Live Review: Dawes and Bahamas @ Baltimore Soundstage — 9/13/22


Dawes and Bahamas perform together at Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 13. 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

The USA and Canada have shared in arts and entertainment for just about as long as the two countries have existed, but this late summer the fruitful relationship between these two countries has yielded one of the most fascinating international collaborations live music has seen in some time.

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Snapshots: Apocalyptica @ Baltimore Soundstage — 9/9/22

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Apocalyptica perform at Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 9, 2022. (Photos by Katherine Gaines)

With Cell-0, their ninth studio album, the ambitious and electric quartet Apocalyptica have not simply returned to their instrumental roots, they have traveled deeper and further into the universe of their music than ever before.

Apocalyptica performed at Baltimore Soundstage on Friday, and Katherine Gaines was there to capture that journey on camera.

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Live Review: The Mountain Goats @ Baltimore Soundstage — 9/4/22

The Mountain Goats rock the Baltimore Soundstage on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. (Photo by David LaMason)

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I remember the first time seeing John Darnielle performing at the one place I found that he was performing — up I-95 to Philadelphia and at the Khyber Pass — nearly 25 years ago. It was a little harder back then to find out when touring bands were in town, so Philly was just “up the road a ways.” With just a guitar and one heck of a voice, he immediately impressed me with the force of those songs — sung with an intensity only hinted at in cassette tapes.

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Snapshots: Billy Howerdel @ Baltimore Soundstage — 7/9/22

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Billy Howerdel performs at Baltimore Soundstage on July 9, 2022. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)

Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle released his debut solo album, What Normal Was, in June via Alchemy Recordings/Rise Records/BMG. He’s on tour, and Katherine Gaines photographed his show at Baltimore Soundstage recently!

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Live Review: Failure @ Baltimore Soundstage — 6/22/22

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Failure performs at Baltimore Soundstage on June 22, 2022. (Photos by Marc Shea)

On a recent rainy day, I nonetheless was really excited to see Failure play at Baltimore Soundstage. Between the rain-slowed traffic, fallen trees blocking the road, and my unfamiliarity with downtown Baltimore, I’m amazed I made it to the show on time. But nothing was going to stop me from making it to the show.

The last time I (or anyone else, for that matter) saw Failure was in 2019 for the tour to support their album In The Future Your Body Will Be The Furthest Thing From Your Mind. That tour was amazing, so my expectations were incredibly high for this go around.

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Live Review: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway @ Baltimore Soundstage — 4/10/22

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Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway perform at Baltimore Soundstage on April 10, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Making a life as a musician requires enough courage that any success should be considered, by all accounts, an admirable achievement.

But Molly Tuttle has shown herself to be brave both on the stage and off of it. The qualities that empower her to thrive in both worlds was on display in her recent show at Baltimore Soundstage.

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Best of the Year: Top 10 Musical Moments of 2021 by David

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Bob Mould’s return to 9:30 Club in September ranked among David LaMason’s Best Shows of 2021. (Photo by David LaMason)

If you would have told me around this time last year that I would have had the opportunity to see concerts again, let alone in indoor venues -– some that I hadn’t stepped foot inside in over a year and half –- I would have thought you were crazy. But not only did I have that opportunity –- in large part to vaccines, mask mandates, and the venues and artists who did everything in their power to make sure it was safe to experience live music again –- but I saw some of the best shows I’ve seen in years!

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Snapshots: Circle Jerks w/ Municipal Waste and Negative Approach @ Baltimore Soundstage — 12/10/21

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Circle Jerks perform at Baltimore Soundstage on Dec. 10, 2021. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Text adapted from a press release by Bailey Sattler/ Grand Stand Media)

Legendary punks Circle Jerks hit the road in their first North American tour in over 15 years. They appeared at Baltimore Soundstage recently with openers Municipal Waste and Negative Approach to celebrate 40 years of their landmark record Group Sex.

Jason Nicholson photographed the action!

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Live Review: The Lemonheads @ Baltimore Soundstage — 11/26/21

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The Lemonheads rocked a packed Baltimore Soundstage on Nov. 26, 2021 (Photo by David LaMason)

“You and I travel to the beat of a different drum,” the opening line of the Michael Nesmith-penned “Different Drum” goes. And so can be said for Evan Dando, the creative force behind The Lemonheads. From the punk leanings of The Lemonheads’ Hate Your Friends to the pop masterpieces on It’s a Shame About Ray and Car Button Cloth, Dando’s musical trajectory has never been beholden to anything other than Dando himself.

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