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Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak performs at the 2640 Space in 2011. (Josh Sisk, special to the Baltimore Sun / August 31, 2012)

With more than 50 local bands performing all around Station North and Mount Vernon this weekend, Scapescape is one of Baltimore's premier events to better understand the hype surrounding its diverse arts and music scenes. (It's also a bit intimidating. A friend of Midnight Sun, Seth, created a handy Google document to keep track of all the sets scheduled for Labor Day weekend.)

I don't mean to single out a particular artist or band when there are so many worthy acts performing, so just know that Scapescape is an awesome event and we're lucky to have it. With that said, tonight could be particularly special because Jenn Wasner, the singer/guitarist of Wye Oak and her solo project Flock of Dimes, will perform two sets at the Charles Street Parking Lot (1712 N. Charles St.). There's talks of Wye Oak performing never-before-heard songs and her Dimes project is getting increasingly intriguing with every new release.

The Flock of Dimes set runs from 7:30-8 p.m. Wasner will return to the stage at 10 p.m. with drummer-in-crime Andy Stack to close the night out. If you've seen Wye Oak's Twitter page in the last 24 hours, you'll see that they're excited.

"Baltimore: come see us at scape scape tomorrow! Probably our only Baltimore show for a long while. New songs guaranteed," read one tweet. "Ok scape scapers. Tonight is the night. 10 ish? See you," came an hour ago.

New Wye Oak songs are reason enough to head out to Mount Vernon tonight (and really, I can't stress enough that there are a ton of acts to catch this weekend, such as DDm, Horse Lords, Weekends, White Life and the list goes on ...), but you should get there early enough to see Flock of Dimes.

Last week, Merge Records announced it would release the Flock of Dimes 7" "Curtain b/w Apparition" on Sept. 25. They've only released the A-side, "Curtains," online but it's a doozy. Produced by Baltimore's Mickey Free (who performs his own set tomorrow at 3:50 p.m. at the Charles Street Parking Lot), "Curtain" is anchored by a wonderfully dreamy backdrop, but it's Wasner's vocals — alternating between earth-shakingly forceful and hazily floating along — that drive "Curtain." (Stream it below.) Between Wye Oak's continued maturation and Flock of Dimes, Wasner seems on the cusp of something big.

Tickets for Scapescape are available at the gate ($20 for four days, $10 per day) or you can get discounted tickets here.



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