February 16, 2008

5 Things To Check At Beatbots

City Paper voted Beatbots as Bmore's Best Online Arts Community for a reason - it's a teeming beehive of creative activity among bearded and non-bearded artists alike, and 'bots founder Justin Blemly recently hooked everything up with a new redesign to keep things slick. A few things to note on your next visit:

1 - Message Boards - The rare online forum that people actually use. Great place to get more info on that show you're sort of thinking about going to, discuss The Wire, post a photo of your overweight pet, etc.
2 - A/V Club - Baltimore Taper Jeff Mewbourn and others upload, you guessed it, audio and video from recent local shows. If you ask nicely enough, you can even get re-posts of archived sets from last year's Whartscape.
3 - Webzine Features - Everything is game here - from Small Sur's Bob Kielsun taking a closer look at hacking, Baltimore's urban adaptation of a paid hitchhiking system, to a faithful review of Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight: Vol. 1.
4 - Calendar- Great if you like mostly unknown/obscure acts, although a new feature also lets you add your own events to the list.
5 - Site redesign - it's all new and improved - so get over there and check it out! And if everything you write turns to Skittles, you may even be eligible to join the staff. At the very least get on there and start "contributing" your irrelevant ramblings and NSFW YouTube links.

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