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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 24, 2010
A t first glance, Beach House's East Baltimore practice space seems like a typical moody musician's den, with turntables, drums, vintage keyboards and even a half-empty bottle of vodka. But amid the jumble of amps and instruments lie oddly childish knickknacks, like a hefty unicorn bust, hula hoops and packs of sparkly stickers. It was here, a year ago, that the Baltimore-based ambient pop duo came up with the title of their new album, "Teen Dream." Surrounded by whimsical toys and tchotchkes, singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally were tinkering with a new song when the words "teen dream" popped out of Legrand's mouth.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
Indie bands, be careful - advertising agencies want your sound, and if you say no, they'll hire studio musicians to do their best impression. Patrick Carney, the drummer for the Black Keys, complained of several big-name companies doing this exact procedure. Now, Baltimore duo Beach House - a band whose new album, "Bloom," hit stores this past Tuesday to strong reviews - is the latest act claiming to be kinda-copied. In a new ad for Volkswagen's Polo, there's a familiar, haunting croon over a light, springy organ.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Has it really been more than two years since Beach House released its stunning third album, "Teen Dream"? Baltimore's music scene hasn't slowed down in the duo's brief absence, but "Myth" - the new song quietly released on the band's website last night at around 1 a.m. - reminds us why this dream-pop duo is so vital to it. "Teen Dream" was the group's most confident effort by miles, and "Myth" seems to continue down this surefooted...
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By Wesley Case | May 2, 2012
When Beach House, the Baltimore dream-pop duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, released 2010's "Teen Dream," the band was immediately thrust into the forefront of the indie-music world. Pitchfork named it the fifth best album of the year; Rolling Stone placed it at No. 17. Indie-rock chart-toppers Vampire Weekend invited the band on an impressive North American tour that included stops at New York City's Radio City Music Hall and Merriweather Post Pavilion . Following the steps of Animal Collective, the duo seemed positioned to become the new "it" band in taste-making circles.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | January 24, 2010
At first glance, Beach House's East Baltimore practice space seems like a typical moody musician's den, with turntables, drums, vintage keyboards and even a half-empty bottle of vodka. But amid the jumble of amps and instruments lie oddly childish knickknacks, like a hefty unicorn bust, hula hoops and packs of sparkly stickers. It was here, a year ago, that the Baltimore-based ambient pop duo came up with the title of their new album, "Teen Dream." Surrounded by whimsical toys and tchotchkes, singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally were tinkering with a new song when the words "teen dream" popped out of Legrand's mouth.
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By Wesley Case | May 2, 2012
When Beach House, the Baltimore dream-pop duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, released 2010's "Teen Dream," the band was immediately thrust into the forefront of the indie-music world. Pitchfork named it the fifth best album of the year; Rolling Stone placed it at No. 17. Indie-rock chart-toppers Vampire Weekend invited the band on an impressive North American tour that included stops at New York City's Radio City Music Hall and Merriweather Post Pavilion . Following the steps of Animal Collective, the duo seemed positioned to become the new "it" band in taste-making circles.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
Indie bands, be careful - advertising agencies want your sound, and if you say no, they'll hire studio musicians to do their best impression. Patrick Carney, the drummer for the Black Keys, complained of several big-name companies doing this exact procedure. Now, Baltimore duo Beach House - a band whose new album, "Bloom," hit stores this past Tuesday to strong reviews - is the latest act claiming to be kinda-copied. In a new ad for Volkswagen's Polo, there's a familiar, haunting croon over a light, springy organ.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2010
Beach House is growing up. Before this year, the four-year-old atmospheric pop duo from this area mainly played clubs and small festivals. Lead singer Victoria Legrand said the largest gig to date was a 1,400-person crowd at Webster Hall in New York City. There were no cushy riders, decked-out tour buses or security to keep drunken fans away. Sometimes crazy things happened after shows, as you might expect if you're an indie band with no handlers. "Crazy things like when you are in France and someone who looks like [singer]
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Evening Sun Staff | November 27, 1991
Ericca Freeman remembers the bruises, the sleepless nights and the thoughts of suicide brought on by a family member who abused drugs.And she remembers "a whole lot of pressures on me" that made her feel more like an adult than a 15-year-old."
