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The Weekend Playlist: 08/25/16

Hey. Do you know who Tom Principato is? Because you should. Not only is he a guitar semi-star, and not only is he in the above video, but he’s also rocking and rolling at The Blue Side, for your entertainment, this coming Saturday night. As in two days from now. Get hip, friends. Check him out. It highlights the … yes, get ready for it … final weekend of August. Wowza. Where did the summer go? Where, oh where, did the summer go? We can’t answer that, but we can tell you that you really ought to get out while you can. And speaking of the summer not, well, being the summer anymore, Big Cork is hosting a huge bash on Saturday and it will feature the fine young lads in Hard Swimmin’ Fish, Fuzzy Match and others. There’s also Alive @ Five tonight, and there aren’t many more of those left, so take note. There’s Zacky & The Belly Boys. There’s some jazz music. There’s Ted’s Roots Band, and you know whomever Ted is – that guy is going to bring it. Some Jah Works. And, of course, Martina McBride at the Fairgrounds for a super great cause. Honestly. Check that out if you get the chance. Treat people kindly. Do something nice for someone. Wear sunblock. Always. Wear sunblock. Be well.

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Paul Michael Smith: ‘Full Circle’

pmsUmpf.

Yeah, it’s not the most technical way to describe Paul Michael Smith’s “Full Circle,” but it’s the first word, phrase or sound that comes to mind after listening to it. Your heart goes out to him because you can tell how hard he tries. Plus, as he likes to boast pretty much anywhere you find information on him, the dude writes like a billion songs a day or some such nonsense.

Well. These 11 tracks suggest that perhaps he might want to focus on the age-old adage that quality can trump quantity. Because … again. Umpf.

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Music & Mental Health: Frank Ocean & When Words Fail

ImadeHeadshotFan Fiction: Late one night, Frank Ocean, while wearing an oversized sweater and matching Birkenstocks, perused the Internet and found my column on Frederick Playlist where I went on a therapy session rant about Ocean’s resemblance to my deadbeat dad. A single tear fell down Ocean’s face as he sipped passion tea. He placed the cup on his makeshift coaster, which was a stack of angry Apple Music letters demanding Ocean hand over his album. Faintly, and ever so gently, Ocean whispered while gazing at the article. “Say no more, fam. Say no more.”

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The Weekend Playlist: 08/18/16

Hey, it’s Frederick Folk Fest weekend. Did you know that? Because you should. Music is going down tonight, tomorrow night, Saturday night … and even Sunday night (!) at The Blue Side. Katie Powderly (above) will perform as part of it. Because, duh. But there are some other super great talents coming through town as part of this as well. Make sure you keep reading to get all of the details (or “deets” as we hear some people say these days). Elsewhere this weekend, Joseph and all of his Beasts, who we spoke with earlier this week, will be taking the Cafe Nola stage on Friday, and you’re going to want to rock and roll with that. Also: Alive @ Five will bring in Stick Time, and those dudes in Stick Time are loads of fun, as we found last year during Best Of The Best Fest. There are some open mics. There’s some Doug Alan Wilcox. There’s some Green Jelly. There’s some Dapp. There’s some Future Sound. There’s some Southern Charm. And then … yeah, check this out, for real, for real … there’s some Elvis! Indeed. Some dude is going to be Elvis! And perform! At Hard Times! The exclamation points are grating. It will be hot. It will be August. It will be a weekend. We’ll see you back here next week, most likely without the help of another Flying Dog Frederick Playlist Presents … session, but rest assured that another one is coming soon. Rest. Assured. Be good.

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A Q&A With Joseph And The Beasts

Friday. What you got goin’ on? How about heading down to Cafe Nola to check out Joseph And The Beasts? They’re playing with Fellow Creatures and the great Andrew Bromhal from Silent Old Mtns. We recently caught up with the band’s namesake, Joseph Mulhollen, to talk about how the band came together, what inspired them to do what they do, and what we can expect from their set this weekend at Cafe Nola. You won’t want to miss it. This much, we know. 

Let’s start with some history of the band. How did you get together? How did the band form and how long have you been at it?

