Philly hip hop artist Dice Raw will be performing for free at City Hall tonight as part of the City Hall Presents concert series. His newest album, Jimmy’s Back, is available. The album’s is based on The New Jim Crow, a bestselling book by Michele Alexander. Along with the LP, Dice Raw is releasing a short documentary that explores mass incarceration and the prison system, especially in Philadelphia. The concert will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard. Listen to Dice Raw’s new track, “Animal,” below.
Philly-based Americana rock outfit the Kalob Griffin Band (known to fans as the KGB) will be playing a show at the University of Pennsylvania Museum as part of the museum’s summer nights concerts. They five piece is set to release new material this fall. Meanwhile, check out the band’s jamming set at the Farm JammaLamma last month. Tickets are five dollars – more information can be found here.
Alternative producer and beatmaker Scott Herren, known as Prefuse 73, is playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. Dabbling in (and mastering) everything from hip hop to glitch to psychedelic electronica, Herren has been making avant-garde beats for more than a decade. This spring he announced the launch of his new label, Yellow Year, and is expected to release collaboration EPs this summer. Below, check out the video announcing Yellow Year Records. Opening up for Prefuse 73 is Spaceship Aloha, the electronic side project of none other than drummer/producer Pow Pow (Christopher Sean Powell) of Man Man. Last year, he released Universe Mahalo: Volume #1, an awesome collection of tropical Hawaiian-inspired instrumental and electronic tunes. Check out the album below, and find more information on the free show here.
Get ready for the Philly Folk Festival by checking out the new documentary At Fest, which tells the story of the annual folk festival that was started before Woodstock. The Trocadero will be screening the film’s world premiere tonight – get more information here. The documentary was filmed by Mastodon Films in the summer of 2011, during the 50th folk festival. This year’s folk fest will take place August 15-17. Check out the At Fest preview below.