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May 7, 2010

OK Go and 'Les Miserables'

ok go performs at rams head live sundayIf you were to pick up a copy of today's newspaper (ha ha who does that anymore), you would find my article in the Live! section about the rock group OK Go.

The Los Angeles-based four-piece is headed to Rams Head Live on Sunday. Whether you're a fan of these guys or not, you've probably seen one of their awesome music videos.

When I interviewed singer Damian Kulash (who is from Washington), we talked for a minute or two about the "Les Miserables." Turns out, Kulash is a big fan ...

"I'm a really big 'Les Mis' fan," he said. "Tim and I bonded over 'Les Mis' when we were 12 years old. As embarassed as I probably should be, I think it's a fantastic body of work."

Loving "Les Mis" is nothing to be ashamed of.

"It's a Broadway masterpiece," he said. "Massive pop musicals like that have a certain 'American Idol'  quality -- a ribald, cloying musicality. What can I say? 'Les Mis' has me to the core."


Also, does he earn or lose points for the use of the word "ribald?" I'm not entirely sure. But Kulash did have some cool things to say about Dischord, Ian MacKaye and the Washington punk scene from the '90s.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:45 AM | | Comments (2)


100% pure bubble gum crap.

Raucous, shrill laughter and drunken banter fill the air along with booming cannon fire and the staccato rat-a-tat-tat of musket blasts.

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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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