Category Archives: Culture and Arts

Sam Gallant’s reports on Culture and Arts in Baltimore

Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes), Dave Heumann (Arbouretum), Super City to play free shows at BWI Marshall Airport baggage claim

Singer and songwriter Jenn Wasner, who performs solo as Flock of Dimes and with Andy Stack as Wye Oak, will play the BWI baggage claim on Friday Feb. 12.

WTMD and BWI Thurgood Marshall airport are pleased to announce that Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes), Dave Heumann (Arbouretum) and Super City will help kick off this year’s BWI Live concert series with free performances in the airport baggage claim. The series is part of an ongoing partnership between WTMD and BWI to…

Pictures: An Evening With Sun Club

Baltimore's own Sun Club performed live on air for a studio audience on Dec. 16 at the WTMD Studios. Photos by Steve Parke.

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Baltimore’s own Sun Club blew the doors off the WTMD studios with a 50-minute set of high-velocity indie pop. Their music was like a caffeine rush — restless, energetic and above all, fun. Sun Club is having a breakout year — they signed to ATO Records, and have been featured in…

WTMD presents An Evening With Sun Club Dec. 16

WTMD presents An Evening With Sun Club on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Poster by Ghost Bat.

They’re wild. They’re crazy. And they’re one of Baltimore’s hottest young bands. On Wednesday, Dec. 16, WTMD is excited to present An Evening With Sun Club. Their debut album just came out on ATO Records (home to Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket and more), and they’ve been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin and the Baltimore…

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips installing art at AVAM

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                The American Visionary Art Museum is opening their new year-long exhibit this weekend. The Big Hope Show opens to the public Saturday and the party is Friday night. Sam Gallant had a chance to talk with one of the artists in the show, Wayne Coyne of The…

Alex chats with Chesapeake Shakespeare’s Ian Gallanar

Titus

Quick – everyone hide! Titus Andronicus is coming… This is Shakespeare’s bloodiest play and a brand new production is coming to the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s gorgeous new home in downtown Baltimore on October 23, just in time for Halloween. Here WTMD morning show host Alex Cortright speaks with CSC’s founding artistic director Ian Gallanar about…

Announcing ‘Believe in Baltimore,’ helping kids make sense and music out of the Baltimore riots

From left: Believe in Music students Caprice Martin, Taniyah Kutcherman, Yamaudi Pinder and Amira Winchester. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

WTMD parters with Believe in Music at the Living Classrooms Foundation to give at-risk students a chance to tell their stories. Members of Future Islands, Lower Dens, Celebration, the Bridge and others join in. >>Download the song for free here.<< Several Baltimore middle school students in Living Classrooms’ Believe in Music Program have come together…

Sisqo and the making of ‘The Thong Song,’ 15 years later

15 years after "The Thong Song" peaked on the Billboard charts, R&B singer Sisqo shares the stories behind his most notorious single (Handout image, graphic by Jason George)

A devilish grin flashes across the face of R&B singer Sisqo when he thinks about the first time he laid eyes on the undergarment that inspired his most notorious song. “I was like, ‘Hey, what’s that?,’” he said. “‘What is that — whatever you’re garnishing — that has me all starry-eyed?’” Loved by many, reviled…

Sisqo’s ‘The Thong Song’ re-imagined by Horse Lords, TT the Artist, Wing Dam and more

7 Baltimore artists re-interpret Sisqo's "The Thong Song"

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the summer of “The Thong Song,” we asked 7 Baltimore musicians to re-imagine Sisqo’s ode to the skimpiest of underwear. We couldn’t be more excited with the results. TT the Artist teamed up with producer Schwarz for the banger “2 Much Junk In My Trunk.” Experimental groups Horse Lords…

Meet Janet Jeffers, the photographer behind “Thaw” at WTMD

Laundry dries out in Cuba in this photo by Janet Jeffers.

After spending years working in radio and as a graphic designer, Janet Jeffers recently became a full time photographer. Janet works out of a studio in the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, and her work has been featured on book and magazine covers, in film and video and in permanent installations for the University of Maryland…

Stunning photos of ice and Cuba from ‘Thaw’ by Janet Jeffers

An otherworldly glacier, photographed by Janet Jeffers.

“Thaw,” photos of Cuba, the arctic and Antarctica by Janet Jeffers, opens at 7 p.m. Friday at WTMD, 1 Olympic Place in Towson. The exhibit has more than 50 photos — some small, one as large as 27 feet long by 9 feet high. The free reception features performances by Western Star and Jazz Lunch,…

WTMD presents ‘Thaw,’ photos of Cuba and the polar regions by Janet Jeffers on May 15

A photo of polar ice featured in "Thaw," a new exhibit by Janet Jeffers.

