Caleb Stine and the Brakemen: Time I Let It Go

February 23rd, 2016 by Allison Langley

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Caleb Stine and the Brakemen, Time I Let It Go

A fundamental constituent of the Baltimore folk scene, Caleb Stine is the everyman’s shaman. Sharp-jawed and six-foot-something, topped by a trucker hat and a voice akin to James Taylor, Stine’s spiritual cowboy is lonely, but decidedly hopeful. His lyrical cadence is effortless and his delivery sincere. Time I Let It Go is hardly a departure from this signature style and message. It’s his most well developed record to date.
Stand out track, Edge of the Riverside, laments only momentarily: “I’ve got a little time ‘til I fly away, I gotta choose the words that I wanna say.” This is the movement of the songs on this album – from disillusionment to determination. When Stine delivers “When your entire comes down to chance you don’t have the right to run” it’s received as an emphatic mystic revelation through the sitar drone.
The Brakemen bring harmony and companionship– singing backup on songs like title track Time I Let It Go. The album is thoroughly collaborative- there is even a documentary to prove it. Sorrowfully, Stine moans ”Broken glass all over the seat, cut on my hand, wrapped in a sheet” – he’s hurting but not bleeding out. It’s under control…sort of. Far from the brooding type – “Butter in my belly is the butter I like most” –Stine runs the gamut from the Beyond to biscuits on this album. It’s a playful and unpretentious project, full of life and well-constructed tunes.
Time I Let It Go is a gainful venture into the hearts of everyday people – after all, Stine is one of us. Take a listen at one of his live local shows, or on his website,

Recommended tracks: Spirit, Edge of Riverside, Time I Let It Go

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Josh Taerk-Here’s to change

February 23rd, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

cover170x170-1Josh Taerk-Here’s to change

Release: June 1, 2015

Rate: 5/10

At only 25, Josh Taerk’s album Here’s to change has an old time feel; the album sounds very mature and polished from someone so young. In some instances it sounds like a live album than a studio recording. Lyrics that give off hues of personal experience, triumph and growth radiate through out the entire album. I would say Josh Taerk is a more acoustic, one man version of the band “Train”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Museum Monday: Gifts of Art for a New Century

February 22nd, 2016 by Allison Langley

New Arrivals What: New Arrivals- Gifts of Art for a New Century

Where: Baltimore Museum of Art

When: February 24, 2pm-3pm

Skip away on your lunch break this Wednesday to Baltimore Museum of Art to get a guided tour of the new exhibition, New Arrivals: Gifts of Art for a New Century. This exhibit is composed of about 200 fresh pieces that tie in perfectly with pieces already in the exhibit. There will be paintings by the French artist, Pierre Bonnard, and some amazing Japanese screens.
These works will be accompanied by newer pieces like James Abbot McNeill Whistler’s Nocturne , great work from Cameroon, and smaller sculpture from Antoine Louis Barye.

Don’t forget to stop by for a guided tour of this excellent exhibit! Click here for more info on the exhibit!

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Food Friday: Bar Clavel

February 19th, 2016 by Allison Langley

BarClavel What: Bar Clavel

Where: 225 West 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD

When: Hours

Tacos, Chips, and Salsa, three words that bring a genuine wave of happiness over me. I don’t know you, but I bet it does for you too.

To go along with an excellent ambiance is some appetizing food. I was once told by a friend from Mexico that the staple for her family is the tortilla, apparently Bar Clavel follows the same principle as they make homemade gluten-free tortillas. Their meat is pure quality and organic, something not always seen these days. Bite in to a Chambarete taco (remember those home made tortillas) and taste the juicy angus beef steak and tantalizing spices! Or, take a spoonful (a big one) of Caldo de Verduras made of corn, cabbage, chayote, carrot, calabaza, and green beans! There are plenty of options for you and your friends to enjoy!

Soooo, I am highly recommending you stop by Bar Clavel for an ultra hipster night of taco eating and guac dipping.

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Rivalry Renewed

February 19th, 2016 by Brendan Pierce

Sports SaturdayThere will be another chapter added to one of the best rivalries in college lacrosse this Saturday as the Battle for North Charles is renewed. #6 Johns Hopkins will take on #8 Loyola University Maryland at 1 pm at Ridley Athletic Complex.

This is the 53rd meeting between two of the best programs in college lacrosse. This rivalry is typically an annual meeting however, the two teams did not square off last year due to scheduling conflicts and conference changes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Theater Thursday: Beatle Mania

February 18th, 2016 by Allison Langley

Beatlemania What: Beatle Mania

Where: Hippodrome Theater

When: February 20th!

You know you love The Beatles, you just do. Because everyone loves The Beatles. The Beatles are amazing.

So “Come Together” this saturday February 20th at the Hippodrome Theater to rock out to the sweet sounds of The Beatles’ tunes. Charm City will be stepping back into the 60’s for a night as a perfectly picked cast of our fave band members jam out to more than 30 songs! You’ll be resisting the urge to sing along all night while indulging in new music or reliving the memories The Beatles made for you. Get sucked into the psychedelic colors and sounds of “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and relax with your favorite uplifting tunes.

Do not miss out on this awesome musical experience this Saturday! Click here for more information!

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Betty Moon-Pantomania

February 18th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

FOLDOVERBetty Moon-Pantomania

Release: July 28, 2015

Rate: 8/10

Betty Moon, a Toronto born singer, songwriter, producer and filmmaker’s album Pantomania is an album that exhibits her deep sultry vocal tone. Her music as well as the album has vibes from Madonna and musicality similar to bands like WarPaint, Phantogram and Massive Attack. The sound is very spacey/futuristic pop with an underlying rock base executed by the distorted guitars. The sound is very mesmerizing and groovy; one of the songs on the album “Thunder” sounds a lot like “R U Mine?” by the Arctic Monkeys. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wacky Wednesday: Paintball

February 17th, 2016 by Allison Langley

Paintball What: Paintballing!

Where: Route 40 Paintball Park

When: hours

This weekend I think you should de-stress from your day job by going paintballing! Take a random and wacky break from your daily activities. Go for getting plastered by paint instead of filing those papers. Route 40 Paintball Park is the perfect place to go for this! Route  40 was created a professional paintball player, Tommy Maliszweski, so you know that it is a legit paintball tournament setup. They are adding new air ball fields, and for your wacky wednesdays during the summer, route 40 will be lighting up the fields at night!

Stop by Route 40 for an awesome time with friends and family! Enjoy this challenging and fun game!

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Spring Blue Pit BBQ with Caleb Stine and Swampcandy!

February 17th, 2016 by Allison Langley


We are getting closer guys to the best barbecue of your life! You only have to wait 4 more days to satisfy all of your BBQ sau
ce and pulled pork fantasies with FREE food from Blue Pit BBQ!
Don’t forget to get excited about Caleb Stine and Swampcandy’s FREE concert! Yes, all of this is at 8pm in the starbucks cafe area!
Check out some of Caleb Stine’s jams below!

P.S. FREE t-shirts

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Tourism Tuesday: American Craft

February 16th, 2016 by Allison Langley

AmericaCraftCouncilShow What: American Craft Council Winter Show

Where: Baltimore Convention Center

When: February 19-21

For all of you crafters and touristing crafters out there its time to come to Baltimore Convention Center to fulfill your crafting desires. There will be more than 650! Yes 650 crafting experts there featuring their jewelry, furniture, doo dads, and clothing. You will be seeing crafts from California to New York City! So come through and either purchase some great picks or gather ideas for your next crafting extravaganza!

Click here for more info on this upcoming craft show!

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