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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2011
Coldplay will perform at the Verizon Center July 8 , it was announced Thursday morning. Update : the band added a second show, on July 9, due to "overwhelming demand," according to an announcement from Live Nation. The show is part of the band's first American tour in nearly three years. The British pop band is promoting new album "Xyloto. " Tickets for both dates, starting at $64.35 , go on sale December 17. • Also see: Upcoming Baltimore-area concerts
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By Jaclyn Peiser | July 31, 2012
It's pretty impressive being 18 and headlining a show at Rams Head Live . But Maddie Freeman, one of the three members of the band Say Chance, is no stranger to performing for a big crowd. For about a year and a half, the Towson resident has been performing with her own band, which includes fellow singer Taylor Broom, 18, and guitarist Kelly Rosenthal, 20. But the songwriting, guitar-playing trio got their start when Kelly discovered the other two on Youtube in 2010. While Say Chance has been working on their first full-length album, they have opened for performers such as Delta Rae, Dashboard Confessional, Augustana, and Sara Bareilles.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | June 17, 2008
Viva la Vida Coldplay Sun Grade: B With its meticulously grandiose melodies and botched "poetic" lyrics, Coldplay, fronted by the annoyingly self-obsessed Chris Martin, is an easy band to hate. But here and there, the British rock quintet has managed to produce transcendent music. "Clocks" and "Yellow" immediately come to mind. And despite all the musical pretension, the band has a knack for making its overly stylish arena rock accessible.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
Over the weekend, Baltimore Sun magazine published excerpts from a Q&A with Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III. After five years of talking to bad guys with guns, features editor Sam Sessa got him to dish on some more light-hearted topics such as his favorite music and his solo hike on the Appalachian Trail. You can read that interview here .  But Sam and the outgoing commissioner also talked the war on drugs, "The Wire," and his decision to retire. Here's what was left on the cutting room floor: You were a drug cop. What do you think about the push to decriminalize marijuana?
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | May 16, 2005
Dude, it's, like, a rite of passage. You're about 17, a suburban teen in the Maryland-D.C. area who loves modern rock. You must go to HFStival. You get to, like, hang out with friends and stuff, do some crowd surfing in the mosh pit, slam dance, get wasted. Oh, and there's the music. Usually, the lineup is pretty tight. Jay-Z, the Violent Femmes and the Cure were there last year when it was at RFK Stadium. On Saturday, for the second time in its 16-year history, HFStival was at the M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | June 7, 2005
In the media blitz preceding the release of their hotly anticipated new album, X&Y, the guys of Coldplay have made their mission quite clear: They want to be the best and biggest rock band in the world. And, for better or worse, the British quartet (Chris Martin on vocals and piano, Jonny Buckland on guitar, Will Champion on drums and Guy Berryman on bass) may be well on its way to realizing that goal. In only two albums, the highly acclaimed Parachutes (2000) and A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | March 28, 2005
After six long years and the daunting possibility that it would never happen again, the biggest East Coast concert of the year returns to Baltimore on May 14 at M&T Bank Stadium. This year's HFStival lineup includes Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Billy Idol, Garbage, Social Distortion, Echo and The Bunnymen, They Might Be Giants, The New York Dolls, Interpol, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Good Charlotte, Louis XIV, The Bravery, Unwritten Law, Sum 41, Citizen Cope, The Stereophonics and the Crystal Method and DJ Rap in the Transmissions Tent.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,rashod.ollison@baltsun.com | February 8, 2009
The music industry certainly felt the sting of a spiraling economy last year, as CD sales dropped more than 20 percent. But that seemingly had no direct effect on the creative side: Mainstream pop still managed to produce some daring and creative music. Sure, not all of it made the upper reaches of Billboard's pop charts. But, unlike previous years, the Recording Academy seems to have paid closer attention to some of the fresher sounds. Nominations in the top Grammy categories are an interesting mix of artists with reliable commercial success (even in a bad economy)
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September 29, 2005
Beck -- Patriot Center / Alternative pop-rock master Beck plays the Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive in Fairfax, Va., on Wednesday night at 8. Tickets are $40 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting ticketmaster.com B-52's -- Rams Head Live / Kitschy rock unit The B-52s will turn Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, into a love shack tomorrow night at 9. Tickets are $42.50 in advance and $45 at the door. For more information, call 410-244-1131 or visit ramsheadlive.
