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We’ve all heard that saying: the cautionary, finger-wagging line about not giving the milk away for free, because then no one will want to buy the proverbial cow. It’s an old favourite, and mom, dad, and the grandparents have doubtless dropped that one on each of us at some point in our lives. Considering how ubiquitous that mercantile adage has become, it’s surprising to see how many businesse ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 31st, 2009

There’s a new dance night coming out from the shadows of the rising club scene in the Baltimore music community. It’s refreshing and brings an excitement to the rapidly active night life that Baltimore has been experiencing through recent years. BOLT! is a monthly dance party that seems to have found its permanent home at the collectively-run venue The Hexagon. BOLT! Dance Party is the masterpi ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 21st, 2009

This is the place to read mini-reviews of what's on a librarian's library card. But a librarian who writes this for the sake of your enjoyment and her own compulsive record-keeping, and not as a representative of her library. With that out of the way, here are some of the things I have checked out: Fresh Air: Stars (audio) by Terry Gross This is about what you'd expect. NPR's Terry Gross ... Continue Reading

Posted: April 28th, 2009

As I enter Gigolo Nights, the home that Chris Freeland has shared with friends for some time, he is making a winter stew. Danzig is playing on the stereo, and everyone in the house is excited about Having Sex. I am here to talk about Frenemies, the recording project that has been the official outlet for Chris’ pop songwriting since around the turn of the century. I am made to feel welcome, and we ... Continue Reading

Posted: April 25th, 2009

If you’ve followed our collaborative Staff Audio Picks lists in years past, then you know that we here at Beatbots operate a little differently than most. For one thing, we’re not afraid to wait ‘til the new year to weigh in on the old, and we’re also not about to pretend that some sort of scientific method, prescribed rubric, or democratic process was employed in our decision-making. Hardly—the S ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 17th, 2009

Reptilian Records closed it doors yesterday for what will be the last time as we know it. Those of us that honed our musical tastes shopping at that Baltimore punk rock establishment will surely feel the loss for a long time to come. It truly is the end of an era. While the store will continue, and broaden, it's online presence, and may one day open it's doors again for limited shopping hours, thi ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 19th, 2009

What's up with all these top ten lists that come out before the year is even over? I'm not into that sort of premature ejaculation when it comes to such things so now that 2008 is finally over, I present to you my top nine releases of the year, plus some extra goodies that had to get mentioned. For my favorite release of the year, you'll have to turn your attention to the Beatbots staff list, comi ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 16th, 2009

Baltimore, I miss you. You know that, right? Even though I don’t call, I seldom write, and I hardly ever visit anymore—three times in the past year was a poor showing by any standard, really—we’ve got history. And chemistry. Maybe even algebra, biology, and English. I don’t know; I haven’t checked my schedule. Despite the distance, you’re always on my mind, Baltimore, and I just thought I’d let ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 11th, 2009

Four years ago I was taken to a show on some god-awful rainy day to see a handful of bands for a cheap cover. So many people, to my surprise, showed up despite the bad weather. Friends of mine had been talking up this band fronted by some guy named Mike Apichella. They came on stage and instantaneously blew the rest of the bands out of the water. Such a theatrical performance could only come from ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 14th, 2008

It's shows like the one I attended the other night at the Charm City Art Space that remind me why I love punk and hardcore so much. There's no way that I could accurately describe the feeling of being packed in with a hundred people in a space that could maybe comfortably hold forty, everyone singing their lungs out to a band that sounds similar to so many others, yet has that something extra that ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 12th, 2008

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