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Well, Look At That: Frederick Won!

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Anchorage, Alaska. Middlesboro, Kentucky. Charlottesville, Virginia. Bellingham, Washington. Lafayette, Louisiana. Trenton, New Jersey. Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Cleveland, Mississippi. Denison, Texas.

And now Frederick, Maryland.

The city of Frederick was named Monday as one of 10 cities across the country to receive $25,000 in matching funds from the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Sponsored by Levitt Pavilions, a nonprofit aimed at helping small to mid-sized cities bring live music to areas across the U.S., the contest began in November, when people could vote for their favorite proposals online. The field was then narrowed down to 20, and on Monday, the top 10 cities were announced.

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Photo Of The Day: Flying Dog’s Crowd

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We have eight days until Christmas and it’s an unseasonably warm day. What does that mean? That means we celebrate by looking back on one of the great nights this summer offered: The second Flying Dog show that featured Lucero and Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good. Boy, doesn’t it seem like that was years ago by now? That was rhetorical. Just think: Only half a year until summer! Photo courtesy of Cassandra Mullinix. For more of her photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/bucketofrock.

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For The Record Podcast Episode 16 – Old Indian

We are ending the year on a high note, friends, as we are world-premiering three brand new recordings from one of Frederick’s best bands, Old Indian. They recently recorded their first-ever full-length, “Mumble,” and in this episode, you can hear three of the songs that will appear on it. In addition to those brand-spankin’-new tracks, we also discuss:

– What went into the recording of “Mumble.” They worked with the great Kenny Eaton, of Mystery Ton Studios, who, if you remember, was also a guest on a previous episode of this podcast. As you can imagine, they have a lot of nice things to say about him.

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Video Of The Day: MH The Verb’s ‘Remember Me’

Joint Effort is going to continue its December Tuesday residency at Cafe 611 tonight. Just in case you didn’t know. Joining them this week will be MH The Verb. MH The Verb performed at The Knitting Factory once. This is a video of that. Now, it should be noted that Cafe 611’s website is the place that lists MH The Verb as the supporting act along with Joint Effort. We’ve scoured the Internets to find out more about Mr. Verb, but none of his web presence suggests that he’ll actually be there tonight. So, do with that what you may. Either way, Joint Effort will darn sure be there, right? Right. And for only five bucks … really: What do you have to lose? Rock and roll.

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Photo Of The Day: Frederick Symphony Orchestra

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Yeah, if you haven’t noticed by now, we’re just going to go ahead and lead off each week with a different holiday-themed weekend photo. Because if you can’t get up for Christmas … well then you have no soul. For today, check out guest conductor Andrew Rosenfeld as he directs members of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra during the Holiday Pops concert Sunday on the Frederick Community College campus. Ten days until Christmas. A matter of hours until Hanukkah. And only a 120 minutes until lunch. Oh, holidays. The photo is by Graham Cullen. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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The Weekend Playlist: 12/11/14

Welp. According to the Facepage, this will be the last Thursday night that Clearspring will be at Beans In The Belfry, thus the video above. If you dig banjos and bluegrass and awesomeness, you’ll be there. Elsewhere tonight, we have some jazz at Ayse with Prophets Of The Abstract Truth, as well as something called Tycoon: The Story Of Carlos over in Shepherdstown. Tomorrow night promises to be one you’ll want to pay attention to, as Meagan Jean takes the Cafe Nola stage and Jack Funk pops up at That Cuban Place. Oh, and who can forget Sloth Herder at the old Bentz Street Bar?!? Not us. Also featured this weekend: A song circle. Kajun Kelly. Hard Swimmin’ Fish. A Toys For Tots benefit. Up The Chain (as opposed to Off The Chain). And, of course, Jeff from Accounting. Because, why not? Two weeks from today, we’ll all be lighting up Christmas trees, giving gifts to people we see once a year and pretending that our lives “aren’t really all that bad.” Have you done the proper shopping yet? We hope so. In the meantime (and in between time), find a thing or eight to check out this weekend (which, for the record, also includes about 82 performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Weinberg and the lovely Katie Powderly at Nola on Sunday). Silver bells, friends. Oh. Silver bells.

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Video Of The Day: Megan Jean And The KFB’s ‘These Bones’


Hey, what are you doing tomorrow night? Here’s an idea: How about you go check out Megan Jean and the KFB at Cafe Nola. Why? Because as Cafe Nola’s website explains, these guys “arrange a demented blend of americana, punk, dance, and the avant-garde that they’ve taken to describing as, ‘a metal band, if it was 1927.'” And if that doesn’t sound like a great way to spend a Friday night … well, now what does? 

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A Q&A With Phil Kominski

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Welp. If there’s one really nice guy out there just lookin’ to make a living off music, it’s Mr. Phil Kominski. His band, Lloyd Dobler Effect, has pretty much done everything there is to do around the D.C./Baltimore area. We’ve reviewed his records. We’ve sat down for a podcast with him. We’ve watched him perform with his band. We’ve watched him perform in a solo capacity. And now, we are talking to him about his brand new project, The Bubbas, which recently put out its debut EP.

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Photo Of The Day: Ghost Hotel

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We thought we’d reach into our bag of gifts (read: archives), considering how Christmas is two weeks and one day away. Lo and behold, when we reached into Santa’s sack (yeah, how about that phrase), we pulled out this black and white shot of Ghost Hotel at the JoAnn Garrett Classic from the summer. And just as a reminder: Ghost Hotel is pretty great. They played at the Ottobar on Sunday and you – yes, you! – should have been there. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Mullinix. For more of her photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/bucketofrock.

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Video Of The Day: Secondhand’s Band Practice

No, but really. Here’s a 2:16 clip of Hagerstown’s Secondhand‘s band practice from about a year and a half ago. Tonight, they’ll be part of Joint Effort’s residency at Cafe 611 that goes down every Tuesday in December. And why would anyone possibly want to miss it? Some sunshine-laden reggae vibes at the end of a dreary, cold December day is what we all need every now and then, right? Right. The show begins at 8 p.m.; five bucks will get you in the door.