Thank You’s Golden Worry

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 12 November 2010

The debut full-length of Baltimore trio Thank You is a celebratory, trance-inducing romp shot through with jagged, frantic guitars, swirling instrumentation (organs, synths, jaw-harps, and harmonicas in addition to the traditional rock format) distant, hovering vocals, and occasional melancholic discordance.

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Each Others

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Thursday 26 August 2010

I’m currently paying for a night of overindulgence, so the super chill music of Baltimore-based Each Others is soothing my throbbing brain. Check out band member John Jones’ equally dreamy photography.

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Witch Hat

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 9 August 2010

I haven’t been even the least bit interested in punk-derived music in a long time, particularly bands taking their cues from 90s hardcore. Baltimore’s Witch Hat is changing that by being just weird enough (they used to lean more in the spazzy direction of Men’s Recovery Project), and just heavy enough (there’s a strong tinge […]

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Avocado Happy Hour

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 3 August 2010

Despite their silly name, Baltimore duo Avocado Happy Hour make some disarmingly sincere minimalist pop tunes about cats and food. [Listen to their song Positano Prelude]

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Dope Body

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Wednesday 26 May 2010

These guys practice in the space above my apartment. They’re good. They combine old school, no-wave chaos with blistering, drunken, punk elements, drawing in some influence from the electroacoustic stuff that’s going on in Baltimore right now. Sometimes they remind me a little bit of Lightning Bolt, only a little sloppier on purpose. They like […]

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Arbouretum

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 18 May 2010

Baltimore-based quartet Arbouretum does a good job at paying homage to the city’s musical heritage, combining the slow burn of crypto-mystical Dischord band Lungfish with blues and gospel elements, making for a uniquely heady and brooding sound. They’re currently on an East Coast tour with Virginia drone folk band Pontiak.

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Page France

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By Zach Kaufmann in New Music on Friday 26 March 2010

Five feet of snow later and it looks like Baltimore’s finally done with Winter. 65 degrees and the sun shining and I’ve been re-listening to Page France’s jangly folk-pop. Rumor has it Sub Pop is doing a vinyl re-issue of Hello, Dear Wind. Huzzah! [Listen to Chariot by Page France now]

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Noble Lake

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 26 March 2010

So much of the Baltimore scene seems geared towards day-glo-clad party people, so it’s nice that introspective, country-tinged folk is also well represented here in the form of Noble Lake, a Wye Oak-related project fronted by James Sarsgaard, who I hope won’t mind me calling the second coming of Townes Van Zandt.

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Sick Weapons

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 8 February 2010

Anointed Best New Band of 2009 by Baltimore’s City Paper, Sick Weapons embody basically what’s so great about this town — trash, and good times. They spit out sloppy, warbling, ear-piercing punk that’s more giddy than it is snarling, with frontwoman Ellie Beziat channeling Poly Styrene without being overly conscious of it. With songs like […]

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