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September 19, 2013
It has come to my attention that the West Virginia University band will not be permitted by the University of Maryland's athletic director to perform for either pre-game show or at half-time at the upcoming Maryland/WVU football game at M&T Bank Stadium (" West Virginia's band won't play Saturday, and West Virginia fans are not happy," Sept. 18). Maryland's previous athletic director never had this policy, and there is a history of both bands performing on each other's fields. This is not only a rude and petty action, it is a poor reflection on the state of Maryland.
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Jay Trucker and For The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
In its second year at Pigtown's Carroll Park, The Shindig Music Festival is a rock show in the broad tradition of the national festival movement that provides distinctly Baltimorean. A mix of local vendors like Little Havana and Mothers Grille flanked the sides of each stage alongside corporate vendors such as Jagermeister and Jack Daniels. Two opposing stages provided 11 hours of eclectic takes on rock music, and a lineup of bands that included several local acts alongside international touring groups.  Rebel Inc. Rebel Inc. was charged with getting early festival-goers going at the un-rock 'n' roll time of 12:30 p.m. It was a daunting task.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
Looking for St. Paddy's day plans? Gov. Martin O'Malley's Irish rock band, O'Malleys March, has already sold out the early show for Saturday night in Baltimore, and by Thursday they'd sold three-fourths of the 200-person floor space in the Creative Alliance for the late show, the venue said. Earlier in the day, his political action committee O'Say Can You See sent out an invitation to the St. Patrick's Day show, which costs $25 a head.  Proceeds benefit the Creative Alliance, which advertised the show as " some Celtic fury.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
This year in particular should be a time of reflection for Perry Farrell, and yet the lead singer of Jane's Addiction can only seem to think ahead. In late August, “Nothing's Shocking” - the Los Angeles quartet's first studio album that helped lead alternative rock, with singles like “Jane Says” and “Mountain Song,” to its fruitful '90s - turned 25. Following a current touring trend, Jane's Addiction performed the record in its entirety earlier this year in Las Vegas and England.
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By Sports Digest | January 7, 2010
University of Missouri administrators have apologized to the U.S. Naval Academy for what appears to have been a misunderstanding during band performances at the Texas Bowl game last week. The school's marching band has been taking heat on blogs and online news forums for continuing to play the MU fight song as the Naval Academy band began to play its "Blue and Gold" anthem. A Facebook page dedicated to the Texas Bowl also is laced with comments from people saying Missouri should "be ashamed."
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By Wesley Case | September 21, 2011
The Baltimore rock scene lost another band today. Ponytail, one of the city's most celebrated art-rock bands, announced its break up via a statement from Sir James Winnie of We Are Free Management, according to Stereogum . The band went on a hiatus last year, but came back to release Do Whatever you Want all the Time in April. But this time, it sounds like it's the end for good, based on pragmatic reasons: the members simply live all over the country, making it too difficult to tour.
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By John Fritze | June 28, 2011
Former President Bill Clinton often jokes that the most disorienting thing about transitioning out of the presidency is that a band no longer strikes up a tune every time he enters a room.    Rep. Donna F. Edwards had the opposite and no doubt equally disorienting experience last weekend when high school musicians began playing for her as she stepped off a plane at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. According to the office of Michigan Rep. John Dingell, the Wyandotte Roosevelt High School Marching Band showed up at the airport Saturday to surprise the Prince George’s County Democrat and thank her for help she provided more than two years ago during the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
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By Alexa Cottman-Robinson and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
When you think of rock music you probably don't think about "Super Mario Bros. " or "Space Invaders. " But a subculture of video game rock bands? Yes, it's a thing. And now that you know the bands exist, you're likely all too eager to start your own video game rock band. For your sake, we got to chat with John DeCampos a member of [Explosion Sound] (yes it's in brackets), a Baltimore-based video game rock band performing at this year's Bit Gen Gamer Fest, which holds its ninth gathering Saturday at Rams Head Live (for more information, go to bitgen.magfest.org .)
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2011
At least one Maryland band made it to the Virgin FreeFest schedule. Clear for Takeoff, a pop rock band out of Ellicott City, was booked to play this week after winning the festival's "Book the Band" contest. The contest, now in its fifth year, gives ten young bands the chance to compete for five slots on one of the festival's ancillary stages, which this year is sponsored by social media whatchamacallit Whooznxt. The four-member, unsigned band formed two summers ago after the break-ups of the members' other bands.
