The Mobbies 2012

This year is the fourth for Maryland's Outstanding Blog competition lovingly called The Mobbies. The idea is that registered users of can vote once per 24 hour period for their favorite MD area blogs in 22 different categories.

Voting began Oct. 29th and will continue through November 5th at 5 pm. The announcement of winners, as well as prizes, and general good time partying will be had at the Mobbies Bash November 14th at the Creative Alliance. It's free to reregister and vote, and Those Who Dig couldn't be more pleased to be in the fine company of the other blogs in the Entertainment Category.

Read on for the full contest rules.

Bob Dylan: When The Ship Comes In


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The Heist

Released on October 9th of this year Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's newest album The Heist was welcomed with a number 1 spot on the US ITunes download listing. However, before it's release, The Heist was getting major love from NPR and as recently as today, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were given the Ellen DeGeneres bump with a performance on her show.

The current wave of success the hip hop duo is enjoying may have been kick started by the viral explosion of their infectious song and video Thrift Shop, but the message the duo wants you to hear is marriage equality. Their newest single, Same Love, addresses the issue.

In the duo's native state of Washington, voters will decide the fate of this issue on the November ballot with Referendum 74. As a Marylander, I know that we will be looking forward to a similar decision on our ballot in Question 6, and nationwide the issue is a major talking point of the election.

Read on and check out the video for Thrift Shop, my thoughts concerning The Heist, and it's newest single Same Love. Get the album, get informed, and vote. You dig?


Chase King

As part of the release of Digcast VIII, the second episode to focus on NYC music, I'm posting on each band in the podcast. Today is the final feature of this latest installment and it's on the great music of Chase King. Also, he plays tonight at the Mercury Lounge. (Info here and tickets are available here).


Deschutes River Recordings: Laura Gibson's Study War No More

Deschutes River Recordings (a subdivision of Deschutes Brewery) out of Oregon has teamed up with Deschutes River Conservancy to produce a series of videos that is ripe with rivers, beers, and music. Their aim is to give away free downloads of this music in exchange for a monetary donation in an effort to restore stream flow and improve water quality in the Deschutes basin.

This third installment of the series features Portland's own Laura Gibson preaching cliff side at Smith Rock with her compelling interpretation of the American classic, Down By The Riverside.

Donations can be made via a name your own price download here. Please enjoy the music and support the cause. Read on for the beautiful video as well as my full thoughts.


Dark Dark Dark, Emily Wells, & Small Sur: Concert Review

Last week was busier than expected week for yours truly, so I did not get to post my concert review from last Sunday, October 14th at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore MD until now. However, that does not mean that Dark Dark Dark, Emily Wells, and native guest Small Sur didn't put on an incredible show at a truly unique venue.

Read on for my thoughts, images, and sound samples from all three artists. You dig?