A John Waters Christmas

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John Waters is many things; director, writer, comedian- and he is synonymous with Christmas in Baltimore. He is putting on his annual show tonight at the Baltimore Soundstage. WTMD’s Sam Gallant spoke with John Waters about Christmas, music, Hanukkah, hitch-hiking, and more.

Happy Holidays!

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…

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…

Video: Letitia Van Sant Live In-Studio

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Letitia Van Sant performs her song “When I Was Your Age” for WTMD’s Live Lunch on October 31, 2014.

Meet ‘Test Patterns’ artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn

Artists Jessie Unterhalter (left) and Katey Truhn typically work on outdoor installations, but they're going indoors for "Test Patterns" at WTMD.

At 7 p.m. Friday, WTMD hosts the opening reception to “Test Patterns,” a new installation by artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn featuring videos by Robby Rackleff. (The exhibit is a partnership with BmoreArt, curated by Alex Ebstein.) Unterhalter and Truhn studied together at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and became artistic partners in…

Grounded at Everyman Theatre

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Everyman Theater has a new play on stage through November 16th. Grounded, is written by George Brant, directed by Derek Goldman and stars Megan Anderson. Everyman founder Vinnie Lancisi stopped by WTMD and talked with Sam Gallant.

Video: St. Paul & The Broken Bones Live In-Studio

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones perform “Call Me” for 89.7 WTMD’s Live Lunch on Thursday, October 16th, 2014.

Video: Ruut Live In-Studio

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Ruut performs “Canyon” for 89.7 WTMD’s Live Lunch on Friday, October 10th, 2014

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…

Video: Jukebox The Ghost Live In-Studio

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Jukebox The Ghost performs “Empire” for 89.7 WTMD’s Live Lunch on Friday, August 22nd, 2014.

Video: Carl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz Band Live In-Studio

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Carl Filipiak and the Jimi Jazz Band perform “Wakan Tanka” for 89.7 WTMD’s Live Lunch on August 8, 2014.

WTMD’s 5 emerging stars of Baltimore’s music scene, as heard on The World Cafe

Baltimore experimental rockers Celebration are one of the city's rising stars.

Yesterday, NPR’s the World Cafe spotlighted Baltimore’s music and culture as part of the show’s “Sense of Place Series.” Host David Dye had a session with breakout stars Future Islands, and led a tour through Baltimore music past and present — with some help from the WTMD staff. One of Dye’s segments was a list…

Video: Max Frost Live In-Studio

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Max Frost performing “White Lies” live on WTMD 89.7

Video: Rubblebucket Live In-Studio

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Rubblebucket performs for WTMD’s Live Lunch!

Video: Peter Matthew Bauer Live In-Studio

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Peter Matthew Bauer performs “Liberation” for WTMD’s Live Lunch on October 3, 2014.

Video: Sondre Lerche Live In-Studio

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Sondre Lerche performs “Bad Law” at 89.7 WTMD’s Live Lunch on September 26, 2014.

Warren Haynes Plays Dead w. BSO

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This Friday at Pier Six Pavilion, Warren Haynes joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration. The Gov’t Mule frontman and Allman Brothers guitarist channels Jerry by plugging in his 70’s era guitar The Wolf & using a choice pedal and nailing the tone and wah-wah sound of those riffs and solos….

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…

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 black 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…

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