Pictures: 10 to watch under 30 class of 2012
Each member of b's third 10 to Watch Under 30 edition has excelled in their respective fields: from the football player to the fundraiser to the businessman. But what really sets them apart is an unending drive to not only better themselves but impact others. They're always looking toward the future -- the next project, big or small. They don't quit; they keep moving. And we're all better for it. Here's our 10 to watch class of 2012. -- Jordan Bartel, B
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Jenn Wasner, 26, musician, Station North
For years, Jenn Wasner has been known as the singing half of Wye Oak, the Baltimore rock duo that played more than 200 shows last year, alongside the likes of the National and the Decemberists. But now, after enjoying a much-needed break from her group's grueling tour schedule, Wasner is releasing new music under the name Flock of Dimes -- her first true solo project.
"I love it because I can take responsibility for the parts that are great and terrible," she said. "I can take risks I might not have been comfortable taking."
Currently, there's only one Flock of Dimes record -- a limited seven-inch on orange vinyl out Thursday on Baltimore's Friends Records -- but its two songs ("Prison Bride" and a "screwed" cover of the Eagles' 1979 hit "I Can't Tell You Why") prove Flock of Dimes is headed in a stranger, more ambiguous direction than Wye Oak.
Flock of Dimes will tour with singer-songwriter (and Wasner's friend) Sharon Van Etten, starting at The Ottobar on Thursday. She has eight songs set for Flock of Dimes' debut album, which she plans to complete before summer's end.
"I have pretty eclectic tastes and a short attention span to the music I make," Wasner said. "I want to challenge myself, and that requires different projects and collaborations."
One of those other collaborations is Dungeonesse, the unabashed-pop project co-written by Wasner and White Life's Jon Ehrens. Wasner seems just as excited about Dungeonesse as she is for Flock of Dimes or Wye Oak. Whether it's a tour or an album, Wasner plans to take each new opportunity as it comes.
"Flock of Dimes is whatever I want it to be whenever I want it to be," she said. "And that's what makes it more free." -- Wesley Case