Music Park: Japandroids @ Rams Head Live — 10/30/17

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Japandroids brings down the house at Rams Head Live on Oct. 30, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason

How can so much brilliant sound come from two people? If you’ve heard anything of the thunderous rock of Japandroids — the duo of Brian King (guitars/vocals) and David Prowse (drums/vocals) — you’d have some clue to the answer. One part Bruce Springsteen and two parts Replacements with more than a dash of punk rock thrown in for good measure, Japandroids brought spectacle and inspired energy to Rams Head Live in Baltimore Monday night!

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Music Park: Cloud Nothings @ Rams Head Live — 10/30/17

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Cloud Nothings brings its punk energy to Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Oct. 30, 2017 (Photo by David LaMason)

Originally created as a home recording project, Cloud Nothings, the brainchild of Dylan Baldi (guitar/vocals), is definitely one of the most dynamic bands around. There’s a hard edge to many of their songs, especially after their first, self-titled LP, but they are layered with hooks that were impossible to avoid at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore on Monday.

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Don’t Miss: Cloud Nothings @ Rams Head Live, 10/30/17

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Cloud Nothings (Photo by Jesse Lirola)

Cleveland indie rockers Cloud Nothings are on tour with Japandroids in the wake of releasing Life Without Sound, their fourth studio album, via Carpark Records earlier this year. The tour locally lands at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday, Oct. 30.

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Music Park: Glam Skanks @ Baltimore Soundstage — 9/19/17

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Ali Cat of Glam Skanks lovingly tells a former crush what to do with himself at Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 19, 2017.

My favorite song by Glam Skanks is one that frontwoman Ali Cat lovingly introduces as a love song. And it certainly starts out as a traditional love song with its throwback ’50s rock ‘n roll vibe and initial cooing.

But before Ali even begins to strut across the stage, the song takes a whimsical turn for the better as she rains scorn down upon her former objet d’affection, proudly proclaiming the title “Fuck Off!” with a storm of hand gestures to emphasize the same.

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Snapshots: War on Women @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 8/26/17

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Shawna Pottter fronts War on Women at Rock and Roll Hotel on Aug. 26, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

War on Women is a hardcore punk band with a mission. The Baltimore quintet released its self-titled debut album in 2015 and then launched into constant touring to spread their musical messages on rape culture, street harassment, wage gaps, transphobia, and other social issues. In their most recent visit to DC, War on Women rocked the Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, Aug. 26.

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Music Park: Dru Hill @ Howard Theatre — 8/18/17

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Dru Hill perform at the Soul Train Awards in November 2016 (Photo courtesy the band)

The recent resurgence in urban fashion trends, reunion tours, and contemporary music samplings indicate that the legacy of ‘90s RnB is as potent as ever. To complement the nostalgic resurgence, the contemporary effect of social media allows for the genre to entertain a new generation of fans and revamp chart-toppers for longstanding fans. As evidence of this, 20 years into their career, Baltimore “boy band” Dru Hill hosted fans on nearly a two-hour trip to their sensual and street catalogue at the Howard Theatre on Aug. 18.

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Music Park: Moonrise Festival @ Pimlico Race Course (Baltimore, MD), 8/12-8/13/17

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A dancer in front of Lunar Stage at Moonrise Festival 2017 (Photo by aLIVE Coverage)

Boy, Moonrise Festival 2017 was a spectacle!

It fell on warm summer days, ideal for the festivities. Moonrise consisted of four stages, which often left attendees sprinting through foot traffic, and it took place over a two-day span in the heart of Baltimore, Maryland, on Aug. 12-13. Here is our recap of the highlights!

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Don’t Miss: Moonrise Festival @ Pimlico Race Course (Baltimore, MD), 8/12-8/13/17

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Porter Robinson and Madeon (separately) are among the acts performing at 2017 Moonrise Festival in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy Girlie Action)

Moonrise Festival, Baltimore’s flagship electronic music festival, returns to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13. I have a playlist to get you excited about this outstanding festival, which features headliners Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Porter Robinson, Run The Jewels, Zeds Dead, and many more!

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Don’t Miss: Dru Hill @ Howard Theatre, 8/18/17

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Dru Hill (Photo courtesy Howard Theatre)

R&B and soul vocalists Dru Hill have reported working on a new album, which would be their fifth overall and their first since 2010’s InDRUpendence Day, released on Kedar Massenburg’s label Kedar Entertainment Group. While the gents are hard at work, they also are hitting the road with a date at the Howard Theatre on Friday, Aug. 18.

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