Baltimore native Guy Blakeslee moved to LA years ago, but he still returns regularly to perform in his home city, and on Tuesday last week he played a solo set at The Crown. Blakeslee began his solo career in the early 2000s performing under the name Entrance, changing it to The Entrance Band in 2009 when he was joined by Paz Lenchantin on bass and Derek James on drums. In 2014 he released his first solo album in a decade (and the first under his own name), Ophelia Slowly, and just this month he released an album of instrumental pieces titled The Middle Sister.
Dick Diver may have chosen an… interesting… name, but don’t let it fool you. This foursome from Melbourne, Australia isn’t a joke band, and their recently released third album, Melbourne, Florida (named after the other Melbourne – Dick Diver is a band that obviously likes wordplay) has received almost universal acclaim for its brand of jangly indie-pop that lands somewhere between their Aussie predecessors The Go-Betweens and their next door neighbors on New Zealand’s Flying Nun label. Finally getting some recognition on this side of the world, the band is on a US tour, and last Wednesday came to the Ottobar in Baltimore.