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  • Hip-Hop for the Headstrong: More Aptly Titled Than They Probably Intended

    Baltimore hip-hop concert promoter Steez has been a great asset to Sonar lately, both in bringing notable headliners to the main room and curating all-local bills on the club stage. This past Saturday's Hip-Hop for the Headstrong showcase was a prime example of the latter. And while it was a cohesive bill, featuring several acts that clearly had respect for each other, it also ended up a bit redundant, with many of the later acts blending into one another with little to distinguish from one another lyrically or aesthetically. At least the first performers, for better or worse, were able to separate themselves from the pack. Paradise Movement, a rap duo from York, Pa., were exactly as goofy and fratty as you'd expect if you've ever spent any time in Southern Pennsylvania. Thankfully, the next act stood out for all the right reasons. State of the Arts, something of a Maryland hip-hop/R&B supergroup, featuring members of the groups Circle of Native Vibes and Raw Earth, as well as singer Stephanie Lightfoot, performed a brief set of tracks from its highly enjoyable new album, Sun Ra Used to Say. Considering that most Baltimore rappers wouldn't even know who Sun Ra is, much less name-check him in an album title, State of the Arts' live show was appropriately artsy and eccentric, with two members of the group dressing up, one wearing doctor's scrubs and the other a three-piece suit and a pith helmet. Granted, weirdo old-school-influenced hip-hop with R&B hooks and funny outfits are the kind of elements that, when mixed in the wrong ratio, could end up as something terrible like, say, the Black Eyed Peas, but State of the Arts sidestepped those dangers and walked away with the best set of the night. The later performers weren't bad per se, though. The seven-member Planet SB got the strongest crowd reaction of the night with big shout-along choruses, but they were a bit overbearing and joyless in their strident backpackerisms. The next group, Flawless, followed a similar formula to better effect, mixing dancehall-esque sung vocals with upbeat tracks that probably would've come off as reminiscent of Pharcyde even if they hadn't done a song over the beat from "Passin' Me By." But by the time rappers like J Optimo and snaPz rolled onstage to deliver more sermons on the dangers of "watered-down hip-hop" and shady industry cats, it all got to be a bit redundant. Here's hoping Steez's next local showcase features performers who are just as compatible without coming off quite so boringly homogenous.
  • Online Pub Bmore Appears on Board of Estimates Agenda

    Correction: According to the Baltimore City Comptroller's Office, the $10,000 one-year city contract with "Issue Media Group - Bmore," which we reported was awarded yesterday by the Board of Estimates, was in fact withdrawn from the board's agenda prior...

    If Convicted at Trial, Prosecutors Say Dan McIntosh May Face Mandatory Life Sentence

    Today is the third day of the trial of Daniel McIntosh, co-owner of the now-shuttered Sonar nightclub downtown and McCabe's Tavern in Hampden, on federal drug-conspiracy charges arising from his alleged involvement in a large-scale, long-standing...

    Baltimorean Matthew VanDyke didn't plan to be a motorcycling, freedom-fighting, filmmaking activist (and prisoner) in the Arab world, it just kinda happened.

    All Matthew VanDyke set out to do, he says, was to be like Alby Mangels, the Australian famous in the 1970s and 1980s for making films of his own world-traveling adventures. But after what happened as VanDyke pursued this rather singular dream-including...

    See the boulder, be the boulder

    In Gunnison, Colo., bouldering is like being in an art-music project in certain parts of Baltimore. You’re a part of it, or rather close to someone that is. Instead of hangovers, you see sprained ankles and bandaged fingers as collateral damage; a...