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Jazz Mind is the debut album by Ed Schrader’s Music Beat. Ed Schrader’s songwriting, long the buzz of the Baltimore music and arts underground, will finally be exposed to a much larger audience. Ed relocated to Baltimore from upstate New York in the spring of 2006 to join his friends in the Wham City arts collective. He began playing the songs he heard in his head in public, beating on a drum a ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 19th, 2012

John K. Samson is, first and foremost, a poet. Soft-spoken to a fault, Samson describes the world around him with evocative phrases and deftly-worded rhymes, detailed reflections of and on the past and present, absence and presence, sorrow and joy. Intermittently blending art, history, literature, and mythology with the offhanded ease of a cafe philosopher, Samson wends his way through working day ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 3rd, 2012

Dustin Wong’s new album Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads is massive. Sixteen tracks of baroque audio miniatures are brought to life by a one man band. Riffs slam on top of one another as the guitarist builds up and tears down each structure with various pedals and devices. The effect is overwhelming at first. But given time, patience, and attention, the work takes on new shapes and forms. ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 20th, 2012

Roomrunner, the new project from Baltimore multi-instrumentalist Denny Bowen, could not have become a full-blown band at a better time. The past year brought the break-up and breakthrough of several high-profile Baltimore groups. Bands like Wye Oak and Future Islands enjoyed time on the national radar while other much-loved groups called it quits. One of the groups saying goodbye was Double Dagger ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 19th, 2012

Instrumental rock outfits bear a burden that groups with vocalists do not. They must use the tools at hand to tell a story in song, no human voice or lyrics providing a fixed point for an audience to reference. Local rock quartet Yeveto have mastered the art of telling a story without a storyteller on their new album Remote Unelectrified Villages. Yeveto was formed to create a film score six ye ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 7th, 2011

Over the course of one’s listening life, it is hardly unusual for favoured bands to come and go. The anxious hardcore and punk acts that scored one’s teenaged years giving way to the pensive, NPR-friendly pop and folk-centric “adult contemporary” of later life. Long nights spent in beer-soaked, eardrum-bursting venues replaced by quiet evenings with a stack of LPs, a cup of tea, and a sturdy pair ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 28th, 2011

Do you believe in love? That question, posed by vocalist Sam Herring, is the crux upon which Future Island’s ambitious new album rotates. A new exploration of the terrain the trio have claimed artfully for so long, On the Water goes big, the results monumental. Having hit the Baltimore music and arts underground five years ago with much gusto, blowing back into town with the Wham City touring g ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 10th, 2011

Leave it to Collections of Colonies of Bees to somehow trick me into buying the same album—not once, not twice, but five damn times. It’s no secret that I enjoy the complicated compositions of Chris Rosenau and Jon Mueller, and that I have followed their collaborative efforts for many years, beginning with the contemplative jazz-inspired noodling of Pele, and eventually moving on to the evoluti ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 19th, 2011

In an age of “download once and forget” pop singles, of shimmering digital tracks designed to surgically strike your ear and rattle the trunk of your car, it is a pleasure to encounter an album as old fashioned, fully formed and catchy as Weyes Blood and the Dark Juices’ The Outside Room. The six tracks contained therein, each prone to improvisatory side trips, represent a movement through a song ... Continue Reading

Posted: June 27th, 2011

The Internet has changed everything. Such a statement is obvious, but the impact of the changes are felt everywhere, in everything, especially in the world of music. King Rhythm (Frank Yaker) has recently released a record that was made collaboratively, in clouds. The clouds are made of data, and these clouds are tethered to nodes held in people’s hands or perhaps to terminals in their living r ... Continue Reading

Posted: June 20th, 2011

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