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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2011
After almost a decade together, Double Dagger is breaking up, the band said on their website. "Like any relationship's end, it's complex, but for us it mostly comes down to time. As the band got older and grew and changed, the people in it did too, and our individual lives are pulling us towards other pursuits," read a note signed by all three members.  Nolen Strals, Bruce Willen, and Brian Dubin formed the band in 2002, and after Dubin left, the remaining members were joined by Denny Bowen on drums.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
Nolen Strals is holding his head in his hand. It is gold and palm-sized, made of finely ribbed plastic. But there, unmistakably, are Strals' thoughtful brow, the pinch of his nose, smoothly sloped forehead. The bust was not crafted by a sculptor or mass-produced in a factory in China, but issued from a 3-D printer at Atomic Books. The Hampden bookstore recently became among the first places in the area where customers can walk in and get objects printed - sort of a photocopy shop for the 21st century.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
After nine years, one of Baltimore's most revered punk bands, Double Dagger, will call it quits Friday with one final show at the Ottobar . Almost. The group, which consists of singer Nolen Strals, drummer Denny Bowen and bassist Bruce Willen, has plans to record and release a few more songs, though the format is still to be determined. It's a fitting end, as no one expected Double Dagger to go quietly. The band's online farewell statement points out the members are "creative dudes" (Strals and Willen, for example, run the successful design studio Post Typography, whose clients include the New York Times, ESPN Magazine and Time)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
In May, less than two weeks before the release of his band's anticipated debut album, Roomrunner frontman Denny Bowen was in a Massachusetts hospital. Despite the growing excitement surrounding his Baltimore quartet's new full-length album, "Ideal Cities," the 28-year-old Bowen had much more serious concerns. "Basically, in a way, I had a weird mental break for a period of time," Bowen said last week, over the phone from Northampton, Mass., where his girlfriend lives. He paused before declining to go into specifics.
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By Wesley Case | September 28, 2011
Bands come and go all of the time, but they are not all created equal. We were reminded of this not once, not twice, but three times in recent months, when three of Baltimore's most celebrated and seasoned acts announced their breakups. The Bridge, a bluesy staple of Federal Hill's 8x10 that eventually made it to the Bonnaroo and All Good music festivals, called it quits first via a letter on its website, placing the blame on the economy. "We were losing money, burning ourselves out and it wasn't translating into more people at the shows," singer Cris Jacobs says later.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2011
The third Baltimore Beer Week came to a close Sunday. Over 300 tastings, homebrewing competitions and lectures were squeezed into the event's 11 days, sending thousands of beer lovers to bars in the city and the county. How did this  year's event compare to last year's? Heavy Seas' Hugh Sisson had said before the week started that one goal for 2011 was to spread out more events so that there would be more quality instead of just an abundance of stuff for fans to pick from. Were organizers successful?
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
Eighteen months ago, Baltimore post-punk heroes Double Dagger played its final show at the Ottobar. But the trio of Nolen Strals, Denny Bowen and Bruce Willen aren't finished celebrating the band's career. On April 20 - internationally known as Record Store Day, which falls on the third Saturday in April each year - Double Dagger will host a free record release party at Hampden's Atomic Books . The trio is releasing its final album, a hard-hitting EP called "333," along with a documentary called "If We Shout Loud Enough" that follows the band on its final tour.
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By SAM SESSA | February 21, 2008
Hometown -- Baltimore Current members --Nolen Strals, lead singer; Bruce Willen bass, vocals; Denny Bowen, drums Founded in --2005 Style --punk Influenced by --Ecstatic Sunshine, Dan Deacon, Human Host, Ponytail Notable --This year, the band plans to release two 7-inch albums of new material. The first could be out in late spring, Willen said. Quotable --"The new stuff in general is maybe a little more poppy in a sense, but at the same time it's definitely very fast paced," Willen said.
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By Sarah Schaffer | May 13, 2004
The Hiss/Fletcher's The Hiss will spit lyrics tonight at Fletcher's. The Atlanta-based rock act is in town to support its new CD, Panic Movement, which was released last month on Sanctuary Records. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 for those 21 and over and $10 for those under 21. Fletcher's is at 701 S. Bond St. Call 410-558-1889 or visit www.fletchersbar.com. Bobby Colorado/ Sidebar Tavern Bobby Colorado and the Ultimate Late-Night Partiers will get down tomorrow at the Sidebar Tavern.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
In May, less than two weeks before the release of his band's anticipated debut album, Roomrunner frontman Denny Bowen was in a Massachusetts hospital. Despite the growing excitement surrounding his Baltimore quartet's new full-length album, "Ideal Cities," the 28-year-old Bowen had much more serious concerns. "Basically, in a way, I had a weird mental break for a period of time," Bowen said last week, over the phone from Northampton, Mass., where his girlfriend lives. He paused before declining to go into specifics.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
Eighteen months ago, Baltimore post-punk heroes Double Dagger played its final show at the Ottobar. But the trio of Nolen Strals, Denny Bowen and Bruce Willen aren't finished celebrating the band's career. On April 20 - internationally known as Record Store Day, which falls on the third Saturday in April each year - Double Dagger will host a free record release party at Hampden's Atomic Books . The trio is releasing its final album, a hard-hitting EP called "333," along with a documentary called "If We Shout Loud Enough" that follows the band on its final tour.