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer | June 28, 1992
Eric Helms and Ki Ho Park may not appear threatening, but one look at this pair on a sparring mat is enough to dispel that notion.They are, for the most part, typical teen-agers. Helms, a tall, slender 16-year-old, is heading into his senior year at Mount Hebron High School, where he's a good student and a three-sport athlete. Park, a small, slightly built, 15-year-old, just finished his freshman year at Hebron. He will probably be a soccer teammate of Helms this fall.Where Helms and Park differ from the average teen-ager is their mastery of another pursuit -- tae kwon do, a Korean self-defense system much like karate.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Has it really been more than two years since Beach House released its stunning third album, "Teen Dream"? Baltimore's music scene hasn't slowed down in the duo's brief absence, but "Myth" - the new song quietly released on the band's website last night at around 1 a.m. - reminds us why this dream-pop duo is so vital to it. "Teen Dream" was the group's most confident effort by miles, and "Myth" seems to continue down this surefooted...
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2010
Beach House is growing up. Before this year, the four-year-old atmospheric pop duo from this area mainly played clubs and small festivals. Lead singer Victoria Legrand said the largest gig to date was a 1,400-person crowd at Webster Hall in New York City. There were no cushy riders, decked-out tour buses or security to keep drunken fans away. Sometimes crazy things happened after shows, as you might expect if you're an indie band with no handlers. "Crazy things like when you are in France and someone who looks like [singer]
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | January 24, 2010
At first glance, Beach House's East Baltimore practice space seems like a typical moody musician's den, with turntables, drums, vintage keyboards and even a half-empty bottle of vodka. But amid the jumble of amps and instruments lie oddly childish knickknacks, like a hefty unicorn bust, hula hoops and packs of sparkly stickers. It was here, a year ago, that the Baltimore-based ambient pop duo came up with the title of their new album, "Teen Dream." Surrounded by whimsical toys and tchotchkes, singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally were tinkering with a new song when the words "teen dream" popped out of Legrand's mouth.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 24, 2010
A t first glance, Beach House's East Baltimore practice space seems like a typical moody musician's den, with turntables, drums, vintage keyboards and even a half-empty bottle of vodka. But amid the jumble of amps and instruments lie oddly childish knickknacks, like a hefty unicorn bust, hula hoops and packs of sparkly stickers. It was here, a year ago, that the Baltimore-based ambient pop duo came up with the title of their new album, "Teen Dream." Surrounded by whimsical toys and tchotchkes, singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally were tinkering with a new song when the words "teen dream" popped out of Legrand's mouth.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | January 16, 1999
PASADENA -- "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane" is the midseason series with the biggest buzz. And some of it is even deserved.The WB, a red-hot network built on such teen dramas as "Dawson's Creek" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," is billing "Zoe" as its signature sitcom, the first WB comedy to embody the same angst, wit and edge as its dramas.It's been called a teen version of "Friends" and a teen "Seinfeld." There are similarities, especially to "Friends.""Zoe" is an ensemble sitcom with four main characters -- two girls and two guys.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | August 4, 1994
Ryan Andresen knew he had made it last summer as he stood atop a tall, slender rock formation in New Mexico with just enough space for himself.The Millersville resident has made it to the top again, 11 years after he started his quest to become an Eagle Scout."
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Sun Staff Writer | August 4, 1994
Ryan Andresen knew he had made it last summer as he stood atop a tall, slender rock formation in New Mexico with just enough space for himself.The Millersville resident has made it to the top again, 11 years after he started his quest to become an Eagle Scout."
NEWS
By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer | June 28, 1992
Eric Helms and Ki Ho Park may not appear threatening, but one look at this pair on a sparring mat is enough to dispel that notion.They are, for the most part, typical teen-agers. Helms, a tall, slender 16-year-old, is heading into his senior year at Mount Hebron High School, where he's a good student and a three-sport athlete. Park, a small, slightly built, 15-year-old, just finished his freshman year at Hebron. He will probably be a soccer teammate of Helms this fall.Where Helms and Park differ from the average teen-ager is their mastery of another pursuit -- tae kwon do, a Korean self-defense system much like karate.
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