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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2013
During the sweltering months of this past summer, Matt Pryor realized he was completely burnt out from writing and touring as a singer-songwriter. This breaking-point (or as he facetiously describes it, his "come-to-Jesus moment") makes sense when you remember he and his most famous band - pop-punk pioneers the Get Up Kids - released their debut album, "Four Minute Mile," in 1997. So Pryor, a 34-year-old stay-at-home dad living in Lawrence, Kansas, explored his other interests.
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By Zach Sparks, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2013
Last year was a big one for Baltimore alternative/new wave band the Perfects. Three music videos - two from their first album "Many Nights" and one from their new album "A Sudden Victory" - reached No. 1 on MTV's website. For lead singer and songwriter Ric Peters, it was reaffirming. Before the videos became popular, he wasn't sure if the Perfects would even record a second album. "It came about quickly," said Peters. "After the success we had with [the song] "Girls That Dance" and "Many Nights" on MTV, it made sense to repackage songs from that record, put some new material together and introduce the band to a new group of people.
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By Mary Clare Fischer, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
Three years ago, pop punks All Time Low thought they were about to make it big. Riding the coattails of their successful studio album "Nothing Personal," which debuted in July 2009, they had just signed to major label Interscope Records. Finally, with a well-known label, they could break into mainstream radio and grow their fan base. Now, they know better. The only album they released through Interscope, "Dirty Work," was received by much of their longstanding fan base as too glossy and tongue-in-cheek, and sales were far lower than expected.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2012
Appropriately rising from punk graves in late October, Baltimore quintet Sick Weapons -- which disbanded after a Golden West Café performance in late December 2010 -- has reunited, and will finally release its debut album, "Birthday Gift," early next month. The album will come out as a joint release from two Baltimore labels, Reptilian Records and the formerly defunct McCarthyism Records (run by Josh Sisk , a frequent photographer for The Baltimore Sun). The maroon-vinyl record will first be available at Day 1 of Unregistered Nurse Booking's U+Nfest at Metro Gallery on Nov. 9, which Sick Weapons will headline.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2012
As JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound took the stage for WTMD's First Thursday concert in Mount Vernon this past June, the rain came. But instead of allowing the dark clouds to damper the mood, lead singer Jayson Brooks saw an opportunity to make an impression. The magnetic frontman worked every inch of the stage, encouraging the crowd to clap along as he cleanly hit falsetto notes. When the rain stopped and a rainbow emerged, it almost felt as if Brooks had willed the clouds away.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
The four lifelong friends of Animal Collective had spent years living apart. Scattered across the globe, from Los Angeles to Portugal, they'd collaborate through emails and phone calls, coming together only for tours. So when it came time to write "Centipede Hz," the highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's " Merriweather Post Pavilion " that was released on Sept. 4, the members returned to their childhood home of Baltimore for three months, ready to work on the next batch of off-kilter psychedelic rock songs.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
For the siblings of the Mississippi trio the Band Perry, there's always been something special about the fair. On "Walk Me Down the Middle," a love song from the group's 2010 self-titled album, lead singer Kimberly Perry instructs a boyfriend to "walk me by the Ferris wheel" to announce their relationship to the town. In the Band Perry's world, a fair is a rite of passage to be cherished. "Fairs have always resonated with the three of us," said youngest brother Neil, 22. "They've got this romantic feel to them.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
"And now you hear the music, but the words don't sound too clear …" "Inner City Blues" by Sixto Rodriguez Former Baltimorean Craig Strydom has spent more than two decades searching for Sugar Man. And even though the music journalist tracked his elusive subject to a Detroit tenement in 1997, in many ways, he's still looking. Sugar Man is the nickname for Sixto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American singer-songwriter who was living in dire poverty in the U.S. without ever knowing that his music was being used to fight apartheid halfway around the world.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2012
Dan Deacon is obsessed with apocalypse. From a dilapidated couch in his Station North practice space, the city's best-known electronic musician and composer quickly rattles off a list: the United States' "growing military stronghold," drone warfare, genetically modified foods, fracking to produce oil and natural gas. "We're living in constant flux, and there's this growing stranglehold on our individual liberties and our collective liberties," Deacon,...
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2012
Dan Deacon is obsessed with the apocalypse. From a dilapidated couch in his Station North practice space, the city's most well known electronic musician and composer quickly rattles off grim crises: the United States' "growing military stronghold," drone warfare, genetically modified foods, fracking to find oil. "We're living in constant flux and there's this growing stranglehold on our individual liberties and our collective liberties," Deacon,...
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