What do indie heads and some of Baltimore’s more acclaimed musicians have in common with Corey Feldman and furries? Well, for one, they all like Chaunter, a band made up of local scene veterans that has just released its debut album, “Dream Dynamics.”
I like underground hip-hop, and nothing is more underground than a concert in a basement. Although the basement is the Maryland Art Place and the concert wasn’t really a concert per se, just let the hyperbole work. This was Bmore BeatClub’s Four-Year Anniversary, a celebration of an event that brings Baltimore’s hip-hop scene out of the underground and into the mosaic stage light.
BeatClub is built around producers; some are featured artists but many are novices looking to connect with other musicians. While producers play beats, rappers are called on stage two at a time. Without any prior arrangements between the musicians, the performances are entirely organic.
If nothing else, record stores are beautiful. They have a certain unplanned allure, stacks tilting under their own weight, row after row of colors and words loosely organized by genre and alphanumeric value. Recently, Record and Tape Traders in Towson, the flagship of a once-robust local chain, announced it will be gone after a 40-year run—from 1978-2018.
As a member of the Baltimore band Horse Lords, saxophonist and composer Andrew Bernstein hopes to bridge the gap between the experimental and approachable.