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March 20, 2008

The Spill Canvas @ The Recher

MS Special Correspondent Ron Fritz was at last night's The Spill Canvas (pictured) and Yellowcard show at the Recher Theater.

Here's his report:

Treaty of Paris, PlayRadioPlay!, Secondhand Serenade, The Spill Canvas and an acoustic Yellowcard rocked a sold-out Recher Theatre in Towson Wednesday night.

No stiffs among the bands and the first four played about 30 minutes each before Yellowcard, complete with a cello and violin, hit the stage for its acoustic show.

The Spill Canvas, which appeared on MTV's Total Request Live on Tuesday before heading to Towson, was the fourth band to take the stage and kicked the evening up a notch.

Playing a tight half-hour set, lead singer Nick Thomas led the band from Sioux Falls, S.D., through songs off their latest CD, No Really, I'm Fine. They closed with an absolutely smokin' version of "All Over You," the song and video that landed the band on MTV Tuesday.

The Spill Canvas (full disclosure here, the drummer is a family friend) has become a favorite at the Recher, having performed there just a few months ago as the headliner with a longer set.

Didn't make it all the way through the Yellowcard set, which was way past my bedtime, but I heard five songs and really liked that they are doing acoustic versions of the songs. The cello, and especially violin, made for an interesting, fun sound.

Although I missed Treaty of Paris' set, the bands seemed to complement one another and each seemed to have their own fans in the audience.

The Recher is a terrific venue for this type of show and the whole night was tailor-made for the college-age, MTV crowd -- and even for a few old folks, too.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:10 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Local music


Top two favorite Recher shows of all time:

1) Gwar
2) Andrew WK, during which I stood next to John Waters pretty much the whole time smoking cigarettes.

Pretty great venue except for the all ages shows. I guess I'm too ancient for those.

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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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