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  • Lower Dens' Jana Hunter talks about the band's new transitional album, 'Escape From Evil,' social media, and 10,000 Maniacs

    Lower Dens' Jana Hunter talks about the band's new transitional album, 'Escape From Evil,' social media, and 10,000 Maniacs
    Over two previous albums and a smattering of singles, the signature sound of Baltimore’s Lower Dens has drifted into soft focus: motorik clop, diffuse, fried art-rock, plus a modicum of folk, topped with lead songwriter/guitarist Jana Hunter’s rich, husky vocals. But where the tunes on 2010’s “Twin-Hand Movement” and 2012’s “Nootropics” teased and tantalized like lucid dreams, new LP “Escape from Evil” (Ribbon Music) out now, finds Hunter, bassist Geoff Graham, drummer Nate Nelson, and guitarist Walker Teret easing into synth-pop territory. From the torched-reverb of ‘Sucker’s Shangri-La’ to the neon pulsations of ‘Electric Current’ to the sub-Stereolab nightmare quicksand of ‘Company,’ this is a new Lower Dens—peppier, more skeletal, decidedly less light-refractive, funnier, even.
  • Live Review: Johnny Marr

    Johnny Marr, born John Martin Maher in Manchester, England, co-founded some group in a shut-in's bedroom in the 1980s whose name this blogger can't quite recall before finding fame as a session musician on the ultimate Talking Heads album Naked. After...

    That time the liquor board chairman quoted the Smiths

    Photo illustration by Charlie Herrick. Politicians and public officials often try to co-opt songs and pop culture references when they're on the campaign trail. It makes them "relatable" or something. It's rarer to see a public official cite lyrics when...

    What's good this weekend?: San Fermin, "Indirect Effect," Efervescent Collective

    [caption id="attachment_20667" align="alignright" width="300"] Effervescent Collective. Credit: James Oshida.[/caption] Friday Local gallery Area 405 is taking on the look of some sort of curated woodworking shop for its new exhibit, Indirect Effect. L.A....

    @BaltoBeerBaron Looks Back On The Liquor Board: Top 10 Outrageous Moments

    [caption id="attachment_21270" align="alignleft" width="150"] Outgoing Liquor Board Chairman, Stephan Fogleman, once quoted The Smiths in a hearing.[/caption]10) Angry Pizza Purveyor: A Hollins Market Pizzeria owner was so frustrated with her server...