The folks over at Wham City have put a lot blood, sweat, and caffeinated soda into making Baltimore a haven for unabashed weirdness and sweaty parties. With a style that seems to both venerate and eviscerate the popular culture icons of the '80s and '90s, the art collective makes and promotes music that usually sounds like an old video game strung out on energy drinks and psychedelics. In between the torrential output of both visual and auditory projects, along with a regular schedule of events, they also put together the annual Whartscape event.
The four day extravaganza boasts too many bands to count including the newest Baltimore residents Matmos, party mastermind Dan Deacon, weirdo kings Black Dice, and more playing at a scattershot spread of warehouses and other somewhat more official venues. Surprises will certainly be in store for anyone who attends, as the website calmly notes, "SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO INCOMPREHENSIBLE CHANGES AT THE DROP OF A HAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
No matter what happens, you can count on some exhaustingly good times happening July 17-20 in Baltimore. Just don't forget the soda.
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