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  • No Trivia: 'There are no more good rock bands!' Maybe listen to Priests, Sleater-Kinney, and Wildhoney

    No Trivia: 'There are no more good rock bands!' Maybe listen to Priests, Sleater-Kinney, and Wildhoney
    "Where'd all the rock bands go?" your ding-dong of a friend'll ask you as he pulls the ghost of Jimmy Page's peen out of his mouth and climbs across the recliner to crank up the stereo and get the Led out a little louder. You'll put down your vape and answer, patiently, "There's one called Priests and they're from Washington, D.C., and they played the Ottobar last Saturday. And there's one called Sleater-Kinney that, dude, you should totally know and they have a new album out, 'No Cities To Love,' and it's their first since 2005 and it really does solidify them as rock heroes. And there's a Baltimore band, Wildhoney, who played the Crown last Friday and their new album 'Sleep Through It' breathes sugar-rush energy into the pretty-much-played-out shoegaze subgenre and oh boy, these are all bands doing big serious rock things with their music even though they kinda look and dress like us and if you'd only just listen, friend, if you'd only listen!"
  • Prem Raja Mahat of Nepal House is an international music superstar in his spare time

    Prem Raja Mahat of Nepal House is an international music superstar in his spare time
    “Try everything and see what you like,” Kabita Mahat, co-owner of Nepal House (920 N. Charles St., [410] 547-0001) in Mount Vernon, says as she leads the way to the buffet and holds out a heavy porcelain plate. Deep maraschino accents strike...

    A revival of 'Annie' at the Hippodrome revives the musical's mildly revolutionary roots

    A revival of 'Annie' at the Hippodrome revives the musical's mildly revolutionary roots
    People get really attached to musicals. There’s something about show tunes—maybe it’s their connections to childhood theater experiences, their perceived wholesomeness, their often heart-on-sleeve,  even corny lyrics, but that music,...

    The Stone Hill All-Stars are like the Pogues but with polka

    The Stone Hill All-Stars are like the Pogues but with polka
    Songwriter and guitarist Paul Margolis and accordionist John Shock have been playing music together for almost 30 years now. Starting with Shock’s band Two Legs, then The Polkats, and now with The Stone Hill All-Stars, they have been at the helm...

    Wildhoney improve and refine their sound on their new album, 'Sleep Through It'

    Wildhoney improve and refine their sound on their new album, 'Sleep Through It'
      It is best to consider Wildhoney a pop band. Although its music contains many of the trappings of the rock subgenre shoegaze—My Bloody Valentine-esque pedal-swirled guitar, frenetic drum rhythms, and an increased emphasis on oblique musical...