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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanks Baltimore and a Friendly Friday Tift!

Want to share a huge thanks to the listeners and supporters of WTMD. We are grateful you turn to WTMD for musical enlightenment, entertainment and inspiration. We hope your Thanksgiving rocks!

Tune in Thanksgiving Day starting at 7am for a Baltimore Unsigned marathon. Hear insightful interviews from some of the areas top talents and check out what's new from the artists in your backyard all day long, with one notable exception: You didn't think we'd have a WTMD Thanksgiving without Alice's Restaurant, did you?

We'll spin Arlo's holiday classic at 12pm!

And, on Friday, if you need a break from the shopping, hear an encore of a Morning Sessions with the always soothing sounds of Tift Merritt at 920am.

All the best to you and yours from the staff and volunteers at WTMD.

Monday, November 22, 2010

CD of the Week: Kings of Contradictions

The Followill boys traded in thrift shop clothes and garage band sounds for Fifth Avenue threads and arena-rocking musicianship for their 2008 worldwide smash Only by the Night. And while the follow-up Come Around Sundown stops just short of outright rejecting fame, high fashion and rock hedonism, the sons and nephew of a preacher man sound like they want to go home again.

“It’s in the water, it’s where you came from,” Caleb Followill wails over an ‘amen’ gospel corner and the familiar wall of ringing guitars from cuz Matthew on “Radioactive,” while on “The Face,” the frontman croons, “If you give up New York, I’ll give up Tennessee.”

It’s an interesting benchmark for Kings of Leon whose quest for authenticity sometimes conflicts with the instantly anthemic music they, now, prolifically craft. While showing disdain for bandwagon fans live, Caleb’s made-for-rock growl and his relatives’ growing mastery of their instruments seem poised to once again to get more people to hop onboard.