City Bisco 2012 | Photo by Dave Vann
The Disco Biscuits return home to Philly for their two day City Bisco festival at the Mann Center. The experimental electronic jam band will headline both nights, and will be joined by Big Boi, Method Man, and Redman. The festival also will showcase many other electronic-based artists – some veterans of the scene, and others quite promising newcomers. Below are four acts definitely worth checking out at City Bisco.
Emancipator is Doug Appling, an electronic producer that has been making chill, downtempo tunes since 2006. He released his latest album Dusk to Dawn this past January and is debuting the 4-piece Emancipator Ensemble in November. Emancipator’s trip-hop vibes are in a similar vein as Bonobo or Philly producer Ill Clinton – experimental and heavy on the instrumentals. He will be playing City Bisco on Saturday – be sure to check out his set. Meanwhile, take a listen to the layered and emotional “Minor Cause” from Dusk to Dawn below.
The Made in America Festival hits the Ben Franklin Parkway this weekend, and the lineup is stacked with a huge assortment of electronic musicians. Deadmau5, the eccentric Empire of the Sun, and many more awesome and lesser-known artists will be turning the parkway into a dance party that weekend. These artists and DJs represent many different styles within the EDM scene, both musically and performance-wise. Get educated on some of the must-see acts below. Continue reading
Philly rapper Meek Mill is teaming up with Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player (and Philly native) Dion Waiters to bring the Dream Chasers Sports & Entertainment Summit to Philadelphia on August 30. The day-long event, held at Temple’s Performing Arts Center, will feature panels with big names and leaders in both the entertainment and sports industry. The panels will focus on the theme of “chasing dreams” and what it takes to make them a reality. Mainly catered towards students and young Philadelphians, the summit aims to both inspire and provide personal accounts on how to really work towards success. On the entertainment end of the summit, panelists include Meek Mill, Rick Ross, regional Live Nation president Geoff Gordon, Master P, rapper Machine Gun Kelly, and more. The sports-focused panel will include NBA players like Waiters, Lou Williams, and Thaddeus Young.
Tickets for the summit are on sale now, and Temple can buy passes for a reduced price. Separate meet and greet tickets are also available – check out the summit website for more information. Meanwhile, check out Meek Mill’s new music video for his track “Levels” off of the upcoming record Self Made, out on September 17.
French is the music project of Philly’s Mikey Franz – a chill mixture of experimental, electronic, lo-fi pop, and psychedelic vibes. He released a full length album, Phases, last week and it’s available to buy or download for any price on Bandcamp. Warm, relaxing, yet also futuristic and trippy, French’s collection of songs flow cohesively yet also sample the many different styles he works with and is influenced by. Dreamy stuff; check it out below.
Hip hop supergroup Deltron 3030 is touring the U.S. this fall, and is slated to hit the TLA on Sunday, October 13. The trio – comprised of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala – are releasing their new album, Event II, on October 1st. It’s their first record in 13 years and features a diverse range of artists from The Lonely Island to Damon Albarn to Zach De La Rocha. Most of the live shows (including the Philly stop!) are set to feature a whopping 16-piece orchestra; more information on the TLA show can be found here. Meanwhile, check out “Stardate,” the introduction to the new record featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Indie rockabilly outfit Those Darlins recently released the music video for their new song “Optimist.” It’s the second single off of Blur the Line, their upcoming album due out on October 1st. “Optimist” is a rollicking garage jam full of catchy rhythms and old-school spunk. Those Darlins play in Philly at Boot and Saddle on October 16 with support from acoustic singer Gambles. Find more information here, and watch the quirky music video below.
Silk City is hosting a night of local hip hop on Sunday, August 25. Headlining the show is Mic Stewart, the local MC who released the awesome Peaceworld this April. Also on the bill are catchy duo GNRLYHD (Gnarly Head), whose work is influenced by classic hip hop. They released their debut EP Secrets for Entertaining last year. The Bakery Boys will also be performing, before their upcoming headlining Bake and Destroy show at The Blockley on August 29th. They are currently working on new music, including their homage to Philadelphia track “Brotherly Love.” Find more information on the event here, and below, sample some work from all of the performers.