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  • No Trivia: DIY? OTM? What's the difference?

    No Trivia: DIY? OTM? What's the difference?
    Over the past month, the conversation surrounding "DIY" (do it yourself) has gotten a lot more interesting here in Baltimore. A few weeks ago, Dan Keech, better known as the rapper Height, penned an essay for Splice Today that detailed and mythologized his forays into "DIY rap" over the past few years. "A True DIY Rap Scene" gently opens up the term "DIY" to more than, well, people with guitars. Then, in last week's issue of City Paper, Brandon Weigel spoke to members of basement show noise rock lifers Dope Body and Roomrunner who provided a real-talk tutorial on how to be a band in 2014 (seriously, any kid who has been brainwashed by the idea that making it means getting blasted across the blogs and all that will learn something).
  • Strum Und Twang: A Halloween-appropriate tale of country music murder

    Country fans are in an uproar over the release of John A. Brown, the bastard who murdered country music star David “Stringbean” Akeman in November 1973. Brown and his cousin ambushed and shot Akeman and his wife Estelle at their Tennessee home...

    Rip It Up and Start Again: Mary Timony returns with Ex Hex

    Rip It Up and Start Again: Mary Timony returns with Ex Hex
    Since the early ’90s, Mary Timony of Ex Hex (formerly of Wild Flag, Helium, and the underrated Autoclave) has remained an under-the-radar indie-feminist icon. Timony’s early work with Helium told a complicated, provocative story that might now...

    Lafayette Gilchrist Harnesses the dance-floor solidarity of go-go and jazz, on 'Go-Go Suite'

    Lafayette Gilchrist Harnesses the dance-floor solidarity of go-go and jazz, on 'Go-Go Suite'
    Add ethnomusicologist to Lafayette Gilchrist’s résumé. The Washington, D.C. born and raised, Baltimore-based jazz composer and pianist is sitting in a Mount Vernon coffee shop using Parliament’s ‘Aqua Boogie’ to illustrate the...

    Chill Harder: An in-depth conversation between Dope Body and Roomrunner

    Chill Harder: An in-depth conversation between Dope Body and Roomrunner
    Local noisy rock outfits Dope Body and Roomrunner both have new releases out—an LP, "Lifer," and an EP, "Separate," respectively—and they are joining forces for a release party on Friday at the Metro Gallery and subsequent tour. We took this...