Author Archives: Erik

Sunny Side Up: Charlie Mars

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Charlie Mars accentuates the first ‘A’ in WTMD’s format (adult, album alternative). His elegant acoustic grooves and the unapologetic romantic conquests fleshed out in his lyrics, create moments of mature nocturnal listening. The always charming & affable Mississippi native employed the same musicians as his previous two records for his latest release The Money and…

Sunny Side Up: Cowbell

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British guitar & drum duo Cowbell stirred up WTMD in 2014 with a rockin’, bluesy little number with slide guitar and crashing cymbals called “Talulah.” Despite the minimal instruments, Jack Sandham & Wednesday Lyle brought a full-bodied sound to the TMD studios for their fun Sunny Side Up session. They played tunes off their debut…

Sunny Side Up: Sallie Ford

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Sallie Ford ditched her surfy guitar-drvien rock with her all-male bandmates (The Sound Outside) for a girls-only punk group with a sonic sense of adventure. Ford’s debut album under just her name, Slap Back, features infectious percussion, spacey keyboards and a suffer-no-fools attitude. She stopped by the TMD studios with just her electric guitar and…

Sunny Side Up: Boy and Bear

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Australian indie-folk quintet Boy & Bear’s latest album Harlequin Dream sets wild scenes of escapism and surreal dreams. The tight production, memorable guitar riffs & frontman Dave Hosking’s distinctive voice bring this band into their own and shed any lazy Mumford & Sons comparisons. Listen to their fun Sunny Side Up session below. Tweet

Sunny Side Up: Sylvan Esso

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PASTE Magazine just named “Hey Mami” as their song of the year. And Sylvan Esso’s other single “Coffee” may well top the listener generated countdown of WTMD’s Top 89 Songs of 2014. The odd, yet seductive rhythms from producer Nick Sandborn, the cooing vocals of Amelia Meath and a summoning of a Tommy James and…

Sunny Side Up: Bahamas

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Bahamas is Afie, the latest album from Canadian virtuoso guitarist and witty, yet laid-back singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen, features on the cover, a wedding ring the word, “Afie” inscribed. And the record seemingly serves as a loving affirmation of marriage, but also an exploration of past loves and mistakes. It’s a brilliant document, each song with…

Sunny Side Up: Delta Spirit

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Claustrophobia and Super Storm Sandy presented a writing and recording challenge for Matt Vasquez and his mates in Delta Spirit. Their rat-infested, basement rehearsal room in Brooklyn flooded, damaging equipment and creating a gloom the sunny San Diego natives were eager to escape. That is need to bust out of Brooklyn can be heard on…

Weekend on the Radio 12/04 to 12/07

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This weekend, light up a Baltimore holiday tradition at our old stomping grounds in Mt Vernon and watch Chef Brian Voltaggio flip the big switch, put on your blue suede shoes for a Night of a Hundred Elvis’s in Hunt Valley, catch a Dead tribute in Fed Hill that includes Cris Jacobs and Friday check…

Unappreciated Canadian’s Blue Rodeo

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For decades, Blue Rodeo has carved out their place in Canadian musical history. The Americana-rock band is legendary up there, and no wonder with the sincere and literate songs by its co-frontmen Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy always hitting just the right note. And while critical acclaim has come their way, name recognition in the…

Full Dan Auerbach Interview

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The Black Keys play the Royal Farms Arena tonight, December 4th,  along with St. Vincent I Had the chance to talk to guitarist/singer and self-described studio nerd Dan Auerbach about the new, groove-laiden album Turn Blue and it’s unusual song sequencing. We also discussed his friendship with Dangermouse, the band’s no-frills live shows and blue…

Erik Deatherage’s Top 10 of 2014

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These were songs that had something clever to say (“Avant Gardner”), synthesized several disparate genres into something, dare I say, original (Barr Brothers) pounded over-the-top harmonies into our subconscious (“Brill Bruisers”) and proved that Dad-looking dudes could bust some meme-worthy moves (Future Islands). I’d say 2014 was one of the strongest years for individuality in…

Weekend on the Radio 11/13 to 11/16

Ghost Bros

This weekend, catch some cool live music, including TMD favorites Jukebox the Ghost at the Ottobar, smart Twin Cities’ rappers Atmosphere at Rams Head Live, and a Guinness-soaked good time with The Sham Rogues at James Joyce Irish Pub at Harbor East. And see the John Mellencamp-scored play The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at…

Weekend on the Radio 10/30 to 11/02

Halloween 2014

This weekend, watch the freaks come out at night at the Maryland Science Center for the annual Halloween craft beer and costume ball benefiting Believe in Music, tap into Baltimore’s musical past at a mammoth Baltimore music showcase at the Timmonium Fairgrounds, enjoy one of the greatest banjo players around, Tony Trischka, in Carroll County…

Weekend on the Radio 1023 to 1026

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This weekend, catch the pre-Halloween magic that is the Great Halloween Lantern Parade in Patterson Park, pig out at the Bacon Wars at Mothers in Federal Hill, catch Brat Pack cabaret singer Molly Ringwald at the Gordon Center and strip your rainbow-colored scarves at the Dr. Who Burlesque Show at the State Theater in Virginia….

Relive World Cafe’s Sense of Place Baltimore

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Tell your friends! Tune in Saturday at 10am for a special encore of The World Cafe’s Sense of Place Baltimore! You’ll hear a live session from Future Islands, while WTMD’s Sam Sessa share 5 rising Baltimore talents and Morning Show host Erik Deatherage digs deep into Baltimore’s musical past for some true treasures. Learn about…

Weekend on the Radio 10/09-10/12

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This weekend, head to wild and wonderful West Virginia for some camping and Americana music at the Sleepy Creek Acoustic HarFest, check out some fine art at Towson University, get hippy with it at the Hula Hoop Fest, and fresh off their World Cafe debut, check out Super City at The Ottobar. For more on…