BIG MUSIC ISSUE 2013

City Paper's Big Music Issue

PUBLISHED: JULY 31, 2013

Here at Baltimore’s most musically inclined alt-weekly, we spend our days listening to the new music that comes in to us and many nights out watching bands and slugging back beers. People are always talking about how the music scene is blowing up or resurgent or getting national attention—and they’re right. Baltimore has a ton of great bands. But even more important, we think, is the way all of those bands come together and bounce off of each other to make the sound of the city.

Our Big Music Issue includes stories on shambolic rockers J. Roddy Walston and the Business, West Baltimore rapper A$AP Ant, pop eccentrics Raindeer, and the Orioles’ DJ. But the centerpiece is a playlist of over 100 unreleased tracks (available at citypaper.com/playlist), ranging from the country of Caleb Stine to the beats of Murder Mark; from veterans like Labtekwon and Cex to rookies like Bobby Donnie, who are spectacular despite having only recently formed.

For the playlist, we tried to reach as many musicians as possible. We appreciate the generosity of those who contributed and to Friends Records, Ehse Records, Mobtown Studios, Unregistered Nurse Booking, and countless others who helped us locate artists. If we missed you, we apologize.

We see these hundred songs as a giant sonic love letter to the city and the way it sounds right now.



Brain Power

On their way out of a dreary Remington bar, the members of Wet Brain encounter an unexpected moment of female solidarity. “I love your skirt,”...

Do Everything and Do It Yourself

It’s 1 A.M. on Artscape Saturday, long after the arts festival has packed up and gone home, but the Windup Space keeps the party going. The bass coming...

Love ->Warehouses That Might Catch On Fire

Instead of properly introducing the Big Music issue, Managing Editor/Arts Editor Baynard Woods (green) and I are just going to give you a facsimile of the...

The Old Weird Maryland

Zane Campbell is seated, clutching a borrowed Martin D-45 and singing into a black ribbon mic boomed 45 degrees down towards his mouth: “The places I...

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

With the release of Essential Tremors on ATO Records in September, J. Roddy Walston and the Business are finally living up to their name: They’re...

WILD PITCH

Baseball has a pretty standard soundtrack. You’ve got “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and, here in Baltimore, “Thank...

A$AP ANT INFILTRATES HARLEM

Dallas is a long way from West Baltimore, but that’s where we found Adam Kirkman, 20, known to the hip-hop world as A$AP Ant, on a July night.

RAINDEER GAMES

It is a bit hard to reconcile Raindeer’s Charlie Hughes in person with the persona conjured by the group’s second full-length, Tattoo, out now on...

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