Bangers and Thrash
What’s up with heavy music
Published: February 26, 2014
Baltimore’s best punk-oriented record shop, Celebrated Summer, is expanding to take over the entirety of its 3616 Falls Road space (formerly shared with Atomic Books). To mark the occasion, they are having an exhibition of Baltimore punk-history ephemera, flyers, shirts, and photographs by Skizz Cyzyk entitled This Is Baltimore Not D.C. The show runs until April 20, but the opening reception is Friday, March 7.
There are a couple fests coming up, besides this year’s international act-studded Maryland Deathfest (May 22-25). The Ottobar is hosting Paganfest—an unholy celebration of folk metal—featuring Korpiklaani, Turisas, Chthonic, Varg, and Winterhymn. Get Druidic on Saturday, April 26. Also, Damaged City Fest returns to St. Stephen’s in D.C. on April 11 and12, with a bracing lineup of hardcore, punk, and powerviolence acts such as Infest, Government Issue, Boston Strangler, and a rare appearance by Los Crudos. The fest features strong local support as well, with bands like Coke Bust and Priests.
There’s still some strong upcoming shows on the way to festival season, starting with Multicult, Roomrunner, and Enemy Insects at Stem Graphics in Abingdon, Md., on Feb. 28—part of its ongoing Stem Sessions events. The following night, the Sidebar hosts NYC’s Tombs along with Passage Between, Dendritic Arbor, and Elagabalus.
Doom fans can rejoice—on March 7, Scott “Wino” Weinreich’s long-dormant band Spirit Caravan plays Metro Gallery along with Pilgrim, Iron Man, and Foghound. This is the first Baltimore show the band has played in over a decade while Wino has continued to build his legacy with groups like Shrinebuilder and Saint Vitus and with his solo work.
Two of B&T’s fave locals, Cemetery Piss and Ilsa, play Metro Gallery on March 20 with Obliteration, Northless, and Putrisect.
In local literary news—a rare beat for this column—Jason Netherton, vocalist and bassist for Baltimore deathgrind band Misery Index, as well as a Ph.D. candidate, is releasing his first book, Extremity Retained: Notes from the Death Metal Underground, this April. An oral history, the book is culled from over 100 interviews with musicians, fans, and other participants from the death-metal scene.
Finally, congratulations are in order. Baltimore’s Old Lines have signed to West Coast label No Sleep Records, who will be putting out a full-length record from the band in the near future.
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