Baltimore’s Best In Indie & Alternative Music

May 22, 2011 9:40 PM

Sick of listening to the same tunes that dominate mainstream radio? Switch it up! There are plenty of great musicians out there. You just may not know who they are–yet. The following venues will help introduce you to some indie musicians.


H & H Building

405 West Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

“The H & H Building gives no outward sign of the activity,” according to our media partner the Baltimore Sun. But inside houses artists and arts studios and oftentimes live indie performances.

(Credit:S. Ann Johnson)


8 x10

10 East Cross Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

After  four  style and name changes (The Dew Drop Inn, Joe’s Organic Juice Bar, The Eight by Ten, The Funbox),  8 x10 finally got it right.  Or at least we think. The venue focuses on live music from local bands and indie acts from around the world. On Wednesdays, it hosts “5 bands for 5 bucks,” where you can see live performances on a budget.


The Sound Garden

1616 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

The Sound Garden not only sells popular and indie music, but it also hosts in-store appearances from alternative (and mainstream) artists.

(Credit: Baltimore Sun)

The Copy Cat Building

1501 Guilford Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202

The Copy Cat Building, located in budding arts district of Station North,  is “a working/living space for the artistically inclined, avant-garde, punk rock set, the Copy Cat Building provides a gallery for art, a space for the performing arts and a venue for live music,” according to our media partner the Baltimore Sun.



 2549 North Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Since 1997, the Ottobar has booked more than 12,000 acts. It is the self-proclaimed “premiere venue for live sub-mainstream music.”