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March 19, 2009
Just announced Jane's Addiction and Nine Inch Nails Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on June 9. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Also, Chicago, along with Earth, Wind and Fire, is there June 10. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today. The Fray performs there June 16. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. The Jonas Brothers, along with Jordin Sparks and Honor Society Verizon Center in Washington on July 13. Tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. tomorrow.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2012
After five years as Baltimore's police commissioner - five years of sleepless nights, crime scenes and news conferences - Frederick H. Bealefeld III was ready to unplug. While Bealefeld scheduled Aug. 1 as his official retirement date, he's spending most of this month burning off vacation by hiking a 300-odd-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail - solo and almost completely out of pocket. "I really want to be alone," Bealefeld said. "A lot of people want to come with me, but I don't want to have to talk to anyone.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2011
Coldplay will perform at the Verizon Center July 8 , it was announced Thursday morning. Update : the band added a second show, on July 9, due to "overwhelming demand," according to an announcement from Live Nation. The show is part of the band's first American tour in nearly three years. The British pop band is promoting new album "Xyloto. " Tickets for both dates, starting at $64.35 , go on sale December 17. • Also see: Upcoming Baltimore-area concerts
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March 19, 2009
Just announced Jane's Addiction and Nine Inch Nails Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on June 9. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Also, Chicago, along with Earth, Wind and Fire, is there June 10. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today. The Fray performs there June 16. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. The Jonas Brothers, along with Jordin Sparks and Honor Society Verizon Center in Washington on July 13. Tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. tomorrow.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,rashod.ollison@baltsun.com | February 8, 2009
The music industry certainly felt the sting of a spiraling economy last year, as CD sales dropped more than 20 percent. But that seemingly had no direct effect on the creative side: Mainstream pop still managed to produce some daring and creative music. Sure, not all of it made the upper reaches of Billboard's pop charts. But, unlike previous years, the Recording Academy seems to have paid closer attention to some of the fresher sounds. Nominations in the top Grammy categories are an interesting mix of artists with reliable commercial success (even in a bad economy)
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By Rashod Ollison and Rashod Ollison,rashod.ollison@baltimoresun | December 4, 2008
For years, the occasion wasn't much of a big deal. When the Recording Academy announced Grammy nominations, it was usually done in a nondescript room in either New York or Los Angeles. A small, diverse group of pop stars would read off the names of nominees, throwing in corny asides here and there. But last night, the academy changed up an old, rather boring tradition with a concert dubbed The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night. The hourlong show with the clunky title, which was broadcast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, was an obvious attempt to drum up attention for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards show airing Feb. 8. The idea for the nominations concert was undoubtedly born out of desperation, given that last year's Grammy telecast was the least-watched ever with 17.2 million viewers.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | July 1, 2008
Summer is generally a hot time for music, especially for concerts. But in the last two weeks or so, the music industry received an unexpected boost with two blockbuster albums - this despite an 11 percent dip in CD sales during the past year. Seemingly out of nowhere, New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne and grand British rock quartet Coldplay released albums - Tha Carter III and Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, respectively - whose phenomenal first-week sales bucked the industry trend.
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By Jaclyn Peiser | July 31, 2012
It's pretty impressive being 18 and headlining a show at Rams Head Live . But Maddie Freeman, one of the three members of the band Say Chance, is no stranger to performing for a big crowd. For about a year and a half, the Towson resident has been performing with her own band, which includes fellow singer Taylor Broom, 18, and guitarist Kelly Rosenthal, 20. But the songwriting, guitar-playing trio got their start when Kelly discovered the other two on Youtube in 2010. While Say Chance has been working on their first full-length album, they have opened for performers such as Delta Rae, Dashboard Confessional, Augustana, and Sara Bareilles.
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By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,sun reporter | September 23, 2006
For the Virgin Festival, Pimlico Race Course today might be more than half-full or half-empty - depending on one's point of view. The one-day festival is not expected to sell out. Organizers said that as of last night, about 35,000 general admission tickets had been sold. That number could climb with walk-up sales, but capacity for the festival is 60,000. "Attendance will be decent. It's not horrible. With this lineup, I would have expected to do better," said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of festival promoter IMP. "A show of this size would sell out in most metro areas."
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | June 17, 2008
Viva la Vida Coldplay Sun Grade: B With its meticulously grandiose melodies and botched "poetic" lyrics, Coldplay, fronted by the annoyingly self-obsessed Chris Martin, is an easy band to hate. But here and there, the British rock quintet has managed to produce transcendent music. "Clocks" and "Yellow" immediately come to mind. And despite all the musical pretension, the band has a knack for making its overly stylish arena rock accessible.
NEWS
By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,sun reporter | September 23, 2006
For the Virgin Festival, Pimlico Race Course today might be more than half-full or half-empty - depending on one's point of view. The one-day festival is not expected to sell out. Organizers said that as of last night, about 35,000 general admission tickets had been sold. That number could climb with walk-up sales, but capacity for the festival is 60,000. "Attendance will be decent. It's not horrible. With this lineup, I would have expected to do better," said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of festival promoter IMP. "A show of this size would sell out in most metro areas."
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