Yeasayer, Gil Scott-Heron, Double Dagger
YeasayerOdd Blood (Secretly Canadian)The art-pop wing of indie rockdom has been incredibly fertile over the past year, and bands with Baltimore ties have been leading the charge. Folks like Dan...
Carl Grubbs/Lafayette Gilchrist, Michael Lawrence, and Lizz King
Carl Grubbs/Lafayette GilchristMaryland Traditions in Jazz (self-released)This collaboration between two of the city's finest jazz musicians grew out of their involvement in Maryland Traditions'...
Jawbox, The Get Em Mamis, and Beijing Guitar Duo
JawboxFor Your Own Special Sweetheart (Desoto/Dischord)A few months back, Jawbox turned up on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon playing a stunning version of "Savory," arguably Sweetheart's best song...
Beach House, Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys
Beach HouseTeen Dream (Sub Pop)On its third disc—and debut for Sub Pop, the stalwart indie label that's given us the likes of Nirvana and The Shins—Beach House takes a giant step toward full-on...
David Fair, Cass McCombs, and The Violet Hour
David FairI'll Be Moe (Thick Syrup Records)Besides co-founding the iconic punk band Half Japanese and organizing Shake More, Westminster's finest music festival, David Fair tells great stories....
Amit Peled/Eli Kalman, Wye Oak, and Charm City Devils
Amit Peled/Eli KalmanThe Jewish Soul (Centaur)Peled, a cellist who teaches at Peabody, and Kalman, his frequent collaborator on piano, perform a program of spirited compositions by a handful of...
Inara George with Van Dyke ParksAn Invitation (Everloving)Inara George was born in Baltimore in 1974, when her father, Little Feat's Lowell George, was in town recording Feats Don't Fail Me Now...
TV on the RadioDear Science, (Interscope)
You could hear it coming. TV on the Radio has been hinting at this sort of breakout disc for some time now. Amidst the production tricks and star turn by...
The Wayfarers, Bill Frisell, and Marin Alsop and the BSO
The WayfarersSorrow and Snakes (self-released)I first heard The Wayfarers at an Elks Lodge on the Eastern Shore, which is probably the best way to experience a band that plays Hank Williams,...
Frank Zappa, Matmos, and Caleb Stine & the Brakemen
Frank ZappaWazoo (Vaulternative)The tributes to Frank Zappa take various forms, these days. The city's Public Art Commission gave a long overdue nod to the Baltimore-born musician (who passed away in...