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RAC: The One-Man Remix Machine

RAC
RAC

In 2007, Andre Allen Anjos started the Remix Artist Collective, or RAC: a coalition of musicians who wanted to take the dance focus away from remixes of popular music and instead take a more creative and original approach to remix composition.

Since then, Andre is the only remaining member, but he’s not letting that stop him from doing some serious remix work. RAC is responsible for a 200+ track remix catalog that can be found here, and he is currently touring to promote his newest album, entitled Strangers, from which he’s already released two tracks: “Let Go,” featuring Kele and MNDR, and “Hollywood” featuring Penguin Prison. RAC has done either commissioned remixes or bootleg remixes of artists like U2, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley, Ella Fitzgerald, Kings of Leon, Katy Perry, The Shins, Bloc Party, Chromeo, Lana Del Rey, and Two Door Cinema Club, and Porter Robinson, to scrape the tip of the iceberg.

The RAC sound is definitely unique; as previously mentioned, the main goal when the group was formed was to create remixes that fit outside the dance-oriented remix culture. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Son Little at Dilworth Park, War on Women at First Unitarian Church, Sugar Tongue Slim at PhilaMOCA and more

Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Philly newcomers Son Little have a fantastic debut EP called Things I Forgot coming out on Anti- Records next month, and they headline a free outdoor show this evening at Dilworth Park at City Hall. Founded by Aaron Livingston, a local singer-songwriter-guitarist who has worked with The Roots and collaborated with RJD2 on the Icebird project, Son Little pushes his creative boundaries even further, dabbling in soul, hard rock, and Radiohead-esque minimal electronica. The band recorded a knockout Key Studio Session this week; download the song “Joy” below and get more information on the show here. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Down-to-earth songsters Kindness unleash funky jams

Photo by Brittany Salerno
Photo by Brittany Salerno

Kindness jammed out and wowed the crowd at today’s Free At Noon concert. Displaying amazing musicianship, the UK band showcased its recently released album Otherness as well as a few throwbacks like “Gee Up” and “House.” Speckled with jaw-dropping solos from collaborators on saxophone, drum, and guitar and framed with powerful backup vocals, the music was funky and fun. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Sylvan Esso bring their eclectic vibes to World Cafe Live

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Sylvan Esso | Photo by Brittany Salerno

The creative collaboration that is Sylvan Esso had today’s crowd movin’ and groovin’ to their electropop songs, kicking off today’s Free At Noon double-header with pizzazz. Playing material from their self-titled debut, producer Nick Sanborn gave us eloquent, chimey beats and wobbly synthesizer lines, singer Amelia Meath performed eclectic dance moves and delivered alluring vocals. Continue reading →

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Dancing Like A Wild Fire: Bombay Bicycle Club and more at Union Transfer

Bombay Bicycle Club / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Bombay Bicycle Club / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

“All right, let’s get this dance party going!” Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman beckoned as he brought forward a small drumset and launched straight into “Feel” off of 2014′s So Long, See You Tomorrow.

Tuesday evening, Union Transfer filled up with a mixed crowd of older adults tapping into their youth, teens trying to amp up their cool, and every age in between fashioning beanies, boots, and military jackets. But as broad as the crowd might have been, they all gathered with one thing in common… a love for the London-based indie rock six-piece. Continue reading →

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I’m Shakin’: World Cafe Live was rocked by Shakey Graves

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

I’m not gonna lie: The first time I was introduced to Shakey Graves, I was more than a bit skeptical. A fellow music nerd showed me a video of Graves jangling away on his arch-top guitar, stomping like mad on a suitcase-turned-kick-drum, yowling away about God knows what, and I instantly reacted with the obligatory “UGH. Yet another Mumford-esque, insipid, nu-folkster poseur.”

In the interstitial year or so, I’ve come around to Graves. And after seeing him perform live at a very sold-out World Café on Wednesday night, I must say: If it is all just an act, then it’s a pretty damn good one. Graves—the stage name of one Alejandro Rose-Garcia—brought his deeply rooted brand of stomp-folk to Philly in support of his brilliant, just-released album, And The War Came. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sylvan Esso at Union Transfer, Hurry at the First Unitarian Church, No Good Sister at Ortlieb’s

Sylvan Esso | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Sylvan Esso | Photo courtesy of the artist.

When describing Sylvan Esso’s music, Tom Breihan of Stereogum was right on the money when he called it “a breezy, joyous piece of work.” It’s also no wonder he selected their eponymous debut album as Album of the Week back in May. The combination of Amelia Meath’s mellow and cheerful voice with Nick Sanborn’s funky, vibrant beats allow this electropop duo to create music that keeps people on their feet dancing or vibing to their groovy sound. Tonight Sylvan Esso rocks the house at Union Transfer; tickets and information for the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Major American photographer, open studios, spooky stuff, and lots of theater!

One of Paul Strand's famous works, Wall Street, New York 1915
One of Paul Strand’s famous works, Wall Street, New York 1915

Major American filmmaker and photographer Paul Strand has a new retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography features over two hundred of his prints, taken over six decades, displaying street portraits, machines, images of nature. Three of his films are showing, including his most well known avant-garde work, Manhatta. Through January 6th.

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#Selfies4Ebola: Forbes 30 Under 30 party was fun, and that’s about it

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

What does “Young Professional” even mean? It’s such a nebulous term that gets bandied about with no concrete definition, and until Sunday night I had never really seen how actually strange the young professional crowd can be. Forbes 30 Under 30 summit is taking over Philadelphia this week, for better or worse, and kicked off Sunday with a one-day music festival at NoLibs social engineering space The Piazza at Schmidts.

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Local young rap-fessionals OCD Moosh & Twist got the brisk Fall night off to a fun start. Even though it’s fair to say most of the twenty-going-on-fifty-something crowd didn’t know any of their music, it didn’t keep hands from being thrown in the air, and plenty of smiles from showing as the trio bounced its way through a tragically short and sweet opening set. The group has been steadily climbing in popularity over the past year or so, and it’s really great to see them getting on bills like this one, and Made in America earlier this year. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Underground Arts, The Stray Birds at World Cafe Live, and Marsha Ambrosius at The TLA

Creepoid
Creepoid | Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Heavy psychedelic foursome Creepoid return to their hometown of Philadelphia to headline Underground Arts tonight. The band made a name for itself after producing a unique blend of psych, grunge-induced sound reminiscent, echoing Bardo Pond and Dinosaur Jr. This year has been a productive one for them: they produced their self-titled second LP in March, followed it up with their EP Wet in April, relocated to Savannah and went on tour with Against Me!, Balance and Composure and more. Welcome them back to town for a headlining slot tonight. You can find more information on tonight’s show here. Check out their video for “Yellow Wallpaper” below. Continue reading →