Listen: Lauren Ruth Ward on Baltimore Hit Parade

On this episode from the Baltimore Hit Parade Archives, Sam Sessa has the first radio interview from talented and promising singer and songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward.

Listen: Roomrunner on Baltimore Hit Parade

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Sam Sessa talks with Roomrunner on this episode of Baltimore Hit Parade Archives. Roomrunner is  a loud and heavy band who is releasing their new EP ‘Separate’ that has melodic and thoughtful passages.

Letitia VanSant’s Record Release Party

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Letitia VanSant visits ‘TMD to share her new album, Parts And Labor, play a new song called ‘Bootstraps,’ and to chat with morning show host Alex Cortright about her record release party at the Baltimore Creative Alliance on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Cris Jacobs and Kenny Liner on WTMD (for a very good cause!)

Cris Jacobs and Kenny Liner, known for their band The Bridge, join morning show host Alex Cortright for a cracklin’ Blind Faith cover and to speak about the Hopewell Cancer Support fundraiser on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The Bridge reunite for special performance at the benefit.

Listen: Red Jones on Baltimore Hit Parade

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In this episode of Baltimore Hit Parade Archive, Sam Sessa interviews Red Jones,  who has been picking the blues in Baltimore for almost 30 years.

Listen: Sun Club on Baltimore Hit Parade

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Energetic Baltimore rock band Sun Club is Sam Sessa’s house band on this archive episode of Baltimore Hit Parade.

Dan Deacon talks new album ‘Gliss Riffer,’ the craziest place he’s ever played and more

Dan Deacon is one of Baltimore’s most popular and influential musicians. And after spending several years touring and recording with an ensemble of musicians, he went back to his roots as a solo artist for his new album, “Gliss Riffer” (out now on Domino Records). Since he moved to Baltimore in 2004, Dan has amassed some…

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest

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The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Managing Director, Lesley Malin, joins Alex Cortright, WTMD’s morning host, to share details about the new production of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of errors, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Listen: Kristen Toedtman on Baltimore Hit Parade

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Soul singer songwriter Kristen Toedtman is live in studio to support her new album.

Video: Sinkane performs “Making Time” Live In-Studio

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Sinkane performs “Making Time” Live in-studio at WTMD’s Live Lunch.

Video: Letitia Van Sant performs “When I was your age” Live In-Studio

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Letitia Van Sant performs “When I Was Your Age” at WTMD’s Live Lunch.

Video: Delta Spirit performs “California” live in-studio

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In-studio performance by Delta Spirit at WTMD 89.7FM.

Video: June Star performs “Waiting for the Man” live in-studio

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June Star covers Velvet Underground’s “Waiting for the Man” for WTMD’s Live Lunch on December 5, 2014.

Sunny Side Up: Charlie Mars

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Charlie Mars accentuates the first ‘A’ in WTMD’s format (adult, album alternative). His elegant acoustic grooves and the unapologetic romantic conquests fleshed out in his lyrics, create moments of mature nocturnal listening. The always charming & affable Mississippi native employed the same musicians as his previous two records for his latest release The Money and…

Sunny Side Up: Cowbell

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British guitar & drum duo Cowbell stirred up WTMD in 2014 with a rockin’, bluesy little number with slide guitar and crashing cymbals called “Talulah.” Despite the minimal instruments, Jack Sandham & Wednesday Lyle brought a full-bodied sound to the TMD studios for their fun Sunny Side Up session. They played tunes off their debut…

Sunny Side Up: Sallie Ford

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Sallie Ford ditched her surfy guitar-drvien rock with her all-male bandmates (The Sound Outside) for a girls-only punk group with a sonic sense of adventure. Ford’s debut album under just her name, Slap Back, features infectious percussion, spacey keyboards and a suffer-no-fools attitude. She stopped by the TMD studios with just her electric guitar and…

Sunny Side Up: Boy and Bear

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Australian indie-folk quintet Boy & Bear’s latest album Harlequin Dream sets wild scenes of escapism and surreal dreams. The tight production, memorable guitar riffs & frontman Dave Hosking’s distinctive voice bring this band into their own and shed any lazy Mumford & Sons comparisons. Listen to their fun Sunny Side Up session below.

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

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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

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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…