On Friday May 15, WTMD will host “Thaw,” a site-specific exhibit of photos from Cuba and the polar regions taken by Janet Jeffers. Images of remote, surreal polar landscapes contrast with the rich, decaying man-made Cuban environment. Both areas have been in the news recently, for different kinds of thawing — one from global warming;…

Baltimore Hit Parade pays tribute to singer-songwriter Michael Beresh

Michael Beresh, singer and songwriter and member of the Country Devils, passed away at the age of 40.

This past weekend, Baltimore’s music scene lost a key member when Michael Beresh passed away from natural causes at the age of 40. A solo artist and member of the Country Devils, Beresh lives on through his many songs. Here is a short tribute to Beresh which aired Tuesday night on Baltimore Hit Parade, and…

An Evening With Lower Dens at WTMD [Pictures]

Jana Hunter of Lower Dens at WTMD (Photo by Steve Parke)

On Thursday April 2, Baltimore’s Lower Dens performed an intimate live broadcast for a seated audience of 100 at WTMD’s performance studio. Led by singer Jana Hunter, the band performed songs from its critically acclaimed new album, “Escape From Evil,” which was released on Ribbon Music two days before the show. Steve Parke photographed the…

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner opens up about her songwriting process for new solo album

Baltimore singer and songwriter Jenn Wasner is working on a new full-length solo album under the name Flock of Dimes. (Photo by Mickey Freeland)

With Wye Oak on hiatus from touring, Jenn Wasner has been working on songs for her first full-length album for her solo project, Flock of Dimes. This month she’s on the road opening for Sylvan Esso, testing eight of her new tracks in front of live audiences. When she gets back, Wasner plans to work…

SOLD OUT – WTMD presents An Evening With Lower Dens April 2

Lower Dens will perform an intimate seated live broadcast at WTMD on April 2. Poster by Alex Fine Illustration.

UPDATE: This show is sold out. See you Thursday April 2! WTMD is excited to welcome Lower Dens, one of Baltimore’s most enigmatic bands, for a live broadcast with a seated studio audience on Thursday April 2. Lower Dens is adored by critics but still a well-kept secret among indie music fans. However, that may…

How to hit the high notes with Mark Mikina

Baltimore singer/songwriter Mark Mikina knows how to hit the high notes.

Baltimore singer-songwriter Mark Mikina knows how to hit the high notes. When people hear his music for the first time, they often wonder if the singer is a woman. In fact, Mark is a man. He used to play in the rock band Storm the Beaches, before setting out on his own. He’s gearing up…

Category Archives: Culture and Arts

Sam Gallant’s reports on Culture and Arts in Baltimore

Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes), Dave Heumann (Arbouretum), Super City to play free shows at BWI Marshall Airport baggage claim

Singer and songwriter Jenn Wasner, who performs solo as Flock of Dimes and with Andy Stack as Wye Oak, will play the BWI baggage claim on Friday Feb. 12.

WTMD and BWI Thurgood Marshall airport are pleased to announce that Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes), Dave Heumann (Arbouretum) and Super City will help kick off this year’s BWI Live concert series with free performances in the airport baggage claim. The series is part of an ongoing partnership between WTMD and BWI to…

Pictures: An Evening With Sun Club

Baltimore's own Sun Club performed live on air for a studio audience on Dec. 16 at the WTMD Studios. Photos by Steve Parke.

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Baltimore’s own Sun Club blew the doors off the WTMD studios with a 50-minute set of high-velocity indie pop. Their music was like a caffeine rush — restless, energetic and above all, fun. Sun Club is having a breakout year — they signed to ATO Records, and have been featured in…

WTMD presents An Evening With Sun Club Dec. 16

WTMD presents An Evening With Sun Club on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Poster by Ghost Bat.

They’re wild. They’re crazy. And they’re one of Baltimore’s hottest young bands. On Wednesday, Dec. 16, WTMD is excited to present An Evening With Sun Club. Their debut album just came out on ATO Records (home to Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket and more), and they’ve been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin and the Baltimore…

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips installing art at AVAM

wayne3

                The American Visionary Art Museum is opening their new year-long exhibit this weekend. The Big Hope Show opens to the public Saturday and the party is Friday night. Sam Gallant had a chance to talk with one of the artists in the show, Wayne Coyne of The…

Alex chats with Chesapeake Shakespeare’s Ian Gallanar

Titus

Quick – everyone hide! Titus Andronicus is coming… This is Shakespeare’s bloodiest play and a brand new production is coming to the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s gorgeous new home in downtown Baltimore on October 23, just in time for Halloween. Here WTMD morning show host Alex Cortright speaks with CSC’s founding artistic director Ian Gallanar about…

Announcing ‘Believe in Baltimore,’ helping kids make sense and music out of the Baltimore riots

From left: Believe in Music students Caprice Martin, Taniyah Kutcherman, Yamaudi Pinder and Amira Winchester. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

