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February 28, 2010
Deborah Kent, director of the Howard Community College Music Department, explores the eclectic world of vocal music in English with pianist David Wasser and cellist Benjamin Myers in this concert with music by Argento, Barber, Bolcom, Britten, Bernstein and Copland. Program takes place at 4 p.m. today in the Monteabaro Recital Hall, Horowitz Visual and performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $5-$15. Call 410-772-4900.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
This week 48 years ago, NBC boasted the first entire TV lineup in color, actor Ronald Regan was elected governor of California, John Lennon met Yoko Ono at an art gallery in London and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive. 10. "I'm Your Puppet," James and Bobby Purify The million-selling "I'm Your Puppet" was the soul duo's biggest hit. By the way, their real names: James Purify and Robert Dickey.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Baltimore Sun reporter | February 18, 2010
Dan Deacon makes music for children and inner children alike. Equal parts earnest and eccentric, Deacon's songs range from explosive celebrations to ambient noise. Here are five essential Deacon songs, from the bizarre to the brilliant. 1. "Wham City" from the album "Spiderman of the Rings" A nearly 12-minute ode to the collective of experimental artists and musicians, of which Deacon is a key member, "Wham City" is Deacon's opus. Fittingly, a gang of Wham City folks sing together on the song -- a triumphant, experimental epic.
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By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
After winning five Washington Area Theatre Community Honors awards and a Ruby Griffith Award for production excellence last season, the 2nd Star theater troupe is opening its 20th season with a production of Stephen Schwartz's biblical musical "Children of Eden. " Although its January 1991 London premiere received mixed reviews and closed after three months, "Children of Eden," with book and libretto by John Caird, has become such a popular offering in community theater circles that its initial struggles are a faded memory.
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November 21, 2012
I am a singer and a rabbi, and I would rather sing to you right now, because you have probably read too many words, heard too much raw speech, about Israel and Gaza. It would be better to soothe and distract. But I feel compelled to find words. Just words. Biblical verses and fragments of songs jostle for recognition and repetition, but I can't hear then clearly enough. Instead, I'm trapped in the compulsion to read every report, go to every website. It feels disrespectful to say that I feel inundated or bombarded by all the words, when there are too many who are actually being bombarded.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
Waiting at Patient First this morning for my bronchitis to be diagnosed, I was trapped in an examining room listening to Christmas music. There was also a small child in a nearby room screaming in pain and panic, and that helped me to understand what Mary and Joseph must have thought about that kid with his damn drum.* Withal, I arrived at a fresh understanding of the importance of this music. That "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" prefigures the surveillance state has long been understood, but I had not had much occasion to reflect on the lyrics to "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2011
All ballplayers have one. Mark McGwire had "Welcome to the Jungle," Chipper Jones famously uses "Crazy Train" and Mariano Rivera still enters Yankee Stadium to Metallica's "Enter Sandman. " Entrance songs can be mellow, combative, sometimes inspiring. During those 10 seconds when batters are walking to home the plate or pitchers are making the minute-long stroll to the mound, this is the song that'll blast from the speakers to motivate and pump them up. At Monday's home opener, the Orioles will be announced to a fanfare of hip-hop, country, even Scandinavian house music.
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By Wesley Case | April 13, 2011
Here's an example of what the world needs less of: twee, novelty covers of rap songs by cutesy indie duos. Not only does Karmin's "cover" suck the vibrant life out of Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now," but it does so with a knowing, smary attitude. (Amy Heidmann's strange vocal inflections and bug-eyed emphasis scream, "This is funny! I shouldn't be singing this but look ... I am!") This cover offers nothing new other than a Starbucks-ready version of a song that should never be played at Starbucks.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2012
Nearly 40 years ago, a haunting photograph of a naked Vietnamese girl running in anguish after being severely burned in a napalm bomb attack on her village became an iconic image of the Vietnam War. But most who have seen the Pulitzer Prize-winning shot probably haven't heard the obscure song it inspired more than three decades later, says Hugo Keesing, a self-taught music historian. "The Girl in the Picture (Napalm Girl)," released by Yanah in 2004, is one of more than 300 famous and not-so-famous songs and spoken-word tracks about the war that are included in a 13-CD anthology assembled by Keesing, a Columbia resident.
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By Wesley Case | March 31, 2011
It’s Rolling Papers Week at Louder Now. Wiz Khalifa, hip-hop’s young pothead-in-charge, dropped his highly anticipated major-label debut Tuesday. Every day this week, I’m going to analyze the tracks: what works, what doesn’t and what it means for a rap star clearly interested in crossing over to mainstream success. 9. “No Sleep” (Produced by Benny Blanco and Noel “Detail” Fischer) Who’s to blame for this monstrosity? Is it Benny Blanco, the 23-year-old Dr. Luke understudy who co-penned Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”?
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
With a string of No. 1 hits at country radio in recent years, Jake Owen has earned the right to steer his career. So when it came to designing the set of his Days of Gold Tour this year, the 33-year-old singer-songwriter filled the stage with tiki bars, nautical ropes and palm trees. Owen wanted it to look like Riverside Cafe - a bar located on the Indian River in his hometown of Vero Beach, Fla. - for sentimental reasons, and not just because they cook “a good fish sandwich.” “It's the place that really embraced me when I started playing guitar,” Owen said on the phone recently from Missouri while on the road.
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Justin Fenton, Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Like many artists of his genre, East Baltimore rapper Young Moose uses his lyrics and music videos to depict the harsh reality of his surroundings, with images of men flashing guns, drugs and cash. But as his career seemed to be taking off this summer, with an opening slot for an arena show by a popular national artist beckoning, a city detective was working to turn the budding performer's YouTube videos against him. After police say they found dozens of heroin gel caps in his family's home, Det. Daniel Hersl noted those videos in charging documents, writing that Young Moose "raps about distributing narcotics, violence and using a firearm to commit violence.
FEATURES
By Audrey A. Cockrum and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
As the Star-Spangled Spectacular, one of the largest events in Baltimore history, takes place across the city this weekend to commemorate the 200th birthday of our national anthem, Janine Stange will be celebrating her own musical milestone. On Aug. 28, the New York native became the first person to perform the national anthem in all 50 states. As part of this weekend's festivities, Stange, also known as "National Anthem Girl," will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at events around the city.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
The mayor can rock out. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shared her Spotify playlist this week -- the songs that ostensibly get her pumped up before big Ravens games. She goes with M&T Bank stadium standbys like The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army. " There's Ray Lewis' walk-on song "Hot in Herre" by Nelly. And she tells Spotify her "personal favorite" is "This is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan. We like that she picked "Run This Town. " Which, you know, she kinda does.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2010
When music journalist and singer/songwriter Geoffrey Himes put together the inaugural Night of 1,000 Dylans last year, he had high expectations for the showcase of Bob Dylan's music. But Himes was surprised at just how great the response was: Baltimore music lovers came out in droves, packing the Creative Alliance at the Patterson and selling out the show. This year, Himes organized the second Night of 1,000 Dylans, which takes place Saturday at the Creative Alliance. While there won't exactly be 1,000 Dylans, there will be seven local acts, each playing about three songs from Dylan's catalog.
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