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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2011
Reading the commentary on Wye Oak's last album, "The Knot," and the new one, "Civilian," you might think there's little difference between the two. Adjectives like lush, evocative and brooding are alternatively used to describe them. But Jenn Wasner, the duo's vocalist and guitarist, says the new album is different in several respects, and especially in one: It's just better. With "The Knot," she and multi-instrumentalist Andy Stack overplayed the benefits of brand-new label representation, she says.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
For Wye Oak to continue as one of Baltimore's most well-established indie-rock acts, change was necessary. Sometime after the 2011 album "Civilian," singer Jenn Wasner began viewing the guitar - her instrument since she formed the duo in 2006 with drummer Andy Stack - as a liability. Before then, Wye Oak's clever songwriting and dramatic rock sound had propelled the group from the city's DIY music scene to success on a national scale that included song placements on popular TV shows and a live performance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2011
Wye Oak made their network television debut Monday night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack performed "Holy Holy" off new album "Civilian. " In April, Wasner talked to the Sun about the making of the alum.
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By Alexa Cottman-Robinson and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
In a scene from the documentary "A Place of Truth," opening Thursday at the Creative Alliance , Abi Mott sits behind a small desk on a city street corner with a sign that reads: "Name a price. Pick a subject. Get a poem. " She is greeted by a customer and after a quick exchange of money; she enters words on a vintage typewriter. Moments later, Mott hands her customer a short poem and smiles. "This is what she wrote for me," says the customer, eyes filled with tears, as she begins to read the lyrics out loud.
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By Wesley Case | September 7, 2011
Wye Oak just premiered their latest video, "Holy Holy," over at Pitchfork . The Civilian -standout gets a simple video of the Baltimore duo at the carnival, riding the swings and rollercoasters. Somehow, no fried food was consumed. The clip was directed by Jeremy Johnstone, whose credits include videos from Young Widows and the New York Dolls. Wye Oak is currently on tour with the National (whose Scott Devendorf had kind words for the band when I spoke with him a couple weeks ago)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
When Wye Oak announced its spring/summer tour in support of new album "Shriek," the duo's hometown of Baltimore was conspicuously missing. Now, we have a date for an outdoor show. Wye Oak will headline an all-ages concert in the Charles Street parking lot at Metro Gallery on July 26. Matmos (who were recently shouted out by Detroit rapper Danny Brown) and Wume will also perform. Tickets go on sale today at noon, via missiontix.com and ticketfly.com. Tickets ($17) can also be purchased at Charmington's Cafe (2601 N. Howard St.)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
With more than 50 local bands performing all around Station North and Mount Vernon this weekend, Scapescape is one of Baltimore's premier events to better understand the hype surrounding its diverse arts and music scenes. (It's also a bit intimidating. A friend of Midnight Sun, Seth, created a handy Google document to keep track of all the sets scheduled for Labor Day weekend.) I don't mean to single out a particular artist or band when there are so many worthy acts performing, so just know that Scapescape is an awesome event and we're lucky to have it. With that said, tonight could be particularly special because Jenn Wasner, the singer/guitarist of Wye Oak and her solo project Flock of Dimes, will perform two sets at the Charles Street Parking Lot (1712 N. Charles St.)
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January 7, 1994
Since 1941, when it was officially designated as such by the Maryland General Assembly, the Wye Oak on the Eastern Shore has been the official state tree.No one quite knows the age of the venerable white oak, which is 104 feet high, has a horizontal spread of 160 feet and a trunk that measures 32 feet around. It is guessed to be at least 400 years old.However, time is running out on this giant. Reports have been circulating for years that the famous tree is dying but no one knows for sure when that will occur.
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June 9, 2002
WORDS CAN hardly convey the awe inspired by a big, old tree, let alone a 460-year-old white oak about 100 feet tall and 32 feet around. It seems almost inconceivable that something so temporal as a thunderstorm -- however violent -- could topple the Wye Oak, the largest of its species in the nation and one of the country's best-known trees. This massive being, its base buttressed by concrete, its limbs laced by cables, had survived it all, the forces of nature and history, for almost five centuries.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
For Wye Oak to continue as one of Baltimore's most well-established indie-rock acts, change was necessary. Sometime after the 2011 album "Civilian," singer Jenn Wasner began viewing the guitar - her instrument since she formed the duo in 2006 with drummer Andy Stack - as a liability. Before then, Wye Oak's clever songwriting and dramatic rock sound had propelled the group from the city's DIY music scene to success on a national scale that included song placements on popular TV shows and a live performance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
When Wye Oak announced its spring/summer tour in support of new album "Shriek," the duo's hometown of Baltimore was conspicuously missing. Now, we have a date for an outdoor show. Wye Oak will headline an all-ages concert in the Charles Street parking lot at Metro Gallery on July 26. Matmos (who were recently shouted out by Detroit rapper Danny Brown) and Wume will also perform. Tickets go on sale today at noon, via missiontix.com and ticketfly.com. Tickets ($17) can also be purchased at Charmington's Cafe (2601 N. Howard St.)
