Category Archives: Baltimore

A$AP Ant wants to be the Kanye West of Baltimore

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Ask Adam Kirkman when he got into fashion, and he’ll tell you he’s always been “fresh.”

The 24-year-old Baltimorean grew up admiring the skaters who frequented city streets as well as the sneakers at Gentei, a now-defunct streetwear store off Morton Street. Now, he has 300 pairs of sneakers by…

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Sofar Sounds and its secret, pop-up concerts to debut in Baltimore on Thursday

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

When Christen B, a Randallstown-based singer-songwriter, heard about Sofar Sounds — a network of musicians and fans who organize small-scale pop-up concerts in unique venues in nearly 400 cities around the world — she was immediately intrigued. She applied to be a Sofar artist, and began performing…

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AMFM hosts Tom Petty Tribute at Union Jacks in Annapolis

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Tom Petty occupied a place as one of rock’s most beloved figures, respected by both peers and fans. He had an everyman quality that he brought to songs like “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Free Fallin’ ” and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

It’s that legacy that the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians…

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Baltimore middle school choir goes viral with emotive ‘Rise Up’ performance

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

A couple weeks ago, when Baltimore choir director Kenyatta Hardison hit record on her phone, she simply wanted to broadcast the progress her young singers at Cardinal Shehan School had made on the Andra Day song “Rise Up.”

“During the rehearsal, I added a few parts to it, and then I said, ‘Let…

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Baltimore middle school choir’s emotive ‘Rise Up’ performance goes viral

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

A couple weeks ago, when Baltimore choir director Kenyatta Hardison hit record on her phone, she simply wanted to broadcast the progress her young singers at Cardinal Shehan School had made on the Andra Day song “Rise Up.”

“During the rehearsal, I added a few parts to it, and then I said, ‘Let…

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Radiohead, Bon Jovi and Moody Blues are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

British rockers Radiohead, singer Nina Simone and The Moody Blues are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Nine of the 19 acts nominated Thursday are on the ballot for the first time, with Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine…

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True Spirit and Not Giving A Fuck: In praise of the UMD student who smashed a beer can on her face, Bhad Bhabie, and Cardi B

Source: Baltimore City Paper » Music

“You can’t be scared of shit, you have to be hard.”- from “Spring Breakers”

Try and imagine genuinely not giving a fuck for even just a moment. To let go of all the things so you’re present enough that, um, I dunno, if you were, say, at a frat party, you could catch a beer launched your way, take…

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Tom Petty, Heartbreakers frontman who sang ‘Breakdown,’ ‘Free Fallin’ and other hits, dies at 66

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Tom Petty was that rare classic rocker who didn’t turn into a nostalgia act. As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and band leader, Petty excelled through four decades of acclaimed albums and concerts that hewed to a narrow but brilliantly realized vision of rock ’n’ roll.

Petty, 66, died Monday after…

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Las Vegas shooting has promoters less confident about fans’ safety

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre that resulted in more than 50 deaths at an outdoor country concert Sunday, the notion of “concert security” suffered another major blow.

Few public statements from concert promoters and music industry executives were forthcoming Monday except for expressions…

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Country artists who performed at Route 91 Harvest festival react to mass shooting

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

As Jason Aldean was performing on the main stage, a burst of weapons fire disrupted the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Officials reported more than 50 dead and at least 406 injured.

Witnesses said shots appeared to be come from an upper floor of the nearby…

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Advances help musicians with repetitive stress injuries continue to play

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

It should have been a career-ending diagnosis.

Twelve years ago, Randy Harrison was a professional tuba player for orchestras along the East Coast, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, when he was diagnosed with Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a weakening of the muscles that affects…

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Justin Timberlake reportedly ‘finalizing’ deal to headline Super Bowl LII halftime show

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Thirteen years after he sent the NFL and TV executives into a tizzy for his part in Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction, Justin Timberlake might just be ready to return to a Super Bowl halftime show.

That’s the buzz anyway. Us Weekly cites an unnamed insider as its source and follows…

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Thousands pack Charlottesville stadium for unity concert

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Thousands of people packed a stadium in Charlottesville Sunday for a concert intended to raise money for charity and promote unity in the aftermath of this summer’s white nationalist rallies.

Dave Matthews, whose band got its start in the Virginia college town, hosted the show and thanked the attendees…

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Randy Newman brings his musical satire to Annapolis

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

As one of pop’s master satirist-humorists, it’s likely no surprise that for his first studio album in nine years, songwriter/composer Randy Newman has set his artistic crosshairs on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After all, this is the artist who inspired anger and protests with “Short People,”…

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On the anniversary of Tupac’s death, looking back at his time in Baltimore

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Rapper Tupac Shakur died 21 years ago today, six days after being shot on the Las Vegas strip.

In honor of the anniversary, let’s take a look back at Shakur’s Baltimore beginnings. He spent a portion of his teenage years here and attended Baltimore School for the Arts — an experience that his friends…

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Dan Deacon talks 10th anniversary of seminal album ‘Spiderman of the Rings’

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Before Dan Deacon moved to Baltimore from New York in 2004, the aspiring musician burned compilations of his home recordings onto blank discs to distribute at shows. He never viewed them as actual albums.

“It was more just like, ‘Oh, let me see how much I can fit on a CD-R, and I’ll try to sell…

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Dan Deacon talks ‘Spiderman of the Rings’ 10th anniversary, ‘Rat Film’ soundtrack

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Before Dan Deacon moved to Baltimore from New York in 2004, the aspiring musician burned compilations of his home recordings onto blank discs to distribute at shows. He never viewed them as actual albums.

“It was more just like, ‘Oh, let me see how much I can fit on a CD-R, and I’ll try to sell…

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Baltimore duo Outcalls take control with new EP, ‘No King’

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

The day after President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, Outcalls singers Melissa Wimbish and Britt Olsen-Ecker wished they could be in two places at once — the Women’s March in Washington and Wrightway Studios, the Baltimore recording studio where they had already scheduled a session.

“I wanted…

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Baltimore’s TT the Artist featured on ‘Insecure’ Season 2 soundtrack

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Whether you’re #TeamIssa or a loyal member of the #LawrenceHive, here’s one thing all fans of HBO’s “Insecure” can get behind.

The show, created by actress and director Issa Rae, has dropped its Season 2 soundtrack with a feature by Baltimore’s very own TT the Artist.

The local rapper, who also…

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Lady Gaga says she’s taking a ‘rest’ from music

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Lady Gaga says that she’s planning to take a “rest” from music and “slow down for a moment for some healing.”

The pop star was at in Toronto on Friday for a pair of concerts and to premiere a Netflix documentary about herself, “Gaga: Five Foot Two.” The film, playing at the Toronto International…

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ESPN denies report Taylor Swift will perform at College Football National Championship

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Taylor Swift may or may not be performing at halftime of the College Football National Championship Game. It depends who you believe. A report from Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday said the singer-songwriter had reached an agreement to perform at halftime of the Jan. 8. However, ESPN released a…

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Taylor Swift to perform at halftime of College Football National Championship: report

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

College football fans better get used to hearing a lot of Taylor Swift this season. The singer-songwriter will perform at halftime of the College Football National Championship game scheduled for Jan. 8, Entertainment Tonight reported, citing a source. Swift premiered a small portion of “Ready…

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