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UPenn’s SPEC presents Skylar Grey and The Lawsuits at World Cafe Live

Skylar Grey | photo via skylargreymusic.com
Skylar Grey | photo via skylargreymusic.com

On Saturday, October 25th, University of Pennsylvania’s Social Planning and Events Committee is bringing singer/songwriter Skylar Grey to World Cafe Live. Grey is an accomplished composer and lyricist, having been credited with co-writing tracks like “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna, “Coming Home” by Diddy Dirty Money, “Clarity” by Zedd, and “I Need A Doctor” by Dr. Dre and Eminem. Continue reading →

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Flippin’ With The Dipper: Inside Wilt Chamberlain’s DJ career

Wilt Chamberlain | Photo courtesy of http://kuhistory.com/articles/center-of-attention/
Wilt Chamberlain | Photo via http://kuhistory.com/articles/center-of-attention/

There’s no doubt that the legendary Philly basketball player Wilt Chamberlain had mad skills on the court. But have you ever hear him behind the mic?

When he was in college at the University of Kansas in the mid-fities, in addition to becoming one of the greatest college basketball players of all time, Wilt carved out time to follow a passion he had for music, and had a weekly radio show on the campus radio station, KANU. It was called “Flippin’ with the Dipper,” and was also broadcast on KLWN in Lawrence, KPRS in Kansas City, WREN in Topeka, and several other stations in the area. Continue reading →

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Watch Young Chris show brotherly love at last week’s TLA show

Young Chris at the TLA
Young Chris at the TLA

It’s safe to say that Philly’s Young Chris had South Street on lock this past Thursday. The veteran rapper made his city proud by giving an amazing performance at the TLA and packed the house full of fans who were anxious to hear the MC play their favorites: “North of Death,” “Never Die,” “Don’t Play” and more. Continue reading →

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Check out photos and video from Boyz II Men’s intimate SiriusXM Taping at CAPA

Boyz II Men at CAPA | Photo by Sameer Rao
Boyz II Men at CAPA | Photo by Sameer Rao

The thought, 20 years ago, of Boyz II Men and Nirvana having anything to do with one another might have paralyzed the pop world with fear and anger. But in front of a small audience at Philadelphia’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (where the RnB legends famously formed while students), members Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris felt no hesitation or weight of historical genre divides when they ripped into an impromptu, largely comical version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Continue reading →

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The Ultimate Basement Show: Why Gainesville’s FEST is so important to the Philly DIY scene

Philly's Restorations is headed to Gainesville's FEST for the fifth time, and timed it's new album release around it | photo via restorations.tumblr.com
Philly’s Restorations is headed to Gainesville’s FEST for the fifth time, and timed it’s new album release around it | photo via restorations.tumblr.com

Some musicians route their tours around it. Others plan major releases to coincide with it. Others still will travel thousands of miles to play a one-off show at it, turn right around and head home.

The annual FEST in Gainesville, Florida, has become something of a DIY scene mecca over its 13-year existence. A series of punk concerts housed in a handful of venues over the course of a weekend where, as legend has it, the University of Florida’s football team is always out on an away game, THE FEST – usually written in all-caps, but not for any particular reason – is a huge draw, especially for artists from the Philadelphia region. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Dirty Dollhouse

I was hungover the first time I saw Dirty Dollhouse, but thankfully, so were they. It was a Saturday afternoon this spring, I had been out late at a show the night before. Sluggish and disoriented, I made my way to Bucks County’s East Coast Recording with my buddy Dan McGurk from Root Down in the Shadow to watch singer-songwriters Chelsea Mitchell, Amber Twait and Vanessa Winters perform during the studio’s short-lived afternoon concert series; one of the first things Mitchell did was apologize if they sounded off, as the band was also reeling from a whiskey and beer-fueled photo shoot, and were fending off colds to boot. Nonsense: they sounded remarkable, and their resounding Nashville-style harmonies worked wonders on my throbbing head. It was one of those rare perfect musical afternoons, and as the setlist wound into a country-folk spin on Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag,” I found myself an instantly-converted fan. Continue reading →

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Alita Moses gives Kimbra’s “Miracle” a lot of soul in new Ruba Club video

Alita Moses | Photo via twitter.com/amofro
Alita Moses | Photo via twitter.com/amofro

This fall, Northern Liberties’ Ruba Club launched a monthly video series to promote not only their stage and studio but also the talented musicians here in Philly. Their latest video features the lovely Alita Moses, a Philly-based jazzy vocalist trained at University of the Arts, doing a cover of Grammy Award winning singer Kimbra’s “Miracle.” If you’ve heard the original version, you know that Kimbra brought a ton of electric energy to her song. What Moses did with her version is pretty interesting: she put a timeless spin on it. Continue reading →

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Help end world poverty with Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and Moosh & Twist this weekend at The Piazza

Photo via OCD: Moosh & Twist Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/teamocd/)
Photo via OCD: Moosh & Twist Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/teamocd/)

Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and Philly’s OCD: Moosh and Twist have all come together to put on an enticing show for a good cause this weekend at the Piazza at Schmidt’s.  The free, 21+ event kicks off the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit and is part of a series of free concerts held by Global Citizen Nights.

Yep, I said it. You can see all of these big-ticket artists for free this weekend. Some big names in a such small venue, right? Well, the aim of these shows is to involve major artists with intimate concerts to join the movement to end severe poverty by 2030. Continue reading →