Here's a round-up of our week at Midnight Sun:
•••• Last month, I attended Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School at the Windup Space. It's a very cool event — driven by sketching and beer, not by the gawking at pasties — thrown by caring people. Click here to read my write-up that appeared in Monday's Sunrise section.
•••• If you follow any musicians, music writers or pretty much anyone in the music business on Twitter, then you know it's South by Southwest in Austin, Texas this week. Baltimore has been well-represented. Erik and I (well, mostly Erik) compiled a gallery of the local acts at SxSW. Expect a gallery next week from the actual sets, shot by Midnight Sun friend and excellent music photographer Josh Sisk.
•••• I spoke with one of Dr. Dog's songwriters (and bassist) Toby Leaman about the group's new record, "Be the Void," expectations and more. Read our interview here.
•••• I also got The-Dream on the phone before his SxSW gig(s). We talked about a long list of things — his album being pushed back, writer's block, why R&Beef is "wack." He performs at Fillmore Silver Spring and Baltimore Soundstage this weekend. Read our Q&A here. Also, follow @midnightsunblog on Twitter if you aren't already. We gave away a ton of free passes to The-Dream's Soundstage Sunday show. Expect more giveaways in the future.
•••• It's the 20th anniversary of Camden Yards! There's a slick, commemorative National Bohemian can for the occassion. Check it out here.
•••• In bar news, Dark Horse and Finnegan's Wake, both adjoined on Boston Street in Canton, is changing owners. Erik reports the Irish half (Finnegan's) will shut down and the space will become one large bar. Read the story here.
•••• Local beer company Flying Dog announced its first canned offering will be the "hoppy light lager" Underdog Atlantic. Frederick, the company's hometown, will get it first. Baltimore is next.
•••• The Black Keys will perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 18. Read about it and more recent concert news (Korn! Def Leppard!) here.
•••• Finally, if you're looking for a cheap, all-local show, I recommend DDm and others at Golden West Cafe.