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Watch the trailer for TT the Artist's 'Dark City,' an ode to Baltimore Club music and culture

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:30:00 PDT

Baltimore Club, the city’s famous strand of kinetic dance music, is getting a striking visual treatment from one of its most popular artists.

“Dark City” has been a passion project for TT the Artist, aka Tedra Wilson, for years, and it appears progress continues to be made. On Wednesday, a new...

Diplo, Marshmello, Vince Staples and more to perform at Moonrise Festival in August

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:15:00 PDT

Moonrise Festival — the two-day, electronic dance music-focused event occurring Aug. 11-12 at Pimlico Race Course — will feature performances from producers/DJs Diplo, DJ Snake, Kaskade and Marshmello, along with rappers like Vince Staples and Action Bronson.

Announced on the festival’s Facebook...

Brothers Osborne take home two ACM awards, including duo of the year for second time in a row

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 05:30:00 PDT

The Brothers Osborne, the country music duo originally from Deale in Anne Arundel County, won two Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday night.

John and TJ Osborne won Vocal Duo of the Year for the second consecutive year, as well as Video of the Year for “It Ain’t My Fault” (along with the...

How Beyoncé changed Coachella's temperature

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:35:00 PDT

So much for the “white people stage.”

That’s how Vince Staples, the deeply skeptical Long Beach rapper, referred to the main stage of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as he found himself performing — with one eyebrow cocked in surprise — on just that platform Friday night.

And he was...

10 things you don't want to miss at Light City Baltimore 2018

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 04:00:00 PDT

Baltimore gets all lit up beginning Saturday, as Light City takes over the Inner Harbor with its megawatt art, entertainment and innovation.

Most of the attention, as it should be, will be centered on the BGE Light Art Walk, 21 brightly and inventively lit art installations installed harborside...

Aldean wins entertainer of the year at ACM Awards; performers pay tribute to Vegas shooting victims

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:30:00 PDT

Jason Aldean paid tribute to the victims of the massive shooting at a country music festival during his acceptance speech after being named entertainer of the year at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards.

"It's been a rough year," Aldean said during the ceremony in Las Vegas, thanking those...

Preakness InfieldFest 2018: Post Malone and Odesza headline lineup; event downsizes to one stage

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 08:30:00 PDT

Headlined by rappers Post Malone, 21 Savage and electronic music duo Odesza, Preakness InfieldFest will downsize to one concert stage, rather than the usual two.

The “megastage” will offer InfieldFest attendees a view of Pimlico Race Course for the first time, according to a news release. On Thursday,...

Miguel mesmerizes at Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:10:00 PDT

Since he debuted in 2010 with his hit album "All I Want Is You," it became clear that Miguel was something special.

The Los Angeles crooner's distinct, smooth, velvety sound; sexy lyrics; and catchy tracks has made him R&B royalty.

He’s this generation’s answer to Prince.

But he's remained somewhat...

The 10 Baltimore-area concerts we're most looking forward to this spring and summer

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:15:00 PDT

To the dreary winter: You’ve had your time. Warm weather is almost here, and so is another busy concert season in the Baltimore area.

In terms of A-list, can’t-miss performances, we’re hoping the city’s venues still have some surprises in store. But the lineup so far for this spring and summer...

Hammerjacks history: What to know about the past, present and future of the storied Baltimore music venue

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Hammerjacks, Baltimore’s storied rock-music venue, is getting closer to making its return. On Wednesday, the business partners behind the relaunch said demolition at the site begins in April, and they expect construction to take just under a year.

For many music fans — especially those nostalgic...

Baltimore native to audition for 'American Idol' in Sunday's episode

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Baltimore has had an incredible showing in TV reality show singing competitions — particularly “The Voice,” which boasted both Reisterstown’s Joe Maye, who earned a duet with Christina Aguilera, and Baltimore’s Davon Fleming, who delivered a performance so good that it made Jennifer Hudson sing...

Yes, Hammerjacks is really reopening. Demolition on the Baltimore entertainment venue starts in April.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Kevin Butler and Andy Hotchkiss hear it all the time: “When’s Hammerjacks reopening? Is it really happening?”

