| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:14 PM
This week Maryland rapper/producer Speed On The Beat released "Kings (Edited Into The Echelon)," the first official single from his second album, due out in August. The track features frequent collaborator True God, and displays the "no-fi" approach to...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 6:23 PM
Ed Schrader has been living and working around Baltimore for nearly a decade, but we are only just now getting to know him.
Schrader's band has a new album, Party Jail, out now on the UK label Upset The Rhythm, and they have a release show at...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 10:26 AM
Khayree Robinson is just a microcosm of the kids-at-intersections problem ("Down on the Corner," Feature, June 25) here in Baltimore City and County. This has been going on for years, and not just at North and Mount Royal avenues. Little...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 12:52 PM
Local MC Height (government name: Dan Keech) is one of Baltimore's most established indie rappers, having steadily put out releases since 2000. Something that's been unwavering in that long stretch of time: Keech's love for old-school hip-hop beats and...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 2:07 PM
To Beach Boys guru Brian Wilson, "they were the ones with all the spirit and all the know-how." To Nancy Sinatra, they were "unsung heroes," to Herb Alpert, "an established groove machine." And to celebrated songwriter Jimmy Webb, they were simply...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 9:20 AM
A decade in the making, "The Wrecking Crew" took almost as long to make it to theaters. But Danny Tedesco's "unknown musicians who cranked out the hits" doc, which predated and inspired the Oscar winning "Twenty Feet from Stardom," finally gets its due...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 9:32 PM
When I was a kid midway in a previous century, I loved background music in motion pictures. In fact, I dreamed of how neat it would be if we all had background music playing in our lives. And now, mere decades later, we are living that dream.
All we need...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 4:31 PM
I was with an acquaintance -- a music expert who, like me, is in his early 40s -- when I heard Rod McKuen had passed away at 81. "The cheesy easy-listening music guy?" he asked.
His assessment is not exactly incorrect. It is undeniable that McKuen's...
| May 19, 2014
| 1:40 PM
(photo by Larry Marano)
My first farewell tour ticket stub for Cher dates back to Aug. 30, 2002 in Sunrise, Fla. This was the iconic singer’s Living Proof/Farewell tour. I was 22 at the time and so bummed out that I finally had a job and money...
| Jul 12, 2014
New wave was great music, and just because it’s more than 30 years since that genre ruled the radio doesn’t diminish it. So it was refreshing that all four acts on the Replay America Festival concert that stopped Friday at......
| Jan 26, 2014
| 8:43 PM
Daft Punk took the top honors at the 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday when they took the awards for record of the year for "Get Lucky," with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, and album of the year for "Random Access Memories." They also nabbed the awards...
| Dec 12, 2013
Here are the Top 5 Concerts of the Coming Week: 1. THE ENGLISH BEAT Since The English Beat, the premiere ska band of the 1980s, reunited a decade ago, front man Dave Wakeling repeatedly has said a disc of new......