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May 5, 2007

See Play Radio Play

From Sun intern Carrie Peirce ...

Don't let the long hair fool you. Daniel Hunter isn't your typical head-banging rocker. The 17-year-old is a devout Christian from Fort Worth, Texas, who started playing music just to make people happy.

His blend of indie, power pop and electronica has been compared to the stylings of Death Cab for Cutie, and even though his name is not so recognizable, his talent is. The rising musician finished high school three weeks ago by taking extra classes online and now has time to tour. Tuesday, he’ll be at Ottobar.

Under the name Play Radio Play, Hunter joined Island Records last November and released his self-written album, The Frequency EP. The solo project is a tribute to the artist’s mellow outlook on life. After one song, you'll be flashing the peace sign and declaring love for all.

Hunter's stealth approach into the music scene, started with a fan base on his MySpace page, where the young artist ranks close to big band names, attracting many listeners each day. With little formal training, Hunter taught himself how to play the bass and drums when he was a freshman in high school. Soon after, he experimented with drum programming and other electronic techniques, which define his current sound.

"I have a fresh take on combining electronic music with regular rock and pop,” Hunter said, “A few people have done it, but it hasn’t taken off yet.” For now, the singer is paving the way to electropop popularity and hopes to eventually go to college to study music production.

Play Radio Play is at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., Tuesday. Doors open at 7 p.m. $12. Call 410-662-0069 or go to or


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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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