Yesterday, NPR’s the World Cafe spotlighted Baltimore’s music and culture as part of the show’s “Sense of Place Series.” Host David Dye had a session with breakout stars Future Islands, and led a tour through Baltimore music past and present — with some help from the WTMD staff.
One of Dye’s segments was a list of 5 up-and-coming Baltimore musicians, presented by Sam Sessa, WTMD’s Baltimore music coordinator. Listen to the full segment here — and download all five songs for free.
Here is the list, in no particular order:
The Herd of Main Street — “Next Weekend”
You hear so much about Baltimore’s experimental music scene, but this city also has a vibrant Americana scene. The Herd of Main Street, led by the husband-and-wife duo of Peter and Gena McKibben, is one of the standouts.
Super City — “Find You”
A band of mostly music majors, Super City adds gorgeous, intricate instrumental passages onto already solid songwriting.
George Cessna — “Calling Out the Law”
The singer and songwriter behind Baltimore band the Sterling Sisters, George Cessna played almost all of the instruments on his new solo album, “Sincerely Yours,” which he recorded in his bedroom.
Sun Club — “Beauty Meat”
As you might guess from listening to this song, Sun Club is a really fun band to see live. They’re big and loud, with gang vocals — and did we mention loud? Enjoy.
Celebration — “Tomorrow’s Here Today”
Originally written as a gift for drummer David Bergander’s son Asa, “Tomorrow’s Here Today” kicked around for several years before Celebration decided to record and release it on their new album, “Albumin.”