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By Dave Rosenthal | August 7, 2012
In the latest example of the trend of spinning off movies, music and more from books, author E.L. James has selected an album of classical music featured in her "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy. Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smth says it's sure to bring a much wider audience to masterworks. Smith notes that one of the pieces mentioned in "Fifty Shades," a years-old recording of music from Thomas Tallis, has hit No. 1 on the UK Classical Singles Chart. James chose 15 pieces for the album, which will be released digitally on Aug. 15; the CD will be released Sept.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | July 29, 2012
For Towson rock musician Mike Ruocco, there's only one thing to do when your next list of upcoming tour dates is announced: You see when you're coming home. "When you tour as extensively as I've done over the past 10 or so years, and you see the particular tour you're jumping on stops in Baltimore, everyone gets super excited," said Ruocco, 29. "There's nothing better than getting to come home, see your friends and family, and play a show for the community that's supported you from the very beginning.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
Years ago, when Justin Jones was homeless, he lived in his Jeep Cherokee. Friends offered their couches and floors for the singer-songwriter to crash on, but he "didn't want to offend other people" with his drug use. "I was just driving around to different alleys and shooting dope, smoking crack, getting paranoid and then moving to another alley," said Jones, 32. "It was the weirdest existence. " The D.C.-based singer, who headlines a hometown show at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, eventually got help, thanks to a girlfriend who paid for a rehabilitation clinic, even after they split.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2012
The passing of time is impossible to ignore, but Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre tried his hardest for more than a decade. "I spent a good, long chunk of my life - 15 years, I'd say - not really living in the moment but rather avoiding the moment," Pierre said. A couple of years ago, the lead singer, now 36, looked at his family and suddenly knew he had to change his perspective. "My brother has a kid. Some of my siblings are married. My parents are grandparents," he said.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
When Santi White, aka Santigold, released her debut album in 2008, she earned comparisons to another forward-thinking sonic provocateur: M.I.A. Four years and a second album (last month's "Master of My Make-Believe") later, Santigold has eclipsed any similarities to ... well, anyone. Her blending of sounds - driving beats intersect with ska, reggae and punk touchstones, all delivered in a slick, danceable package - has made her brand of jittery pop wholly her own. Santigold, who performs Tuesday at Rams Head Live , spoke recently about beating trends, building a brand and her friendship with the late Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2012
Early on "That's Why God Made the Radio," the new Beach Boys album released earlier this month, comes "Isn't It Time," a breezy pop song bursting at its seams with the group's instantly recognizable vocal harmonies. "The world is changed and yet the game is still the same," sings bandleader Brian Wilson. He could be singing about dancing with his favorite girl, but it's also an apt line for California's most famous surf-rockers' current state. Time has passed, but the Beach Boys' most famous trademarks - layered, larger-than-life singing, and sunny lyrics that longingly nod to fleeting summer love - remain intact.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2012
Late last night, Baltimore noise-maestro Dan Deacon took to Twitter to point fans to "Lots," the first song from his forthcoming album, "America," due Aug. 28 on Domino. Deacon, the most recognizable face of Baltimore's Wham City art collective, has been busy since the release of his critically acclaimed second album, 2009's "Bromst. " He scored his first film, Francis Ford Coppola's "Twixt," and performed at Carnegie Hall, experiences, the press release explains, that informed "America.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2012
It's hard to keep Nelson Emokpae down. The Baltimore singer/songwriter, who leads the band Nelly's Echo, is perpetually upbeat — both in person and in song. A Nigerian native, Emokpae has lived in Baltimore for the past several years, writing sunny music and gigging around the country, mainly at colleges. (Saturday, he performs at Boordy Vineyards.) After releasing two albums, Emokpae decided to take his time with the third. Instead of rushing into a recording studio, he has spent the past several months tinkering with the songs and arrangements, and he doesn't yet have a release date — or a definitive title — for the new album.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2012
This isn't as surprising as it is intriguing or exciting: Animal Collective, the experimental Brooklyn, N.Y.-via-Baltimore avant-pop group, will release its next album, "Centipede Hz" on Sept. 4 via Domino Records.  The album's press release was predictably thin, with only a not-so-informative video (watch it above), tracklist and release date given. Last week, the band unexpectedly released a digital 7" single of "Honeycomb/Gotham. " It will get a physical release on June 26. Stream it below after some extended white space.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2012
When Yo Gotti comes to Baltimore, he feels at home. The 30-year-old rapper from Memphis, Tenn., says Charm City reminds him of his gritty hometown. "I like what the city stands for," said Gotti, who performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Sunday. "It's real people doing real [things]. It's no Hollywood" stuff. For any rap fan that has followed Yo Gotti's career - which began in 2000 with the independent rap album "From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game" - his blue collar attitude should come as no surprise.
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