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Weekend on the Radio 07/24 to 07/27


This weekend, pay music forward by enjoying the 1st annual Believe in Music Festival @Oregon Ridge & see Jimmy Cliff, Thievery Corporation and Rodrigo Y Gabriella up close, check out the patriotic synchronized swimmers at Druid Hill Park (but bring a towel) and see how Sean Lennon is a combination of chip off the old…

Sunny Side Up: Vance Joy


Australian uke man Vance Joy stopped by WTMD just before he won the coveted Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal at the APRA Awards Down Under. And not long after that, Atlantic Records announced the name of the former Australian Rules footballer’s debut album. Dream Your Life Away comes out in early September….

Weekend on the Radio 07/17-07/20

Ben Fodls

This weekend, the f-bomb-dropping, alt-piano renaissance man Ben Folds dons his tux & tales at the Meyerhoff for a set of his songs with the BSO, get super-funky with King Buzzo at The Ottobar and put on some comfy shoes for a good walking tour of the Walters. And, oh yeah, there’s that little thing…

Weekend on the Radio: 07/10-07/13


This weekend, baby get your geek on at the Big Gen Gamer Fest at Rams Head Live, get your Irish eyes-a-smilin’ in Annapolis at the Irish Festival, watch the two Coreys and Keifer Sutherland on the big screen at Union Craft brewing and see Mr. Food Network star and longtime Baltimore dessert-making punk rocker Rodney…

Coldplay, Cat Power & Zach

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“Wish I Was Here” is the title to Zach Braff’s new movie, and his favorite song on the soundtrack that already includes Braff stalwarts The Shins as well as Bon Iver. It was originally to assigned to Coldplay, but when Chris Martin wrote the lyrics and thought of the strong woman played by Kate Hudson,…

Sunny Side Up: Asgeir

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Icelandic singer Asgeir has sold more copies of his debut record in his native country than first efforts by more famous fellow countrymen & women. And despite that just everybody is fluent in English, he kept it real & rooted by singing in Icelandic and to the words of his poet/father. An English translation of…

New Pink Floyd?

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Yes, it’s true! This fall, David Gilmore and Nick Mason (and no, not Roger Waters) will be releasing an album called The Endless River. It’s a single LP coinciding with the re-lease and 20th anniversary of their last record, The Division Bell and based on leftover sessions from 1994 with Floyd’s late keyboardist Richard Wright….

A “Mountain” of Heavy Sound


One of heavy metal’s little known pioneers, the Long Island hard rockers Mountain rose above many at rock’s biggest moment in the 60′s, Woodstock. But peers know what’s what and that’s why folks like Johnny Ramone to John Fruciante of the Chili Peppers sung Mountain’s praises over the years. If you ever play Guitar Hero…

Weekend on the Radio 07/03-07/06

Strand of Oaks

This fun-filled, First Thursday and Fourth of July Weekend (that’s a lot of ‘f’s!), parade your pet(s) and your similar self at AVAM, get funky Parliment-style with Baltimore’s Let the Monkey Go at Rams Head Live and take a gardening class at the beautiful Rawlings Conservatory. For more on these happy summer events, click here….

Sunny Side Up: Lucius


Lucius brought one of the most fun and best-dressed sessions we’ve had on WTMD’s Sunny Side Up. The new-wave meets girl group alt pop band from Brooklyn features two female lead singers, Holly and Jess, who dress and sound alike. There’s uniformity in what the guys in the band wear too, but what’s not the…

Sunny Side Up: Twin Forks

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It’s kind of like starting over for Chris Carrabba. And that’s just the way the Dashboard Confessional frontman wants it! It’s very blue collar the way he’s going about fronting his new Americana harmonizing band, Twin Forks while the other is on extended hiatus. He’s reluctant to capitalize on the massive success of the open-hearted…

Sunny Side Up: Ozomatli

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Ozomatli, the Latin underground funk, hip-hop & world beat party instigators from Los Angeles, are back with a new album called “Place in the Sun.” They stopped by WTMD for Sunny Side Up session to talk about working with Dave Stewart of the Eurythymics, having a day named after them in their home city and…

Sunny Side Up: Del McCoury Band

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There’s nobody you’ll ever come across in music that’s as genuine of a gentleman as Del McCoury. AND he helped put Maryland on the festival map, by founding the annual Memorial Day camping extravaganza DelFest! The 75-year-old Pennsylvania native, who met up with the Godfather of Bluegrass Bill Monroe in our fair city, fondly recalls…

Sunny Side Up: Dan Croll

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Dan Croll, a bespectacled, Buddy Holly lookalike from Liverpool, put out his debut record Sweet Disarray in April. A deluxe edition featuring collaborations with Ladysmith Black Mombazo and The Very Best comes out next month. Next to his sweetly sincere, nerd-tastic voice, sits a mix of world beat melodies and hip-hop-style rhythms that’s got everyone…

Sunny Side Up: Eric Hutchinson

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Takoma Park native Eric Hutchinson has a knack for making rhythmic, highly-addictive pop confections (think “OK, It’s Alright With Me,” “Watching You Watching Him,” “Rock and Roll,” etc.), ever since he was signed to Madonna’s Maverick record label (which quickly imploded leaving Eric without a backer, until celeb blogger Perez Hilton squawked poetically about him)….

Weekend on the Radio: 06/12-06/15

Hon Fest

This weekend, gawk at the beehives and thick glasses at Hampden’s Hon Fest (just don’t expect any John Waters sightings), check out one of the best Fela Kuti-inspired collectives in the country, Chopteeth at Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown, get a buzz-cut from a low-flying airplane in Ocean City at the air show, and troll the…