, "Calvert St." (T & A Records)

The first time I played third-wave Bmore club classic ‘Samir’s Theme’ for a friend of mine (a house DJ in his 40s from Raleigh almost entirely unfamiliar with our homebrewed dance music), he immediately...

Abdu Ali, "Infinity Epiphanies" (Araca Recs)

Abdu Ali, "Infinity Epiphanies" (Araca Recs)

Why has foreboding Japanese noise artist Merzbow put out more than 300 micro-batch albums of ear-splitting racket? Because he wants your attention. Because he wants to be liked. Likewise, for all the energy rising Baltimore...

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