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Roomrunner: Finally on the upswing

Roomrunner: Finally on the upswing

In May, less than two weeks before the release of his band's anticipated debut album, Roomrunner frontman Denny Bowen was in a Massachusetts hospital.

Despite the growing excitement surrounding his Baltimore quartet's new full-length album, "Ideal Cities," the 28-year-old Bowen had much more serious concerns.

"Basically, in a way, I had a weird mental break for a period of time," Bowen said last week, over the phone from Northampton, Mass., where his girlfriend lives. He paused before declining to go into specifics.

After a moment, he clarified the severity of the issue.

"I'll just say this. As a result of it, I've been diagnosed with...