The Bolton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore is beautiful and kind of posh with its gorgeous 19th-century buildings, but there aren’t a lot of businesses there so I was surprised to find a good-looking farm-to-table bistro there — the restaurant scene in Baltimore is sparse and hit-or-miss anyway. Turns out, b – a Bolton Hill Bistro is great.
I’ve plugged my buddy Andrew Liang before after he had a solo show at the Wind-Up Space in Baltimore, but I’ve been digging through his blog and finding incredible images I hadn’t seen before. Seriously, I am in awe of him.
Former frontwoman for The Backyard Betties and backing vocalist and instrumentalist for Baltimore indie folksters like Soft Cat and Andy Abelow, Sianna Plavin recently moved to Providence, RI and is readying her first EP. Her songs are gentle and plaintively earnest, reminiscent of Loneliest in the Morning-era Julie Doiron. They wrap you up like a […]
People may not realize the handclap that features prominently in most Baltimore club tracks isn’t vegan. In fact, it’s downright inhumane. Check out this video to Benga’s Baltimore Clap directed by Kristofer Strom.
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.
Baltimore’s Wham City is about to go on tour with a comedy show. You should see it. It will be exceedingly funny. Be especially determined to catch April Camlin’s ventriloquist set and Alan Resnick’s motion-capture experiments. This really will be good! SEE IT!!!!!
Omar Souleyman has been following me. In the tour van, we listened to his Highway to Hassake album while driving down Route 66 in the middle of the night. The same album kept some desert heat on me through the frigid Baltimore winter with its blistering Dabke (Syrian dance music), Iraqi Choubi, and classical Arabic mawal.
Street artist Gaia has been so prolific here in Baltimore that I initially thought he was from here. Not so. The New York-born wheat-paster is quietly plastering the entire world with his stunning humanimals and stern-looking Native Americans.
Here’s another stunning track that has been a radio hit lately in Charm City. It’s got a grittiness and a tinge of sentimentality that I didn’t know still existed in hip-hop.
In the early and mid-90s, I wasn’t aware of Universal Order of Armageddon, but I was listening to Cap’n Jazz at the time. Fifteen years later, I’m much more excited about the reformation of the former.
My friend Andrew Liang just had a wildly successful solo show at the Wind-Up Space in Baltimore. He sold pretty much all of his crazy acrylic-on-wood characters on the first night. He’s definitely an artist to watch with his cute, roper-room-on-acid aesthetic.