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  • Priests' Katie Alice Greer talks pop, politics, and why D.C. and everywhere else kind of sucks

    Priests' Katie Alice Greer talks pop, politics, and why D.C. and everywhere else kind of sucks
    With last year’s “Bodies and Control and Money and Power,” Priests became the breakout stars of Washington, D.C.’s new punk scene. They make political and personal punk shaded in with no-wave bass and surf guitar, and anchored by sometimes-obtuse lyrics from their vocalist, Katie Alice Greer. Perhaps most importantly, the band lives out a collaborative, DIY ethos, and they’ve become the anchor of an exciting movement in the city just south of us. We talked to Greer over the phone about D.C., Ariana Grande and the impact of pop culture on politics, her label Sister Polygon, and the band’s involvement in Ferguson-related activism. 
  • No Trivia's Year in Music: The top 50 singles and 50 albums of 2014

    No Trivia's Year in Music: The top 50 singles and 50 albums of 2014
    News flash everybody: Lists are fucking awesome. They get a bad rep these days, because they're cranked out willy-nilly with no thought or energy put into them, but blame that on the lazy wet sandwiches generating content for the internet, not on lists...

    No Trivia: Baltimore music is better than all of the other music

    No Trivia: Baltimore music is better than all of the other music
    One of many rewards that came from focusing so closely on Baltimore music in 2014 (though I didn't exclusively focus on it like my colleague Baynard Woods) is that it further revealed to me how full of shit the proper music industry is. Rarely do you need...

    Straight Outta Gaithersburg: Logic apes the mainstream and breaks through, but what does that mean for Baltimore hip-hop?

    Straight Outta Gaithersburg: Logic apes the mainstream and breaks through, but what does that mean for Baltimore hip-hop?
    Lyrical rapper Logic, who released his debut album “Under Pressure” on historic hip-hop label Def Jam last month, really wants you to get to know him. No, like, really wants you to. On the record’s guest-free 57 minutes, the word “...

    Lesson Plan

    Lesson Plan
    The video for Damond Blue’s song ‘Shorty’ features the Baltimore rapper sitting on a local park bench, dispensing advice to a troubled teen (portrayed by a young actor, but voiced by Blue with a pitched-up vocal for one half of the song&...