"We advocate for people who like to push boundaries, who are willing to stand outside trends and carve their own path," Richards said. "Those are the ones that have staying power."
"It's not known as a place you go to 'make it,' " Richards said. "You're not looking around you to see what might get you successful. You're looking inward. … Really, it's the tip of the iceberg for Baltimore."
If you go
What: Thrill Jockey's 20th Anniversary Show
When: Thursday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live.
Information: ramsheadlive.com or 410-244-1131