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
If you're a middle-aged construction worker living in Baltimore and don't have any dance experience, you might think your odds of appearing in a music video are pretty low. Well, here's your big chance. Baltimore-based dreamy rock duo Wye Oak is seeking "people who fit the look of a construction worker or mechanic type" for their next video, according to a Craigslist post that band member Jenn Wasner shared on Facebook.  The band is seeking seven men and three women, preferably between the ages of 30 and 50.  Those "who enjoy getting dirty" are encouraged to apply.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
Did you ever think you could see Wye Oak and Outkast perform on the same day at the same show? Probably not, but in April, you can. The big rumor was finally confirmed yesterday: Outkast, arguably hip-hop's greatest duo ever, will reunite at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. The festival will be held on two weekends in the spring, April 11-13 and April 18-20. Wye Oak - likely performing new songs from the Baltimore duo's currently untitled fourth album due later this year - will perform April 11 and 18. Future Islands, who just announced its next album is called "Singles" and will be released on 4AD on March 25, will perform April 12 and 19. Finally, J. Roddy Walston and the Business - a band with members located all along the East Coast but still identifies itself as a Baltimore act - will perform on both final nights, April 13 and 20. Thinking about going?
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
The state's spending board on Wednesday approved more than $65 million to upgrade sewage and drinking water systems throughout the state. "Projects such as these are an important part of our effort to improve Maryland waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, and provide quality drinking water to our citizens," Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement after the Board of Public Works vote. "These projects reduce pollution and protect the environment and public health while creating jobs for more Marylanders.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
With more than 50 local bands performing all around Station North and Mount Vernon this weekend, Scapescape is one of Baltimore's premier events to better understand the hype surrounding its diverse arts and music scenes. (It's also a bit intimidating. A friend of Midnight Sun, Seth, created a handy Google document to keep track of all the sets scheduled for Labor Day weekend.) I don't mean to single out a particular artist or band when there are so many worthy acts performing, so just know that Scapescape is an awesome event and we're lucky to have it. With that said, tonight could be particularly special because Jenn Wasner, the singer/guitarist of Wye Oak and her solo project Flock of Dimes, will perform two sets at the Charles Street Parking Lot (1712 N. Charles St.)
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2012
UPDATE: Scapescape preview: Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes play Scapescape Aug. 31 Coming at the conclusion of the month-long Station North Arts Festival, Scapescape will take place during Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 2). Baltimore acts Celebration, Dope Body, Labtekwon, J Roddy Walston and the Business, White Life, Wye Oak and more will play at three different locations around Station North, including the parking lot next to Metro Gallery as the main stage, Metro Gallery and Windup Space.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2012
Walk around Baltimore today and you could see Jenn Wasner's big eyes staring up at you. Wasner, who plays guitar and sings in Wye Oak and now by herself as Flock of Dimes, is the cover star for b's latest "10 to Watch Under 30" issue . In 2011, Wasner, an Owings Mills native, lived on the road, playing more than 200 shows alongside Wye Oak drummer Andy Stack. When she returned home to Baltimore, she was burned out, and even considered moving away from the city. But don't ever underestimate the power of rest.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
For some people, the concert news of the day has already run, and no one's gonna top it. They'll read these names below and say, Are any of these guys VAN HALEN ??? Do they wear shiny leather pants and vaguely Middle Eastern scarves and a pinstripe vest and also a belt buckle bigger than Mitt Romney's head? Are they responsible for “RUNNING WITH THE DEVIIIIIIL!!”? Ok, no. For everyone else, here's the other concert news of the day: To raise money for the experimental music festival High Zero, Matmos's Drew Daniel, Dan Deacon and Schwarz will play DJ sets at the H&H Building's 5th Dimension April 27. Leprechaun Catering and  John Berndt's Multiphonic Choir will also perform.
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