| Aug 15, 2014
| 5:00 PM
Walk through a graffiti-tagged corridor, under a light rail bridge, past the cars hurtling down the Jones Falls Expressway and you've entered what some believe could become a wonderland.
A group called Section 1 envisions a skate park built under a...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 5:09 AM
Seeing J. Roddy Walston and the Business in concert always guarantees one thing: You'll leave much sweatier than you arrived.
Since arriving in Baltimore from Tennessee in 2004, the quartet's workmanlike reputation has been built on its raucous, give-...
| Oct 3, 2012
| 8:32 AM
They looked like tonsils, or maybe they were pincers: the tessellated structures that curved to points above the members of Animal Collective. At the mouth of the stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion were two rows of cartoonish teeth and gums.
So by the...
| Mar 15, 2012
After years of gaining fans the old fashioned way — self-produced albums, incessant touring — the time came in the summer of 2009 for Dr. Dog to graduate from low-fi psychedelic folk group to a fully formed band, with the confidence to rise...
| May 2, 2012
| 8:39 AM
When Beach House, the Baltimore dream-pop duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, released 2010's "Teen Dream," the band was immediately thrust into the forefront of the indie-music world.
Pitchfork named it the fifth best album of the year; Rolling...
| May 14, 2012
| 7:30 AM
This isn't as surprising as it is intriguing or exciting: Animal Collective, the experimental Brooklyn, N.Y.-via-Baltimore avant-pop group, will release its next album, "Centipede Hz" on Sept. 4 via Domino Records.
The album's press release was...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 12:36 PM
The four lifelong friends of Animal Collective had spent years living apart.
Scattered across the globe, from Los Angeles to Portugal, they'd collaborate through emails and phone calls, coming together only for tours.
So when it came time to write...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 7:42 AM
I'm writing this letter in response to Jane Hanfman's June 7 letter, "Noise levels at Merriweather are decidedly uncivil."
For some years now I've read, with some incredulity, letters from Columbia residents complaining about loud music at Merriweather...
| Nov 22, 2011
They didn't want it to end this way, but it will.
After 10 years, five albums and roughly 1,500 shows, the Bridge — one of Baltimore's most successful bands — will take the stage one last time on Thanksgiving Eve. Without any opening acts,...
| Nov 28, 2011
| 8:25 AM
Welcome back from Thanksgiving weekend! How was the big night? Did anyone catch The Bridge at Rams Head? Or Bob Seger the night after? The Seger show was, according to reporter Chris Kaltenbach, especially good. This week, the big shows are by Erykah Badu...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 9:39 AM
The All Rap Round Robin is far from the average microphone-too-low, DJ-too-loud, consistently tardy hip-hop show.
Now entering its fifth year, the gathering of the city's on-the-fringe hip-hop acts will converge Friday night on Floristree. The event will...
| Sep 27, 2011
| 6:02 AM
Has Ryan Adams finally made something as good as "Heartbreaker"? That's what the early reviews are saying about "Ashes & Fire," his new album.
He'll be playing material from the album on his Fall tour, which he announced Monday, the same day NPR started...