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Midnight Sun
Wesley Case covers the city's after-hours scene
A familial atmosphere at Mad Dog Murphy's in Canton

Growing up in a big family, Adam Scher and his cousins often heard their grandfather’s old tales when they visited him in Severna Park. One in particular, about the most feared pirate on the Chesapeake Bay always stuck with Scher.

So when Scher, a 28-year-old native of Owings Mills, purchased a corner bar in Canton in January, he named it after the possibly apocryphal swashbuckler as a tribute to his beloved family member. Replacing the old Hooper's Pub sports bar, Mad Dog Murphy's opened the first week of March.

When we visited on a recent late Saturday night, Mad Dog Murphy's exuded an appropriately familial presence, despite a lack of foot traffic. A handful of folks — a few patrons, a few staff members on the clock and off — were huddled around the modest square bar in the center of the single-floor bar. It was clear from the breezy conversation and inside jokes that these people knew each other well. This was their neighborhood hangout.

Nearly all corner bars feel this way, or...

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'Tiny' Harris visits Baltimore on Saturday to promote her own tequila

For years in hip-hop, aspiring male moguls were the ones pushing liquor brands, from Sean Combs' deal with Diageo's Ciroc and DeLeon brands to Birdman's affiliation with Grand Touring Vodka. 

But in January 2013, when Nicki Minaj became a part-owner and face of Myx Fusions' moscato wine beverage, the "Pinkprint" star helped open a lane for women in the hip-hop community to explore similar business opportunities.

Tameka "Tiny" Harris is the latest female figure to push some alcohol, and on Saturday, she'll host a launch party for Tiny's Tequila at Paparazzi (407 E. Saratoga St.) from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Two types of the fruit-flavored-infused tequila, Orange Blossom (honey-orange) and Lime Light (lime), will be available. Tickets are on sale now

Harris, a Georgia native, is best known as a reality TV star on VH1. She and her husband, rapper T.I., star in "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle." In July, she released an R&B single called "What the F@#k You Gon Do?" In October, her second VH1 show,...

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Iggy Azalea's Great Escape Tour comes to Baltimore in March

Iggy Azalea, the "Fancy" rapper from Australia whose star-making year recently culminated in four Grammy nominations, will headline Royal Farms Arena on May 13. Nick Jonas, Tinashe and DJ Whizz Kidd will also perform as a part of Azalea's North American Great Escape Tour. 

Tickets go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. Friday on

Azalea remained a presence on the charts this year thanks to hook-oriented singles from her debut album, "The New Classic," such as "Problem," featuring Ariana Grande, and "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora. The Grammys will air on CBS on Feb. 8.

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Diamondback Brewing Company moves on from garage with first ale

In spring 2013, three local longtime friends interested in brewing beer had dreams of leading their own company. To achieve this, they considered different routes, from a publicly funded Kickstarter campaign to the traditional form of pitching private investors.

Then, the trio — Tom Foster, Francis Smith and Colin Marshall — realized starting small, and on their own, made more sense. They could focus on a single product and, if it were successful, the rest could eventually come.

“Let’s start with a beer first,” Marshall recalled on Thursday morning.

Last week, sans outside support, Baltimore’s Diamondback Brewing Company debuted its first keg of beer, 3:30 Amber Ale, at Canton Crossing Wine & Spirits as a part of the store’s growler program. Five days later, all of the beer had been sold, according to the store’s general manager Aaron Lubliner-Walters.

Not bad for 23-year-olds who began brewing as students at the University of Maryland, College Park. (Foster and Smith are alumni, while...

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Chevelle waves the hard-rock flag at Rams Head Live

Hard-rock stalwarts Chevelle headlined radio station 98 Rock’s “Not So Silent Night” at Rams Head Live on Wednesday night. The Chicago trio — which consists of Pete Loeffler (vocals and guitar) and Sam Loeffler (drums) along with brother-in-law Dean Bernadini (bass) — are currently supporting their April release "La Gargola."  

If Wednesday’s capacity crowd is any indication, the band has developed a loyal base of supporters via a tight live show and broad, powerful sound. 

With seven albums under their belt, Chevelle has a sizeable catalog to pull from for live shows. During Wednesday’s 90-minute set, they sprinkled in selections from each era of their career. 

Fans surged toward the stage and began a full night of crowd-surfing during opener “An Island,” from their current release. They followed up with “Hats Off to the Bull” from the 2011 album of the same name and “Sleep Apnea” from 2009's "Sci-Fi Crimes.

The power trio fit well into a club the size of Rams Head Live, where their...

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Bro Safari looks to expand his sound

As Bro Safari, Nick Weiller is considered a force in the ever-shifting landscape of electronic dance music, in part, because of his emphatic drums.

His love of drum programming, a pillar of his genre, can be traced to Atlanta, where Weiller was a middle-school student in love with N.W.A. and Dr. Dre's booming bass made from a Roland TR-808 synthesizer. Now, as EDM and hip-hop artists collaborate and tour together with increasing regularity, Weiller can't help but be excited, if not a bit surprised.

“Growing up, there couldn't have been more separation between the two [genres],” Weiller said on the phone earlier this week at a tour stop in Nashville. “There was nothing in common with what I was doing and the hip-hop world. Now, the walls have completely broken down, which I think is awesome.”

Earlier this year in Baltimore, Weiller watched the cultural melding occur firsthand, as Harlem, N.Y., rapper ASAP Ferg hyped the EDM-dominant Moonrise Festival crowd during Bro Safari's set. The...

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