Philly’s Ill Fated Natives have released a live album, recorded at a performance in New York City, titled Live at The Bitter End. You can hear the crowd’s cheers and band members making banter, especially during the song “BOTTOM’S UP,” which the band turned into a drinking game, cuing the audience to drink throughout the song. (There’s no doubt that a huge percentage of the audience left that show pretty intoxicated by the end of the set.) Continue reading →
The annual Pi Lam BBQ turns the big 4-0 this year, which is kind of bonkers to think about. It’s been around longer than SXSW, longer than Lollapalooza. Independent minded folks have been bringing a daylong live music extravaganza to Spruce Street’s legendary “punk rock frat” since before most artists on this year’s lineup were born, and the show continues to get wilder and more expansive every year. Continue reading →
After debuting with the raw psychedelic blues of their Savages EP, Philly power trio Ill Fated Natives linked up with David Ivory, a producer who got his start engineering The Roots’ early records, including Things Fall Apart. Today, the band released “Blind Man,” the first song to emerge from their collaboration. Continue reading →
Is it an album or a collection of short stories? It’s hard to say, but Andy Shauf‘s 2016 album The Party captured the imagination of listeners last year. Lyrically, each song is a vignette of a different guest at a house party, and musically it collects lush orchestrations in the vein of Jon Brion, Elliott Smith and, naturally, The Beatles. After packing the house at Boot and Saddle in the fall, Shauf headlines Union Transfer tonight. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch his appearance on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Continue reading →
Budweiser’s Boiler Room series makes a visit to The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia tonight, and man, the lineup is stacked. On the MC tip, we’ve got the dynamic Joie Kathos as well as the poised-to-break-out rapper Kur, fresh off a TLA gig last month. And then the DJs: on the 1s and 2s is Matthew Law from the Illvibe Collective, as well as Cosmo Baker and headlining the proceedings, Philly legend DJ Jazzy Jeff, who’s been having a lot of fun with the Vinyl Destinations series but who still rocks the party like nobody’s business. For more info and to RSVP to tonight’s Boiler Room show, head here. Continue reading →
Philly power trio Ill Fated Natives return just in time for Inaguration Day with “2+2”, their first new single since 2015’s Savages. It’s no coincidence either, as the track is a fiery, socially-conscious rocker that the band refers to as a war song. You can stream the track, along with its politically-charged visual, below. Continue reading →
Scottish singer-songwriter K.T. Tunstall returns this year with her latest LP Kin, and headlines The TLA tonight in support of it. Watch the video for “Maybe It’s A Good Thing” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
The SunDrop Music and Arts Festival’s All-Day Block Party will be held this Saturday, June 4th at The Fire. Picky about your music tastes? Not to worry, the more than eight hours of music will bring a lot to the table, from synth-pop to hard rock to hip-hop and everything in between. And if you’re on a tight budget, once again do not fret — this block party won’t cost a dime. Continue reading →
Otheni Thompson, Joseph “Joey Stix” Pointer and Bets Charmelus, collectively known as Ill Fated Natives, have brought soul-stirring, genre-blending music to the Philadelphia scene since 2013.
Heat, sweat, and adrenaline are all three things in no short supply at one of their shows. Ill Fated Natives’ performances are practically religious experiences, and their sets are highly interactive. It is as if there is a sort of ceremonious exchange of energies between the audience and the band. Each party feeds and fuels the other.
Thompson refers to the band’s origin as a “tribal fire” that began when their previous quintet, And The Nameless, dissolved into three members. Although the collective is a small one, their chemistry was so tight that the music packed a heavy punch.
The sound the newly birthed band had lies somewhere in the crossroads of a black baptist church on a Sunday morning and Woodstock in ‘69, their most notable and obvious influences being the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Continue reading →
Beyond the world of pumpkin spiced everything, October means The Fire‘s annual Northern Liberties Fall Festival, which is set to happen this Saturday from noon to 8:30. Yes, you’ll find pumpkin carving and food there, but it will also feature incredible music from Philly’s rock, punk and soul communities.