Category Archives: Baltimore Sun

With ‘so many hits,’ Janet Jackson delivers pop, R&B excellence at Royal Farms Arena

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Stick around the entertainment business as long as Janet Jackson has — America first met her in 1976 on “The Jacksons” variety TV show — and a question inevitably comes: Does she still have it?

Time and time again, and in utter convincing fashion, Jackson answered with an emphatic “duh” at her…

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Sofar Sounds combines music, mystery in pop-up concerts around the city

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Among the cozy couches and the plush pillows cushioning the tiered platform in the Inner Harbor lobby of Hotel RL Baltimore, Shirley Yan, 25, and Shruti Sharma, 24, settle closest to the stage and ready themselves for a concert. But they have no idea who is going to perform.

When they bought tickets…

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Jason Aldean says he hopes for healing after Vegas shooting in first interview

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Country star Jason Aldean says he hopes that healing can start for those affected by a mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival in his first interview since the October shooting.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Aldean, who was on stage when a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest…

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Baltimore school choir performs ‘Rise Up’ alongside Andra Day on ‘The View’

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Baltimore middle schoolers’ heartfelt rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” went viral after a teacher posted the video of their choir practice to Facebook.

In the weeks since, the students have racked up tens of millions of views on YouTube and been featured in national television spots.

On Monday,…

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Taylor Swift’s talent remains intact on ‘Reputation,’ her most focused, most cohesive album yet

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Diary entries, as a rule, don’t constitute art. Songs do.

That’s what drew me in to Taylor Swift and her music upon the release of her 2006 debut album, “Taylor Swift,” and that’s what has kept me closely tracking the remarkable arc of her career since then, up to and including today’s release…

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Just announced concerts in the Baltimore area: Vic Mensa, Weezer and Pixies and more

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On sale through Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Ticketfly (ticketmaster.com, livenation.com, ticketfly.com) unless otherwise noted.

Vic Mensa on Nov. 28 at Rams Head Live; on sale now.

Rapsody on Dec. 4 at Baltimore Soundstage; on sale now.

Thrushes on Dec. 8 at the Metro Gallery; on sale now.

MØ &…

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Garth Brooks wins CMA entertainer of the year

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Garth Brooks continued his winning streak as entertainer of the year at the 2017 Country Music Association Awards, beating out Luke Bryan and Keith Urban.

Brooks, who has won the top prize six times, also beat Chris Stapleton and Eric Church on Wednesday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Following shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, the Country Music Awards can’t shy away from discomfort

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There are plenty of questions the Country Music Assn. would like viewers to have on their minds Wednesday night as they tune in to the Nashville trade group’s annual televised awards show on ABC.

For instance: Who will be named entertainer of the year? What type of gown will Carrie Underwood wear…

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Rare elementary school marching band, drumline thrive under Morgan alum

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CAMBRIDGE — Drum lines and marching bands are deeply ingrained in the culture of America’s Historically Black College and Universities.

In elementary schools? Not so much.

But Wednesday afternoon, around 45 fourth-and-fifth-graders at Maple Elementary School stood in formation, awaiting their cue…

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Kevin Morby releases new ‘Baltimore’ song to benefit local music-education program

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After a month of binge-watching “The Wire” and “The Sopranos,” Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Kevin Morby wrote “Baltimore,” a song meant to honor his favorite characters from both HBO series. It soon transformed into a love letter to the city, which Morby released today in two versions. “Baltimore…

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New music venue The Anthem is worth a trip to D.C.

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Last week at the Anthem, the new music venue located on Washington’s Southwest waterfront, it kept happening: the jaws of eager fans dropping before the headliner, LCD Soundsystem, ever played a note.

Rounding the corner from the lobby and into the heart of the 6,000-capacity venue revealed a deceptively…

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Fats Domino, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer and ‘Blueberry Hill’ singer, dead at 89

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Fats Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89.

Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner’s office, said Domino died…

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Skipping Senate run, Kid Rock to perform at Royal Farms Arena in March

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Kid Rock, the Detroit rock musician who has flirted publicly with entering the realm of U.S. politics, isn’t abandoning the career that made him famous. On Tuesday, Live Nation announced a tour stop at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena on March 3.

Dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth Tour,” Kid Rock’s…

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Reunited Guns N’ Roses re-enforce rock-canon status in Washington

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Despite only releasing one album of original material in the past two and a half decades, Guns N’ Roses has changed significantly in the last few years. When the band came to the Fillmore Silver Spring in 2012, frontman Axl Rose and his eccentric cast of replacement players were touring theatre-sized…

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Gorgeous’ provides conventional pop song pleasure

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It appears the “old Taylor” can come to the phone after all. For anyone hoping for a more conventional Taylor Swift single from her forthcoming sixth album, “Reputation,” the third time’s the charm, as “Gorgeous” finally provides some of the conventional pleasures that only a pop song about falling…

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What makes a Baltimore Club hit? DJ Mighty Mark created a new song to show us

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Editor’s note: This article is part of a three-part series. For an explainer on classical music, click or tap here. For an explainer on visual art, click or tap here.

In the late 1980s, our city, too, birthed its own subgenre of dance music.

Around here it’s still simply called “club,” but around…

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Classical music 101: How listeners can follow along with the BSO’s next work, Strauss’ ‘Don Quixote’

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Editor’s note: This article is part of a three-part series. For an explainer on Baltimore Club music, click or tap here. For an explainer on visual art, click or tap here.

Like any art form, classical music becomes more approachable and rewarding the more you learn about it. And that doesn’t require…

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No need to be intimidated by classical music. Here’s how to listen to the BSO like a pro

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Editor’s note: This article is part of a three-part series. For an explainer on Baltimore Club music, click or tap here. For an explainer on visual art, click or tap here.

Like any art form, classical music becomes more approachable and rewarding the more you learn about it. And that doesn’t require…

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Baltimore middle school choir makes audience rise up with ‘Good Morning America’ performance

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Baltimore middle schoolers got a standing ovation after performing their viral rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” on “Good Morning America.”

Members of the Cardinal Shehan School choir headed to New York early Wednesday morning, and at about 8:30 a.m., about 30 students decked out in bright red…

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Baltimore middle school choir that went viral to perform on ‘Good Morning America’ today

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The Baltimore school choir that captured hearts with a viral performance of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” will be singing on a much larger stage Wednesday.

The Cardinal Shehan School choir will perform live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” at 8:30 a.m.

Mikey Monaghan, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of…

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

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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

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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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