Best Band

City Paper

No band in Baltimore—no band, anywhere—sounds quite like Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, and few bands even attempt the wide tonal shifts of its material. Seeing the duo perform is to watch them swing from guttural primal screams to hypnotic tribal chants to soothing, emotional lullabies—and back again. Our appreciation for the band has only grown over the years, as we watched it develop from Ed’s solo project to a true collaboration with bassist Devlin Rice and heard them grow as musicians while still retaining that vital creative spark. One of the key things about the Baltimore music scene is that bands can be unique while still being great, and no band embodies that more than ESMB. 

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