After making the world a better place with the announcement of third full length Near To The Wild Heart Of Life last week (due out in early 2017 via Anti Records), Canada’s noisy boys Japandroids announced an extensive world tour set to hit Union Transfer on February 24th, bringing along Brooklyn’s Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers to keep them company.
Percussion collective Philly Drum Project announced this months Beats, Brews, and Banter, a free event with the goal of connecting Philly musicians in a safe environment to share ideas and network. Set to take place this Friday (November 4th) at the grand opening of Philly’s brand new drum shop Philadelphia Drum & Percussion,the event’s special guest is none other than The War on Drugs’ own beat machine Charlie Hall.
Philly electropop duo Vita and the Woolf just announced their new album, TUNNELS, which comes out on January 20th.
TUNNELS is Vita’s first return to a full-length LP since 2014’s Fang Song. Bringing back frontwoman Jennifer Pague’s haunting vocals and percussionist Adam Shumski’s heavy backing beat, the record is poised to build on Vita’s already-enveloping synthpop sound. Continue reading →
Late last night, Philly son, music historian and percussionist extraordinaire Questlove made an Instagram post announcing that The Legendary Roots Crew has commenced work on its 17th (!!) studio album, End Game. Continue reading →
So far their are only five announced tour dates that will begin on December 14th and end on the 18th with a show on the 15th in Philly in the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church. Continue reading →
If you haven’t yet heard Philly rockers RFA, try to imagine the Arctic Monkeys pre-cigarettes and leather jackets.
This group of four dudes attending various colleges around Philly head out on their first ever U.S. tour starting November 3rd in Boston and ending on the 13th in Washington D.C. They released their debut EP Just Don’t Turn The Light’s On in April of 2014, and they’ve been slowly working their way up from basement shows in West and North Philly to the Foundry at the Fillmore. Their most recent EP, Something New From RFA, is a catchy alternative-rock fueled culmination of four kids starting a band in college just because. Continue reading →
Philly electropop outfit Vita and the Woolf kicks off its North American tour next Thursday. Frontwoman Jennifer Pague has been making dreamy pop music since 2012, matching her haunting vocals and ethereal synthetic beats with live drummer Adam Shumski and, more recently, guitarist Dane Galloway. This month-long run with Rasputina will be their first full U.S. tour, and to celebrate, they’re brining a taste of their long-in-the-making new album Tunnels. Continue reading →
Calling all Rock ‘n’ Roll enthusiasts, historians, museum hoppers of Philadelphia, and more. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, most everybody will be able to identify with the traveling exhibit, organized by the Los Angeles based Skirball Cultural Center, that is currently being hosted by The National Museum of American Jewish History.
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, which opened in Philadelphia on September 15, isan exhibit devoted to honoring the life and career of legendary concert promoter, the late Bill Graham. NMAJH is one of three venues who are hosting this retrospective of Graham’s life which is scheduled to remain in Philly through January 16, 2017. Graham played key roles in the careers of Rock legends like the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, the Doors, and the Rolling stones just to name a few. Continue reading →
Philadelphia’s Hello Shark released his single, “Jackson Browne,” a song that will be featured on his upcoming album Delicate. The song, which we got wind up from our friends at The Deli, is riddled with introspection and longing, and fittingly enough, the lyrics repeated most frequently throughout are “Baby, I’m delicate,” a nod to the forthcoming album title. The track itself is carried along by a consistently slow tempo with smatterings of acoustic guitar, piano notes, and gentle percussions. The full length album will be available on September 30, and the band performs at Clark Park on October 5th. Information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →
The world has been waiting ever so impatiently for R&B icon Frank Ocean‘s newest work since 2012’s channel ORANGE, and Thursday night it finally dropped. Now available on Apple Music is Ocean’s visual album Endless. The fact that it’s presented as a visual album might come as a surprise. So might the idea that it isn’t entitled Boys Don’t Cry, as Ocean had been teasing for so long. But what might be most surprising are the Philly ties on the new project.
Both soul singer Jazmine Sullivan and indie rocker Alex G are featured on multiple tracks. Sullivan’s vocals can be found on “Alabama,” “Wither,” “Hubolts” and “Rushes.” Alex G plays guitar on “Wither,” “Slide On Me,” “Rushes” and “Higgs.” So there you have it: what is one of the most highly anticipated releases in recent memory is flooded with talent that’s rooted right here in Philadelphia. Additional (non-Philly) contributors to the visual album include Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, James Blake, UK R&B vocalist Sampha , producer Arca, and the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Now, if you can believe this, there actually seems to be more on the way from Ocean. One of his representatives has reportedly said to “keep an eye out for more from Frank.” Most expect it to be the studio album that’s been promised for so long. So maybe that means there’s more Alex G / Jazmine Sullivan / Frank Ocean collaborations just around the corner? Only time will tell. Stay tuned, and watch Frank Ocean’s Endless here.