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By Benn Ray, benn@atomicbooks.com | March 18, 2013
Unless you've missed the news and are befuddled as to why people keep saying you're an hour late to things, we've all just "sprung forward. " How is it springtime already? With spring comes a lot of shuffling and changes in Hampden. Every year, it surprises me at how The Avenue (and our business district in general) can keep getting better and better, but it does. And if a lot of the plans and rumors I've heard come to fruition, Hampden looks poised to grow its thriving local economy.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
They didn't want it to end this way, but it will. After 10 years, five albums and roughly 1,500 shows, the Bridge - one of Baltimore's most successful bands - will take the stage one last time on Thanksgiving Eve. Without any opening acts, the final show will simply be 41/2 hours of the band's trademark mix of folk, rock, blues and improvisation. Though never mentioned alongside high-profile Baltimore acts such as Dan Deacon and Wye Oak, the Bridge has accomplished what many bands from the area haven't: an annual set at the All Good Festival, a slot at Bonnaroo, international gigs, an album produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin (this year's "National Bohemian")
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2011
Thank You, the Baltimore post-punk band, have broken up. Founder Jeff McGrath tells Impose the break-up was amicable, and the members will stay in Baltimore and continue to make music, just with other partners. The band will perform its last American show Saturday at the G-Spot , where they'll play alongside Oxes. Like several of the other local bands that have broken up recently - Ponytail , Double Dagger - Thank You had been together for years. Keyboardist Michael Bouyoucas and drummer Emmanuel Nicolaidis were in a group together before Bouyoucas and McGrath formed Thank You in 2006 with Elke Wardlaw on the drums.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
After nine years, one of Baltimore's most revered punk bands, Double Dagger, will call it quits Friday with one final show at the Ottobar . Almost. The group, which consists of singer Nolen Strals, drummer Denny Bowen and bassist Bruce Willen, has plans to record and release a few more songs, though the format is still to be determined. It's a fitting end, as no one expected Double Dagger to go quietly. The band's online farewell statement points out the members are "creative dudes" (Strals and Willen, for example, run the successful design studio Post Typography, whose clients include the New York Times, ESPN Magazine and Time)
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2011
The third Baltimore Beer Week came to a close Sunday. Over 300 tastings, homebrewing competitions and lectures were squeezed into the event's 11 days, sending thousands of beer lovers to bars in the city and the county. How did this  year's event compare to last year's? Heavy Seas' Hugh Sisson had said before the week started that one goal for 2011 was to spread out more events so that there would be more quality instead of just an abundance of stuff for fans to pick from. Were organizers successful?
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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 Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2011
Thank You, the Baltimore post-punk band, have broken up. Founder Jeff McGrath tells Impose the break-up was amicable, and the members will stay in Baltimore and continue to make music, just with other partners. The band will perform its last American show Saturday at the G-Spot , where they'll play alongside Oxes. Like several of the other local bands that have broken up recently - Ponytail , Double Dagger - Thank You had been together for years. Keyboardist Michael Bouyoucas and drummer Emmanuel Nicolaidis were in a group together before Bouyoucas and McGrath formed Thank You in 2006 with Elke Wardlaw on the drums.
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By Jordan Bartel, b | October 16, 2011
Everything you need to know about what's going on this week. MOVIES OPENING (Friday; subject to change) Johnny English Reborn The Mighty Macs  Paranormal Activity 3 The Three Musketeers NOTABLE TV MONDAY Talking Dead (series debut; midnight; AMC) The Lying Game (mid-season finale; 8 p.m.; ABC Family) Sin by Silence (special; 8 p.m.; ID) The A-List: New York: Reunion, Part 2 (special; 9 p.m.; Logo) We Have Your Husband (telefilm; 9 p.m.; Lifetime)
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2011
We're five days into Baltimore Beer Week, how have the events been so far? Did you meet any brewers at the keg tapping or Timonium Fairgrounds? If you haven't, there are still six more days to go. Our guide to the ten must-attend events of the BBW is here . One of the events on the list is happening tonight: Stillwater Ales is hosting a beer dinner at Mount Airy Inn at 6 p.m. Elsewhere this week: Future Islands, Jill Scott, Loretta Lynn and Duran Duran. On Monday , Future Islands release new album " On the Water " with a show at the Depot, 1728 N. Charles St. Tickets, starting at $5, are only sold at the door, and it's expected to sell out. Extreme Animals open; Mark Brown & Schwarz and Dan Deacon DJ. 10 p.m. Also: starting a little earlier, the Wham City comedy night at the Zodiac welcomes some of the actors from Second City.
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