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The Weekend Playlist: 08/11/16

Well. All right, then. It’s Best Of The Best time, friends. Five bands compete for the grand prize of $29,000,000,000 (not really), but there is a cash prize involved, and we’re pretty sure you get a plaque or something. The “or something” could range from a live monkey to a box of DOTS. We’ll see. Anyway, Marzy Maddox, Triple Lindy, Guys In Thin Ties, Freddie Long Band and Fuzzy Match will all compete. And then, 2015’s winners, Hard Swimmin’ Fish (above), will perform a “We Won Last Year!” set. Best of all, it’s free. And you can’t do better than free. Also of note this weekend, Fractal Cat, who we adore full-heartedly, will be returning to Cafe Nola, and you’ll need to go catch up with them. A whole bunch of metal acts are set to take the Cafe 611 stage tonight, and when Cafe 611 throws down, there aren’t many places that do it better. Alive @ Five appears to be on like Donkey Kong, and the band’s name has the word “Canyon” in it. So, you do the math. Lost Keys, who we videoed earlier this year, are set to acoustic and roll at Nola. And then there’s Super Thanks For Asking. We’ll be back next week. Same bat time. Same bat channel. In the meantime (and in-between time), though … see you Saturday?

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Music & Mental Health: Frank Ocean & Abandonment Issues

ImadeHeadshotBehold Music & Mental Health, a feature we hope to bring you more often than not, written by the fabulous Imade Borha. She’ll check in from time to time with her thoughts on … well … presumably, music and mental health. Duh. If you dig, you can follow her on Twitter here. Enjoy! 

Frank Ocean is the reason why I have abandonment issues. According to the NY Times, he was supposed to pick up the kids – or, well, I mean drop an album – last Friday. Ocean didn’t even offer a tired excuse that he’ll pick up the kids, erm, release an album this weekend. Rumors are now swirling that the new date may be November 13. Frank Ocean, yet again, reminds me that my deadbeat dad’s child support scam can deceive us all.

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Grand Ole Ditch: ‘Unwind’

godHere’s something you won’t read often in this column: The band doesn’t need the drummer. Yet in this case, it’s true.

Back in 2014, with “Big Red Ball,” Grand Ole’ Ditch offered up an endearing set of bluegrass ditties that ranged from barrels of fun (“Pigeon Eatin’ Catfish”) to shots of beauty (“Sadie Mell”). It was a good record, one perfect for those who harmlessly enjoy harmless music.

Now, in 2016, the Cumberland septet is back with “Unwind,” a decidedly more eclectic collection of music that stays true to its Americana roots while experimenting with accessible textures that only sometimes work. Out is the formulaic approach that made “Big Red Ball” so innocuous, and in is an ambition that reaches a little too far beyond its bounds on occasion, and also in is a drummer.

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The Weekend Playlist: 08/04/16

Oh, what a weekend. It’s First Saturday. And it’s First Saturday: August Edition, even. And there’s a brand new wine festival all along the creek. So, that’s fun, too. And then, of course, there’s the Milkhouse Summer Jam out at Milkhouse Brewery, and it will feature the Very Fabulous Frederick Playlist Grapefruit Pale Ale. It will be exclusive. It will be limited. You will not want to miss it. Plus … well, the show is free! Like, come on, man. It’s free. Five absolutely great bands. Big Hoax. Jack Funk (ab0ve). Cheshi. The Milestones. Lilac Daze. Does it get better than that? The answer is no. No, it does not. Also going on this weekend? Well, can we interest you in some Dale & The ZDubs at some Alive @ Five this evening? How about some Dot Dash and some Miss Loneleyheart? Perhaps some Time Columns? Maybe some Karen Jonas? Maybe some Black Lillies? Oh, it’s going to be a jam-packed weekend. Grab your sunscreen. Have some fun. See you at Milkhouse?

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Music & Mental Health: A Q&A With Warden

ImadeHeadshotBehold Music & Mental Health, a feature we hope to bring you more often than not, written by the fabulous Imade Borha. She’ll check in from time to time with her thoughts on … well … presumably, music and mental health. Duh. If you dig, you can follow her on Twitter here. Enjoy! 

When someone tells you to check out a band called Warden, two things can happen: The band can uncomfortably force an aesthetic to embody the name’s theme, or the band can let the music speak for itself. Fortunately, Warden chose the latter.

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