Tag: dan deacon

Future Islands Dishes on Baltimore Music Scene to The New York Times

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Future Islands plays in Hamburg, Germany, in 2012. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Future Islands is buzzing again, thanks to the pending release of the synth-pop band’s fifth album, “The Far Field.” In a short piece published yesterday in The New York Times, two of the band’s three members shared some of their buzz by touting some of their Baltimore musical peers.

Second Meeting of Mayor’s Task Force Covers Artists’ Spatial Needs, Zoning Remedies and Financing

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Writer and activist Jordannah Elizabeth speaks at the second meeting of the Mayor’s Task Force on Safe Arts Spaces.

Can Baltimore’s creative community, leaders, businesses and nonprofits harness the collective willpower to create safe spaces for artists?

Dan Deacon Gets Opening Slot on Miley Cyrus-Flaming Lips Tour

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Dan Deacon Tiny Desk Concert
Via NPR.org

When Dan Deacon was offered a few dates opening on a recent collaboration of Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz (aka Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips), the Baltimore-based musician thought of Juster.

“I felt like I was in the Phantom Tollbooth,” he said, according to Pitchfork.

Dan Deacon is Going to Serve Up New Ice Cream Flavors at The Charmery

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Dan Deacon
Dan Deacon

catch of the day fish (2)Dan Deacon came back to Baltimore for a triumphant reunion with the music scene’s best exports at Windjammer last weekend. While he’s in town, the much-loved musician will also get back together with some of the best ice cream in town.

Dan Deacon, Future Islands to Headline Pier Six

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Future Islands
Future Islands

catch of the day fish (2)The only bad part about Baltimore bands blowing up is that they don’t actually play Baltimore very often anymore. For a trio of Baltimore-based indie acts, however, visiting home has its perks. Now, they can get a show at Pier Six.

Dan Deacon Talks to Rolling Stone About the Orioles

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Photo by Frank Hamilton
Photo by Frank Hamilton

Baltimore makes us proud every day. And there’s nothing more satisfying than hearing one of our favorite Baltimore musicians (Dan Deacon) say some smart things about our favorite Baltimore baseball team (the Orioles, duh!) in a national magazine.

Wes Moore, Baltimore’s Hometown Hero, Thinks Baltimore is Better Than New York (Duh)

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By now, you’ve probably seen him on TV, heard him give a speech, read his book, or read about his book. Wes Moore, the Baltimore native/Rhodes Scholar/bestselling author, has been all over the place since the 34-year old published The Other Wes Moore to national acclaim — and, incidentally, a high-profile job with Oprah.

Dan Deacon Releases Free Mashup Album “Wish Book Vol. 1”

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Dan Deacon. Photo by Josh Sisk.

Last night, Baltimore’s Dan Deacon put the finishing touches on an album’s worth of mashups — tracks made from blending several songs together — and threw it on SoundCloud for free. It’s called Wish Book Vol 1, and Deacon says it was pieced together during long treks on his veggie-powered school bus, on which he’s been touring in support of America.

Sick with 1,000 Fevers: The Music Videos of Ben O’Brien and Showbeast

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Ben with puppet Kasey Tang ca. 2007.

Ben O’Brien has never let the fact that he doesn’t play an instrument or write songs keep him out of the music scene. In college, this meant his brother (that’s me) had to devise a band with two lead singers, one of whom could sort of growl along. Post-college, it meant making a slew of music videos that tie into his puppet-and-green-screen-heavy video series Showbeast, which Ben describes as “a kids-TV-show style series of short films that come out irregularly for adults.”

2012 Halloween Costume How-to, Baltimore

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Halloween is only 16 days away — why not dress up along with the kids this year? Doesn’t have to be a major production. And the lift that you’ll get from playing pretend for a sugar-buzzing night is worth the minor time investment to find a character who speaks to you and assemble the necessary props. Don’t leap for the omnipresent zombie or fairy princess duds; don’t dress as kooky Snooki with baby because everyone will do that. Here are some quirkier suggestions if you’re feeling stumped. May these ideas set you on your way toward finding your own funky Halloween fit.