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Unwind with Boogieman Dela’s new video “Bring Me Down”

Boogieman Dela | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Philly’s Boogieman Dela caught our ear this year with a suave sound straddling the worlds of clubby hip-hop and melodic R&B, and that balance comes to the forefront in his new music video.

Set to “Bring Me Down,” the Anderson .Paak styled closing track to Boogie’s spring release Broken Watch 02: Future Currents, the video gives us a depiction of how his sound is custom designed to unwind, as we follow a woman returning home from a stressful day and indulging in some self-care time (with the aid of a certain mood-enhancing substance).    Continue reading →

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Boogieman Dela is ridin’ dirty in his new music video “We Out Here”

Boogieman Dela | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Summer is coming to an end and to send the heat (hopefully) on it’ way, Boogieman Dela released a music video for “We Out Here” from his new hip-hop/gospel rooted EP Broken Watch 02: Future Currents. Shot by Trelevision, The Philly native is seen strolling around in a motor scooter while shopping in a department store, trying to pick out some new clothes with his lady friend (played by Tsehaitu Abye from &More). From there, the scene changes to an outside party-like setting where there are a number of people riding four wheelers (of course, it’s Philadelphia), twerking, and just having a wild time. Continue reading →

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Pentridge Station reopens for 2018 with a kickoff show from Boogieman Dela

Boogieman Dela | via boogiemandela.com

The cozy West Philadelphia beer garden Pentridge Station is up and running again for the summer, and to kick off the season, rapper Boogieman Dela will help welcome back the crowd with a pop-up performance on June 1st.

Fresh off the release of his latest EP, Broken Watch 02: Future Currents, who better to reopen the summer than one of Philly’s own slick, soulful, and genre-bending rappers. Continue reading →

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Dirty Harmony: Boogieman Dela draws from many musical pillars to create Future Currents

Boogieman Dela | via boogiemandela.com

Opening with the faint sound of birds chirping and oddly-metered “Doo-Doo-Doo-Dooo-Doo-Doooo” scats, “Believe” — the first track from West Philly MC/Singer Boogieman Dela’s latest EP Broken Watch 02: Future Currents — properly encapsulates the projects fresh, breezy spirit.

Once the over-sized kick drums hit, Boogieman enters with a slick, melodic flow and lyrics urging listeners to wake up and self-actualize. We caught up with him to chat about his beginnings in hip hop, his process, and the Gospel upbringing that helped shape his rich, soulful sound. Continue reading →

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Boogieman Dela wants you to look within on the Rolled Gold-produced “Mirror Mirror”

Boogieman Dela | photo via boogiemandela.com

The new single from Philly rapper Boogieman Dela is reminiscent of the haunting, cinematic 70s soul style that implies the artist is about to drop some heavy knowledge on you. With lyrics like “That fear is only in your mind / Stop acting so shook / The recipe right there / all you gotta do is go cook,” I’d argue that “Mirror Mirror” fits the bill. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Jupiter & Okwess, Stef Chura, Nothing, Soul Glo and more

Soul Glo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Soul Glo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Can we collectively agree to retire the aughties hipster cliche “Rocktober”? Not because the tenth month of the year is no longer jam-packed with live music — it absolutely is, moreso than ever, as any casual glance at the calendar will tell you — but because there are many more offerings at your disposal this month than mere rock.

This week alone, there is Nigerian-tinged R&B, homegrown hip-hop, jazzy folk, folky punk, and so much more. Here are 27 concerts you can see in Philadelphia in the next seven days, with a whopping eight options on Saturday night. Heck, even Monday has four shows you can choose from — Monday! GTTG, Philly.

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The Week Ahead: Sidney Gish, Patti LaBelle, Rosali, Espers, and more

Rosali
Rosali | photo by Constance Mensh | courtesy of the artist

The week starts with blues rock ripper Selwyn Birchwood out in the burbs and wraps up in South Philly with the contemplative singer-songwriting of The Afterglows. In between: classic soul, immersive psych, punk rock and more. Here are 17 concerts to see in and around Philadelphia this week.
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Chill Moody, Swift Technique and more will play Eagles center Jason Kelce’s “Night of Philly Music” to benefit Make The World Better

Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com
Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

Continuing in the tradition lead by former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin, current Eagles center and Philly icon Jason Kelce is throwing a concert dubbed “A Night of Philly Music” this Saturday at The Ardmore Music Hall. Similar to Barwin’s benefit shows, all of the proceeds will be donated to the Make The World Better Foundation. Continue reading →

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Scenes from the Chill Moody Music Stage at this 4th of July’s Welcome America Festival

Hardwork Movement | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Over a dozen local artists and DJs spent this 4th of July in a wooded grove along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the first-ever Chill Moody Music Stage at the Wawa Welcome America Festival celebrated the sounds of Philadelphia. Below, check out an assortment of scenes from the event — including spaced-out composer Max Swan, charismatic rappers Boogieman DelaLuke O’Brien and Shawn Smith, hip-hop live band ensemble Hardwork Movement, and rock and roll powerhouse Foxtrot and the Get Down.
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