| May 21, 2014
| 1:59 PM
The Moonrise Festival is getting a second chance. The two-day music festival is scheduled to take place Aug. 9 and 10 at Pimlico Race Course, according to festival partner Evan Weinstein.
Last June, Pretty Lights and Snoop Dogg were scheduled to...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 10:22 AM
See who ruled during disco's last big summer, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "She Believes in Me," Kenny Rogers
The Gambler? In 1979? At his peak. About as far from disco as one gets, "She Believes in Me" was a No. 1 country hit and...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 6:38 PM
This is traditionally the time of year when I use this column to give the HonFest update. And I'll get to that in a bit, but before we do, there are a number of other awesome events going on in Hampden to highlight first.
Friday, June 6 is First Fridays...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 6:38 AM
The early candidate for rap album of the year begins with a mother warning her son to stop following in the footsteps of his incarcerated father.
The colorfully delivered advice was given to Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, the 24-year-old rapper better...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 4:25 AM
There's no such thing as sharing the spotlight with Kanye West. If you're on the same stage as the polarizing rapper, chances are you were relegated to second fiddle before any notes were even played.
An exception is Charlie Wilson, the 60-year-old R&...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 11:54 AM
I recently caught up with Adam "Ace" Moyer, the CEO and founder of Knockaround, a maker of sunglasses that offer inexpensive and relaxed shades, perfect for the beach.
Moyer is a native of the Northern Virginia, and was relaxing in Bethany Beach when...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 9:41 AM
It’s been a long time since Snoop Dogg’s career has been defined by his music. The 40-year-old rapper from Long Beach, Calif., exists in a rare pop-culture stratosphere where most of his headlines are garnered for decisions made outside of the...
| Aug 30, 2010
| 8:48 AM
From the Midnight Sun blog:
Rock The Bells had the potential to be epic.
The tour, which came to Merriweather Post Pavilion last night, boasted some of hip-hop's most legendary acts: Lauryn Hill, Wu Tang Clan, Rakim, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg and A Tribe...
| Mar 7, 2011
| 3:40 AM
What’s the point of a music critic? In my case, I’m sure of what it isn’t: it’s not to obnoxiously claim “FIRST!” on an obscure basement act nor is it to boorishly write off work because it’s “just not for...
| Apr 20, 2011
| 12:12 PM
Anyone in the Commons at UMBC Thursday night might have thought they were witnessing a scene from the film “8 Mile.”
The UMBC Student Events Board sponsored a Rap Battle event in the SportsZone area of the Commons. The freestyle battle...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 12:10 PM
Chuck Brown will turn 75 this August. It's a benchmark the so-called Godfather of Go-Go never thought he would hit. He has been making music now for nearly 50 years. He has even outlived younger contemporaries, like poet and performer Gil Scott-Heron, who...
| Mar 3, 2011
| 11:36 AM
If Ice Cube's career is any indication, the life cycle of a rapper is highly unpredictable.
One day you're protesting police brutality, and 20 years later you're playing cute for the "Ramona and Beezus" set.
Still, his legacy as one of the pioneers of...