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 →
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 →
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 →
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. Continue reading →
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 →
Do not tell us there’s nothing to do. Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t see all the great live music that’s going on in the next seven days — though we encourage you to try. Here are 28 (count ’em!) concerts to see in and around Philadelphia this week. Continue reading →
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 Dela, Luke O’Brien and Shawn Smith, hip-hop live band ensemble Hardwork Movement, and rock and roll powerhouse Foxtrot and the Get Down. Continue reading →
One of Philly’s premiere 4th of July attractions, the Wawa Welcome America celebration has gotten an exciting upgrade this year with the addition of the Chill Moody Music Stage. Celebrated West Philly rapper Chill Moody is making strides by creating this new stage that will highlight some of Philly’s brightest and most talented musicians. You can catch the performances from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Check out some of the music from the dope selection of performers down below. Continue reading →
Experimental sounds in Fishtown tonight, free hip-hop on the river Thursday, uplifting modern rock at South Street on Saturday and more; here are 15 concerts you can see in and around Philly this week. Continue reading →
“High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.
All you Philly rappers and hip-hop fans reading this — think on the times you’ve been in your car singing along with Cody Chesnutt on the chorus of “The Seed (2.0),” and along with Black Thought on those verses too. Maybe you sang along live and loud too last July, when the Roots played “You Got Me” to a packed Parkway.
It might be easy enough to run those lyrics in the safety of your own home, or at karaoke one night up at Yakitori when your friends were too drunk to call you out properly because you mispronounced “Elysee Montmartre.” But even the biggest Roots fans might start to sweat, should they happen to be asked to perform those two tracks 1) live, 2) to a hometown audience of thousands, and 3) in front of Thought, Quest and company.
Chill Moody was tapped to do just that in October, with just a couple days to prepare, when The Roots were inducted onto the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame.
As someone who’s by now shared everything from high schools and neighborhoods with the likes of Will Smith and Schooly D to a stage with The Roots, Chill Moody stands for Philly hip hop as a proper prodigal son, vetted and venerable. On topics of all things Philly arts, from Jane Golden’s prolific Mural Arts program, to our locally celebrated and nationally renowned rap artists, Chill Moody explains why Philly can have #NiceThings. Continue reading →