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Wye Oak’s Andy Stack makes solo turn as Joyero

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Credit: Dan Stack.

In Wye Oak, Andy Stack creates the percussive and atmospheric underpinnings of the band’s sound, sometimes using one hand to play the drums while the other controls a keyboard.

Stack and guitarist/vocalist Jenn Wasner, who cut their teeth and found a national audience while in Baltimore, have pushed their sound to more experimental territory, adding in a mix of synths and electronic tones.

Wye Oak announces November show at Ottobar

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Image by Shervin Lainez

Local favorites Wye Oak have been steadily touring in support of the band’s stellar sixth album, “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs,” and that long journey on the road will bring them back to Ottobar on Nov. 18.

Wye Oak releases new song ‘Lifer’

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Image via Merge Records

In what label Merge Records is calling the “final preview” from the forthcoming “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs,” Wye Oak has released new single “Lifer.”

Wye Oak releases new song ‘It Was Not Natural’

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Image by Shervin Lainez

In anticipation of the release of new album “The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs,” due out April 6 on Merge Records, Wye Oak has shared another single from the record, the billowing song “It Was Not Natural.”

Wye Oak Announces New Album, ‘The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs’

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Credit: Shervin Lainez

The year 2018 will thankfully have some new Wye Oak. And even though vocalist/guitarist Jenn Wasner and percussionist Andy Stack don’t live in Baltimore anymore, their music will always have a special place here.

This New Guitar Is Very, Very Baltimore

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The Reverend JW1
The Reverend JW1

One of Baltimore’s favorite guitar players just got a signature model that doubles as an art piece.

Want to be in Wye Oak’s New Music Video?

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Photo by Tom Nappi via the Office of the Governor
Photo by Tom Nappi via the Office of the Governor

The last time Baltimore band Wye Oak put out a record, it was listed as the top album of the year by the Onion’s AV Club and garnered them appearances on Jimmy Fallon, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, and plenty of other attention. The video for the song “Civilian” has nearly 2 million views on YouTube to date.

Well, the band has a new, highly-anticipated album coming out at the end of April. And they just put out a casting call seeking dancers for their next music video… no previous dancing experience required.

Baltimore Supergroup’s “Football Instructional Song” Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know for Sunday

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Jenn Wasner of Beatbabies
Jenn Wasner of Beatbabies

With the Super Bowl two days away, Ravens fever is running high, and its even infected those of us who know almost nothing about how football is actually played. If this Sunday will be the first time you tune into the Super Bowl — or at least the first time you earnestly attempt to follow the game — then you’ll want to listen to Beatbabies’ (Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Chris Freeland of Oxes, and Jon Ehrens of White Life) 10-minute “Football Instructional Song.”

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.”

    The Dirt on Scapescape, Baltimore’s Newest Summer Music Festival

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    Maybe because I want to look forward to when the oppressive heat begins to give way to the cool of the early fall, I’ve decided to focus on one of Baltimore’s newest late summer festivals, Scapescape. The name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Baltimore tradition of Artscape send-ups (e.g. Starscape, Ratscape, Whartscape, etc.), and the festival was first organized last year filling a void left by the demise of Whartscape in 2010. But Scapescape’s main organizer, Dave Underhill, is careful to emphasize that the Wham City organized festival only inspired Scapescape in part.

    Either way, Underhill’s -scape continues the tradition of oversize, local-band-and-artist-driven summer blowouts, occupying stages inside and outside of the Windup Space and Metro Gallery, as well as various art galleries, August 30 – September 2. Of the 50-plus bands already announced (more to come!), Wye Oak, Celebration, Dope Body, and Arbouretum are among the bigger names. Unlike Whartscape (which I promise to stop mentioning), Scapescape draws from exclusively local talent.

    I interviewed the festival’s main organizer, Dave Underhill, who offered a little more insight into Scapescape’s beginnings, as well as what we can expect this year.

    What prompted the first Scapescape? Was it the end of Whartscape?

    Actually, what prompted the first Scapescape was the impending closure of the Gspot.  My friend and co-organizer Reuben Kroiz, who founded the venue, wanted to orchestrate a blowout festival to send it off.  He had just recently been to see my now-defunct band the Suits and asked if we wanted to play this with our friends in the now-(criminally)defunct band We Used to Be Family.  Since we were the first he asked, I offered to do one better and help organize the entire show.  As we were in a bar, also present were Dan Deacon, Ed Harris of Big in Japan, and Brandon Arinoldo of Sri Aurobindo.  I asked all three if they wanted to play a festival for the Gspot.  All were willing, and the show snowballed in size from there.  So a lot of credit goes to those guys for helping us get started.

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