Peedi Crakk has released his new mixtape, CF5: The Cocaine Edition, hosted by DJ Ant Live and featuring appearances by Redman, Young Chris, Ms. Jade, Bodega Bamz, and others. Tonight, Peedi plays the TLA for the Veteran Freshman One Year Anniversary Concert. A lot has evolved in both the music industry and Peedi’s life over the years since he was signed by Jay-Z to Def Jam. The former State Property member recently told the City Paper: “I’m not the kid who got signed after winning rap battles in high school or wilding out with State Property.” Below, download the new mixtape and below that, take a stroll through hip-hop memory lane with a couple of videos including one Peedi did with Ne-Yo.
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Back for its third year, the Sundrop Music and Arts Festival is happening at The Fire this weekend. Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Andrew Lipke, Up the Chain and Satellite Hearts are among the bands billed for the two day event, which continues tomorrow. In addition to the ticketed, 21+ shows inside The Fire there will be free all-ages concerts on an outdoor stage on Liethgow Street with craft booths and food. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, download a Key Studio track from Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang.
The fourth annual Caravan Music Festival will once again bring a boatload of Philadelphia bands to the woods of Maine of a three day concert of music, fun, lake swimming, exhaustion, and who knows whatall else. The massive lineup of the festival – which happens August 2nd, 3rd and 4th – includes a lot of returning favorites like Cheers Elephant, hosts / organizers Penrose, The Lawsuits, Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang and more. There are also some newer-ish names like Pine Barons, and perplexing others such as The Jawn and Vitamin Cheese. As a general rule I’m skeptical of the word “cheese” getting used in band names, but I’ll give these guys the benefit of the doubt. Lineup and details after the jump. Below, watch Cheers Elephant performing “Party On, Darwin” at Caravan 2011.
Love Kanye West, hate him or occupy some ever-fluctuating middle ground (that’s me), you’ve got to give the dude credit for continuing to strive for new and creative ways of pushing his art into the world. Of late, his thing is music video projections on the faces of buildings in cities around the world. This began last Friday with his single “New Slaves” in 66 different locations, and continues tonight, as Consequence of Sound reports – with Philadelphia being one of the spots this time.
The gang at Philly.com rounded up the Philadelphia locations for tonight’s video projections, all of which take place between 10 and 11 p.m., all of which are Parkway-centric. So depending on how you feel about Kanye, you might want to make your plans to visit Eastern State Penitentary, The Barnes Foundation or the Franklin Institute tonight…or you might want to make plans to avoid them entirely. Below, watch Kanye performing “New Slaves” on SNL last weekend.
Philly blues-rock combo Big Terrible is gearing up to usher its third release into the world; the Rotten City EP gets its physical unveiling tonight at North Star Bar, and has been streamable at Bandcamp since the beginning of the month. The four-piece band has been around since 2009, and digs deep into a very classic rock fusion of powerful gospel vocals and raw Americana instrumentation. And on hand to sing backups is Philly’s premier gospel-Americana vocalist, Ali Wadsworth. While she’ll be releasing her own solo record later this year, her commanding voice can be heard harmonizing with onetime Toy Soldiers backup singer Vinchelle Woods on two of Rotten City‘s tracks. Tonight, Wadsworth contributes an opening set to Big Terrible’s album release show along with Satellite Hearts and Jamie Victor. Information on the show can be found here. Below, stream “Substance” and “The General,” the two of Rotten City‘s songs Wadsworth sang on.