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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
The members of Lower Dens have reason to celebrate - their solid second album, "Nootropics," came out on Tuesday to rave reviews . Fittingly, they'll play a hometown show (singer Jana Hunter and Co. have not been shy about how inspiring they find Baltimore) at the Ottobar on Saturday with Celebration, Violens and Sprayer. With the help of new drummer Nate Nelson, Lower Dens will hit the road with a reinvigorated live show. After talking with Hunter (I interviewed her earlier this week for Live!
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
UPDATE (Feb. 11): Yo La Tengo is the special guest for Beach House's April show at the Lyric, according to Beach House's Twitter . The veteran indie-rock trio from Hoboken, N.J., joins Lower Dens as the support for Beach House's first Baltimore show in more than two years. Tickets are on sale here . --------------- Posted Jan. 22: Beach House, the Baltimore dream-pop duo of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, have finally announced its first hometown show since Sept.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
The two worlds of Midnight Sun revolve around alcohol/nightlife and music, but rarely do the two subjects coalesce this cleanly: Local brew-hero Brian Strumke's Stillwater Artisanal and Baltimore indie-rock band Lower Dens have collaborated for the first "Stillwater Sensory Series. " The impending result is a new beer inspired by "In the End is the Beginning," a song from Lower Dens' "Nootropics," released earlier this year. The collaboration does not end with the beer, though.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
Of Love and Regret , the Canton bar and restaurant from Stillwater Ales' Brian Strumke, will open its upstairs bar on Friday. It's called the Jaded Lounge, and it will feature 11 drinks on tap (four Stillwater beers and seven specialty liqueurs/cocktails -- more on that in a bit). Following through on Strumke's vision from the beginning, the Jaded Lounge will also double as a boutique bottle shop, selling an assortment of beer, wine and spirits. Customers will be able to enjoy them in-house or for takeaway.
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By Wesley Case | July 13, 2011
While her band, Lower Dens, has experienced some shake-ups this past year (the latest: lead guitarist Will Adams left in April), lead singer and guitarist Jana Hunter remains the cornerstone of the acclaimed Baltimore rock band. She spoke to b for the new Like/Dislike feature, which asks interesting Baltimoreans about their interests and tastes in pop culture, entertainment and more. See Hunter and Lower Dens at Golden West Cafe Saturday . What's on your iPod?  Sade and Kraftwerk.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
For Jana Hunter, the multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter of rising Baltimore band Lower Dens, album release dates typically mean anxiety and, once they're over, relief. But on the morning her group's second album, "Nootropics," hit stores, she said this day felt different. "I'm very excited about it," Hunter said earlier this week. "I feel like a little kid celebrating a birthday or something. " It's a feeling the members of Lower Dens have earned. After the band released its critically acclaimed debut album, "Twin-Hand Movement," in 2010, the group toured beyond the point of exhaustion, leading to member departures and panic attacks.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
Of Love and Regret , the Canton bar and restaurant from Stillwater Ales' Brian Strumke, will open its upstairs bar on Friday. It's called the Jaded Lounge, and it will feature 11 drinks on tap (four Stillwater beers and seven specialty liqueurs/cocktails -- more on that in a bit). Following through on Strumke's vision from the beginning, the Jaded Lounge will also double as a boutique bottle shop, selling an assortment of beer, wine and spirits. Customers will be able to enjoy them in-house or for takeaway.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
A couple of Baltimore bands are on the verge of releasing new albums. Lower Dens will soon release "Nootropics" and is going on the road later this month to promote it. They'll be at the Ottobar May 5 and Washington's Rock 'n' Roll Hotel the day before. The album's first single, "Brains," was released in January. Ticket information is not yet available. Upstarts Lands & Peoples, another band that has changed line-ups (it's now recording as a duo), is getting ready to release its first full-length album, " Pop Guilt . " To promote it, the band will be at Baltimore's Soft House March 9. Tickets, at $5, are sold at the door.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
UPDATE (Feb. 11): Yo La Tengo is the special guest for Beach House's April show at the Lyric, according to Beach House's Twitter . The veteran indie-rock trio from Hoboken, N.J., joins Lower Dens as the support for Beach House's first Baltimore show in more than two years. Tickets are on sale here . --------------- Posted Jan. 22: Beach House, the Baltimore dream-pop duo of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, have finally announced its first hometown show since Sept.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2011
On a chilly Friday night in New York City, Jana Hunter sang a dreamy ballad over a persistent bass line, her quivering voice cradled by the atomic guitar work of her bandmates in Lower Dens. Though it was impossible to tell from their tight set at Rockwood Music Hall, the Baltimore band was exhausted from its marathon of gigs for the CMJ Music Festival, indie music's Schwab's Pharmacy. Every October, musicians from across the globe come to New York to play there, performing at venues across the city before industry cool kids and music critics with hopes of landing a record deal, an agent, a jingle, whatever might snatch them from anonymity.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
The two worlds of Midnight Sun revolve around alcohol/nightlife and music, but rarely do the two subjects coalesce this cleanly: Local brew-hero Brian Strumke's Stillwater Artisanal and Baltimore indie-rock band Lower Dens have collaborated for the first "Stillwater Sensory Series. " The impending result is a new beer inspired by "In the End is the Beginning," a song from Lower Dens' "Nootropics," released earlier this year. The collaboration does not end with the beer, though.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
The members of Lower Dens have reason to celebrate - their solid second album, "Nootropics," came out on Tuesday to rave reviews . Fittingly, they'll play a hometown show (singer Jana Hunter and Co. have not been shy about how inspiring they find Baltimore) at the Ottobar on Saturday with Celebration, Violens and Sprayer. With the help of new drummer Nate Nelson, Lower Dens will hit the road with a reinvigorated live show. After talking with Hunter (I interviewed her earlier this week for Live!
