The Baltimore beat

Samuel Herring, lead singer of Future Islands.
Samuel Herring, lead singer of Future Islands. (Kyle Gustafson)
Sunday, July 11, 2010

With the likes of Dan Deacon, Beach House and Wye Oak leading the way, Baltimore's underground rock scene has been overflowing with talent for a few years now. Here are some other acts doing Charm City proud.

Double Dagger -- Bass, drums and vocals are the only elements needed for this trio to make its cathartic, apocalyptic rumble. The band's live shows are always sweaty, full-contact affairs.

Future Islands -- Vocalist Samuel T. Herring's dramatic wailing serves as the centerpiece of the band's surging electro-pop creations.

Lexie Mountain Boys -- Often seen wearing plastic shopping bags, body paint and fake beards, the all-female troupe specializes in hypnotic vocal chants, suggesting something close to David Lynch's take on a cheerleading squad.

Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez -- Not everything in the city has to be experimental. This Cuban-born, Baltimore-based singer-songwriter does the troubadour folk thing and keeps it more warm and inviting than weird.

-- David Malitz

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