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...
Manuel Barrueco & Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Lisa Cerbone, and Devon Howard
Manuel Barrueco & Cuarteto LatinoamericanoTango Sensations (Tonar)Barrueco, who teaches at Peabody, has been hailed as one of the best classical guitarists alive. His excellent 2007 CD of pieces...
Old Songs, Bell & Cooper, and Marilyn Crispell
Old SongsSappho Versions: Bright Lyre Finds a Voice (self-released)After a recent Old Songs performance, Mark Jickling, the local trio's banjo/mandolin/bouzouki player, was smiling, shaking his...
Native Deen, Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys, and Wye Oak
Native DeenNot Afraid To Stand Alone (self-released)Fusing hip-hop rhymes, soul harmonies, and Middle Eastern rhythms, Baltimore/D.C.-based Native Deen frames its Muslim-centric message with an...
Blake Leyh and Felicia Carter
Blake LeyhX-Ray Yankee Zulu Tango (self-released)A few weeks ago, I was out for a ride with this CD playing in the car. Ostensibly an ambient (background music) disc, it proved to be anything but...