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By Wesley Case | October 11, 2011
There was one blowout fight between Sam Herring and William Cashion during their stay in Elizabeth City, N.C., this past spring. Herring, the guts-on-his-sleeve singer of Future Islands, and bassist Cashion were at Thumpers Downtown Bar & Grill with keyboardist/programmer Gerrit Welmers and producer Chester Endersby Gwazda after a long day of recording. Little did Herring know, Cashion and Gwazda were feeding him drinks with plans to later do "drunk takes," in which Herring would record vocals inebriated.
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September 22, 2014
So I'm physically exhausted, but my editor is waiting on this column. Yesterday was the annual Hampdenfest, and I'm drained. But by all accounts, it was one of the most successful Hampdenfests ever. Thousands of people lined Chestnut Avenue to enjoy the Toilet Races and to watch bands, including headliner Future Islands. By my personal tally, I was running on four hours of sleep, and, eventually, three Diablo donuts and six raw oysters. I walked nearly 22 miles, traveling the length of the festival back and forth all day.  The postponing of Hampdenfest so as not to interfere with Baltimore City's Star Spangled Celebration actually worked out to Hampdenfest's benefit.
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By Wesley Case | October 18, 2011
When I spoke with Future Islands recently for a b cover story , we talked about the band and its label, Thrill Jockey, putting more money behind "On the Water" in comparison to "In Evening Air. " Another new video - it's the third from the album - debuted today, proving the guys weren't kidding. This time it's the Mike Anderson-directed clip for "Give Us the Wind. " The video, which premiered on spin.com , was shot in stark black-and-white and actually includes the band performing, something that's not always a given in Future Islands videos.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
Everyone wanted to hang out with John Waters this week. First the members of Future Islands spent time with the Baltimore filmmaker before they played at Hampdenfest Saturday.  Then Patton Oswalt invited him for a drink Sunday. The comedian posted this message on Twitter: "Hey John Waters: I'm at Salt on Pratt St. in Butcher's Hill. I'll be here for the next hour. Drop in, I'll buy you a Clear Eye Susan. " Waters likes to push boundaries in his work, but when it comes to social networking, he likes to do it the old-fashioned way -- in person.  But Rachel Whang, the co-owner of Atomic Books, spotted Oswalt's tweet and passed the message along to Waters.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
Did you ever think you could see Wye Oak and Outkast perform on the same day at the same show? Probably not, but in April, you can. The big rumor was finally confirmed yesterday: Outkast, arguably hip-hop's greatest duo ever, will reunite at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. The festival will be held on two weekends in the spring, April 11-13 and April 18-20. Wye Oak - likely performing new songs from the Baltimore duo's currently untitled fourth album due later this year - will perform April 11 and 18. Future Islands, who just announced its next album is called "Singles" and will be released on 4AD on March 25, will perform April 12 and 19. Finally, J. Roddy Walston and the Business - a band with members located all along the East Coast but still identifies itself as a Baltimore act - will perform on both final nights, April 13 and 20. Thinking about going?
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2011
The new music venue in the Inner Harbor, Baltimore Soundstage , has scheduled its first show for September 6. Big Sam's Funk Nation, a New Orleans funk band, will play the venue's soft opening. Edwin McCain is scheduled to play the day after. The September 6 show costs $15 via Ticketfly. Soundstage also announced a couple of other new shows today, though not at their venue. The promoter will present John Waters' annual "A Naughty Christmas" at the Lyric Theater on December 21. Tickets start at $25 and go on sale Thursday.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
With Das Racist calling out sick (the rap group took to Twitter to clarify Heems had strep throat), Baltimore trio Future Islands kicked off Virgin Mobile FreeFest's West stage a little before 1 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Lead singer Sam Herring waved the Baltimore flag proudly: "Did you guys see that O's game last night," he asked to cheers. "It was awesome. The Nats, too. We're hoping for a beltway World Series. " Despite the loose banter, Herring and the band were all business when it came time to play.
