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Category Archives: Culture and Arts

Sam Gallant’s reports on Culture and Arts in Baltimore

Weekends becomes the loudest band to play WTMD

The cover to "New Humans," the most recent album from Weekends.

Moments before our live recording with Baltimore post-punk duo Weekends, I had a moment of pure terror when I realized they had plugged one guitar into three amps — two guitar amps and a bass amp. And they were all cranked. “I’ll be back in a minute,” I said, and ran to my desk to…

9 CDs I can’t believe I bought in the ’90s

"Spiceworld"

Not long ago, I went back to my parent’s house, looked at my old CD collection and almost threw up in my mouth a little bit. It wasn’t just that I had gone to Sam Goody and paid $15.99 for “Spiceworld”  (the second album from the Spice Girls). The worst part was, I remember rocking…

Baltimore Backtrack – Hammerjacks calendar for October 1988

A look at the lineup for Hammerjack's in October of 1988

Ask anyone who was young in Baltimore back in the ’80s and they’ll talk your ear off about how great it was to go see bands at Hammerjacks. The club, which was torn down in 1997 to make way for an M&T Bank Stadium parking lot, hosted some of the biggest rock and hair metal…

Weekend On The Radio – May 8th – 11th

Baltimore Band Block Party

A big weekend in Baltimore starts tonight here at WTMD for the Block Party. Get your tickets and pledge your support and we will see you here tonight. You can also tune it in on your radio dial as we will be broadcasting the entire show. Also this weekend, lots of films, or movies if…

Concert for the Chesapeake – Viewing Party at WTMD

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On Sunday, April 27th you are invited to come watch the MPT and WTMD produced Concert for the Chesapeke. Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good, The Great American Canyon Band, and The Herd of Main Street are performing and connecting potential volunteers to environmental opportunities on the bay. Get inspired with us. We…

Inside ‘Everything On It,’ WTMD’s first installation art exhibit

"The Worm" by Andrew Liang is part of "Everything On It," WTMD's first installation art exhibit.

Listen: ‘Everything On It’ Power rangers, teenage mutant ninja turtles and other whimsical figures dance along a giant black swirl painted on the wall inside WTMD’s conference room. In the lobby, the windows are dotted with dozens of black vinyl cutouts in different shapes and sizes. It’s all part of “Everything On It,” an exhibit created…

Free reception for new art exhibit ‘Everything On It’ 7 p.m. Friday March 28

Vinyl cutouts from Zoe Friedman (left) and cartoon-style mural paintings by Andrew Liang (right) are part of "Everything On It," a new art exhibit at WTMD.

Two of Baltimore’s most exciting young artists have come together to transform the WTMD studios with an art exhibit designed just for this space. Andrew Liang and Zoe Friedman are re-imagining WTMD with vinyl cutouts, cartoon-style mural paintings, videos and more. WTMD is partnering with the award-winning online publication Bmoreart for the exhibit, titled “Everything…

Leader of Gwar, Oderus Urungus AKA Dave Brockie, Leaves This Toilet Earth at 50-

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Dave Brockie, founding member and singer of Gwar, passed away at the age of 50 on March 23rd 2014. Dave wore the costume and played the role of Oderus Urungus, the leader and singer of Gwar for the last 30 years. Gwar was a hell of a band. They frightened many a parent in their…

Baltimore Hit Parade’s first live taping with Kentavius Jones Feb. 11

The soul singer/songwriter and his band are part of the first ever live taping of Baltimore Hit Parade, 9 p.m. Jan. 21

On Tuesday Feb. 11, we’re opening our doors for the first ever live taping of Baltimore Hit Parade, broadcast live on-air with a studio audience. (Originally scheduled for January, the show was postponed due to snow.) It’s part live music, part variety show. The house band is Kentavius Jones (pictured), a talented soul singer making his Baltimore…

In Baltimore, Beach House Gene Clark tribute is a show like ‘No Other’

Beach House and an all-star lineup re-created Gene Clark's forgotten 1974 album "No Other" at Floristree.

In the past several years, much has been said and written about Baltimore’s music scene. Too much, perhaps. But it has produced wonderful moments, when you feel a part of something larger — moments which could have only happened here. Last night’s Gene Clark: No Other show at Floristree felt that way. Beach House, the…

‘Drunk History’ to film at Mothers Grille Thursday

Bob Odenkirk (left) as Nixon and Jack Black as Elvis in the first episode of "Drunk History." The Comedy Central show will film at Mothers Grille 8 p.m. Thursday.

“Drunk History,” the Comedy Central show created by Lutherville native Derek Waters, will film part of an episode for its second season at Mothers Federal Hill Grille (1113 S. Charles St.) starting at 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the bar’s Facebook page and the Maryland Historical Society. On the show, which was recently renewed for…

With ‘Worst Case Scenario,’ Single Carrot Theatre returns to sketch comedy

Mike Smith (left) and Jenna Rossman perform in Single Carrot Theatre's "Worst Case Scenario." Credit: Britt Olsen-Ecker Photography

‘Listen to Elliott Rauh and Jessica Garrett read a sketch about jogging from Worst Case Scenario’ “Worst Case Scenario” is the name of the new sketch comedy from Baltimore’s Single Carrot Theatre. It’s an original production featuring 15 miniature plays focusing on fear – what’s the worst thing that could happen in seemingly innocuous situations,…

Beach House answers criticism with all-star Gene Clark tribute show

Alex Scally (left) and Victoria Legrand of Beach House spearheaded an all-star tribute to Gene Clark.

Yesterday, Beach House announced a short run of tribute shows performing Gene Clark’s album “No Other” with a star-studded cast of musicians which stops at Floristree on Jan. 23. But it’s more than just a cool idea for a concert. This is a change in direction for the duo of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand,…

Baltimore Hit Parade playlist – Super City, Nov. 5

Super City was the house band on Baltimore Hit Parade.

Super City is a new Baltimore band which brings together a prog-rock flourishes with strong pop sensibilities. Greg Wellham and Dan Ryan, two friends who had known each other for years but never played in a band together, founded Super City on a series of interlocking guitar riffs. They recruited a few other like-minded musicians,…

It’s Happening at Unexpected Art

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There are a lot of art galleries in Baltimore, but one new gallery is using a different approach to the business. Unexpected Art. They pop up in unoccupied spaces and when a permanent tenant takes over- they’re gone and operating in a new spot. They also don’t show just one artist at a time. Right…

RED at Everyman Theater

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The new play at Everyman Theater tells the story of an artist and his search for answers.  RED is a one act show about painter Mark Rothko and his assistant and their search for answers to unanswerable questions. The two actors in the play, Bruce Randolph Nelson and Erik Berryman stopped by WTMD to talk with…