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Listen back to OutBeat Jazz Festival director Chris Barlett’s interview with Robert Drake

OutBeat
Vocalist and pianist Andy Bey is one of the OutBeat headliners announced today | photo via nprmusic

Next week brings OutBeat : America’s First Queer Jazz Festival to venues across the city, presented by the William Way LGBT community center and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.  In anticipation of the landmark event, XPN’s Robert Drake invited William Way Center Executive Director Chris Bartlett into the studio to discuss the festival’s inception, the role of LGBT musicians in the heritage of jazz music and the commitment of the William Way Center to create cultural opportunities for the city.  OutBeat begins next Thursday, September 18th and runs through Sunday, September 21st.  Listen to the segment below and learn more about the festival here.

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How Dr. Dog recorded a Beatles song in parking lot attendant’s booth

Dr. Dog
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On a Monday morning in early June, Dr. Dog’s tour van pulled into the parking lot of Stage AE in Pittsburgh. It was technically their day off, but the band had work to do before headlining the venue the following night. They had just played the Wakarusa festival in Ozark, Arkansas, and while they were there, they took in a set by The Flaming Lips, met Wayne Coyne and got to talking. It turns out Coyne and the Lips were planning an ambitious, star-studded tribute to The Beatles‘ iconic, influential psychedelic opus, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ Club Band – and they wanted Dr. Dog on board, with one catch – they had to work fast. Continue reading →

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Expat Chats: Corey Duncan of Oh! Pears checks in from the Pacific Northwest

Corey Duncan of Oh! Pears | Photo by Adam Haney
Corey Duncan of Oh! Pears | Photo by Adam Haney

If you ask Corey Duncan where he is from, he’ll tell you Philadelphia.

The man behind Oh! Pears, is well known to Philadelphians in the music scene. With his everlasting love for quality pizza and of the word “jawn,” you’d probably think he is a Philly native, but geographically he is from Seattle. He grew up in the suburbs there.

Two years ago, he moved back to the West Coast after living in Philly since he was 19. Continue reading →

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What makes a tribute act tick? Find out with Get the Led Out

Get The Led Out | photo via facebook.com/GetTheLedOut
Get The Led Out | photo via facebook.com/GetTheLedOut

If you go out and ask a random bunch of Americans about their knowledge of Philadelphia, you’ll probably get the the typical cliches: cheesesteaks, Rocky, soft pretzels, the Liberty Bell, and rambunctious sports fans who once threw snowballs at Santa Claus and batteries at J.D. Drew. But there’s one more thing you should add to that list: Philly is home to the greatest Led Zeppelin cover band known to man.

Well, sort of.

I say “sort of” because in reality, the phrase “cover band” doesn’t exactly do the group much justice. Get The Led Out is more than a cover band, but the band members have trouble coming up with a better way to describe themselves. Continue reading →

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Interview: Cut Chemist talks record-shopping, Philly, and his collaborative Afrika Bambaataa tribute with DJ Shadow

Cut Chemist (Photo via Facebook)
Cut Chemist (Photo via Facebook)

Cut Chemist, né Lucas MacFadden, doesn’t just make beats. He makes vibes. The DJ, producer, and mix-Master (with a capital M) has been soundtracking moments for 20 years now. He got his start with boisterous underground rap crew Jurassic 5 (remember them?)—then also took turns in Latin-funk band Ozomatli and Less Than Jake (yes, really)—in addition to creating his own, mind-blowing jams.

Throughout the years MacFadden has worked closely with fellow DJ and like-minded artist Josh Davis—a.k.a., DJ Shadow. The pair has released four live records together, and share an affinity for creative yet effortless beats. This Saturday, they’ll team up at the TLA for their “Renegades of Rhythm” tour, featuring the music of hip-hop progenitor Afrika Bambaataa. Continue reading →

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The Art of Sound: Discussing the sound design of The Adults with composer Bhob Rainey

Bhob Rainey
Bhob Rainey | photo via www.bhobrainey.net

There’s no short version of the story with Bhob Rainey.  The local composer and sound experimenter’s personal history is as complex as the realm of improvised music he’s been exploring for the past four decades: an introduction to the saxophone in middle school, a summer at the immersive and intensive Governor’s School for the Arts, a suppressive and then expressive college experience in Miami, a collaborative stint in Boston and finally a fruitful career in Philadelphia all helped to shape and funnel the Hatfield native’s hunger for true improvisation into the boundary-eschewing amalgamation it is today.

With an arsenal of non-traditional compositions under his belt, Rainey now works primarily in quilting together field recordings and coded computational sounds.  The Pew Fellow’s current effort comes in collaboration with New Paradise Laboratories‘ production of The Adults, a staged play with Rainey providing sound design and a live score.  The show, which was inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and the artwork of Eric Fischl, follows two families as they “gather at a vacation house to let loose, play out a classic comedy of manners that never existed, and prod each other with intimate cruelty.”  It premieres tonight at the Painted Bride in conjunction with this year’s Fringe Festival.

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