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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 | 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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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
The latest mini-documentary from San Francisco's Yours Truly is called "Future Islands: Time For the Show," and it briefly captures the Baltimore trio in the lead-up to the release of "Singles" (read my album review here ).  The clip, which you can watch above, was shot in February, about three weeks before singer Sam Herring captured David Letterman's heart. The roughly five-minute piece features footage of the band playing new songs "A Dream of You and Me" and "Singles (Waiting on You)"
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
When Wye Oak announced its spring/summer tour in support of new album "Shriek," the duo's hometown of Baltimore was conspicuously missing. Now, we have a date for an outdoor show. Wye Oak will headline an all-ages concert in the Charles Street parking lot at Metro Gallery on July 26. Matmos (who were recently shouted out by Detroit rapper Danny Brown) and Wume will also perform. Tickets go on sale today at noon, via missiontix.com and ticketfly.com. Tickets ($17) can also be purchased at Charmington's Cafe (2601 N. Howard St.)
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
The latest mini-documentary from San Francisco's Yours Truly is called "Future Islands: Time For the Show," and it briefly captures the Baltimore trio in the lead-up to the release of "Singles" (read my album review here ).  The clip, which you can watch above, was shot in February, about three weeks before singer Sam Herring captured David Letterman's heart. The roughly five-minute piece features footage of the band playing new songs "A Dream of You and Me" and "Singles (Waiting on You)"
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
Did you ever think you could see Wye Oak and Outkast perform on the same day at the same show? Probably not, but in April, you can. The big rumor was finally confirmed yesterday: Outkast, arguably hip-hop's greatest duo ever, will reunite at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. The festival will be held on two weekends in the spring, April 11-13 and April 18-20. Wye Oak - likely performing new songs from the Baltimore duo's currently untitled fourth album due later this year - will perform April 11 and 18. Future Islands, who just announced its next album is called "Singles" and will be released on 4AD on March 25, will perform April 12 and 19. Finally, J. Roddy Walston and the Business - a band with members located all along the East Coast but still identifies itself as a Baltimore act - will perform on both final nights, April 13 and 20. Thinking about going?
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, the Baltimore post-punk duo of Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice, has signed to Nashville's Infinity Cat Recordings, according to Schrader. The band signed a two-album deal last month, and the first release - titled "Party Jail" - will come out in the spring, the 34-year-old singer said over the phone on Wednesday. Infinity Cat - whose artists include Jeff the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet and more - first noticed the group last year when Schrader and Rice opened for another Baltimore group, Future Islands, in Boston, Schrader said.
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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 Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Dan Deacon, along with John Eaton, will host a "fun free dance party" on Wednesday at "The Space Formerly Known as the Zodiac" (1726 N. Charles St.). The party kicks off at 10 p.m., and will include DJ sets from Deacon and Eaton. There will also be a set from DJ Regional Barbecue - which isn't just the greatest DJ name of 2013, but it's also the moniker of Future Islands bassist William Cashion. It's 21+, and again, best of all - it's free. For more details and a look at who could be there, check out the Facebook event . wesley.case@baltsun.com twitter.com/midnightsunblog
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May 29, 2008
Hometown -- Baltimore Members --William Cashion, bass; Samuel T. Herring, vocals; Garrit Welmers, synthesizer; Samuel Ortiz, drummer Founded in --2006 Style --new wave pop Influenced by --Aphex Twin, the Smiths, Liquid Liquid, Fleetwood Mac Notable --Though the band's first full-length album, Wave Like Home, has nine tracks, it's only 30 minutes long. It will be one of the first albums released on Wham City's new record label, Cashion said. Quotable --"I think we played the songs faster than we were used to playing," Cashion said.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2012
When I talked to Alex Rinkus, a 26-year-old from Washington, for the scene story in today's Sun , he made it a point to emphasize why FreeFest was special compared to other American music festivals: "I just respect that they're trying to put on a good concert. " Pretty simple sentiment, but it rang true. FreeFest garners headlines (some from this writer and paper) for its unique price ("Wait, really, no money at all?" wondered a few lucky thousand with quick-enough mouse-clicking skills)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2012
With Das Racist calling out sick (the rap group took to Twitter to clarify Heems had strep throat), Baltimore trio Future Islands kicked off Virgin Mobile FreeFest's West stage a little before 1 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Lead singer Sam Herring waved the Baltimore flag proudly: "Did you guys see that O's game last night," he asked to cheers. "It was awesome. The Nats, too. We're hoping for a beltway World Series. " Despite the loose banter, Herring and the band were all business when it came time to play.
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