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Hozier playing Electric Factory on March 7th

Hozier | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Hozier | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Singer-songwriter Hozier has announced his 2015 tour with a stop in Philadelphia at the Electric Factory on Saturday, March 7th. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th at 10 a.m. After being swept away by “Take Me to Church” last year, WXPN named Hozier an Artist To Watch in April, and he made his Philly debut at WXPN’s Non-COMMvention music conference in May. His upcoming show at the Trocadero is sold out. Continue reading →

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Poet or Emcee? Bridge spoken word and hip-hop with E the Poet-Emcee at Poet’s Art Gallery

E the Poet-Emcee | Photo via reverbnation.com/ethepoetemcee
E the Poet-Emcee | Photo via reverbnation.com/ethepoetemcee

Many people try to separate hip hop & spoken word, not realizing that they’re actually the same thing. Hip hop is poetry with a beat and a chorus. If you take those two things away, you have a rapper giving you a sweet sixteen a capella. Basically this means that any time you see a spoken word artist perform you’re also watching a hip hop artist. With that being said, Philly’s E the Poet-Emcee is one of the best that either world has to offer. Continue reading →

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Meet Philly’s Good Girl: Four ladies with a 90s sound

Good Girl | photo via facebook.com/wearegoodgirl
Good Girl | photo via facebook.com/wearegoodgirl

Who doesn’t love music from the 90s? For those who grew up in that decade, there’s a certain feeling we get when we hear its music. It makes us reflect on the great memories we had during those times. What’s even better is new music that sounds like it came from the 90s, especially hip hop or R&B. This is why Philly R&B group Good Girl is important for this generation. These lovely ladies – Megan Nicolle, Morgan (J.L.), Courtney (Bobbie) and Arielle – not only have a sound that has been missing for years, but they also showcase authentic talent to their listeners and audience. Continue reading →

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John Coltrane’s legendary performance at Temple University to be released on CD, Ars Nova Workshop to host panel discussion

via Temple University Urban Archives
via Temple University Urban Archives

On Friday, November 11, 1966, when John Coltrane took the stage of Temple University’s Mitten Hall, he was at a stage in his evolution when music seemed to erupt forth from his body, and it was all he could do to place his horn in front of it to channel the torrent of sound. At times during this particular concert that didn’t happen; instead, he steps to the microphone and sings/chants/bellows in an almost primal wail, beating his chest for effect.

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R5 Productions will scale (way) back on shows in The First Unitarian Church basement

The Menzingers at the First Unitarian Church | Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers at the First Unitarian Church | Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo

As the room responsible for launching the Philly career of any number of musicians – Arcade Fire, Mates of State, Sufjan Stevens, Aesop Rock, The Menzingers, and so on – as well as the career of R5 Productions itself – it’s a space they’ve booked since 1996 – there’s a lingering sadness with today’s email announcement that the promoters are pulling out (for the most part) of booking basement shows at center city’s First Unitarian Church.

The run of concerts through late December – including King Tuff on October 7th, Dads on October 23rd and Restorations’ album release party on November 15th – will be their last hurrah in this room, though they will continue to present unique intimate performances in the Sanctuary and Side Chapel. In addition, the basement may be used here and there for weekend shows only. Continue reading →