“I get it, dude. There’s nobody who wants to open this thing more so than Kevin and I,” Hotchkiss said with a laugh inside a Federal Hill bar on Wednesday. “Sometimes things take longer...

Hip-hop mourns rapper Craig Mack, dead at 46

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:19:00 PDT

Craig Mack, known for first putting Sean "Diddy" Combs's Bad Boy record label on the map with his iconic single "Flava In Ya Ear," died Monday at the age of 46.

"God bless my friend," his producer Alvin Toney told the New York Daily News, which first reported the news of Mack's death of heart failure.


Kid Rock's politics, bravado on full display in Royal Farms Arena performance

Sun, 4 Mar 2018 11:00:00 PST

Kid Rock exited the Royal Farms Arena stage after his first song on Saturday night, only to return a couple of minutes later in front of a mock-presidential lectern. With video screens reading “Kid Rock ’18 for U.S. Senate,” the Michigan-born rapper-turned-country singer addressed his base.


Rappers Post Malone, 21 Savage to perform at 2018 Preakness, Live Nation says

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:55:00 PST

Post Malone and 21 Savage, the rappers behind the hit single “Rockstar,” will perform at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, according to entertainment company Live Nation.

The artists announced joint spring and summer tour dates on Tuesday; the news release from Live Nation lists the Baltimore...

O.A.R. and OAR: Band from Rockville finds unlikely connection with Russia, Olympics

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:40:00 PST

Russia and Rockville, together at last.

OK, it’s not exactly an obvious pairing, but thanks to the Winter Games, an odd connection has formed. That’s because, due to Olympic sanctions for a nationwide doping operation, Russian competitors are competing in South Korea as “OLYMPIC ATHLETE FROM RUSSIA.”


Grandmaster Flash, G. Love and Special Sauce to headline Light City 2018, other details announced

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PST

Baltimore’s third annual Light City festival will feature an entertainment lineup that includes one of the founding fathers of rap, plus pay-what-you-want admission to its innovation conferences, the chance for neighborhoods to win cash prizes for lighting themselves up, and a wandering peacock.


Peabody Conservatory hires three local musicians as part of effort to revamp jazz department

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:50:00 PST

The Peabody Conservatory has hired three musicians with Baltimore ties to join the jazz department faculty next school year — the most recent step in administrators’ plan to remake the program from top to bottom.

The appointments of bassist Kristopher Funn, saxophonist Tim Green, and vibraphone...

Fergie's NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:10:00 PST

Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.

The Black Eyed Peas singer's slow, bluesy rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday night wasn't particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media before the...

Baltimore's Davon Fleming of 'The Voice' forming city youth choir

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:00:00 PST

“The Voice” contestant and Baltimore singer Davon Fleming is forming a youth choir with the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Department.

Fleming, hired last month as a consultant by city officials, announced the call for auditions earlier this week in a BCRP Facebook video that featured Fleming...

Country singer Daryle Singletary dies at 46

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:44:00 PST

Country music singer Daryle Singletary died in in his Nashville home on Monday morning, his publicist confirmed Variety.An official cause of death has not been announced. Singletary was 46.

Singletary was born in Cairo, Georgia and got start in music as a child singing gospel songs with his brother...

UPDATED: 2018 Merriweather Post Pavilion schedule

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 09:45:00 PST

While the outdoor concert season at Merriweather doesn't kick off until early May, there are already several shows announced for the 2018 season. Here's what to expect this spring and summer at Columbia's concert destination.

Anna Binneweg conducts a strategy to share her passion for music a broad scale

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Anna Binneweg has been trailblazer in Arundel County for more than 11 years as music director and conductor of Anne Arundel Community College Symphony Orchestra and Londontowne Symphony Orchestra.

Rapper J. Cole donates $10,000 to Baltimore organization as part of Colin Kaepernick charity pledge

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 08:55:00 PST

Hip-hop artist J. Cole has pledged $10,000 to Baltimore grassroots organization Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle as a part of NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s Million Dollar Pledge to charity.

