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I have to hand it to Emile Berliner: the gramophone record is one resilient piece of technological kit. Over a century old and still in regular use amongst the music-loving masses, Berliner’s grooved analog disc has withstood decade after decade of continuous advances from competing audio storage formats, losing ground to the likes of reel-to-reel, 8-track, cassette tapes, and optical discs yet ne ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 26th, 2012

There is always something invigorating about musicians from the avant-garde playing around with conventional rock music forms. They bring to the proceeding a willful contrarianism and playfulness that can be rejuvenating. There is also a clinical demolition at work along with a questioning openness. Who put the “bomp” in the “bomp, bah bomp, bah bomp”? What if we took the “ram” out of the “rama la ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 3rd, 2012

It was roughly two years ago that I was introduced to the pop-rock compositions of Baltimore-born singer-songwriter Andrew Spencer Goldman. Specifically, to the self-published 3 Songs EP by Fulton Lights, the collaborative successor to Goldman’s previous work as Maestro Echoplex. Featuring horns by Peter Hess of World/Inferno Friendship Society, percussion by T.J. Lipple of Aloha, and guitar by Jo ... Continue Reading

Posted: September 1st, 2012

Dan Deacon moved to Baltimore in 2004 with some friends from college. After setting up shop with the other founding members of the Wham City collective among the wilds of the local music and arts underground, he began touring, bringing his interactive live show to first the nation and then the world. On America, his highly anticipated third album, Dan got to take his time after years of being i ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 27th, 2012

The term “rock and roll” has become so ubiquitous that it borders on meaningless. To many, the “rock and roll lifestyle” is shorthand for a state of excess. Nights of decadence, loud guitars and screaming fans is, seemingly, the norm. It is a life free of consequences, right? The term serves as a quick signifier, useful in commercials and pop songs to tell a clichéd story quickly, a pre-packaged H ... Continue Reading

Posted: August 6th, 2012

As an habitual consumer and inveterate critic of popular culture—particularly of music—there’s a question that troubles me from time to time. Specifically: “What is the purpose of formal pop-cultural criticism?” By which I mean: “Why write about music, movies, books, TV shows, etc.?” With the corollary: “To and for whom is such criticism written?” It’s a loaded line of self-questioning ... Continue Reading

Posted: July 31st, 2012

Beach House’s new album Bloom explodes with color and vibrancy, the group exploring the new territory charted on their breakout album Teen Dream with confidence and verve. Chris Coady, their simpatico producer, once again captures the band’s essence and builds greater and even more wonderful worlds of sound for them to explore. For even the casual music fan, Beach House needs no introduction at ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 14th, 2012

In many ways, Nootropics is something special. But, before we get to that, some history. Jana Hunter was already an acclaimed solo musician when she arrived in Baltimore in 2005. She soon formed Lower Dens with other members of the Baltimore music and arts underground. She’s remained at the forefront of the group while other members have come and gone. Recently, the Dens have congealed into a ... Continue Reading

Posted: April 30th, 2012

Dancing and I, we have something of a troubled history. Sure, I like my upbeat pop and rock just fine, but I like it from a safe distance, preferably with a good view of the stage and well away from the frantic gyrations and flailing limbs of the diehard club-going set. My reason, I suppose, is one of purpose. I think of music primarily as an end in and of itself, something to be meditated upon ... Continue Reading

Posted: April 26th, 2012

Popular music, like fashion, is cyclical. Trends change and shift with the seasons, hipness ebbs and flows with the give-or-take regularity of the tides, and once-prominent styles disappear for years only to reemerge with the sudden, swarming omnipresence of the seven-year cicadas. Or something like that. I dunno; it’s not an exact science, and I’m not exactly a scientist. Notwithstanding, t ... Continue Reading

Posted: April 16th, 2012

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