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March 2016
My Gold Mask
"Anxious Utopia
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Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo working on the dark electro-pop sound of My Gold Mask since 2009. On their latest album, dropping today, March 4th, on Moon Sounds Records, Anxious Utopia, the duo may have finally found perfection. It may be the addition of James Andrews on production, but most of the songs on the album were written by Armondo and Rochelle. This album is a mixture of dance pop in the vain of Carly Rae Jepsen and dark gothic pop of Siouxsie Sioux. Rochelle is powerful and commanding through out with Armondo and Andrews providing her driving and infectious club ready tracks. Anxious Utopia is My Gold Mask clearly firing on all cylinders.


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The Milestones, Sun Club, Greasy Hands and many more play charity show at Peabody Heights Brewery, 5/28

This Saturday, in support of restoring the Baltimore Book Thing to its former, unburnt glory, you can catch a killer charity show at Peabody Heights Brewery starting at noon. In what will practically be a small music festival, you can rock out to some of Baltimore's best and hottest bands of today. Tickets are $12 in advance here and $15 at the door. Go listen to some good tunes for a great cause to kick off your Memorial Day weekend.

Having just landed their recent EP on Spotify and iTunes, The Milestones will be sharing their beautiful alt-dance tomorrow. Playing a rash of shows in DC and Baltimore, this foursome features very talented performers and they know how to hypnotize your feet into a might fine dance. Be sure to see Sun Club's performance, as they've been mixing up their live show lately, experimenting with some Animal Collective-style atmospheric noise rock. They've recently shared the stage with the likes of Ra Ra Riot and PWR BTTM, so you know they have jams worth hearing. Bringing in some hot, spaced-out funk is Greasy Hands, a quartet that blends soulful riffs and synth-heavy key action into a merry-go-round of sound, making you move and dance along. Many more artists (too many to list here) will be also playing to support a meaningful fixture in the Baltimore community, so get out there! -Jonathan Goodwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Richmond's Americana jam band The Southern Belles play the 9:30, 6/16

Don't let their name fool you too much. The Southern Belles doesn't feature any women, but their sound is no less sweet. In fact, this Richmond-based jam band is downright awesome, displaying a greaat latitude for blending genres. Their most recent album, which dropped a year ago, is filled with a primordial stew of funk, soul, roots, blues, rock, and Americana, capturing all that's good about musical styles that originated in the States. The vocals and keys synergize really well, creating a noteworthy, mesmerizing melody. Their next show is at The Camel, 6/3, and they're playing with Bencoolen and Atlas Road Crew at the 9:30, 6/16. -Jonathan Goodwin

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Priests and Ought blew up the Black Cat's backstage, 5/10

Last night was a raucous good time at the Black Cat's backstage. Kicking off the packed show was one of DC's finest punk outfits, Priests. Composed entirely of masters of their respective musical outputs, this quartet blasts out a fiery, unapologetic rock set, lined with angst, political diatribe, and some seriously pent-up energy, but still distinctive with their stage presence and use of atmospheric guitar work in the latter half of their act. Of particular note was their drummer's tireless performance, railing out sick playing without missing a beat, easily swinging multiple times per second. Make sure to catch them live when they return to DC after this tour ends.

Performing after Priests was Montreal-based Ought, a genre-defying fourpiece that pulls some its sensibilities from the likes of The Killers and The Strokes, but still rejects sounding like anyone else for more than a moment. Blending some angst-ridden lyrics, space rock guitar solos and keys, and slick basslines providing a solid backbeat. The frontman really captivated the audience's attention with occasional and perfectly awkward dance moves and a voice that cuts right in between Julian Casablancas and Bono, delivered in a laconic, deadpan overture. -Jonathan Goodwin

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DC alt-blues rockers Fellowcraft play House of the Temple, 5/21

Radio-ready and primed for a slot on the soundtrack of a summer action flick, Fellowcraft is a trio based in DC with a rugged, yet refined sound, one that fuels adrenaline rushes and supports an introspective mood. Distortion is cleverly deployed on the group's debut album, Get Up Young Phoenix, which has a style blending disparate bands like Staind, Alice in Chains, and The Black Keys. Sick riffs and solos, growling vocals, and high-octane drumming make for some juicy rock and roll. Catch their next show at the House of the Temple, 5/21. -Jonathan Goodwin

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Blues rock Gotham Theory to play Baltimore Soundstage, 6/10

Give a listen to one of Baltimore's hot bands, Gotham Theory. They're a heavy blend of blues and alt rock, effusing jam-worthy vibes. This quartet released their debut album, Why'd You Break Up With Me, last month and it's filled with rich guitar solos, throaty vocals, and energized melodies, striking a sound similar to Sublime and Bush. Catch their next big show at Baltimore Soundstage on June 10, playing with The Henchmen, Edjacated Phools, Sunbathers, and Matt Baden & The Backflip Yetis. -Jonathan Goodwin

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