Posted inBaltimore Courtwatch

Bail Review For Jan.-June 2022 Reveals Far Less Forgiving Criminal Justice System Than Pundits Claim

Baltimore Courtwatch: What we do, how we do it, and why we do it Baltimore Courtwatch is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that began observing Baltimore City Circuit Court bail reviews at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak back in April 2020 and continues to this day. We started this project because the courtrooms that exist […]

Posted inMusic

Black Lightning In a Bottle

Seeing and hearing BLKVAPOR is the best way to fully understand the queer punk band’s mission and message.  “If you haven’t seen BLKVAPOR live, you really should. Especially if you are a queer person or a woman in the hardcore or punk scene,” vocalist/bassist Jamie “Proxy” Grace told me. “We work really hard to make […]

Posted inLetters From the Editor

Letter from the Editor

This issue of Baltimore Beat marks a new phase in a project that began six years ago. Back in November 2017, I began Baltimore Beat to continue the work of the now-defunct Baltimore City Paper. With me, were now-Director of Operations Brandon Soderberg and then-Arts Editor Maura Callahan. We wanted to tell stories that reflected […]

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Baltimore Government and Community Events 8/10/22-8/24/22

Here’s our weekly listing of government and community events around the city. Wednesday, Aug. 10 West Wednesdays: Hear about the ongoing fight for accountability for Tyrone West and all victims of police brutality. 6:30 p.m. Check Facebook (@justicefortyronewest) for location and details. This event happens every Wednesday. Thursday, Aug. 11 GBMC American Red Cross Blood […]

Posted inArt & Culture

Truth Cult, Mowder Oyal, and Other Baltimore Bands Bending—and Sometimes Breaking—Hardcore

Recommended If You Like BOOT BOYS Triple 6 Mafia, the wrestler New JackStart With: “Wigsplit” feat. Stoop Baby MoListening to BOOT BOYS, local-hero-turned-everybody’s-favorite-nationwide JPEGMAFIA comes to mind and so does the short-lived Melanin Free. Armor King, BOOT BOYS’ 14-minute EP (with gnarled ’90s sci-fi production from Logicoma and Station North Sound) is a wild […]