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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun architecture critic | June 2, 2008
Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory could become a soundstage for film production in Maryland under a proposal to revitalize the 28-acre State Center renewal area. Planners have recommended that the state-owned building near Howard and Preston streets, now home for a division of the Maryland National Guard, be preserved and converted for new uses as part of a transit-oriented development that would also contain new housing, commercial space and offices for state agencies and others. The National Guard division has indicated that it may want to move to a different location in central Maryland, and that would free up the armory for new uses.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The early candidate for rap album of the year begins with a mother warning her son to stop following in the footsteps of his incarcerated father. The colorfully delivered advice was given to Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, the 24-year-old rapper better known as YG who performs Wednesday at Baltimore Soundstage. Although YG did not adhere to the counsel (he spent six months in jail for residential burglary before he signed to Def Jam in 2009), the Compton, Calif., MC proved he was on his own path with the release of “My Krazy Life,” an acclaimed first album that debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in March.
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | January 18, 1997
LARGO -- Down the road toward the nation's capital, people inside the beltway are focused on this weekend's parties celebrating the presidential inauguration.But right outside the beltway in Prince George's County last night, another inauguration of sorts took place: the grand opening of the nation's first BET SoundStage restaurant, the latest entrant in the burgeoning theme restaurant business.The $6.5 million, 12,000-square-foot, high-tech entertainment space, close by the USAir Arena and the new Redskins football stadium in Landover, is the flagship for a national chain of BET restaurants planned for cities including Charlotte, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Dallas and Denver.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Huddled around a conference table on a recent Friday afternoon, four best friends joked around as teenagers do. Mason Gainer, 13, took an up-close photo of 12-year-old Aiden Marceron, and wondered aloud if he should post it to Instagram. Louey Peraza, 15, discussed skateboarding as Francheska Pastor, 16, looked forward to completing some upcoming exams. Inside jokes flew around, light ribbing occurred and a natural ease between the foursome was clearly nothing new. Kids will be kids, right?
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By Matea Gold and Matea Gold,Los Angeles Times | December 27, 2006
NEW YORK -- It was late afternoon on the set of All My Children, a sprawling soundstage that occupies the third floor of an ABC compound on Manhattan's West Side, and Eden Riegel - better known to daytime television fans as Bianca Montgomery - was pacing nervously. In a few minutes, she would tape the first scene in which Zarf, a flamboyant rock star played by Jeffrey Carlson, was going to reveal his secret to her: He was a she. On TV All My Children airs at 1 p.m. weekdays on ABC (WMAR, Channel 2)
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,sun reporter | February 22, 2007
There is no shortage of criminals on the HBO series The Wire, but should producers want to add a burglar to the cast of Baltimore drug lords, addicts and murderers, Howard County police might have their man. The show's suburban soundstage - in Columbia, of all places - was the scene of a break-in over the weekend. Police said a security guard caught Michael Steven Arndt, 25, of Columbia walking through the immense concrete warehouse after he climbed in through a trash chute. Arndt was carrying an assortment of burglary tools, including a butane soldering torch, vise grip, pliers, flashlight, and rubber and leather gloves, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said.
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By TaNoah Morgan and TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF | July 9, 1998
A decade ago, Frederick Simpson and Craig Dobson sang in the halls of Annapolis High School between classes, each one trying to draw a bigger crowd as the sounds of their tenor voices reverberated off metal lockers.Today, the Annapolis natives sing together, blending their voices with those of Ronald Ward of Severna Park and Troy Hilliard of Lanham as the group SMUV.They began performing together in 1992 and have opened for Boys II Men, High Five, and other acts, but they keep falling just shy of their goal -- a recording contract with a major label.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | March 27, 1994
Do Mobile Fidelity's new audiophile LPs really sound better than CDs?Absolutely. To understand just how much better these LPs are, it's worth comparing the CD and LP versions of the Muddy Waters album "Folk Singer."On CD, Mobile Fidelity has done an astonishing job of conveying the intimacy of the original recording. Every detail, from the thump of Willie Dixon's bass to the whine of the bottleneck on Waters' guitar strings, comes across vividly. As for the soundstage -- the sense of dimensionality that allows the listener to hear each musician in the stereo mix -- it's so sharp you'd think you were in the control booth looking out at Waters and his accompanists.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | February 1, 2009
As far as the makers of He's Just Not That Into You are concerned, the biggest thing Baltimore had going for it - and the reason they set their movie here - is that it's not New York or Los Angeles or Chicago or any other big city where romantic comedies are typically set. Oh, yeah, and it didn't hurt that screenwriter Marc Silverstein spent about 16 years living in Maryland, before leaving for college and a career in Hollywood. "We were trying to think of an American urban city that didn't feel like you'd seen it a million times before," says Silverstein, 37, who has been writing scripts with partner Abby Kohn since 1999's Never Been Kissed.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 20, 1997
What's the most important component in your stereo?It isn't the amplifier or the speakers, though both are clearly crucial. Nor is it the CD player or tuner, even though each should be chosen with care. And though the quality of the cables can make a difference in your system's performance, even they won't affect the sound as much as the component you're least likely to think about: the room itself.Most of us, of course, don't even think of the room as part of the sound system; it's just the place where the stereo goes.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
When the Wonder Years formed in 2005, the pop-punk band from Philadelphia had a singular objective: Make themselves laugh. The evidence can be found in early song titles: “Dude, What is a Land Pirate?,” “I Fell in Love with a Ninja Master“ and “Let's Moshercise!!!“ “Our band was a joke band, and I mean that in a really honest sense - not like, we were so bad, we were a joke,” said lead singer Dan “Soupy” Campbell on the phone as the group's tour bus passed through Tampa, Fla., last week.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Ask Dwele his favorite song from “Subject,” his 2003 debut album, and the soul singer will hem and haw a bit before narrowing the options to two. The tone-setting “Truth” makes the cut because of its “feel good” nature, he said, while “Without You” immediately transports him back to the late-night studio session that birthed it. “It was 3 or 4 in the morning in Philly,” Dwele, 36, said on the phone from his hometown of...