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
For Jana Hunter, the multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter of rising Baltimore band Lower Dens, album release dates typically mean anxiety and, once they're over, relief. But on the morning her group's second album, "Nootropics," hit stores, she said this day felt different. "I'm very excited about it," Hunter said earlier this week. "I feel like a little kid celebrating a birthday or something. " It's a feeling the members of Lower Dens have earned. After the band released its critically acclaimed debut album, "Twin-Hand Movement," in 2010, the group toured beyond the point of exhaustion, leading to member departures and panic attacks.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
A couple of Baltimore bands are on the verge of releasing new albums. Lower Dens will soon release "Nootropics" and is going on the road later this month to promote it. They'll be at the Ottobar May 5 and Washington's Rock 'n' Roll Hotel the day before. The album's first single, "Brains," was released in January. Ticket information is not yet available. Upstarts Lands & Peoples, another band that has changed line-ups (it's now recording as a duo), is getting ready to release its first full-length album, " Pop Guilt . " To promote it, the band will be at Baltimore's Soft House March 9. Tickets, at $5, are sold at the door.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2012
In case you missed it, here's a round-up of this week's highlights: •••• We started the week with a photo gallery from the Elvis Fight Club at Creative Alliance from Jan. 14. Classic Baltimore. •••• Erik wrote about the city's concert venues and their on-the-up sales . What surprised me?Lil Wayne's gross revenue beat out the Watch the Throne tour. •••• National love was shown to a couple of our favorite bars, Brewer's Art and Max's.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
Thousands of bands will play the CMJ Music Marathon this year, but some Baltimore bands have claimed today as their day: Lands & Peoples, Secret Mountains, Adventure and (formerly of Baltimore) the Death Set all have shows scheduled. And, later this month, some of the most anticipated bands to play the festival will travel to Baltimore for their own headlining shows. CMJ is an annual smorgasbord of music that attracts thousands of upstart bands hoping to draw attention and industry players looking for the next break-out.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
Thousands of bands will play the CMJ Music Marathon this year, but some Baltimore bands have claimed today as their day: Lands & Peoples, Secret Mountains, Adventure and (formerly of Baltimore) the Death Set all have shows scheduled. And, later this month, some of the most anticipated bands to play the festival will travel to Baltimore for their own headlining shows. CMJ is an annual smorgasbord of music that attracts thousands of upstart bands hoping to draw attention and industry players looking for the next break-out.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2011
At least 3,700 record stores have closed around the country since 2003, according to market research firm Almighty Music Marketing. Illegal file-sharing, MySpace, band camp, social media outlets, and the overall digitalization of the music industry have displaced the traditional record store as the place where Americans get their music. To remind people of the stores' continued relevance and importance, a few music fans conceived Record Store Day about five years ago. It will be celebrated again Saturday at some 700 independent record stores around the country, including 20 stores in Maryland, according to the "holiday's" official website.
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By Wesley Case | July 13, 2011
While her band, Lower Dens, has experienced some shake-ups this past year (the latest: lead guitarist Will Adams left in April), lead singer and guitarist Jana Hunter remains the cornerstone of the acclaimed Baltimore rock band. She spoke to b for the new Like/Dislike feature, which asks interesting Baltimoreans about their interests and tastes in pop culture, entertainment and more. See Hunter and Lower Dens at Golden West Cafe Saturday . What's on your iPod?  Sade and Kraftwerk.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2011
At least 3,700 record stores have closed around the country since 2003, according to market research firm Almighty Music Marketing. Illegal file-sharing, MySpace, band camp, social media outlets, and the overall digitalization of the music industry have displaced the traditional record store as the place where Americans get their music. To remind people of the stores' continued relevance and importance, a few music fans conceived Record Store Day about five years ago. It will be celebrated again Saturday at some 700 independent record stores around the country, including 20 stores in Maryland, according to the "holiday's" official website.
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