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May 20, 2008

The week that was

Last week was pretty action-packed.

The Wind-Up Space had a soft opening, with none other than Mobtown Molly behind the bar. From now on, it's open Thursdays through Saturdays at 8-10 W. North Ave. It was Molly's first time serving drinks, I believe and left her worn and weary. Here's her full report.

The Talking Head Club reopened in Sonar's former lounge space. From City Paper's review, it sounds like renovations are still under way there. ...

Caleb Stine and the Brakemen pulled off a stellar CD release party, according to WTMD's blog -- despite the BGE-induced power outage.

Black Kids, Cut Copy and Ponytail raged Sonar's club stage. There's a review on Quarter Life Party.

And, of course, there was Preakness. And nobody covers Preakness like The Sun. Check it out.

(Photo of the Black Kids/Cut Copy/Ponytail show by Ryan Detter)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:25 AM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music


Despite loving Caleb's music, I went to the show with a giant chip on my shoulder—I wanted to catch the U.K.'s Los Campesinos! in Philly, since I missed them in D.C. the night before. Only a few songs in, Caleb broke out his new tunes and my chip went away. "West Virginia" and "Country Music Won't Kill You" were especially strong.

And the power outage came at just the right juncture in the show, lasted just long enough, and really magnified the energy of the set, thanks to the feel-good sing-along. Honestly, if Caleb is feeling Machiavellian, he should have venues cut the power at every gig, because that turned a good show into an awesomely intimate and personal one.

Yes, bartending is very difficult when it's busy...but strangely a lot of fun. That said, if you come in with a complicated drink order, be prepared to wait if you're looking in my direction. The learning curve is slow.

Wow, seems like you had a pretty busy weekend... oh wait, that's right... you just got all this information from reading other people's blogs. I know how to repost links to other people's work too, maybe I should become a "reporter" also?

It was so cute watching Molly pour her drinks. She'd put her face almost flat against the bar to keep an eye on the level of alcohol she was pouring.

"you just got all this information from reading other people's blogs"

what do you think blogging is all about? actual reporting?


Hey! I'm a reporter first and a blogger second. And you might think I'm being bold, but I'm going to put it out there -- Midnight Sun has more nightlife news than just about anybody else in this area. Bam!

wasn't ripping on you sam, just being sarcastic. music blogs are known for just all copying each other.

Sam Sessa = shredded by sarcasm.


As someone who blogs about nightlife and reads this blog, eff all that "maybe I should become a 'reporter' also" bs's too small.

Blog comment page arguments are great. It just shows people have too much time on their hands. Don't let the [expletives] get you down Sam.

Arguing on a Blog is like running in the special Olympics. One of you will win, but you're both still retarded.


This does seem more of a coordinating document that was the result of research or survey than personal investigation, which is not what you typically expect from a news reporter.

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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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