Kaepernick, a free agent who formerly played for the San Francisco 49ers and became known for his national...

Country star Vince Gill adds his voice to #MeToo with song about sexual abuse

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 09:22:00 PST

Country music star Vince Gill chimed into the #MeToo movement Tuesday night by showcasing a personal song about sexual abuse.

The 21-time Grammy winner wrote “Forever Changed” “years ago,” but the current climate surrounding sexual assault inspired him to share it at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville...

From the Renaissance to the Grammys: AACC professor strikes a chord on music, power and gender

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 13:30:00 PST

The Grammy Awards from this past week were criticized for a lack of female winners, prompting the Recording Academy to look into gender bias in the industry.

Anne Arundel Community College professor Chris Ballengee joined the chorus.

In his Music, Power and Gender course this semester, he plans...

Video premiere: Baltimore singer-songwriter Letitia VanSant comforts a grieving friend in 'Come Sit By My Fire'

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 07:00:00 PST

Letitia VanSant’s new song, “Come Sit by My Fire,” came from witnessing “probably the worst moment” of her friend’s life — when he learned his mother died.

“I was overwhelmed by how I didn’t know what to do,” VanSant said. “I just realized how many times I failed to reach out to somebody who was...

Twitter speculates whether the 'M' on singer SZA's shirt stands for Maryland

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:25:00 PST

Aside from her riveting performance of “Broken Clocks” on Sunday night’s 60th annual Grammy Awards (and what some felt was a snub for the Best New Artist award), singer SZA caused quite a stir on Twitter last night for what some believed to be Terp attire.

The Grammy-nominated artist sported a...

Maryland natives Brothers Osborne perform emotional Grammys tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 19:40:00 PST

At Sunday’s Grammy Awards, Brothers Osborne, the country duo originally from Deale in Anne Arundel County, performed a tribute to the victims of the October mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58.

Along with Eric Church and Maren Morris, TJ and John Osborne performed the Eric Clapton song “Tears...

Elton John's final tour to add Baltimore stop in 2019

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:20:00 PST

Elton John’s final tour will stop in Baltimore in fall 2019, according to a news release.

Though no date or venue has been named, the release announcing John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour dates includes Baltimore as an additional market for the fall 2019 run.

A Facebook event for a Baltimore...

Grammys 2018: Meet (and listen to) the Maryland nominees, from Brothers Osborne to Logic

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:55:00 PST

Even as the music industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace — from the domination of streaming services to a free-flowing, drop-out-of-nowhere release schedule — one thing hasn’t changed: When it comes to awards, nothing compares to a Grammy.

On Sunday (airing at 7:30 p.m. on WJZ-CBS), artists...

Young rappers are getting honest about doing battle with depression, drug addiction and suicide

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 03:00:00 PST

Back in December, in front of a sold-out audience at the Forum awaiting Grammy front-runner Jay-Z, opening act and rapper Vic Mensa vaulted onstage. Dressed in punky red leather, he was boisterous and triumphant, the show a crowning achievement in his career.

But underneath the bravado were lacerating...

Britney Spears tour to kick off at Maryland's MGM National Harbor

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 05:35:00 PST

Local Britney Spears fans won’t need to travel all the way to Las Vegas to see the pop star perform — she’ll be at Maryland’s MGM National Harbor in July.

Spears announced Tuesday that she’s bringing her “Piece of Me” tour to venues across North America and Europe. The tour will kick off with two...

After roof collapse, Merriweather Post Pavilion plans to open with new roof in time for spring concert season

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:05:00 PST

After the roof of Merriweather Post Pavilion collapsed on Saturday, the Columbia outdoor music venue said Tuesday that it is planning to open with a new roof in time for its first concert of 2018.

Planning for a new roof has begun, with construction to quickly follow, said Audrey Fix Schaefer,...

Roof of Columbia music venue Merriweather Post Pavilion collapses

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:40:00 PST

The roof of Columbia music venue Merriweather Post Pavilion collapsed early Saturday morning, possibly because of strong winds, officials said.

