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Young Moose and Martina Lynch release Freddie Gray protest song, 'No SunShine'

Last week, Young Moose, one of Baltimore's most popular rappers, released a new video for his Freddie Gray-related protest song, "No SunShine." The track also features a guest verse from local poet and rapper Martina Lynch.

The tone of the roughly three-minute clip, which you can watch above, is contextualized resentment toward Baltimore police. It opens with footage of a black protester in a "F--- The Police" T-shirt being pulled to the ground by his dreadlocks by a police officer. Surveillance footage of another Baltimore officer, Vincent Cosom, beating a man named Kollin Truss last June at a North Avenue bus stop follows. (Cosom was sentenced to six months in jail earlier this month for assault.)

To drive the video's point home, the Sun's often-cited fact that Baltimore police has paid more than $5.7 million since 2011 in lawsuits related to allegations of police brutality against alleged suspects precedes Moose's opening verse. Against this backdrop (set to Bill Withers' "Ain't No...

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Beach House to release new album, 'Depression Cherry,' in August

For more than a year, things had been pretty quiet on the Beach House front — until this morning. The Baltimore-based duo of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand will release "Depression Cherry," their fifth full-length album, on Aug. 28, according to the band's label, Sub Pop Records.

"Depression Cherry," the follow-up to May 2012's "Bloom," was recorded and produced by the band and longtime collaborator Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, La., between November 2014 and January 2015. The record features a plain, deep-red cover and is available for pre-order now.

Instead of including quotes from Scally, Legrand or Coady on the inspiration or influences for the record, the Sub Pop press release included selected lyrics from the tracklist and "a few quotes that we feel relate to the feeling and themes of this record." You can read both below:


1. "Levitation" — “The branches of the trees, they will hang lower now, you will grow too quick, then you will get over it”


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'The Bachelorette' recap, Of boxing gloves and Amy Schumer

The episode begins with Kaitlyn waking up in full makeup, with freshly plumped lips and a blowout, because that’s how all women wake up. After gazing longingly out of her bedroom window, she makes her way to the kitchen, where Chris Harrison shows up unannounced.

They talk about what it feels like to be the Bachelorette, and then we head to the mansion.

As the men arrive at the mansion for the first time, they stand around the island with mimosas in hand, because that’s the drink of choice for adult men. Kupah, the 32-year-old with chin fuzz and earrings, toasts a room full of men competing to marry the same woman, wishing them not as much luck as he will have.

In true frat house fashion, the guys take their mimosas outside, where they compare the size of their… just kidding; they take turns confessing if they voted for Britt or Kaitlyn to be the Bachelorette, which is equally as important.

Before we actually get to watch the winning Bachelorette begin her journey to find love, we are...

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Unique, and uniquely expensive, hotel to open soon in Midtown

Inside the Ivy Hotel at North Calvert and East Biddle streets, a curved staircase rises three stories past leaded windows, leading to rooms with canopied beds, fireplaces and bathrooms with heated French limestone floors and deep tubs.

Set to open in mid-June, the tiny hotel in a converted mansion underwent a makeover costing in excess of $18 million. It will be one of only two Baltimore hotels in its price range, with 18 rooms and suites ranging from $475 to $1,475 a night. A few suites at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore command even higher rates.

"Everyone might not recognize it, but we think Baltimore is ready for this," said David W. Garrett, managing director of the Ivy Hotel. "We think this will be one of the finest urban hotels in the country."

Yet some observers wonder if it's possible for a hotel to command such prices in a location not far from the Baltimore City Detention Center and with views of the Johnston Square neighborhood from at least one room.

"I think it's very ambitious...

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'Game of Thrones' recap: 'The Gift'

Is it wrong I’m geeking-out over Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen finally meeting face-to-face?

For five seasons, Daenerys has been on another continent from the other main characters on “Game of Thrones”: the Lannisters, Starks and Baratheons. Now, the two most popular characters on the show are finally sharing a scene – albeit a short one.

Sold into slavery, Tyrion and Jorah Mormont are sent to fight in Meereen’s fighting pits, where, luck should have it, Daenerys – the queen of Slaver’s Bay (and arguably rightful queen of Westeros) – is taking in her first gladiator fight.

It’s gruesome stuff, with the crowd literally watching people getting murdered in front of them. Dany is so grossed out she wants to leave.

Mormont – whom Dany banished for treachery – realizes that the queen is watching and decides to go all Maximus on the competition. He wrecks dudes left and right, but upon winning, gets no love from Daenerys.

He then tells her he brought her a gift – and it’s Tyrion! This...

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Lineups announced for 2015 Moonrise Festival

Bassnectar and Above & Beyond will headline this year’s second Moonrise Festival, a celebration of electronic dance music slated for Aug. 8 and 9 at Pimlico Race Course.

Bassnectar, the stage name for DJ and performer Lorin Ashton, will perform Friday, Aug. 8. The London-based Above & Beyond will perform on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Some 40 other acts are scheduled to perform during the two-day festival. Tickets, priced at $149.50-$225, may be purchased through the festival’s website,

Other acts scheduled for this year's Moonrise Festival include Big Gigantic, Datsik, Dillon Francis, Die Antwoord, The Glitch Mob, Porter Robinson and Zeds Dead.

The Moonrise concept was first publicly introduced in 2013. But organizers could not obtain permits for the festival, initially billed as a successor to the popular Starscape Festival, which had run for several years at Fort Armistead Park.* Following safety problems at the 2012 Starscape event, including overcrowding and drug overdoses,...

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