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  • No Trivia: A local crack rap hit becomes an Orioles anthem

    No Trivia: A local crack rap hit becomes an Orioles anthem
    West Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota has a local hit on his hands right now with 'Bird Flu.' The catchy, menacing, and brutally honest track has a hook that begins with a sneeze sound ("Achoo!") and goes, "I think I got the bird flu/ I’m tired of selling packs I think I need a bird or two/ We selling scramble, coke, and smack/ Keep them junkies coming back." The beat is a steely piece of springy minimalism. Impressively, Scoota avoids the dope-dealing platitudes, passing along a vision of how dealing drugs operates that is boldly unsentimental: "Let the fiend taste the coke, he said he couldn’t feel his jaw/ I called the plug and told him 'Thumbs up, good job.'" You’ve heard 'Bird Flu' coming from cars and apartment windows for months and as of late, it seems to be the city’s chosen ringtone as well. 92Q has finally taken to playing 'Bird Flu,' cramming it into mix shows and, of course, censoring the hook, adding an absurd amount of silence into the track. Over the past week or so, though, it has also become a sort of unofficial Orioles pride anthem. This is in part how 92Q DJs, who are always looking for ways to make their corporate-controlled playlists more interesting and community-serving, have justified playing the song.
  • The Short List

    The Short List
    WEDNESDAY: Chicago-based bassist and composer Matt Ullery leads a quartet at An die Musik Live.Juan Wauters of The Beets and Guy Blakeslee of The Entrance Band play solo at the Metro Gallery.Don’t miss: Baltimore DJ/weirdo Schwarz kicks off his...

    Music Calendar

    Music Calendar
    OCTOBER Sylvan Esso, Oct. 23, The 8x10, 10 E. Cross St., (410) 625-2000, Sharon Van Etten, Oct. 25, The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, Riff Raff and Waka Flocka Flame, Oct. 28, Baltimore Soundstage, 124...

    Ottobar hosts a fundraiser for Tom Malenski's family

    Ottobar hosts a fundraiser for Tom Malenski's family
    There’s an important event going on at the Ottobar today, and you should go—not just for the bands and the DJs and the cool raffle prizes. You should go because the all-day fundraiser is for the family of Tom Malenski, a truly wonderful...

    The Music Scene

    The Music Scene
    This year, Baltimore synth heroes Future Islands’ stunning appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” raised their profile and even, for a moment there, had them going viral, thanks to vocalist Sam Herring’s hypnotic...