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NPR Slows Down Future Islands’ SXSW Set, Streams New Album

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You may have noticed we’ve been gabbing about Future Islands quite a bit at the Baltimore Fishbowl as of late. But it’s not just because we’re fans of the Baltimore band’s dramatic take on synth-pop. From dazzling audiences (and Dave himself!) on Letterman, to becoming the toast of Austin’s South by Southwest festival, they’ve been having a pretty notable month!

Here’s another example of one big reason why: frontman Samuel T. Herring’s singular stage movements. NPR’s “All Songs Considered” posted a slow-motion video of Herring rolling his body like he’s standing behind a heat haze while performing at South by Southwest.

Here it is. I’m not generally superstitious, but a little of this on a Monday has got to be good luck for the rest of your week!

UPDATE: You can stream Future Islands’ new album Singles at NPR’s First Listen!

After More National Attention, City Attempts to Crack Down on Dirt Bikes

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Photo by Lotfy Nathan
Photo by Lotfy Nathan

The youths who ride dirt bikes through Baltimore’s city streets — often seen swarming cop cars and popping wheelies through red lights — have gotten national attention recently as an online photo essay from the New York Times and as the subject of Lotfy Nathan’s buzzed-about documentary 12 O’Clock Boys.

And it looks like the embarrassment that’s inspiring in the Baltimore Police Department — not to mention the continuing threat to public safety the dirt-bikers pose — is inspiring law enforcement to step up efforts to crack down.

Baltimore’s Dirt Bike Movie Picked for SXSW, Needs More Money

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Baltimoreans have mixed feelings about our city’s dirt bike culture (“total menace!” a commenter opined here at the Fishbowl last summer; “both intimidating and thrilling,” a New York Times reporter weighed in last weekend). Local filmmaker Lotfy Nathan has been documenting the city’s 12 O’Clock Boys for years, and his documentary film about a West Baltimore kid who joins up with the Boys, has just been selected to have its world premier at the South By Southwest film festival — one of only 8 films selected out of 905 submissions.

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