The roof that covers the amphitheater’s stage and seating was in the midst of being raised by about 20 feet over a period of months, part of a larger renovation...

The Glenelg composer whose work is heard around the world

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 02:30:00 PST

Days before Christmas, Wendell Hanes was juggling a slew of projects — putting the finishing touches on the theme music for ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” composing the music for promotional spots for the relaunch of “Roseanne,” and working on the score for a James Cameron-backed documentary.

“I have to...

Jay-Z commissions Annapolis High grad and former teacher for Blue Ivy animation

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 17:25:00 PST

A duo that met as teacher and student at Annapolis High School has produced Jay-Z's latest music video.

As Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s first child, Blue Ivy, follows her parents’ footsteps, the first track of her musical career has been animated by Annapolis multimedia company Artlife Studio — and they...

Jessica 'Trillnatured' Hyman, DJ (episode 62)

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 11:20:00 PST

DJ Trillnatured talks conflict, community and going from homebody to ruling the club.

Coachella 2018 lineup will include Beyoncé, Eminem, The Weeknd & SZA

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 16:30:00 PST

Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd will headline the 2018 edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio.

To be held on the grassy fields of Indio’s Empire Polo Club, the latest installment of the world’s biggest and most profitable annual music festival will take place on the consecutive...

Just announced Baltimore-area concerts: Jimmy Buffett, Niall Horan and more

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 05:05:00 PST

On sale through Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Ticketfly (,, unless otherwise noted.

The Milestones on Jan. 5 at Ottobar; on sale now.

Alex Hooper on Jan. 17 at Ottobar; on sale now.

Jacob Sartorious on Jan. 18 at Fillmore Silver Spring; on sale now.


Justin Timberlake announces new album 'Man of the Woods'

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 10:52:00 PST

As expected, Justin Timberlake announced a new album entitled "Man of the Woods" and a new single coming Friday via a minute-long video posted on his social media accounts. The album is due Feb. 2 -- two days before his halftime performance on the Super Bowl on Feb. 4.

"This album is really inspired...

Free BSO musicians holiday concert set for Friday evening at Penn Station

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:40:00 PST

Baltimore Symphony Musicians will perform a free holiday concert Friday evening at Penn Station.

The concert, set for 5 p.m. in the station’s lobby, will include Christmas carols as well as pieces from J.S. Bach and selections from Handel’s “Messiah.”

“Hopefully it will make for a nice quick respite...

Dru Hill returns to Baltimore for the holidays in new music video

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:10:00 PST

Baltimore R&B group Dru Hill comes home for the holidays in its latest music video.

The group returned to the city to shoot a music video for “Favorite Time Of Year,” a single off of their nine-song holiday album “Christmas in Baltimore.” The video was released this week.

It features the quartet,...

Baltimore Safe Arts Space task force recommends repurposing vacant buildings, appointing liaison and more

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:55:00 PST

A Baltimore task force released a set of wide-ranging recommendations Wednesday for ways the city can help establish more safe spaces for artists to live and work — including developing a business plan to transform vacant properties into arts spaces.

The suggestion to use vacant properties was...

Elementary school marching band, drumline led by Morgan State alumnus to perform at Ravens game Saturday

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 04:55:00 PST

The Marching Lions, the marching band and drumline at Maple Elementary School in Cambridge, will take their talents to the Ravens game Saturday.

Led by Morgan State University alumnus Ray Washington Jr., the band of about 45 fourth- and fifth-graders will perform alongside the Ravens Marching Band...

Reed Hessler retires from classical music station WBJC after nearly 40 years

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:10:00 PST

After 39 years and 13 days, WBJC-FM’s classical music host Reed Hessler has retired.

The 65-year-old Hampden resident recorded his last live show on the classical music station 91.5 FM on Dec. 15 after nearly four decades on air.

“I’m very pleased to have been a part of WBJC, making a contribution...

Just announced Baltimore-area concerts: Jeff Dunham, Daughtry, Jeezy and more

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 08:25:00 PST

On sale through Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Ticketfly (,, unless otherwise noted.

