The Hour Haus, 135 W. North Ave.
The “scape” that is quickly becoming Baltimore’s most tiresome suffix provides one interesting side effect: a way to set certain types of festivals up beside each other and compare them. And, between the gargantuan city-designated OG Artscape—plus its official satellites—and the old-school ultra-small salon des Refuses of Foodscape, Ratscape stands out as essential. There was a lot of great shit at Artscape this year, but, with a few exceptions, when we wanted to hear music, we went straight to Ratscape, which was greatly aided this year by the temperate weather. The Sneaks, Slow Jerks, ADVLTS, TT The Artist, Wild Honey, and dozens of others kept the Hour Haus rocking all weekend in a low-key, BYOB, post-apocalyptic “Please Kill Me” way, with the trains rattling by on the tracks down below. No big production or security necessary for great music in a super eclectic mix.