Keeping track of new magazines (etc.) that come in that talk about Baltimore stuff. For more on, by, or about Baltimore-area artists, check out the following issues below.
This issue has a cover feature on Animal Collective called "Animal Collective: An Interior Design" by Patrick Strange.
"With Merriweather Post Pavilion, the group's eight studio LP, Animal Collective has arguably created one of 2009's best records, and considering the band's back catalogue, quite possibly its musical masterwork. Meticulously realized, lavishly engineered and succeeding in combining meditative lyrics with rich instrumentation like the group's never done before, Merriweather Post Pavilion just might bring attention to a band usually overlooked due to its avant-garde sound and inconspicuous identity."
Maximum Rocknroll #313
Deep Sleep "Paranoid Futures" EP
"...delivering guitar riffs in the SoCal hardcore tradition in the midst of melancholy melodic licks. ...it's still a great record and I'm psyched to see this band putting so much energy into their music."
Smile, Hon, You're In Baltimore: Intersections
"I feel like I would get a lot more out of this if I lived in Baltimore, or if I'd even ever spent any significant amount of time there, but it's still an enjoyable read."
Brutarian Quarterly #53
Rigor Mortis #1
"Stuffed to near-to-bursting with reviews of the undead as portrayed in movies, books and graphic novels. And it makes for good reading what with the writerly approach the contributors take to things. ...It's a terrific approach: carnival culture for the inquisitive intellectual. And it's adorned, that is to say, profusely illustrated with ghoulishly atavistic art courtesy of the diabolically clever humanoid known only as Bojan." -Dom Salemi
Gothic Beauty #28
In their 2009 Dark Cities Survey (the top 25 cities where it's good to be goth), Baltimore ranked #11.