Chumps on Jan. 25 at Ottobar; on sale now.

Brett Young on Jan. 26 at the Fillmore Silver Spring; on sale now.

Stone Horses on Feb. 3 at Baltimore Soundstage; on sale now.


Baltimore Mayor Pugh to present Safe Art Space task force's recommendations on Wednesday

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:30:00 PST

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Wednesday will present the findings and recommendations of the Safe Art Space task force, which she formed last December in response to the Bell Foundry’s shuttering and the many issues surrounding safe and affordable spaces where Baltimore artists can live and...

Just announced Baltimore-area concerts: Eli Young Band, G-Eazy and more

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:55:00 PST

On sale through Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Ticketfly (,, unless otherwise noted.

Say Goodnight Seventeen on Dec. 30 at Baltimore Soundstage; on sale now.

Dirty Lives on Jan. 4 at the Ottobar; on sale now.

Chiffon & Wing Dam on Jan. 18 at the Ottobar;...

The 30 Baltimore songs that defined 2017

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 04:55:00 PST

Tate Kobang, Future Islands, Al Rogers Jr. and other Baltimore-based artists all released excellent new music in 2017.

A year after the Bell Foundry was shut down, Baltimore's DIY arts scene remains in flux

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:45:00 PST

When Butch Dawson walks by the former Bell Foundry, the vacant, 13,000-square-foot building the Baltimore rapper once called home, he often stops, just momentarily.

“I look up, and look inside the windows, and get this weird nostalgia,” said the 24-year-old West Baltimore man. “There was no negative...

Why hip-hop, once ostracized in clubs, is ruling the festival circuit

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:15:00 PST

Rolling Loud (Dec. 16-17 in San Bernardino), with its global tour model, is one of a growing wave of hip-hop festivals. How streaming is helping a genre traditionally shunted into expensive clubs or second-tier venues with crazy security become a mainstream festival phenomenon.

Annapolis native debuts hip-hop album with 'edu-tainment' value

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Delray Richardson came home recently, promoting a new hip-hop project that connects a notorious moment in Annapolis history with national issues of race and justice.

On its cover, “Master Mason In Hip Hop Grammar” pays tribute to Richardson's godfather, William “BoBo” Butler.

Butler was the city...

Despite 'Voice' elimination, Baltimore singer Davon Fleming said it's just the beginning

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:25:00 PST

Baltimore singer Davon Fleming was eliminated from NBC’s “The Voice” on Tuesday, but Fleming, who started the singing reality competition strong — with rave reviews from judges and a noteworthy shoe-throw and showstopping duet courtesy of award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson — is optimistic about...

25 years later, Dr. Dre's 'The Chronic' remains rap's world-building masterpiece

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:16:00 PST

As sulfurous tendrils of smoke and ash swirled in the air above Cahuenga Boulevard, the studio started filling with a swap meet's worth of televisions and stereos. The looting had begun, swiftly fanning out from the intersection of Florence and Normandie all the way to up Frederick's of Hollywood....

The Cars, led by Baltimore native Ric Ocasek, get another shot at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:05:00 PST

On their third try, the Cars — the rock quartet that blended new wave and pop sensibilities led by Baltimore native Ric Ocasek — will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, the organization announced Wednesday.

Eligible for induction since 2003, the band was...

Just announced Baltimore-area concerts: Kesha & Macklemore, Jimmie's Chicken Shack and more

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:40:00 PST

Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Ticketfly (,, unless otherwise noted.

Save X-Mas on Dec. 17 at Baltimore Soundstage; on sale now.

Eze Jackson’s Dirty Christmas 3 on Dec. 29 at the Metro Gallery; on sale now.

Marilyn Mosby Birthday...

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, The Cars are newest Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:34:00 PST

Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees.

The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are part of the 2018 class announced...

Charm City Bluegrass Festival expands to two days in April with Devil Makes Three, the Travelin' McCourys

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:45:00 PST

The Charm City Bluegrass Festival will expand to a two-day event at Druid Hill Park this spring, organizers announced Monday.

