Ruut Gets Ready to Tell “UnTold Stories”

March 7th, 2016 by Kathryn O'Brien

Local Baltimore artist, Ruut, has awed the world with her raw storytelling through music. Ruut’s voice is baroque, rife with emotion and honesty. Her original work is deeply human combining transcendent vocals with truthful narratives. Her phenomenal style and emotional intelligence transforms well known songs. Ruut has covered many songs from across all genres, from Taylor Swift’s Style to Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun. Ruut’s cover of Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” interprets this incredibly profound song and captures its devastating subject matter with poignancy and delicacy.

Her music has been influenced by her numerous travels from her native Finland, to Budapest, Nashville, NY, LA and now Baltimore, each new location informing her overall sound. Her cover of Sia’s Chandeliers pust her native tongue on display. Ruut translated Chandeliers into Finnish and performed her own arrangement of Sia’s iconic ballad.

Ruut will be performing here at Loyola on March. 10th. The following day, on March. 11th, Ruut will release her new album, Untold Stories. Untold Stories is currently available for pre-order on her website.

http://www.ruutmusic.com/untoldstories.html



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Mark Hopkins is Back with “Ball & Chain” and “The Man You Could’ve Loved”

March 2nd, 2016 by Allison Langley

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Mark Hopkins is Back with “Ball & Chain” and “The Man You Could’ve Loved”

Local singer songwriter, Mark Hopkins, has wowed us with previous albums like Room Service and Evidence. His unique style is old school fun and will always put you in a good mood, which is why the release of his two new singles, “Ball & Chain” and “The Man You Could’ve Loved” is such fantastic news!

“Ball & Chain” is classic Mark Hopkins. It’s old time blues feel combined with humorous lyrics about the pleasures of domesticity make this single a must listen. “The Man You Could’ve Loved” is a bit of a departure from Mark Hopkins’ signature style. This single is classic Americana with a tune perfect for lounging around a bonfire. The release of these two different singles demonstrates Mark Hopkins’ refreshing and startling ability to adapt to different music genres. He excels at blending various aspects of American culture into a sound that is uniquely Mark Hopkins.

Check out all his new singles here! 



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Museum Monday: Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society

February 29th, 2016 by Allison Langley

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What: Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society 2016 Concert Series: Antonia Sanchez and Migration

Where: Baltimore Museum of Art

When: March 6th 5pm-7pm

After a long day of work come down to the Baltimore Museum of Art for some smooth and relaxing jazz music. Antonio Sanchez is a critically acclaimed musician who won many awards for his score for the film Birdman. The Mexican born musician, who has spent 15 years as the right hand man to famous guitarist Pat Metheny is coming to our city. Expect to hear Mexican inspired jazz with insane drumbeats and international flare. Get ready for a fun and family friendly event that will get the whole family swinging.

Check it out here for more info!



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Food Friday: Lost City Diner

February 26th, 2016 by Allison Langley

LostCityDiner What: Lost City Diner

Where: 1730 N Charles Street

When: Sunday- 11am to 12am / Monday to Wednesday-5pm to 11pm / Thursday- 5pm to 12am / Friday- 11am to 3am / Saturday- 11am to 3pm

Stroll on down North Charles for a late night bite at the Lost City Diner, currently serving all of your milk shakes and fries needs! Have you ever heard of a classic-old-school diner being vegan? Well Lost City Diner is, accommodating absolutely everyone! Sit down at 11pm and enjoy a The Comet, a full breakfast comprised of two eggs, fresh home fries, bacon or sausage and your choice of side. Or, how about a hardy hamburger with their classic root beer float? Yummay I’ll have 5 please. Thank You.

So stop on by The Lost City Diner and satisfy your late night craving or milk shake desires! Click here to check out all of what The Lost City Diner offers!



