Category Archives: Baltimore Sun

Randy Newman brings his musical satire to Annapolis

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Hundreds turn out for ‘American Idol’ auditions in Annapolis

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How did Crofton resident Molly Sinnott make it to the front of the line at the “American Idol” auditions Tuesday morning in Annapolis?

Some hopefuls camped out in nearby parking lots; some started lining up at 4 a.m.

But Sinnott, a 2015 Yale University graduate, earned her spot as No. 1. She auditioned…

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SONiA disappear fear to host Baltimore concert for Hurricane Harvey relief

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Baltimore singer/songwriter Sonia Rutstein, better known as SONiA disappear fear, was scheduled to perform at her “second home” this weekend — Texas, specifically, the Kerrville Fall Music Festival. Hurricane Harvey, however, led to the event’s cancellation.

In response, Rutstein has organized…

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Local musician recovering after being hit by a truck while biking

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A local musician and Bun Shop barista is recovering after he was hit by a truck while cycling last Tuesday.

Kaleb Baerresen, 25, was hit by a truck at Howard and 29th streets at about noon Aug. 22 while biking to a job interview at R. House in Remington.

Baerresen suffered head trauma, including…

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‘Despacito’ ties Mariah Carey’s 16-week record at No. 1

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The ubiquitous hit song “Despacito” has tied Mariah Carey’s 16-week record at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Billboard announced Monday that Luis Fonsi’s song and Carey’s duet with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day,” are the longest-running No. 1 songs in the 59-year history of the charts.

Carey’s…

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How MTV’s Video Music Awards reflected a troubled moment in America

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It wasn’t Pink. It wasn’t Taylor Swift. It wasn’t even Katy Perry, who hosted the show and gave its closing performance.

No, the person MTV clearly wanted to represent the 2017 edition of its annual Video Music Awards — to communicate its heart and soul — was Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer…

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Kendrick Lamar wins 6 awards at MTV VMAs on night full of emotional, political moments

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Kendrick Lamar was the king of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, winning six awards on a night full of emotional performances, political moments and a new, eye-popping Taylor Swift music video.

Lamar’s “Humble” won video of the year, best hip-hop video, direction, cinematography, art direction and…

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Fox to air probe into ‘Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?’ next month

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The Fox network next month will air an investigation into the shooting deaths of rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

The two-hour special, “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?,” will dig into the entangled murders of the legendary hip-hop adversaries, which remain among the greatest crime mysteries…

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Taylor Swift drops ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ and it’s aggressive

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Taylor Swift’s sharp-edged single “Look What You Made Me Do,” the opening salvo from her forthcoming album “Reputation” and her first new music in three years, will convey many things to many listeners, but one message is inescapable: This time, it’s personal.

OK, so that’s a bit like saying water…

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Taylor Swift announces new album ‘Reputation’

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Yes, Taylor Swift fans, Wednesday was a lucky one for you.

The pop star who whipped her army of Swifties into a frenzy with video snippets of slithery snake parts on social media posted the title of her new album, “reputation,” and announced on Instagram it will be out Nov. 10.

The first single,…

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Taylor Swift teases fans with snake video

Source: Baltimore Sun » Music

Who can eclipse an eclipse? Why, Taylor Swift.

Three days after going dark on social media, the pop star put out more clues leading to a possible single drop Monday, the day of the big solar eclipse. And if the lyric-sharing site Genius is to be believed, the tune is titled “Timeless.” The title…

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David Crosby says Ted Nugent ‘just isn’t good enough’ to be in Rock Hall of Fame

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David Crosby says fellow rocker Ted Nugent has been kept out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because he’s not good enough, not because of his politics.

Crosby responded to a fan’s question about whether political correctness kept Nugent out of the Hall by saying Monday night on Twitter that Nugent…

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Jury sides with Taylor Swift in DJ groping lawsuit

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Four years after Taylor Swift tried to handle her groping allegation against a radio station DJ quietly, the pop superstar got a very public victory Monday with a jury’s verdict that she hoped would inspire other women.

Jurors in U.S. District Court in Denver deliberated fewer than four hours to…

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Moonrise Festival: a strong lineup amid the sensory overload

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Each year, Pimlico Race Course hosts the Preakness Infieldfest, an all-day music event that has added a concert-like atmosphere to the Triple Crown weekend. It is but a tame warm-up to the Moonrise Festival, a weekend-long celebration of electronic dance music where sheer volume and youthful exuberance…

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YBS Skola, Tate Kobang to headline scaled-back AFRAM Festival

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Baltimore rappers YBS Skola and Tate Kobang are among the musical highlights for this year’s scaled-back AFRAM Festival, set for Sunday in Druid Hill Park.

A smaller version of the African-American Festival that was held over two days in the M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards parking lots, AFRAM…

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