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Baltimore's Monster Museum grows at its own pace

Baltimore's Monster Museum grows at its own pace

In a music climate where acts of all sizes have lowered expectations of what “success” means, the members of Monster Museum — a Baltimore indie-rock trio headlining the Ottobar on Friday — simply want to leave the city once in a while.

Day jobs and budget concerns, according to singer and guitarist Yuri Zietz, have so far confined the band to local venues and festivals. But after three self-released EPs and four years of playing together, the trio — which also includes bassist and singer Tracey Buchanan and drummer Adam Smith — is ready to play to new audiences.

“It's been a little bit of a struggle,” Zietz said from inside the group's modest Remington practice space last...