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Sunny Side Up: Margaret Valentine

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Upstate New York country crossover singer/songwriter Margaret Valentine possesses an ache in her voice that recalls Rosanne Cash. Add string arrangements to her honest songs, and you’ll notice a kind-of mournful quality to her music.

But there’s plenty of light too, and she lets it shine during her Sunny Side Up session.

Oh, and she’s a Orioles fan!

Get to know the witty Margaret Valentine below.

Sunny Side Up: Vance Joy

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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….

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…

Sunny Side Up: Lucius

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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)….

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┬áblack vinyl cutouts in different shapes and sizes. It’s all part of “Everything On It,” an exhibit created…

Sunny Side Up: Courtney Barnett

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“Avant Gardner” by Courtney Barnett, the angst-ridden, stand-up worthy recounting of an allergic reaction has quickly connected with WTMD listeners. But aside from her wit and conversational observations, this Aussie artist impresses with her surfy electric slide guitar-playing and a deadpan voice. Check out her excellent Sunny Side Up session below and get into the…

Sunny Side Up: Robert Ellis

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The twang of Texas-native Robert Ellis draws you into his songs. It’s warm and intensely expressive, like Jason Isbell’s or Jesse Malin’s. His second album on New West Records The Lights From The Chemical Plant features characters walking a fine line, and sophisticated pop-crafting in the vein of one of his heroes, Paul Simon, whom…

Sunny Side Up: Lake Street Dive

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A viral video and an a star-studded concert provided the spark for Lake Street Dive to become one of the hottest bands in the country right now. The Brill-Building, jazz-inflected pop harmonies will get your attention right away. And so will the bluesy belts of Rachael Price, a singular force-of-vocal nature. But this band who…

Sunny Side Up: Amos Lee

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Amos Lee’s warm, soulful voice has been a staple of WTMD almost as long as we’ve been on the air. So it’s always welcome when the Philly-native and former teacher puts out a new record. Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song features up-tempo numbers and some guest turns by Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin and Jerry…

Sunny Side Up: Butch Walker

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Butch Walker spent the 90′s fronting Georgia rockers The Marvelous 3 and quite a lot of time after that crafting hits for the like of Pink and Katy Perry. But when the in-demand songwriter and producer is doing his own thing, radio play and record sales is the farthest thing from his mind and that’s…

Sunny Side Up: The Devil Makes Three

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The energetic, gospel-infused punk-Americana of The Devil Makes Three made for a fun, toe-tapping recent session on Sunny Side Up. The latest by the veteran Vermont band is I’m a Stranger Here, which Nashville heavyweight Buddy Miller produced. Check out their session below.