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By Charles Cohen and Charles Cohen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 20, 1998
On Route 40 west of Baltimore, there is a warehouse used by dozens of bands as practice space. It's a virtual musical foundry, with hardcore next to R&B next to the fuzztone sounds of an indie band. And it's here, in a room covered with centerfolds, graffiti and the remains of a once-elegant tin ceiling, where one of the best hopes for a local ska scene breeds.The members of the Mobtown Beat have the sanction of popular culture to pilfer any of the influences that are blasting around them.
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By ALLIE SEMENZA | May 31, 2007
Catch Washington-based band the Pietasters when they play the 9:30 Club tomorrow. The group, known for its solid ska sound, has become a fixture of the Washington-area music scene. Doors open at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $18. Call 202-393-0930 or go to 930.com.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter | December 7, 2006
It's hard for the average rock band to earn a living if it doesn't break big. All the album and ticket sales have to be split four or five ways. With that in mind, consider how tough it is for eight-piece ska/soul group the Pietasters to make enough money just to cover their costs. There are 10 people on the road if you count the tour manager and merchandise guy. "Anything divided by 10 is nothing," vocalist Stephen Jackson said. "I think one of the reasons we have survived as long as we have is that there are 10 of us and there is strength in numbers."
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter | December 7, 2006
It's hard for the average rock band to earn a living if it doesn't break big. All the album and ticket sales have to be split four or five ways. With that in mind, consider how tough it is for eight-piece ska/soul group the Pietasters to make enough money just to cover their costs. There are 10 people on the road if you count the tour manager and merchandise guy. "Anything divided by 10 is nothing," vocalist Stephen Jackson said. "I think one of the reasons we have survived as long as we have is that there are 10 of us and there is strength in numbers."
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August 24, 2006
Music Jamaican show at Ottobar Reggae Got Soul is tonight at the Ottobar. Bands and DJs will play ska, rocksteady and reg gae. Baltimore's the Rootwork ers, and the Pressure Sounds, a ska/rocksteady/reggae band from Washington, will perform. DJs Mike and Ryan and Bobby Babylon will spin. The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Call 410-662-0069 or visit theot tobar.com. FYI Kevin Cowherd is on as signment. His column does not appear today.
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December 19, 1997
The Stubborn All-Stars are to perform in the NY Ska Showcase with the Slackers and Skinner Box at 10 p.m. Sunday at the 8x10 Club. In yesterday's Live section, an incorrect date for the performance was given.The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 12/19/97
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By Sarah Schaffer | March 18, 2004
Hometown: Baltimore Current members: Andy Schneider, drums; Dan Schneider, vocals and guitar; Jason Booze, vocals and percussion; Joe Ross, bass; Mike Gorman, saxophone; Dave Blackstone, trombone and Nick Reider, trumpet. Founded in: 1999 Style: ska / reggae / jazz / rock Influenced by: The Skatalites, 311, Sublime. Notable: This seven-piece act was formed during a time when high-school band geeks in every corner of the country were playing out and cashing in on ska's most recent wave of mainstream popularity.
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By ALLIE SEMENZA | May 31, 2007
Catch Washington-based band the Pietasters when they play the 9:30 Club tomorrow. The group, known for its solid ska sound, has become a fixture of the Washington-area music scene. Doors open at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $18. Call 202-393-0930 or go to 930.com.
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By Annie Linskey | May 12, 2005
Crystal Method Dig out your glow sticks. The Crystal Method plays Sonar tonight. The Los Angeles-based electronic music duo survived the '90s (and a Gap ad campaign), and they're still touring the club scene. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 9 p.m. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Call 410-327-8333 or visit www.sonarlounge .com. Ska veterans U.K.'s ska superstars the English Beat come to the Recher Theatre Sunday. (You remember them from listening to college radio.) The group split up in the early '80s but is now back together and touring again.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | February 6, 1997
As singer Dicky Barrett sees it, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones understand the difference between what they do live and what they can put on an album. Onstage, the Boston-based octet is pure adrenalin, a swirl of heavy guitar, braying horns and giddy afterbeats that sucks the audience in like a cyclone. But the group's albums, though certainly as good as almost any other modern ska combo, never came across as crazed as the band's club shows.How could they be? asks Barrett. "Early on, people were like, 'Oh, they're a great live band, but they can't do it on record,' " Barrett says from a tour stop in Vermont.
