Guitar Heroes

Two brothers run a little music store that could.

Micah Castelo - May 2018

Guitar Heroes

Two brothers run a little music store that could.

Micah Castelo - May 2018

Ian, right, and Brian Goldstein own Brothers Music in Station North. -Mike Morgan

Inside an old brick rowhome on North Charles Street, the walls are lined with dangling guitars, vibrant show posters, and a cheeky “No Stairway to Heaven” sign to keep patrons from playing the opening lick of Led Zeppelin’s ubiquitous song.

In a time when large corporations and online retailers swallow up mom-and-pop shops, there are still a few determined fighters, like siblings Brian and Ian Goldstein with their new-and-used instrument store, fittingly named Brothers Music, in Station North. Three years ago, the brothers—hobby musicians of the former Towson band Evolve—noticed a lack of independent music shops in Baltimore.

Two-and-a-half months later, the Goldsteins, along with Ian’s now-wife Jenny, opened Brothers with no past business experience and used equipment from Craigslist to stock their shop. In between their full-time careers (Ian, right, is a government affairs specialist in Washington, D.C., and Brian, left, is a special education public school teacher), the brothers have grown the store to include drums, locally made pedals, and even rare pieces, like a 1966 12-string Wurlitzer. But Brothers Music is more than a cozy shop with a “Corporate Chains Still Suck” motto.

Moved to action by the 2015 Baltimore Uprising, the Goldsteins have prioritized local engagement and community outreach—they’ve petitioned for street lighting, hosted food drives, and done meet-and-greets with mayoral candidates.

The Station North store is also a frequent stop for local musicians, among them members of Future Islands, Wye Oak, and Black Lung.

“It’s our go-to,” says Jeff Koplovitz of Baltimore indie band Surf Harp. “They’re knowledgeable about what they have without being pretentious gearheads. They just want to help their fellow musicians and give them a personable experience—something you can’t get from a Guitar Center or Amazon.”





You May Also Like


Arts District

Post Typography Creates Underwater Art Piece For Light City’s Art Walk

Baltimore design agency teams up with PI.KL Studio and Figure 53 for installation.

The Chatter

'The Case Against Adnan Syed' comes to HBO

The four-hour series will revisit the Baltimore County murder case that inspired Serial.

Arts District

WTMD Announces 2018 First Thursday Concerts

Starting on May 3, this annual festival includes a lineup of local and national talent.


Arts District

Culture Club: Jack Whitten, CityLit, and #RiseBmore

Our monthly roundup of openings, events, and news from the art world.

Arts & Culture

The Music Issue

We celebrate 50 local artists to know right now.

Arts District

Amy Sherald and Lafayette Gilchrist Among the Winners For Baker Artist Awards

Visual and interdisciplinary arts winners will present their work at the BMA this fall.

Ian, right, and Brian Goldstein own Brothers Music in Station North. -Mike Morgan

Connect With Us

Most Read


'The Case Against Adnan Syed' comes to HBO: The four-hour series will revisit the Baltimore County murder case that inspired Serial.

Charm City Helicopters Looks to Expand Tour Business: Owner and pilot Caitlin Shipley talks about the freedom of flying.

Why We Work Opens at the Baltimore Museum of Industry: New BMI exhibit curated by JHU and MICA students depicts a more personal side of industry.

Ludlow Market Opening in Former Wine Market Space in Locust Point: Chef Christopher Audia shares details about the new neighborhood concept.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Resigns Amid Federal Charges: Darryl De Sousa is charged with misdemeanors for failure to file taxes.