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Thrill Jockey, instrumental for Baltimore's music scene, celebrates 20 years
Thrill Jockey, instrumental for Baltimore's music scene, celebrates 20 years

About six years ago, the Baltimore rock band Arbouretum played at a club in Chicago for an audience of almost no one. You could count the members of the crowd on one hand, singer/guitarist David Heumann recalled, but one of them happened to be Bettina Richards, the founder of indie record label Thrill Jockey. She liked what she heard. "There literally was nobody there but me," Richards said. "It was great. I totally was hooked." Richards signed Arbouretum to Thrill Jockey. As Baltimore's music scene blossomed, she added another Charm City artist, and then another. Over the years, other, bigger labels such as Sub Pop in Seattle would swoop in and sign acts from...

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