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August 24, 2006
Music Jamaican show at Ottobar Reggae Got Soul is tonight at the Ottobar. Bands and DJs will play ska, rocksteady and reg gae. Baltimore's the Rootwork ers, and the Pressure Sounds, a ska/rocksteady/reggae band from Washington, will perform. DJs Mike and Ryan and Bobby Babylon will spin. The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Call 410-662-0069 or visit theot tobar.com. FYI Kevin Cowherd is on as signment. His column does not appear today.
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By Annie Linskey | May 12, 2005
Crystal Method Dig out your glow sticks. The Crystal Method plays Sonar tonight. The Los Angeles-based electronic music duo survived the '90s (and a Gap ad campaign), and they're still touring the club scene. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 9 p.m. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Call 410-327-8333 or visit www.sonarlounge .com. Ska veterans U.K.'s ska superstars the English Beat come to the Recher Theatre Sunday. (You remember them from listening to college radio.) The group split up in the early '80s but is now back together and touring again.
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By Sarah Schaffer | June 17, 2004
Hometown: Baltimore Current Members: Tim Glinka, bass; Matt Surowiec, vocals and guitar; Paul Fuller, drums Founded in: 2001 Style: rock / ska / reggae Influenced by: Sublime, Bob Marley and Phish Notable: This local band has shared the stage with national acts such as Badfish and Slightly Stoopid while gigging steadily around the region. The trio plans to continue touring--as long as their schedules (and day-job commitments) will allow. Quotable: Glinka on the Owen Brown appeal: "We think our style is pretty original compared to most of the bands around here.
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By Tom Moon and Tom Moon,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | January 22, 2004
That Phantom Planet, the smart power-pop band once anchored by Rushmore actor Jason Schwartzman, would move even an inch closer to the ubiquitous Puddle of Mudd modern-rock formula -- shredded Ramones rhythm guitar, syrupy backbeat, distressed sensitive-guy bleating -- is cause for dismay. But like so many recent projects with commercial aspirations, this long-awaited third effort, Phantom Planet, is a hedged bet: Though the first few songs offer utterly typical massive guitar chorales ("You're Not Welcome Here")
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By Charles Cohen and Charles Cohen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 20, 1998
On Route 40 west of Baltimore, there is a warehouse used by dozens of bands as practice space. It's a virtual musical foundry, with hardcore next to R&B next to the fuzztone sounds of an indie band. And it's here, in a room covered with centerfolds, graffiti and the remains of a once-elegant tin ceiling, where one of the best hopes for a local ska scene breeds.The members of the Mobtown Beat have the sanction of popular culture to pilfer any of the influences that are blasting around them.
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By J.D. ConsidineJ.D. Considine | January 8, 1998
SublimeSecond-Hand Smoke (Gasoline Alley/MCA 11714)Following a successful album is a challenge for any band, but Sublime has it tougher than most. Just before the release of "Sublime," the album that put this California ska trio on the map, singer/guitarist Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose. Although the surviving members stayed together to make videos for the singles "Wrong Way" and "Santeria," Sublime's creative career effectively ended with Nowell's death.Still, nobody wants to let a little thing like that stand in the way of future sales.
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By Tom Moon and Tom Moon,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | January 22, 2004
That Phantom Planet, the smart power-pop band once anchored by Rushmore actor Jason Schwartzman, would move even an inch closer to the ubiquitous Puddle of Mudd modern-rock formula -- shredded Ramones rhythm guitar, syrupy backbeat, distressed sensitive-guy bleating -- is cause for dismay. But like so many recent projects with commercial aspirations, this long-awaited third effort, Phantom Planet, is a hedged bet: Though the first few songs offer utterly typical massive guitar chorales ("You're Not Welcome Here")
NEWS
December 19, 1997
The Stubborn All-Stars are to perform in the NY Ska Showcase with the Slackers and Skinner Box at 10 p.m. Sunday at the 8x10 Club. In yesterday's Live section, an incorrect date for the performance was given.The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 12/19/97
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