From the pages of Rolling Stone to the far reaches of the blogosphere, the national media is hyping Baltimore's music scene as the next big thing.
Baltimore's art scene, especially its music scene, reached a tipping point in April. That's when Rolling Stone published its "Best of Rock" issue, which included categories such as Best Live Band (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band), Festival Band (Radiohead), Producer (Danger Mouse), and Reunion (Led Zeppelin). No surprises there. But it was the Best Scene category that raised some eyebrows across the nation. It didn't go to any of the usual suspects like Austin, Seattle, Los Angeles, Athens, or that epitome of hip, Brooklyn. Instead, that honor was bestowed upon Baltimore.