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What’s up with dance music

Murder Mark, one of the shining lights of the Baltimore Club scene’s younger generation, is celebrating both his birthday and the release of his new mixtape, Ayo Volume 3, at the Ottobar on Friday, July 20.

Also at the Ottobar on Monday is perhaps the strangest DJ night of the year: the Forever Naked Tour, featuring a set by Hunter Moore, better known as the founder of the controversial anonymous nude photo website Is Anyone Up. The Ottobar show will also feature the guest DJs Grime Syndicate, D3rtywae, and Ted Dancin.

Mark Graham and Stephen Fleg’s monthly Windup Space party, 4 Hours of Funk, is doing it big for the week of Artscape. On Saturday, July 21, they’re bringing Onra, a Paris beatmaker who’s been getting international attention of late with a release on Fool’s Gold Records, to DJ and possibly even perform on his MPC machines. Uncle Jesse, of Unruly Records, and 4 Hours of Funk’s resident DJs will also be in the house, spinning.

Also on Saturday during Artscape, the Metro Gallery’s DJ stage has a kickass lineup that includes Teddy Douglas of the Basement Boys, DJ Spen and Ndinga of Quantize Recordings, Red Maple’s Mike L, and the Baltimore Club fixture James Nasty.

Last year, when two of Baltimore’s hottest dance rap stars, Rye Rye and DDm, got together on the track “Click Pow,” it was Deep in the Game DJ Adam Schwarz who got the opportunity to produce such an explosive collaboration. Now, Schwarz is spreading that opportunity around with Deep in the Game’s first release as a label, the Click Pow EP, in which producers, like Rizzla, 333 Boyz and B. Ames, take turns putting their own twists on the track.

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