Entering its sixth year, the festival will take place April 27-28 with performances by the Devil Makes Three, the Travelin’ McCourys, the Steeldrivers and more. The event...

The moment N.W.A changed the music world

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 03:20:00 PST

Part of the ongoing L.A. Times series The age of hip-hop: From the streets to cultural dominance. In this exclusive excerpt from "Parental Discretion Is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap," Gerrick D. Kennedy details the birth of the first major disruption of hip-hop.

Liberty music teacher is finalist for Grammy Music Educator Award

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:40:00 PST

Brandi Jason, an instrumental music teacher at Liberty High School, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award. She has been a semifinalist for the award for two consecutive years.

The nine finalists and their schools will each receive a $1,000 grant. The winner and...

Dru Hill to perform at Baltimore's Washington Monument lighting Thursday

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:00:00 PST

Baltimore R&B group Dru Hill will perform at Thursday evening’s Washington Monument lighting event in Mount Vernon, organizer Downtown Partnership confirmed to The Baltimore Sun.

The quartet — which includes Mark “Sisqo” Andrews, Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin, Larry “Jazz” Anthony and Antwuan “Tao” Simpson...

Maryland natives Brothers Osborne, Logic, Father John Misty and more earn Grammy nominations

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:35:00 PST

This winter, a handful of Maryland natives have a chance to win music’s most coveted award, a Grammy.

Deale-born country duo Brothers Osborne’s “It Ain’t My Fault” is nominated for best country duo/group performance; Gaithersburg-born rapper Logic’s “1-800-273-8255 (feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)”...

Female Trouble podcast: Sara Autrey, Wing Dam bassist and vocalist (episode 61)

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

Sara Autrey plays bass, sings and writes songs in the Baltimore band Wing Dam, a '90s-influenced guitar rock trio.

Grammy nominations: Jay-Z leads with 8 as rap, R&B take center stage

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:27:00 PST

Jay-Z is the leader of the 2018 Grammy Award nominations in a year where the top four categories are heavily dominated by rap and R&B artists, giving the often overlooked genres a strong chance of winning big.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Jay-Z is nominated for eight honors, including...

Grammys 2018: Complete list of winners and nominees

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 21:10:00 PST

Bruno Mars led the 60th Grammy Awards with wins for record, album and song as his “24K Magic” helped him pull ahead of Kendrick Lamar late in the show. Alessia Cara took home the new artist award, but it was Mars and Lamar who stole the show with multiple awards for each.

Oscar darling “La La Land...

Dru Hill, Sisqo got you a gift: 'Christmas in Baltimore' EP

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:35:00 PST

Thanksgiving just ended, but Dru Hill have already moved on to Christmas.

On Friday, the Baltimore R&B group — which includes Mark “SisQo” Andrews, Tamir “Nokio” Ruffin, Larry “Jazz” Anthony and Antwuan “Tao” Simpson — released the nine-song EP, “Christmas in Baltimore.” It’s the quartet’s latest...

Della Reese, 'Touched By an Angel' star and R&B singer, dies at 86

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:13:00 PST

Della Reese, who segued from pop and jazz singing stardom in the '50s and '60s to a long career as a popular TV actress on "Touched By an Angel" and other shows, died Sunday night at her home in California. She was 86.

"She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well...

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

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:45:00 PST

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...

Musicians unite at AMAs in wake of tumultuous year

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:06:00 PST

The 2017 American Music Awards marked a night of unison, positive vibes and American pride as musicians spoke about coming together in a year dominated by natural disasters, violence and divisive politics.

Kelly Clarkson and Pink kicked off the three-hour show Sunday with a performance honoring...

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

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

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...

10 Baltimore Musicians on the Rise

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:00:00 PST

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

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:20:00 PST

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,...

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

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:33:00 PST

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...

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

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 20:40:00 PST

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...

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

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 06:35:00 PST

On sale through Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Ticketfly (,, 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 &...

Anne Arundel natives Brothers Osborne win CMA award for vocal duo of the year, beating out LoCash

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 05:40:00 PST

Maryland natives Brothers Osborne won the Country Music Association Award for vocal duo of the year on Wednesday night, beating out another duo with Maryland ties, LoCash.

