Whartscape 2010 Preview

So we’re officially 1 week away from Whartscape 2010, the fifth edition of Wham City’s annual music festival. This year features two tiers, local artists and touring artists. If you’ve yet to buy a ticket, they’re 50 dollars for the megapass and 20 dollars for single days at whamcity.com. I’m going to be covering the event here, and on Fresh Heir’s twitter during the festival.

Now, over the 4 day event, there’s going to be 120 acts of all sorts, and it’s going to be impossible to catch everything. To help it out, here’s a preview of who you need to know at Whartscape 2010.


-Mink Stole, a musician and advice columnist will be lecturing (http://www.minkstole.com/)

-Ian MacKaye, a musician and founder of Dischord Records will have a Q&A (http://www.dischord.com/band/ian-mackaye)

-Daniel Higgs, a former Lungfish member, who was part of what I voted as my favorite show of the year back on New Year’s Day (http://www.dischord.com/band/danielhiggs)

-Santa Dads, a Baltimore cornerstone, combining tiger suits with ukulele’s, beat boxing and trumpets (http://www.myspace.com/santadads)


-Spankrock, locally famous Philly born, Baltimore based rapper (http://www.myspace.com/spankrock)

-Lil B, part of Berkeley/Oakland, California based rap foursome, The Pack (http://www.basedworld.com/)

-DJ Scottie B, white Baltimore DJ, influenced by the ‘80s (http://www.myspace.com/bmoredjscottieb)

-Eric Copeland, part of New York DIY group and Animal Collective B.F.F.’s Black Dice (http://www.myspace.com/ericcopelandfan)

-Height, eclectic band, part of Baltimore based Friends Records (http://www.myspace.com/height)

-Javelin, Brooklyn based electronic R&B group (http://www.myspace.com/hotjamzofjavelin)

-So Percussion, experimental percussion group from Brooklyn (http://www.myspace.com/sopercussion)

-Rapdragons, Baltimore hip hop duo (http://rapdragons.ltdcomp.com/RAPDRAGONS/RAPDRAGONS.html)

-Weekends, another Friends Records group, very experimental, rock/pop sort of thing (http://www.myspace.com/weekendstheband)

-Small Sur, Baltimore based experimental folk band (http://www.myspace.com/smallsur/music/playlists/my-playlist-50314)

-Pictureplane, lo-fi noisey electronic band (http://www.myspace.com/pictureplane)

-Yip-Yip, Orlando duo, spazzed out electronics (http://www.myspace.com/yipyip)

-Moss of Aura, Gerritt Welmers of Future Islands, synth wizardry (http://www.myspace.com/mossofaura)

-Jason Paolini, ambient electronic experimentalist (http://www.myspace.com/jaredpaolini)

-Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Miami import to Baltimore, folk-acoustic (http://www.myspace.com/lessergonzalezalvarez)

-Dustin Wong, member of Ponytail, and former member of Ecstatic Sunshine, talented guitarist (http://www.myspace.com/dustinclarence)

-NARC, Baltimore based ambient noise band (http://www.myspace.com/iamthenarc)

-Blue Leader, comedy musician, very funny. (http://www.myspace.com/mistercumballs)


-Lightning Bolt, Rhode Island noise rock duo, play on floor most of time (http://laserbeast.com/)

-Arab on Radar, recently reunited Rhode Island noise rock group, first tour since 2002 (http://www.myspace.com/arabonradar)

-No Age, Los Angeles based pitchfork favorites, Punk influenced (http://www.myspace.com/nonoage)

-Dan Deacon and Ensemble, the ring leader of Whartscape, basically awesomeness (http://www.myspace.com/dandeacon)

-Ponytail, Baltimore thrashy, very loud band? (http://www.myspace.com/ponytailtunes)

-Double Dagger, infamous Baltimore punk/grunge group (http://www.myspace.com/doubledaggersucks)

-Ed Schrader, infamous Wham City member (http://www.myspace.com/edwardhenryschraderiii)

-Thank You, “athletic rhythm/action unit”

-Zach Hill, Cali based thrash bro (http://www.myspace.com/zachhillmusic)

-Universal Order of Armageddon, Baltimore metal-ish band (http://www.myspace.com/universalorderofarmageddon)

-Sick Weapons – very loud Baltimore shoegazey/punkish band (http://www.myspace.com/sickweapons)

-Narwhalz (Of Sound) – DIY noise band (http://www.myspace.com/narwhalsofsound)

-Teeth Mountain – Baltimore drone band (http://www.last.fm/music/Teeth+Mountain)


-Beach House – “Make Out Jams.” Dream pop (http://www.myspace.com/beachhousemusic)

-HEALTH – experimental noise/rock band (http://www.myspace.com/healthmusic)

-Xiu Xiu – indie rock/synth pop band (http://xiuxiu.org/)

-Deakin – member of Animal Collective, trance inducing psychedelica

-Talk Normal – post punk band (http://www.myspace.com/talknormaltalknormal)

-Celebration – Baltimore funk/alternative band (http://www.myspace.com/celebrationcelebration)

-Future Islands – Bmore New Wave heroes (http://www.myspace.com/futureislands)

-Wye Oak – folk rock duo (ft. the guy who plays drums and keyboard at same time) (http://wyeoakmusic.com/WWWYYYEEE_OOOAAAKKK.html)

-Ducktails – Real Estate member, chillwave-ish (http://www.myspace.com/ducktailss)

-Prince Rama – Bros with Animal Collective, recent Paw Track signees (http://www.myspace.com/princeramaofayodhya)

-INEVERYROOM – Grizzly Bear ish jams (http://www.myspace.com/ineveryroom)

-Inoculist – Brooklyn based folk/psych band (http://www.myspace.com/inoculist)

-Oneohtrix Point Never – synth drone bro (http://www.myspace.com/pointnever)

-Zomes – guitarist from Lungfish, psychedelic drone (http://www.holymountain.com/artists/zomes/)

-Jason Urick – noisey laptop messing bro, infamous in Baltimore

-The Creepers – sort of a joke band, but not too sure.

-HUME – folk/experimental/funk/R&B group (http://www.myspace.com/humesongs)

-EAR PWR – alt-punkish (http://www.myspace.com/earpwr)

So, that is a very, very summarized version of some of this year’s Whartscape line up. Apologies if I forgot someone very awesome, but Whartscape is sort of overwhelmingly large this year (again, 120 members)



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