Childhood of a Leader screening tonite + Skystage needs your help Mon & Tues AM

What up Frederick, it’s been awhile. A lot has happened but nothing like hyperfocusing on the present: tonight Area 31 continues their righteous quest to establish 1st run indie cinema in Frederick by screening at 8pm Brady Corbet’s Venice award winning film about a sociopathic kid who learns lessons in becoming a fascist dictator in the 20th century.  “Childhood of a Leader” is not to be missed, creepy and hypnotic, brilliant in it’s timeless allegory that coincidentally mirrors the sociopathic narcissistic candidacy of a certain GOP presidential candidate.  Check out the FNP’s preview or for a bit more in-depth review, check out the Guardian’s take on it (nice byline: stunning origins of a future fascist).  Continue reading Childhood of a Leader screening tonite + Skystage needs your help Mon & Tues AM

Landless Theater : the reincarnation of the Cultural Arts Center? [Updated 7.31.16]

Frederick, it’s summertime and there be ch-ch-ch-changes happening, particularly as the Landless Theater has touched down near downtown Frederick.  You might know of Landless from the NYT and Wash Po articles detailing their prog-metal reimagining of Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd.”  They’ve been operating in DC, pop up style. Just a few weeks ago, they quietly moved into where Hobbytown used to be on East St and already put on a production, “Ferdinand” in their new 12,000 ft space.  They’re planning more stuff, but more importantly they’re inviting the community in to share the facility and turn it into a rad reincarnation the Cultural Arts Center that used to hold punk / indie rock shows alongside other eclectic live performances, from black box experimental theater to art shows.  What does all this mean for the denizens of creative Frederick?  Continue reading Landless Theater : the reincarnation of the Cultural Arts Center? [Updated 7.31.16]

Middle Kid house show / Heavy Lights last show(?)

Friday I’m in love…” What- I didn’t see you there – damn, -you caught me singing 90’s Robert Smith – there’s just no damn privacy here in cyberspace. Where was I?  Yes, late late post to remind everyone in/around Frederick that there’s 2 not to be missed shows this evening – actually in just a few short hours.  But first, a question: anybody go to the Future Sounds show at Cafe Nola? They had a neat lineup pairing vox talent with turntablists… Continue reading Middle Kid house show / Heavy Lights last show(?)

Junk Drawer shut down / John Waters [heart] Terrence Davies (Landless update)

Got to give a shout to Area 31 and their attempt to bring first run indie arthouse films to downtown Frederick, they’re showing a film by director Terrence Davies, to which count John Waters as a super fan -we’ll get to that in a moment but first let’s follow up on yesterday’s feature on the improvised-in-a-storage-unit all ages venue Junk Drawer.  I got to go for a little bit but my kids were exhausted so I had to leave early -here’s a pic of Gloop during their set:

Last night’s show went on as scheduled but just as Empty Vessels from Connecticut was about to go on, this happened… Continue reading Junk Drawer shut down / John Waters [heart] Terrence Davies (Landless update)

Sunset Song + Motorbike Jazz screening at Area 31 / Cheshi tonite at Junk Drawer

Good Wednesday to you, we gots the scoop on some neat stuff happening in Frederick, some which require secret passwords* and intricate knocking patterns to get you in. Let’s get started first by posting a bit more info on tonight’s underground rock show at the Junk Drawer starring Cheshi and featuring Empty Vessels from Conneticut (and describes themselves as “Doom Sludge” and noise pop band Gloop -comprising of bands from around here like RHIN, Dead Monks & Big Weird.  *note: There really is a secret password (of sorts) stay tuned for it… 

What is …or maybe the more pertinent question is…Where is the Junk Drawer?  Find out after the jump.

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Pharcyde / J Berd & Retro/Ricole on Saturday + Sunday Gravel & Grind Slo Rides

We’ll get to the Pharcyde and great live underground hip hop-ness descending on Frederick soon enough, but originally I wanted to title this: goddamn it! great bands I missed last week. Pittsburg band Yes Yes Yes A Thousand Times Yes played the tiny room at Guidos last Tuesday – and while I was aware of the show, I had to play family man (good alibi, wedding anniversary). Wasn’t until Friday am when I took a real listen to their bandcamp page – that’s when I said outloud: “GODDAMN IT!! THAT was a great band I missed.” Hence this almost-title. Leads me to muse, what other utterly epic shows have I missed since moving to Frederick? Continue reading Pharcyde / J Berd & Retro/Ricole on Saturday + Sunday Gravel & Grind Slo Rides

High Rise screening today at Area 31 + FC Frederick CCL Pro23 games at Hood today

People of Frederick, I bring you Area 31 and their legit downtown’s DIY indie cinema arthouse theater -this evening they are presenting as part of their 1st run Select Screening series High-Rise.  Start time is 8pm sharp, and if history is any indication, you want to get tix in advance (through eventbrite -get tix here). Area 31’s Embrace of the Serpent screening sold out in April -I literally saw sad people turned away at the door for lack of an eventbrite ticket AND Tale of Tales screening in May was nearly sold out. I wrote about the dystopian Kubrick/Terry Gilliam-esque High-Rise screening & short preview at the Frederick News Post on Thursday, check it here.  Still not convinced? Here’s a trailer for this wild Ben Wheatley directed film that’s been described as a vertical Snowpiercer. 

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Last Call for Old Indian / the B sides

photo by Chris Sands

Hi Frederick.  Today is D-Day+1 for me, last nite was the end of ArtomaticMusicFest (amazingly rad: Atlas at Last, Time Columns & Drop Electric crushed it- more on that later). Tonight: last concert ever for Old Indian (all part of a pretty big city wide Thing music fest). Last, not least, I’ve started a blog (my much anticipated & delayed launch ) re: the Frederick music, film & arts scene. Awesomeness awaits (ringing endorsement, no?)… Continue reading Last Call for Old Indian / the B sides

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