Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know: You’ve heard this song before. Baltimore is about to be huge. So-and-so is going to put Baltimore on the map. We heard it with Sisqo. We heard it with B Rich. We heard it with SR-71. We freaking heard it, already. Sheesh.
We here at Baltimore’s Most Player-Hatin’ Alternative Weekly are right there with you. Sure, we are totally guilty of singing faint praises for what we don’t like and shamelessly plugging the noise we do, but really now, there’s no point in paying attention to local music if you can’t be a fan, too. And 2005 is a great time to be a Baltimore music fan.
Not only are some perennial favorites coming out with solid new material (Lake Trout, Oranges Band, Oxes, Labtekwon, Brett Dancer’s Trackmode Records, Nautical Almanac and its HereSee imprint), and some newer outfits putting out material equal to their great live sets (More Dogs, J-Roddy Walston and the Business), but new faces (Son of Nun, Dan Deacon, Huli Shallone, Bossman) are making people scratch their heads and wonder just what in the hell is going on in our fair burg. B Rich is back with the lively new album Born Rich, featuring the crackerjack single “Grown Man.” And even club music, the most underground of Baltimore’s charms, is scoring fans outside the city, with Rod Lee and K-Swift spinning up in New York and getting covered in such white hipster haunts as The Fader magazine and Nerve.com.
The Big Music Issue 2005 takes a brief peek into some of the people helping along that buzz in a variety of different musical genres, from gospel to jazz, hip-hop to rock—and we know we’re missing more than a few bands here and there. That’s why we’re hosting a downloadable mix-CD of local music on the City Paper web site, a 19-track snapshot of what’s going on around town. Because at the end of the day, we know that it’s the tunes that get people interested, regardless of what we say about them.