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MEET THE BAND / SLOT RACER

Hometown: Baltimore (by way of Atlanta)

Current Members: Jason Dove, vocals and guitar; Jeff Donaldson, bass; Paul Neidhardt, drums.

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Founded in: 1998

Style: rock

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Influenced by: Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Elvis Costello

Notable: Former math-rock musician Jason Dove began Slot Racer six years ago as a side recording project to his Atlanta-based band, Plexorjet. After a move to Baltimore, Dove reformed SR with two local guys and now gigs at local dive bars and clubs. The act is currently working toward the release of a new CD, dubbed Pronto.

Quotable: Dove on the beginnings of Slot Racer: "The guys that I played with (in former band, Plexorjet) were really caught up with what their peers were doing. There was a lot of social pressure to be cool. They were ... almost closed off to anything else. And I didn't want to write post-rock for the rest of my life That's how it all started."

Check out Slot Racer when the band plays tonight at the Ottobar. The Oranges Band headlines and Sons and Daughters and Gary Epstein and the LPs are also billed. Doors open at 8 p.m. for this all ages show. Call 410-662-0069 or visit www.theotto bar.com. For more information on Slot Racer, visitwww.jason dove.com / slotacer.html

To see the archive of profiled artists, visit www.baltimoresun.com / meettheband.


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