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The Weekend Playlist: 01/29/15

It’s Super Bowl weekend! It’s Super Bowl weekend! So, there’s that. If Katy Perry isn’t your thing and Sunday isn’t your day … well, hell, we’ve got you covered. Within the next three days, we will say goodbye to January (Yay!) and wave hello to February (Yippee!). As usual, there are some great things going down in and around the fine metropolis of Frederick, Maryland, and, of course, these are things you most definitely will not want to miss. Among them? Well, let’s see. There’s the Local Yokel Vocal. Say that five times fast and we’ll throw a free T-shirt your way. There appears to be a band actually called Carroll Creek, and whomever that is will be at The Lodge. Subjects of our Video Of The Week, Moogatu and the Rew Smith Band, will be at Cafe 611 and Bushwallers, respectively. The always-fantastic Last Saturdays hip-hop series is still going strong and it is slated to take over the Church Street Pub (sadly, we will not be there because, sadly, we have nothing to give away at the current moment; though we send our love!). Ted Garber (above) will be acoustic-rockin’ The Cellar Door. Trey Frey is releasing a CD in Shepherdstown. Basswood is steppin’ on up at Cafe Nola. And, last but certainly not least, the Amish Outlaws are coming back to town and holy cow, those guys are a lot of fun. We know you’re going to reserve a lot of your social activity for Sunday night, but if you say to yourself, “Man. I’d really like to get out tonight” … well, we can promise you won’t be disappointed. Hopefully. Maybe. You get it. Anyway, we’ll be back next week with a brand new Frederick Playlist Presents … session and it will feature one of the bands set to take the Weinberg stage at our Frederick Music Showcase, which is three weeks from this very night. Are you excited yet? We certainly are. Stay warm, friends. Stay warm.

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The Duke Street Liberation Army Band: ‘Arsenal Of Love’

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Music can be such a powerful tool, don’t you think? It can make you feel better. It can bring people together. It can incite passion for both better and worse. It can prove points. It can make you feel connected. It can be revealing. It can serve as the most potent element of some of your most unforgettable memories by providing unbelievably vivid soundtracks.

The Duke Street Liberation Army Band wants you to know how much they believe in the power of music with their latest set, “Arsenal of Love.” Fueled by a sort of come-as-you-please open mic vibe, these 15 songs were borne out of “The Cosmos,” as their Facebook page claims (it’s their hometown, of course), and the list of band members runs so long, you wonder if there might be David Foster Wallace novels that take less time to get through. They use something called an Egyptian tar.

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Video Of The Day: Rew Smith Band’s ‘Nonsense’ and ‘Sweet Sweet Nothing’

Friday night: What do you have going on? Shoot. It’s already Thursday. So you must be thinking about this kind of stuff. Right?! Right?! The Rew Smith Band is heading to Bushwallers, taking the stage (or floor) by storm at about 10 p.m. Thus, behold not one, but two – two! – performances from the band in one video. Who says Thursdays can’t be amazing?! Who, we ask?! Who?!?

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A Q&A With Kathi Witkowski

So, the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Have you heard of it? Maybe? Maybe not? Either way, Kathi Witkowski and her band Ros Wilting recently won the top prize for the rock/alternative category. The song? “Funk Funk Chipmunk,” as you can see and hear above. We recently caught up with the songwriter via email and talked about how the winning track came about, what her take on the Frederick music scene is, and, of course, what some of her favorite places to play around town are. You can check out more from Ros Wilting here. There’s some pretty good stuff in here, friends. Enjoy!

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Photo Of The Day: New God

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Check this out, friends. Here’s a photo from nearly a year ago – in March, 2014. It features New God, who may or may not be a subject for an upcoming Q&A we are getting ready to publish here in the next week or two. OK. Who are we kidding? A Q&A with New God will be up next week. Duh. Anyway, for now, check out this shot from their performance at the Church Street Pub last year. Memories. Oh, memories. Photo courtesy of Cassandra Mullinix. For more of her photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/bucketofrock.