Garth Brooks wins CMA entertainer of the year

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 20:19:00 PST

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.


Rare elementary school marching band, drumline thrive under Morgan alum

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Drum lines and marching bands are deeply ingrained in the culture of America’s historically black colleges and universities.

In elementary schools? Not so much.

But on a recent Wednesday afternoon, around 45 fourth- and-fifth-graders at Maple Elementary School in Cambridge stood in formation, awaiting...

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

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:35:00 PDT

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...

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

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:25:00 PDT

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...

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

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:34:00 PDT

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...

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

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:45:00 PDT

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...

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

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:35:00 PDT

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...

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

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

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.

The histories behind modern American music can be told through its regions. The South Bronx started rap, Seattle will forever be...

Taylor Swift's 'Gorgeous' provides conventional pop song pleasure

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:17:00 PDT

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...

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

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:00 PDT

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...

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

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:10:00 PDT

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...

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

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:40:00 PDT

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...

Sofar Sounds and its secret, pop-up concerts to debut in Baltimore on Thursday

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:40:00 PDT

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...

Musician Dean Rosenthal: An Annapolis staple since 1975

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Dean Rosenthal is about as local as you can get. The roots musician and guitar player has been gigging in area clubs and other venues since 1975, when he lost a “Gong Show” talent contest to a belly dancer.

The long-gone City Dock club Papillon hired him back to play a regular gig. As for Little...

Baltimore middle school choir's emotive 'Rise Up' performance goes viral

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:45:00 PDT

A couple weeks ago, when Baltimore choir director Kenyatta Hardison hit record on her phone, she simply wanted to broadcast the progress her young singers at Cardinal Shehan School had made on the Andra Day song “Rise Up.”

“During the rehearsal, I added a few parts to it, and then I said, ‘Let...

Female Trouble podcast: Meagan 'Ducky Dynamo' Buster, DJ and organizer (episode 56)

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:40:00 PDT

With a passion for music and weather, DJ Ducky Dynamo defies the notion of doing or being only one thing.

Eminem savages Trump in a new rap

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:45:00 PDT

Tell us how you really feel, Eminem.

The Detroit-born rapper unleashed a torrent of criticism at President Donald Trump in a new rap he debuted at the televised BET awards on Tuesday night. The four-minute freestyle "The Storm" delivers more blows than even the most scathing talking-head could...

AMFM hosts Tom Petty Tribute at Union Jacks in Annapolis

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Tom Petty occupied a place as one of rock’s most beloved figures, respected by both peers and fans. He had an everyman quality that he brought to songs like “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Free Fallin’ ” and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

It’s that legacy that the Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians...

Radiohead, Bon Jovi and Moody Blues are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 05:36:00 PDT

British rockers Radiohead, singer Nina Simone and The Moody Blues are among the first-time nominees on the ballot for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Nine of the 19 acts nominated Thursday are on the ballot for the first time, with Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine...

Tom Petty, Heartbreakers frontman who sang 'Breakdown,' 'Free Fallin' and other hits, dies at 66

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 10:15:00 PDT

Tom Petty was that rare classic rocker who didn’t turn into a nostalgia act. As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and band leader, Petty excelled through four decades of acclaimed albums and concerts that hewed to a narrow but brilliantly realized vision of rock ’n’ roll.

Petty, 66, died Monday after...

Country artists who performed at Route 91 Harvest festival react to mass shooting

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 08:47:00 PDT

As Jason Aldean was performing on the main stage, a burst of weapons fire disrupted the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Officials reported more than 50 dead and at least 406 injured.

Witnesses said shots appeared to be come from an upper floor of the nearby...

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers take victory lap 40 years in the making at Royal Farms Arena

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:20:00 PDT

Editor’s note (Oct. 3, 2017): Tom Petty died on Monday night at age 66, just months after playing Royal Farms Arena. What follows is a review of that concert.

Tom Petty rolled his shoulders and shimmied next to his mic stand, only to half-shrug and smirk at his attempts to dance moments later....