Noah Rabinowitz and Lotfy Nathan have been travelling together on a mission to find the Twelve O’Clock Boyz, an urban tribe of bikers in the heart of Baltimore. This culture of bikers ride in large groups, sometimes huge, 100 member groups. They ride around urban neighborhoods, pulling stunts and paying no attention to traffic laws. [...]
Baltimore-based artist Jonathan Latiano is interested in where things begin and end. Explains why a number of his artworks, like 2012’s Emerge, appear to be created at the exact place where 2D and 3D dimensions meet.
Music that stays with you isn’t always the most complex in structure or elaborate in sound, but rather the most emotionally connective and thought provoking. The really good stuff can implant a new idea in your mind, feeding and watering it as it germinates and blooms.
Before I wandered over to my current residence in Berlin, I spent four years sampling Baltimore’s seemingly endless source of musical inspiration. Famous for producing Animal Collective, Beach House and Dan Deacon, Baltimore’s cheap rents and ample space for creative exploration have attracted the best the East Coast has to offer, and then some. Among [...]
Baltimore’s Animal Collective will release their ninth full-length album, Centipede Hz, on September 4 through Domino. But thanks to the folks at Animal Collective Radio, you can stream the entire project two weeks in advance. It serves as the follow-up to their critically acclaimed eighth studio album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and boasts what should be another trip into some progressive-thinking, neo-psychedelia rock. You can stream the album by clicking here.
Christopher Wallace’s drawing tools of choice are a bicycle and GPS. His canvas of choice is his Baltimore neighborhood. First he plans his routes with something in mind (check out his free-style hydra and centaur), then he takes to the bike trail while tracking his movements using GPS. Geeky and awfully cheeky.
Beach House has floated back to us with their glorious single Myth, which is taken off their new record due out in May entitled Bloom. Myth has Beach House’s signature sound of airy, dreamy pop combined with atmospheric percussion written all over it. This track is simply pure ear candy, soothing you all over with [...]
I just hung out at the Baltimore Free Farm, an ambitious and multi-faceted permaculture farm in the middle of Baltimore City. Most exciting is their plans to have a sustainable prawn-farming facility, where shrimp will consume compost and vegetable waste and provide fertilizers for the farm with their own waste and a healthy and delicious protein source for people.
I have some serious issues with the Occupy brand and culture these days, but I met some cool artist types through the movement, and we’re trying to do awesome stuff in Baltimore with a projector. Help us out.
I recently went to an awesome event that consisted of a bunch of Baltimore musicians and performers covering classic slow-dance songs. Here is Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes doing R. Kelly’s Real Talk. Definitely one of the best of the many stunning performances of the night.
A lot of Baltimore-based illustrator/artist Jee-Shaun Wang’s work involves intricate drawings made to look like prints. I love how intricate and lyrical his images are and the way he effortlessly and seemlessly draws together elements of graphic novels, folk art, and mythic Chinese aesthetics.
A year ago, I stumbled onto the music of Tennis and fell in love. Their happy, sun-filled sound has a way of making my day begin well, even in winter, even when the sun doesn’t shine all that much. It has the promise of better, sunnier, happier days ahead.
A rare bootleg tape recording of Baltimore’s Romantic States has been released on Bandcamp, and is free to listen, download, and share. It is titled Come Over To My House, and features Jim Triplett and Ilenia Madelaire on various instruments. With minimal overdubs, the eleven tracks are raw and alive with a rough but happy [...]