True Vine owner says he is being forced out by Golden West

Photo by Brandon Weigel

The True Vine Record Shop, a Hampden-based record store that has been recognized as one of the nation’s best for its eclectic offerings and shelf space for experimental genres, says it is being forced out of its Hickory Avenue storefront by an unlikely foe: the Golden West Cafe, a funky Tex-Mex restaurant around the corner, on W. 36th Street.

Nonprofit video store Beyond Video to open Friday

Photo by Post Typography

Beyond Video, the nonprofit aiming to bring the old-school video store experience back to life, will open its doors to the public on Friday.

Grand Central nightclub to get new owners in early 2019

Photo by Ed Gunts

Grand Central, Baltimore’s largest LGBTQ-friendly nightclub and a fixture on Charles Street for the past 15 years, will change hands early in 2019, current owner Don Davis said.

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The Bell Foundry sells for $725,000, ‘urban living’ complex planned

Photo by Eli Pousson, via Flickr

Once a thriving DIY arts space in Station North, before its tenants were abruptly evicted and the building was condemned by the city over code violations in December 2016, the Bell Foundry building has now been sold to developers to be built into an “urban living” complex.

Blood Orange announces March show at Rams Head Live

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Devonté Hynes, better known as the experimental pop and R&B artist Blood Orange, is coming to Baltimore in March.

Settlement reached in Pabst-MillerCoors case, meaning Natty Boh is safe

The Boh sign in Brewers Hill. Photo by Elliott Plack, via Flickr.

An important update for our cheap beer-drinking readers: National Bohemian isn’t going anywhere. The locally born brand’s parent company, Pabst Brewing, and beer behemoth MillerCoors yesterday reached a settlement in a Milwaukee court case, and the latter firm has agreed to continue brewing Pabst-owned sub-premium beers.

An arts-focused urban farm initiative is coming to Baltimore

The lot at 731 Ashburton St. Image via Google Maps.

A new state initiative will bring an urban farm to a vacant lot in West Baltimore, but instead of growing fruits and vegetables to eat, the focus will be on plants that can be turned into natural dyes for artists, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office announced Wednesday.

Baltimore Eagle owners seek to keep liquor license in the family, future of the club remains murky

Photo by Ed Gunts

The recently shuttered Baltimore Eagle, one of the city’s largest LGBTQ-friendly nightclubs, will take a step toward reopening under new management if the city’s liquor board approves an application to transfer the liquor license for the property.

Joy Postell’s ‘Diaspora’ release show in photos


When Baltimore Fishbowl spoke with Joy Postell, the singer and rapper said she saw the release show for her album “Diaspora” as a coming out party. “I know y’all saw me at the Crown and it wasn’t put together… but now y’all about to see me put together, and you’re about to see this complete.” Last Friday, the packed crowd at the Ottobar was treated to an elaborate set from Postell on a stage decorated with clouds and palm leaves, and a stacked opening lineup that included Josh Stokes, Butch Dawson, Bobbi Rush and Al Rogers Jr.

Check out our photos from the show.