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
In hip-hop, momentum matters. After the success of 2012's "The Yellow Album," Los Angeles rapper Dom Kennedy knew he had captured more ears than ever before. But the 29-year-old born Dominic Hunn refused to consider his next album, last October's "Get Home Safely," his only shot at next-level stardom. "Everything is not dependent on this project or that project. It's all an evolution of growing as a person," Kennedy said on the phone from downtown Los Angeles last week. "My mindset going into 'Get Home Safely' was making a project that I could be happy with for the rest of my life and something that will test the time.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
Netflix is picking up the promotional tempo for the Feb. 14 debut of Season 2 of "House of Cards" with the release of another trailer today. This one is worth it for Francis Underwood's assessment of what appears to be his swearing-in as vice president of the United States. "Democracy is so overrated," he says, noting that not a single vote was cast in his favor. If Underwood does officially assume the vice presidency in Season 2, we'll have two American vice presidents created on the soundstages of Baltimore: Underwood and Selina Meyer (HBO's "Veep")
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
Maysa Leak had always heard music in her head. But when the 46-year-old soul singer from Gwynn Oak lost her mother to Leukemia last summer, the music stopped. For the first time she could ever recall, the artist simply known as Maysa heard nothing. "I couldn't even hear melodies," Maysa said recently. "It was so strange. " Normally, Maysa - a Morgan State alumna who got her start singing backup to Stevie Wonder and later became the featured singer of the jazz-fusion group Incognito - used music to get through tough patches.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
J. Cole, the North Carolina-based rapper whose sophomore album, "Born Sinner," drops Tuesday, will perform at Baltimore Soundstage tonight, according to Soundstage's Twitter page . It was not announced before this morning. Tickets cost $1, and can be purchased on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Soundstage box office starting at 4 p.m. There's a limit of one ticket per person. The show is 18+ and you must have a state-issued ID, according to Soundstage's Twitter page.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
Nowadays, any aspiring musician can grab an acoustic guitar, plop in front of a computer, hit record and upload a performance - cover, original or something unidentifiable - to the Internet. That's what Kina Grannis did as a student at the University of Southern California. The main difference between her and the thousands of other artists hoping to get on was Grannis' video won a Doritos contest that led to her "Message From Your Heart" clip being played during a Super Bowl ad. After such a massive introduction, Grannis, who plays Baltimore Soundstage on Friday, signed with Interscope Records, essentially putting use for her social science degree on hold.
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October 20, 2011
J. Cole shocked a lot of industry heads and rap fans with the release of "Cole World: The Sideline Story," the debut LP he mostly produced himself. It hit No. 1 on Billboard its first week, and since hitting shelves Sept. 27, the album has sold more than 300,000 copies. He has no major singles or high-profile cameos; Cole merely built a following from the ground-up, with strong mixtapes and opening tour slots. Consider his show Thursday night at Baltimore Soundstage part of the earned victory lap. Cole is the type of rapper capable of writing radio-friendly hits ("Can't Get Enough" feat.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
Nowadays, any aspiring musician can grab an acoustic guitar, plop in front of a computer, hit record and upload a performance - cover, original or something unidentifiable - to the Internet. That's what Kina Grannis did as a student at the University of Southern California. The main difference between her and the thousands of other artists hoping to get on was Grannis' video won a Doritos contest that led to her "Message From Your Heart" clip being played during a Super Bowl ad. After such a massive introduction, Grannis, who plays Baltimore Soundstage on Friday, signed with Interscope Records, essentially putting use for her social science degree on hold.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
Estelle wants listeners to know she's not just the happy-go-lucky Londoner many first met on 2008's "American Boy," her cheery hit single with Kanye West. "The Life," the opening track to "All Of Me" (her first album in nearly four years, due out Tuesday), finds the 32-year-old Grammy nominee rapping in her heavy accent, "Tiny with a temper, I'm-a get it till I pass out. " She's not kidding about the temper. "All of Me" isn't a break-up album per se, but some of its more emotionally draining tracks were written as Estelle's three-year relationship crumbled.
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