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Theater Thursday: Motown

February 25th, 2016 by Allison Langley

Motown What: Motown-The Musical

Where: The Hippodrome Theater

When: March 8 thru 13th

Take a step back into Motown and experience the sounds of some of the most formative music in America. Celebrate artists like Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gay, and Berry Gordy as you indulge in their upbeat tunes! No promises you won’t want to get up and sway to the ” . You will see the story of how these artists got their claim to fame through amazing music. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, songs by your favorites its a guarantee you will fall in love with Motown-The musical!

So get your tickets to Motown-The Musical showing March 8th- March 13th at the Hippodrome Theater! Check it out here!



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Stereo Reform-The future started yesterday

February 25th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

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Released: May 13, 2013

Rate: 10/10

Stereo Reform is just bound to blow up. With its sound being similar to Capital Cities, Walk the Moon and Fickle Friends, and vocals that are strikingly similar to Nicholas Petricca of Walk the moon, Stereo Reform is the “Next Big Thing”. Read the rest of this entry »



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Wacky Wednesday: Poe Sites

February 24th, 2016 by Allison Langley

PoeSites What: Edgar Allan Poe Sites

Where: All over Baltimore!

When: Memorial Day 2016

Take a chance on your Wacky Wednesday to explore one of literature’s famous, Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe, composed spooky and odd novels, short stories and poems leaving him a peculiar legacy, but fortunately, we had the chance of this brilliant author living in Balty. Due to this we have been giving many cool spots to visit that Poe left his mark on. Check out No.203 North Amity Street to visit Poe’s house or head to No.11 East Mulberry Street to visit the place where Poe won a prize! Unfortunately, some places have been demolished but that does not diminish the history of Edgar Allen Poe in Baltimore.

Click here to find some more spots for all of you Poe fans to check out!



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Why Bosley Is Winning the Music Video Scene in Baltimore

February 24th, 2016 by Allison Langley

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As we all know, Baltimore is a city filled with great music. Baltimore is known for its diversity of music genres from our strong punk scene to our excellent and renowned hip hop world. One Baltimore soul artist, Bosley, is slaying the music video scene with innovative and fun videos.

You can find all of Bosley’s music videos on his website, http://www.bosleymusic.net/media-adversary/. Each of Bosley’s music videos is a like a small film onto itself. Each have their own aesthetic and style yet all are captivating and wildly fun. The video for his song, Jungles, is 100% animated and black and white. The video is all a chase scene. The aesthetic of the video can best be described as Looney Tunes meets Hitchcock.

Drastically different, but equally as fun, is the music video for Temptation.The aesthetic is a sort of “funk noir” combining the style of 1920’s films with ’60s soul, a blend of styles and decades that I never knew I craved until I saw it and now I can’t get enough.

Bosley is just as fun to watch live as on video. The nine piece band that is Bosley are all wildly talented, each bringing something unique to the table. The “Boslettes” aka the lovely singers that accompany Bosley have choreographed dance moves for each song and are known for their fabulous outfits. Of course, the man himself, Bosley, is a visual feast, reveling in outfits that would make the greats like Chuck Berry and James Brown proud.



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Tourism Tuesday: Maryland Science Center

February 23rd, 2016 by Allison Langley

SceinceM What: Maryland Science Center

Where: Inner Harbour

When: Here

When visiting B-More with the fam jam I think the Maryland Science Center, situated in the heart of the inner harbor, is the perfect place to go! Its for the kids and the adults! Learn about the blue crab in Follow the Blue Crab exhibit or head to the SpaceLink exhibit to see what it is like to be an astronaut, planetary explorer, engineer or astronomer. The Maryland Science Center features over 10 interactive exhibits for everyone to enjoy and learn from. They offer a variety of Science Encounters, including an observatory! The next event they have coming up is on March 14th for Pi(e) Day to celebrate the wonder that is Pi!

Make sure you stop by the Maryland Science Center next time you visit Baltimore! Click here for pricing information and hours!



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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, calebstine.com.

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



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