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The Gold Bar marks another great addition to Station North
The Gold Bar marks another great addition to Station North

Toward the end of a blistering set on a recent Friday night, Adam Marans, lead singer of the Baltimore sludgy punk foursome Big Christ, took a rare breather to dedicate the next song, “Boogie Nights,” to the deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. A collective smile hit the room of roughly 25. And then came the boom, a glorious cacophony of Marans' full-throated yells, relentless cymbal crashing, staccato palm muting on guitar and the bass' punishing low end. The 25-minute performance was loud, brutal and a lot of fun. It was also just a regular Friday night at the Gold Bar, another smart and solid addition to an emerging Station North bar scene that already includes...

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