Earlier this morning it was announced that the Eagles released linebacker Connor Barwin. We’ve gotten used to our favorite sports stars being traded away here in Philadelphia, but Barwin wasn’t just any football player – he was a guy who transcended the locker room to become an integral and friendly community member in town.
It all started with a night out seeing Animal Collective at Union Transfer in 2013. From there the Michigan native became a familiar face on SEPTA, an advocate for green living and sustainability, an outspoken supporter of bike commuting, a community builder, and a local music fan. Today we’re looking back at the impact he’s had on our city for the last four years with some of our favorite non-football Barwin moments.
Really, I cannot begin to imagine the intense pressure and stress and emotional drain of being an artist that hundreds of thousands of people adore. Your fans look up to you, they rely on you for an escape from or a catharsis of the negative energy in their lives. They rely on you for guidance and strength. But you’re human too, and you’re grappling with the same issues.
Philly indie rock four-piece Modern Baseball has always been up front and heart-on-their-sleeve about their feelings — it’s what sparked that connection with a massively devoted fan base in the first place, and what keeps it going. When the band launched their album Holy Ghost last year, they were very open about its true-to-life content: struggles with depression and mental health, for singer-guitarists Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald alike.
When Lukens decided to sit out of the band’s European tour this winter to focus on his mental well-being, it was the right decision — not just because we care about Bren and want him to the best care of himself possible, but because it was a good lead-by-example moment. Acknowledge when you need to step away, acknowledge when you need help and accept it.
For the third year running, the Philly music scene has its own SXSW showcase on 6th Street in Austin. This year’s #AmplifyPhilly party, co-sponsored by the City as well as the folks from RecPhilly, takes place March 14th, 2017 — the second night of SXSW — at Buffalo Billiards, with a headlining performance from rock and roll force of nature The Districts.
Also on the lineup is electro-rock / soul soundscaper Son Little, eclectic pop visionary Bilal and dynamic R&B four-piece Good Girl. Philly / LA artist Julian King joins the lineup as well, along with breezy indie poppers Queen of Jeans and spacey folk duo The Dove and The Wolf; between sets, DJ Aktive spins. Continue reading →
Exciting news for one of our favorite Philly bands of late: The Dove and The Wolf, the atmospheric pop duo of Paloma Gil and Lou Hayat, signed to Fat Possum Records. The label will re-release the band’s 2016 debut EP I Don’t Know What To Feel on March 24th, and the band just released a new music video for its stunning centerpiece, “Seven Days,” a mesmerizing, meditative song written in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Bataclan theater in their hometown Paris. Continue reading →
Natives of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Richie and his brother Charli Ingui began making music in New York City under the name Dedications, from 1962 to 1964. But it was a name change and a little song called “Expressway to Your Heart” that broke them big. Continue reading →