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Ratscape music fest exposes Baltimore's true underground scene

Ratscape is July 19-21 at Hour Haus in Baltimore.
Ratscape flyer designed by A.B. Moore.

What says Baltimore? Rats of course! They are everywhere in the city, just like talented musicians. This has been the theme two years running of one of the city's most underground music festivals--RATSCAPE. The event is July 19, 20 and 21 at the practice/recording studio, Hour Haus, in the Station North Arts and Entertainment district.

Ratscape presents a panoply of Baltimore's musical talent like no other local fest. Everything from rap to punk to experimental to metal to pop is showcased. Performers usually all local or regional.

The event is super cheap! Only $5 per day? Are you kidding me? Also, the event is BYOB. That's good for the cost conscious as well. Three days of music and over 45 bands for a great total of $15 is pretty much unheard of in the realm of music festival. But we are talking about Baltimore here. Life is hard sometimes. But most kids could get into at least one day of this show from couch cushion change.

This year's event sponsors are Hour Haus Recording and the music blog Metallomusikum. Full disclosure, I write that blog. I am not above shameless self promotion.

Below is the lineup for each day, as of today. Of course, this list is subject to change and the running order has not been set, but watch this space for more details. There should also be vendors, but I don't have that information yet. I will have more information on each band, as well as an interview with the founders of this ratty little fest in the coming weeks. You may also want to follow the Facebook event page for up to the minute announcements.

Friday, July 19

Eze Jackson
Something Complex
Seaglass
Expert Alterations
Matrimonials
Choke Motel
Special People
Nice Guys
Pleasant livers
USSA Pleasuredome
Hot God
Shining Mirrors
Raindeer
Arboretum
Flying Eyes
Sterling Sisters

Saturday, July 20

Dead Whale Ramblers
Blood Horses
Et Al
Voodoo Pharmacology
Gutterhooks
Foghound
Lazlo Lee
Bobby E. Lee & The Sympathizers
Wet Brain
Hollywood
Baklavaa
Ravagers
Advlts
Christopher Nobody & The Nothing
Hard Dads
Slow Jerks

Sunday, July 21

Neverthought
Last of the Vallorians
Disorder
Pallid
Phantom Lanterns
Mountainwolf
Big Mouth
Nude Massacre
Urine
Sexgender
Old Lines
Barbelith
Melungeon
Cemetery Piss
Rukut
Noisem

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