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October 21, 2010

Rye Rye plays free CMJ Music Marathon show tonight

Rye Rye will perform a free show Thursday night in New York City as part of the CMJ Music Marathon.

CMJ is five-day music festival, the East coast's SXSW basically, that features some 500 different bands.

Thursday's show makes the rapper the seventh Maryland musician to play at the event.

Baltimore's Lower Dens and Cumberland's Cotton Jones are among the other area bands that will perform. Lower Dens actually performed Wednesday the first of their 11 scheduled shows.

Rye Rye is a last minute addition. She made the announcement earlier this week on Facebook, natch.

She'll perform at the Hyper Machine showcase at Backstage Bar on the Lower East Side, where Moby's band Diamondsnake, VHS or Beta, among others, will also perform. 

It's been a big month for the rapper. She's coming off a tour with M.I.A., for whom she opened at CMJ three years ago.

And the video for her single, "Sunshine" is nearing a million page views.

Tickets for the Backstage Bar show are free with an RSVP, available here.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Backstage Bar is at 152 Orchard Street. 

Photo: Rye Rye in 2008/Josh Sisk 

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Posted by Erik Maza at 5:24 PM | | Comments (21)
Categories: Music News


Not only is this the exact same thing you posted 2 days ago, but it's about new york city.

Balls to new york city and balls to you, eric.

Agreed. Maza should relocate to NYC and cover Rye bread and whatever else his narrow-minded self comes up with.

it's SXSW, not...well, whatever that was. and besides, those of us who are actually music writers know that there's already a nxne and it's not cmj.

I am past being angry and nasty about this, it doesnt bring any good.

I am really, frankly, upset, just upset that this is the direction the Tribune/Sun/Whomever decided to take with this blog. I am sad I wont have this place to count on anymore. I can't read new posts without getting angry or skeptical. I know some people are fine with the change, and that some new readers may arrive, but a few of us probably won't be back, probably not enough to really matter. Good luck Erik. That photo of the day thing really stuck, eh?

Pumpernickel Pumpernickel, out.

im sorry you feel that way @pumpernickel. i am, frankly, also confused by your confusion.
the blog follows nightlife (see this week's posts on Gin Mill and Beer Festival) and music, especially, local music.
This couldn't be a simpler post if it wanted to: major local talent performs at the biggest music conference on the Northeast. The end.

"Fetch is not going to happen, Gretchen"

@kateebee -- It's like I have ESPN or something.

This is awesome for Rye Rye. I had some rye as part of a pickleback @ the Idle Hour last weekend. I do love me some pickleback.

I know Erik, you don't get it, or you do and you don't care.

Major local talent? Rye Rye? OK

you slept with her. Dude you can tell us. Your first REAL taste of Baltimore, huh?

I certainly hope you went out somewhere in Baltimore last night! There were 3 parties going on in the city with great local DJ talent.

The key word here is "local." Say it with me now.

PS: If you need tips on what may be going on in the city at least party wise, please get at me for the love of GAWD. For your sake at least so people won't be mad with you anymore.

You seem capable of digging deeper if your bio is anything to go by. So why are you citing how many YouTube hits someone already has, and how is that info I couldn't have gotten by myself? Your job is to find the bands people DON'T know about. You are a primary source as a reporter. This is half of a Wikipedia entry.

Rye Rye is to talent as Maza is to reporting.

by the way, dan deacon isn't from baltimore and his "sound" is very unique, which is why he's famous and why you should look into other bands who don't sound like anyone else. we didn't all get together and decide to make crazy electronic music. if there's a local sound it's baltimore club. just turn on 92q some saturday night.

EBT - Maza will think thats a compliment. He wishes he was a teenage mother like Ryerye

I agree with Ottobar Reg - you need to confine your post to things in Baltimore. I second the balls to NYC!

Those who question whether or not Rye Rye is a major local artist:

Rye Rye is #1 on the Rolling Stone Magazine HOT List for November. Her new video has over 1,000,000 views on youtube in less than a month and she is touring 9:30 Club-sized venues at the moment.

Rye Rye is definitely one of the biggest local talents at the moment, and it's very possible that her album will be a hit when it comes out in January. Even if it doesn't, she is a notable Baltimore artist for sure.

Wow ROLLING STONE! They are still relevant! ......

I just watched that video and that song was pure crap. 1 million views? 50 Tyson has over 2 million:

While Rolling Stone certainly isn't cutting edge by any means, it remains the largest circulation music magazine in the world. Certainly not small potatoes. And the fact that they are so mainstream means that anyone considered a notable new artist by them probably is actually not all that new, and has a big fanbase - they generally write about artists that are already big, not unknowns.

Rye Rye is great! All you haters shut up.

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About Erik Maza
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.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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