| Aug 1, 2013
| 12:17 PM
A quick scan of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest reveals the type of lineup we've come to expect from the annual concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Smart, on-the-nose and balanced -- as long as you're the type of music fan who takes pride in genre...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 9:34 AM
[Note: Video contains explicit language.]
Mario, the R&B singer from Baltimore, hasn't released an album since 2009's "D.N.A." It was the 26-year-old singer's fourth album and featured the underrated hit "Break Up." "D.N.A." was also the worst-selling...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 8:47 AM
J. Cole, the North Carolina-based rapper whose sophomore album, "Born Sinner," drops Tuesday, will perform at Baltimore Soundstage tonight, according to Soundstage's Twitter page. It was not announced before this morning.
Tickets cost $1, and can be...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 9:44 AM
“Go back to the second verse,” J. Cole told his DJ late into his hour-long set Thursday night at Baltimore Soundstage. “Y’all asked for this, so you gotta rock with me.”
Moments earlier, his microphone had malfunctioned...
| Feb 8, 2012
Welcome to the Adele show. Just as she dominated radio this past year, Adele will likely walk away with a handful of shiny gramophones on Sunday night (8 p.m., WJZ/CBS). But this is show business - there are no guarantees (except that host LL Cool J...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 12:13 PM
From the world of rap journalism comes inevitable news for Baltimore rap fans: XXL did not offer local mic-fiends Los and Mullyman spots in this year’s "Freshman 10" issue. After closer examination of the just-released cover(and I really mean...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 5:58 AM
When the biggest rap tour of the season stops by 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday, opening act Machine Gun Kelly will provide a stark contrast to the flashy, dipped-in-gold Maybach Music Group trio of Wale, Meek Mill and headliner Rick Ross.
While the MMG...
| Jul 5, 2011
| 7:39 AM
While the Internet salivated over an album cover (an album that has produced one song that was both terrible and forgettable), the best rap album of 2011 — thus far — had been available for purchase two days before. Kendrick Lamar quietly...
| Oct 17, 2011
| 11:57 AM
The third Baltimore Beer Week came to a close Sunday. Over 300 tastings, homebrewing competitions and lectures were squeezed into the event's 11 days, sending thousands of beer lovers to bars in the city and the county. How did this year's event...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 12:32 PM
J. Cole shocked a lot of industry heads and rap fans with the release of "Cole World: The Sideline Story," the debut LP he mostly produced himself. It hit No. 1 on Billboard its first week, and since hitting shelves Sept. 27, the album has sold more...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 8:59 AM
Lately, Baltimore has been booking more hip-hop shows (The Throne will be watched Oct. Nov. 1, while J. Cole, Yelawolf and Young Money's Tyga will all be here in the fall, too), a welcome trend for a city so close to bigger markets Philadelphia and...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 6:43 AM
The hype surrounding J. Cole's debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, is hitting a new gear, with only 12 days before it drops. On Wednesday, he dropped a video and a song — the vibrant clip for his radio-friendly-but-still-good single "Can'...