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Video Of The Day: Moogatu’s ‘Help On The Way’

So, are you snowed in? Have you checked out our latest Frederick Playlist Presents … video? Do you like to rock? If you answered “yes” to one, two, or three of those questions … well, here’s a video for you. Check out Moogatu’s “Help On The Way.” Why do that? Because these fine young lads will be in town on Friday night at Cafe 611, along with Cutting Agency. By then, all the snow will be cleared out, right? Let’s hope so. Happy Tuesday!

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Frederick Playlist Presents … Old Indian

This week, we’re rolling out the second Frederick Playlist Presents … session aimed at profiling the artists who will be featured at our first-ever Frederick Music Showcase on February 19 at the Weinberg Center. Last week, we gave you three performances from Ryan Nicholson of Heavy Lights, and this week we have the amped-up awesomeness of Old Indian, who perform a song off their forthcoming LP “Mumble,” “Just A Bum.”

These guys are set to hit the stage at 9:45 p.m. and in case you were wondering, yes: Tickets are most certainly still on sale. We’ll have more videos next week featuring another one of the artists set to take the Weinberg stage, and, more importantly, we’ll also have more details on a few of the events that will be going down as we get closer and closer to the show. Remember: It’s three weeks from this Thursday, friends, and as you know we always like to say, indeed, you will most definitely not want to miss it!

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Photo Of The Day: Seaknuckle

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Hey, there. How was your weekend? Good? Good. Some of us spent the entirety of Saturday checking out what the fine young men in Seaknuckle were up to. Turns out, they are wrapping up recording for their first-ever full-length record and it turns out that spending a day in the studio with them is the single greatest way a person can spend a Saturday. There will be much more on this in the coming weeks, but for now, check them out as they rehearse a song before laying down some drum tracks. As those dudes would say: Nailed it.

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The Weekend Playlist: 01/22/15

How about that weather?!? Sort of warm(ish). Snow melting(ish). Sun shining(ish). What a great way to begin a weekend of shows that you – yes, you! – really ought to consider as the next three days unfold. In addition to the normal crop of open mics this evening, we have a slew of great stuff going on down Friday and Saturday. The Knolly Moles, ye of Frederick Music Showcase fame, will be taking the stage at Guidos tomorrow night, and you most definitely will not want to miss that. The pop-country sounds of Donnie Wood are heading to the Blue Sky because the Blue Sky be Blue Sky-in’. Nobody knows what that means. You can pick up some alligator meat while you check out Trix and Black at The Lodge. One of the more prestigious local names around, Ms. Adrienne Smith, will be folkin’ it up at Cafe Nola. Speaking of Nola, there appears to be a Baltimore invasion going down there on Saturday night, so that promises to be fun. Freddie Long will be around. The Averist and the greatness of their metal friends will be smashing faces at Cafe 611. A former “Voice” contestant will be at The Cellar Door (you can check him out above). And, of course, Hey Baby! No, but really: Hey Baby! Come for the bluegrass, stay for the Jack Z. We have less than a month until we invade the Weinberg. You already have a ticket, right? Right. We hope to unveil a new set of videos for one of the showcase’s artists on Monday. Who will it be? You’ll have to check back to see what’s up. For now, embrace the impending three days, adjust your weekend plans accordingly, and say hello to someone randomly. Why? Because that’s weird. And who doesn’t love weird? Viva la Thursday!

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Video Of The Day: Big Hoax’s ‘Over and Over’

So, you guys all know about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, right? Hell, even we ripped it off. Anyway, that fine institution recently announced a contest and invited artists to submit their own Tiny Desk Concert videos for a chance to win their own personal Tiny Desk Concert. That’s a lot of “Tiny Desk Concert” in one sentence. Anyway (again), Big Hoax, a former subject for one of our Q&As, submitted the above video. And not only is it great, but it’s also from a local artist. So, really: Is there a better way to begin a Thursday? We think not.

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