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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
The idyllic scene Amanda Schmidt envisions on a recent Monday afternoon sounds less like a music festival and more like a serene, anything-goes camping trip with hundreds of open-minded friends, both new and old. She sees attendees playing basketball and taking dips in the pool, while others watch a stand-up comedian before heading to the woods to observe art installations. She pictures viewers enthralled by a theater performance in a barn, as many others watch Baltimore musicians like Dan Deacon, Matmos and other acts perform on multiple stages.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
With only two songs but clocking in at nearly 38 minutes, the self-titled debut from rising Baltimore instrumental quartet Horse Lords requires fortitude and patience from listeners. Like any worthwhile journey, it has moments of ecstatic outbursts — as well as check-your-watch lulls. But more than anything else, it's a record of restraint and precision from talented players more interested in groove and mood than cheap, sugary thrills. The members — bassist Max Eilbacher, guitarist Owen Garden and drummers Sam Haberman and Andrew Bernstein — are no strangers to the city's music scene, playing in acts such as acerbic noisemakers Teeth Mountain and Dan Deacon's more composed touring ensemble.
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August 1, 2012
Wesley Case is a features reporter for the Baltimore Sun and b. Since October 2008, he's covered Baltimore's burgeoning music and arts scene, including b cover stories on Dan Deacon, Beach House and Rome Cee . Between March and August 2011, he launched and wrote a pop music blog for b called Louder Now. He now handles the Midnight Sun nightlife blog. Before working in Baltimore, he grew up in New Jersey (30 minutes from Atlantic City and Philadelphia), played guitar in a five-piece emo band, graduated with an English degree from the University of Delaware and backpacked through Europe.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
Dan Deacon "America" Domino Recording Company Rating: 3 stars (out of 4) If Dan Deacon's first album, 2007's "Spiderman of the Rings," was too cartoonish and short-sighted and his follow-up, 2009's "Bromst," was too dense and insular, then the Baltimore indie-pop maestro has concisely melded his split personalities on "America" (ironically his first release for the London-based Domino Recording Company). Deacon recently said he left D.C.'s Carpark Records for Domino because his growth in Europe had stalled.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2011
This week, Midnight Sun looked at the possible return of National Premium , and the obstacles it's got ahead. We also talked to regional promoters about the new Fillmore Silver Spring , and their concerns about having Live Nation as a competitor. We posted a preview of our list of the 100 best bars in the Baltimore area . Ponytail broke up , for good this time. Baltimore Beer Week revealed its schedule. The Baltimore Book Festival catered to music lovers.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
At last month's Academy of Country Music Awards, Brad Paisley performed his single, “Beat This Summer,” alongside John Mayer. The audience held up cell phones - the modern version of the lighter at concerts - that displayed bright, flashing colors that changed in time with the song. It was an eye-catching trick, and it wouldn't have been possible without Wham City. Yes, the same Wham City responsible for some of Baltimore's most wonderfully surreal music, comedy, theater, art and more since the mid-2000s.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2012
Here's a tip to everyone making music videos: involve puppets*. Somehow. Sock puppets even. If the new Muppets movie taught us anything - and it taught us a lot -  is that puppets can improve even Jason Segel vehicles. Puppets could make Skrillex music videos passable. So it was a pleasure to see the new video from Baltimore proto-punks Dope Body. It features all the big P's: punks, puppets and paranoia. The video is for Dope Body's "Bangers & Yos," off their first proper album "Nupping," which was released last year.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2011
It's a crowded week. There are two music festivals (Silopanna and the Baltimore Independent Music), and several concerts with two headliners on the bill: Maroon 5 and Train; Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock; Dan Deacon and Future Islands. Elsewhere: Chuck Brown celebrates his 75th, Journey, and the Out of Your Head collective. On Monday , The Get Down, 701 South Bond Street, hosts its wweekly party Happy Mondays! $2 domestics all night. 8 p.m. Free. Also: Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow, one of those concert duos we're seeing this summer, performs at Jiffy Lube Live . 7 p.m. Tickets start at $31.50 On Tuesday , the Out Of Your Head Collective performs at their Tuesday gig at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. 9:30 p.m. Free.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2011
This year's High Zero Festival will take place between September 22 and 25, organizers said earlier this week. That gives it an entire weekend of its own, unlike last year, which coincided with Virgin Mobile FreeFest. The 13th edition of the experimental music festival will feature outdoor concerts, recording sessions, workshops, and like last year, guerilla street performances.  This year, there will also be a dance performance on September 20 at 2640 Space and a film night at the Charles Theater September 21. Most concerts will take place at the Theatre Project in Mt. Vernon.
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By Sam Sessa | December 20, 2009
I f 2008 was the year Baltimore's music scene broke out, 2009 was the year it paid off for Baltimore bands. Many prominent local groups signed deals with national record labels this year. In September, ambient pop duo Beach House signed with Sub Pop Records, home to acts like the Postal Service, the Shins and Flight of the Conchords. The long-haired, hard-rocking foursome J-Roddy Walston and the Business signed with Fairfax/Vagrant Records this month. And former WZT Hearts member Jason Urick joined several other Baltimore groups, including Double Dagger, Thank You and Human Bell, on Thrill Jockey Records, a Chicago-based label.
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