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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore Experimental Music in Baltimore


3. What to Do

The crowd at Sonar.  

Hobnob with Baltimore's indie buzz bands like Beach House and Spank Rock at Ottobar, a wood-paneled dive where $3 mixed drinks fuel intimate, kinetic live shows. On Fridays, dance to electro and new wave at the Automatic! party.

Check out buzzy electro and hip-hop acts like Black Kids and Cut Copy at the clubby Sonar. The TaxLo party hosts a mix of indie acts and guest D.J.'s, like Bonde do Role and Pat Mahoney, a few times a month.

Let loose with the art students at Are We Not Men?, a twice-monthly live music and dance night at the Depot. Join the sweaty, gyrating masses on a dimly lit floor, where electro-rock darlings like Dan Deacon and the mash-up all-star Girl Talk play. Stick around afterward; a D.J. spins everything from esoteric no-wave to TLC.

Save some energy for Soul Night, an enormous, all-ages dance party held the first Friday of the month at a by-day cultural center, Lithuanian Hall. Locals loosen up with $1 Lithuanian honey liqueur shots or $3 Utenos beers before going wild to a D.J. mixing Motown, mod, and indie.

Published on May 14, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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