| 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-...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| Oct 1, 2011
| 4:00 AM
This week, on Midnight Sun: Kooper's Tavern was sued by a Baltimore County man who claims the bar, and two other area bars, exposed him to identity theft. Consumer rights experts were dubious about the claim. Bourbon Street moved its college nights to...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 5:49 PM
Saturday, April 21 is one of those days where there is almost too much going on. Only almost, because in reality, I don't think it's possible for too much to be going on.
All day long is Record Store Day, when a bunch of new, special release records (y'...
| Oct 18, 2011
| 1:51 PM
Thousands of bands will play the CMJ Music Marathon this year, but some Baltimore bands have claimed today as their day: Lands & Peoples, Secret Mountains, Adventure and (formerly of Baltimore) the Death Set all have shows scheduled.
And, later this...
| Oct 27, 2011
| 6:00 AM
Erykah Badu will perform at Rams Head Live December 2, it was announced Wednesday. Consider that an early Christmas present. Badu puts on an exceptional show, clever, iconoclastic, a blast.
She's promoting her two-part album, "New Amerikah," whose second...