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August 3, 2011
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee recently recognized the C. Milton Wright High School Marching Band, winners of the Harford County High School July 4th Parade award. Representatives from the band accepted a monetary prize and the thanks of the committee at Bel Air Town Hall on July 27. The Mustangs also retained for a second straight year the Harford County High School July 4th Parade Trophy, recognizing the parade's best local high school band. "The idea behind the Harford County High School July 4th Parade award, which we started three years ago, is to reward the effort and organization it takes for a local high school to put a marching band together in the middle of the summer, when school is not in session and the seniors have all disappeared," parade chairman Michael Blum said in a news release.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
On Sept. 19, bands and beers from Baltimore and Washington will converge at the Fillmore Silver Spring for the first Local Beers Local Grooves event, presented by On Tap Magazine .  Maryland breweries participating include Rockville's Baying Hound Ales, Frederick's Flying Dog, Westminster's Pub Dog and Baltimore companies the Brewer's Art and Union Craft. Other breweries scheduled to be on hand: DC Brau, Old Dominion, Fordham and Port City. Live music will be provided by Pasadena, Bumpin' Uglies, Billy Lyve, Mr. Mighty I, Knolly Moles, Higher Education and more.  Doors will open at 6 p.m., and tickets (which include admission and a beer sampling wristband, and are currently on sale here )
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
“You can get your hair wet, just stay in the shallow end, please,” said Dave Johnston to his daughter earlier this week from his Boulder, Colo., home. The banjoist and singer of the bluegrass act Yonder Mountain String Band was on dad duty, “trying to squeeze in some pool days before summer is gone.” Johnston, 40, knows tour season - which includes a headlining gig at Rams Head Live on Friday - is approaching. But this is nothing new for him or his bandmates, Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals)
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Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
How can it have been 38 years since Heart's “Magic Man” became an FM radio staple? Saturday night at Pier Six Pavilion, before a near-sold-out house, the Wilson sisters - lead singer Ann with guitarist Nancy - and their band's latest incarnation played a tight, straight-ahead 90-minute set short on spontaneity and surprises, but plenty long on the propulsive rock 'n' roll that earned Heart a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their fans clearly loved it, and for good reason: this was classic rock with an oomph, a well-oiled hit machine that shows little sign of wearing down anytime soon.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2014
All day Tuesday, they came to the Grand Cru wine bar with swollen red eyes, hugging one another and trying to make sense of the loss of a good friend and boss. They lifted a glass and reminisced about Nelson Carey, the genial and worldly publican of Belvedere Square, whose Grand Cru has been a popular destination for a decade. Mr. Carey, whose European-style wine bar and patisserie was more than a home away from home for an eclectic and devoted band of regulars, died early Tuesday of heart failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
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Susan Reimer | July 19, 2014
Just like Lewis Carroll's Alice, I slipped down an Internet rabbit hole and I found myself face to face with Collabro, a musical theater boy band from Britain. Suddenly it was 1966, The Monkees were on, and I was in love with the shy one again. Five tenors, ages 20 to 24, each with a hardscrabble back story and a passion for show tunes. That's Collabro. Terminally adorable, with simple harmonies, they were the winners of "Britain's Got Talent" in June. I don't know what I was Googling when I stumbled on their stunning audition for the show, but I was hooked.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
The Oranges Band, a staple of Baltimore's independent rock scene last decade, will end its hiatus with a mini-tour later this summer. The Baltimore date is scheduled for Sept. 12 at Metro Gallery. Although never officially broken up, the Oranges Band has not been active in recent years. That changed in March when a solo set by singer/guitarist Roman Kuebler at the Ottobar led to an impromptu reunion between Kuebler and his bandmates Pat Martin and Lee Ashlin. Now, the band is heading on the road for four dates (see below)
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By Michael Dresser | June 2, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley's band will open for one of the nation's best-known and most political Celtic rock bands Saturday in Baltimore, the governor's political action committee has announced. O'Malley's March will play at what is billed as the last Baltimore concert of Black 47 as the New York-based band conducts its final tour after 25 years as one of the most influential bands of its kind. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Soundstage at Market Place. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, but a two-person package is also available for $71.50 that includes preferred seating and a credit toward a food purchase.
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By SAM SESSA | September 21, 2006
Hometown -- Takoma Park Current members --Billy Coulter, lead vocals and guitar; Tommy Derr, lead guitar and vocals; Doug Tull, drums; Barry Warsaw, bass and backing vocals Founded in --2003 Style --Americana, roots, power pop Influenced by --Ian Hunter, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen Notable --After a 20-year hiatus from music, the band released a warmly received self-titled album in late 2003. Though a new EP is in the works, Coulter still considers the first album a high point for himself and the band.
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By Alexa Cottman-Robinson and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
When you think of rock music you probably don't think about "Super Mario Bros. " or "Space Invaders. " But a subculture of video game rock bands? Yes, it's a thing. And now that you know the bands exist, you're likely all too eager to start your own video game rock band. For your sake, we got to chat with John DeCampos a member of [Explosion Sound] (yes it's in brackets), a Baltimore-based video game rock band performing at this year's Bit Gen Gamer Fest, which holds its ninth gathering Saturday at Rams Head Live (for more information, go to bitgen.magfest.org .)
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Late last week, Tom May - the 27-year-old singer and guitarist for the Philadelphia punk band the Menzingers - waited to board a plane at Texas' Austin-Bergstrom International Airport that would take him to his hometown of Scranton, Pa., for a cousin's wedding. It was one more reminder that he was no longer a kid, and hasn't been for a long time. “People are getting married. People are dying. People are doing all of these things,” May said on the phone. “We always write what we know, like what happens in our lives, and things are starting to get a lot more serious than they ever were before.” April's “Rented World,” the Menzingers' fourth album, signified a gut check.
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