Local musician Jim Hamilton toured extensively for 15 years as a percussionist for acts such as Boyz II Men, Gerald Alston, and Ursula Rutker. He has also performed at various award shows including the Grammys, as well as television performances on David Letterman and Jay Leno. Having travelled and seen the entire world, Jim still keeps his roots firmly planted in his hometown of Philadelphia. He and his wife recently opened a multi-media arts and recording complex in Germantown called Rittenhouse Soundworks. Continue reading →
A world without the music of Babes in Toyland is a world lacking the angst and catharsis conveyed as only they can. Originally made up of Minneapolis guitarist-vocalist Kat Bjelland and drummer Lori Barbero, along with bassists Michelle Leon and Maureen Herman (who replaced Leon in 1992), the band re-emerged this year after disbanding in 2001.
When they finally played Philly’s Underground Arts on October 22 it had been 20 years since Babes in Toyland last set foot in the city. New and old fans alike showed they still wanted the band’s punk rage. And boy, did the band deliver. Rounded out by new bassist Clara Salyer, they pummeled Philadelphia with a brilliant set. Continue reading →
Introducing “High Key,” a new series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.
For the past few years, Gary Dann’s Boom Room Studios has been the unassuming epicenter of an emerging music community in Philly. Conceived with extraordinary vision, the Boom Room was built with the attention to recording details of experienced and passionate audiophiles, and nestled comfortably next to the venerable venue Kung Fu Necktie and beneath the raging metal-on-metal cacophony of the decrepit Market-Frankford Line infrastructure overhead that frames the entire street with that iconic Philly photo-bleached baby-blue.
Outside the building in the adjacent lot is a small stage that hosts neighborhood music concerts. Inside is Dann’s creative lair. The Boom Room boasts production for artists that include the likes of Zoe Kravitz, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Chris Kirkpatrick, Jaheim, Billy Paul and Beanie Sigel, to name a few, the latter of whom has come to call the studio his “clubhouse.”
Throughout the past week WXPN has been counting down the top 20 Greatest Years in music as voted on by the WXPN community. The Seventies had a strong showing with 9 years, followed by the Sixties with five years, the Eighties with four years and the Nineties with two years represented. Sorry, 2000s and Fifties, you didn’t make the cut. The number one most voted on year for the Greatest Year in Music is 1969. Continue reading →
WXPN is currently in the middle of the Greatest Year In Music countdown. The Top greatest years in music are being counted down (or up, depending on how you look at it), with the Number One Greatest Year in Music being revealed on Friday, November 6th. We got an unsolicited, heartfelt plea from Fergie, the owner of Fergie’s Pub about the year that he thinks is the best year in music. Continue reading →
“Lauryn Hill is more punk than anyone I know, she doesn’t give a fuck more than anyone I know.”
Will Yip made this statement many of us have probably thought. But Will Yip, unlike us, knows it is true because Will Yip knows Lauryn Hill and we do not. When he was 22, and working alongside Grammy Award-winning producer Phil Nicolo, he helped Hill find a house in New Jersey to build a studio in, and then he helped her build the studio in that house, and then he helped her record in it. He toured the world with her, too. He played drums in her band — this college kid played Fugees songs onstage with Hill. So if anyone knows Hill’s true punk rock status, it is Will Yip. Continue reading →
WKDU held its annual Electronic Music Marathon from October 9th through October 12th. The event was a 78 hour, nonstop DJ curated radio-thon bringing together a diverse group of some of the best DJ talent in Philly to raise money for Philadelphia Mural Arts & WKDU. Over 40 DJ sets from the EMM have been posted to WKDU’s Soundcloud. Continue reading →
With a new EP out and a fall tour on the books, Philadelphia emo-rock faves Modern Baseball recently sat down for an interview with Brooklyn Vegan. In it, they discuss balancing school and “real life,” the growth of their sound and their upcoming full length Holy Ghost, and they also get a chance to discuss the Philly music scene. Continue reading →
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin has done the unthinkable. He’s made sports-averse music obsessives (i.e. me) relax, take a look around and begin to care about sports.
You might say that this is because Barwin is doing the exact same thing on his end of the spectrum, and I don’t make that claim just cause he’s boys with Kurt Vile. A new NFL Films doc, The Street Eagle, perfectly presents him as a multifaceted, gregarious, overall good dude who breaks stereotypes and truly cares about his city. Continue reading →
“Hey, you look like cool guys,” says the young lady walking past the TLA. “Know where we can get some awesome pulled pork sandwiches?”
Andy States shoots a glance over at Kyle Cook, who grins and shrugs his shoulders. Both are teetering on the verge of hysterical laughter. It’s not like the two guys play in Philly modern rock juggernaut Cruisr or anything; it’s not like they’re unpacking gear from their van to headline their biggest hometown show to date on this breezy September afternoon. Staying true to their nicest-dudes-ever rep, the guys suggest Percy Street BBQ a few blocks away; the culinary tourists are on their way, and Cruisr gets back to work.
For States and his mates, the road to this point has been both steady and sudden. Continue reading →