WTMD parters with Believe in Music at the Living Classrooms Foundation to give at-risk students a chance to tell their stories. Members of Future Islands, Lower Dens, Celebration, the Bridge and others join in. >>Download the song for free here.<< Several Baltimore middle school students in Living Classrooms’ Believe in Music Program have come together…

Sisqo and the making of ‘The Thong Song,’ 15 years later

15 years after "The Thong Song" peaked on the Billboard charts, R&B singer Sisqo shares the stories behind his most notorious single (Handout image, graphic by Jason George)

A devilish grin flashes across the face of R&B singer Sisqo when he thinks about the first time he laid eyes on the undergarment that inspired his most notorious song. “I was like, ‘Hey, what’s that?,’” he said. “‘What is that — whatever you’re garnishing — that has me all starry-eyed?’” Loved by many, reviled…

Sisqo’s ‘The Thong Song’ re-imagined by Horse Lords, TT the Artist, Wing Dam and more

7 Baltimore artists re-interpret Sisqo's "The Thong Song"

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the summer of “The Thong Song,” we asked 7 Baltimore musicians to re-imagine Sisqo’s ode to the skimpiest of underwear. We couldn’t be more excited with the results. TT the Artist teamed up with producer Schwarz for the banger “2 Much Junk In My Trunk.” Experimental groups Horse Lords…

Meet Janet Jeffers, the photographer behind “Thaw” at WTMD

Laundry dries out in Cuba in this photo by Janet Jeffers.

After spending years working in radio and as a graphic designer, Janet Jeffers recently became a full time photographer. Janet works out of a studio in the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, and her work has been featured on book and magazine covers, in film and video and in permanent installations for the University of Maryland…

Stunning photos of ice and Cuba from ‘Thaw’ by Janet Jeffers

An otherworldly glacier, photographed by Janet Jeffers.

“Thaw,” photos of Cuba, the arctic and Antarctica by Janet Jeffers, opens at 7 p.m. Friday at WTMD, 1 Olympic Place in Towson. The exhibit has more than 50 photos — some small, one as large as 27 feet long by 9 feet high. The free reception features performances by Western Star and Jazz Lunch,…

WTMD presents ‘Thaw,’ photos of Cuba and the polar regions by Janet Jeffers on May 15

A photo of polar ice featured in "Thaw," a new exhibit by Janet Jeffers.

On Friday May 15, WTMD will host “Thaw,” a site-specific exhibit of photos from Cuba and the polar regions taken by Janet Jeffers. Images of remote, surreal polar landscapes contrast with the rich, decaying man-made Cuban environment. Both areas have been in the news recently, for different kinds of thawing — one from global warming;…

Baltimore Hit Parade pays tribute to singer-songwriter Michael Beresh

Michael Beresh, singer and songwriter and member of the Country Devils, passed away at the age of 40.

This past weekend, Baltimore’s music scene lost a key member when Michael Beresh passed away from natural causes at the age of 40. A solo artist and member of the Country Devils, Beresh lives on through his many songs. Here is a short tribute to Beresh which aired Tuesday night on Baltimore Hit Parade, and…

An Evening With Lower Dens at WTMD [Pictures]

Jana Hunter of Lower Dens at WTMD (Photo by Steve Parke)

On Thursday April 2, Baltimore’s Lower Dens performed an intimate live broadcast for a seated audience of 100 at WTMD’s performance studio. Led by singer Jana Hunter, the band performed songs from its critically acclaimed new album, “Escape From Evil,” which was released on Ribbon Music two days before the show. Steve Parke photographed the…

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner opens up about her songwriting process for new solo album

Baltimore singer and songwriter Jenn Wasner is working on a new full-length solo album under the name Flock of Dimes. (Photo by Mickey Freeland)

With Wye Oak on hiatus from touring, Jenn Wasner has been working on songs for her first full-length album for her solo project, Flock of Dimes. This month she’s on the road opening for Sylvan Esso, testing eight of her new tracks in front of live audiences. When she gets back, Wasner plans to work…

SOLD OUT – WTMD presents An Evening With Lower Dens April 2

Lower Dens will perform an intimate seated live broadcast at WTMD on April 2. Poster by Alex Fine Illustration.

UPDATE: This show is sold out. See you Thursday April 2! WTMD is excited to welcome Lower Dens, one of Baltimore’s most enigmatic bands, for a live broadcast with a seated studio audience on Thursday April 2. Lower Dens is adored by critics but still a well-kept secret among indie music fans. However, that may…

How to hit the high notes with Mark Mikina

Baltimore singer/songwriter Mark Mikina knows how to hit the high notes.

Baltimore singer-songwriter Mark Mikina knows how to hit the high notes. When people hear his music for the first time, they often wonder if the singer is a woman. In fact, Mark is a man. He used to play in the rock band Storm the Beaches, before setting out on his own. He’s gearing up…