This year’s Firefly Festival is definitely going to be one for the books, especially since so many of the acts that will be performing are coming straight out of the tri-state area.
While artists such as Chill Moody, Joie Kathos, Ill Fated Natives, and Miles Chancellor will be on stage representing for the City of Brotherly Love, up and coming hip hop artist Mir Fontane will be putting on for the Garden State at the Delaware festival with hits like his new single “Frank Ocean.” Continue reading →
The world has been waiting ever so impatiently for R&B icon Frank Ocean‘s newest work since 2012’s channel ORANGE, and Thursday night it finally dropped. Now available on Apple Music is Ocean’s visual album Endless. The fact that it’s presented as a visual album might come as a surprise. So might the idea that it isn’t entitled Boys Don’t Cry, as Ocean had been teasing for so long. But what might be most surprising are the Philly ties on the new project.
Both soul singer Jazmine Sullivan and indie rocker Alex G are featured on multiple tracks. Sullivan’s vocals can be found on “Alabama,” “Wither,” “Hubolts” and “Rushes.” Alex G plays guitar on “Wither,” “Slide On Me,” “Rushes” and “Higgs.” So there you have it: what is one of the most highly anticipated releases in recent memory is flooded with talent that’s rooted right here in Philadelphia. Additional (non-Philly) contributors to the visual album include Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, James Blake, UK R&B vocalist Sampha , producer Arca, and the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Now, if you can believe this, there actually seems to be more on the way from Ocean. One of his representatives has reportedly said to “keep an eye out for more from Frank.” Most expect it to be the studio album that’s been promised for so long. So maybe that means there’s more Alex G / Jazmine Sullivan / Frank Ocean collaborations just around the corner? Only time will tell. Stay tuned, and watch Frank Ocean’s Endless here.
Portland’s indie-orchestral rockers Typhoon have covered Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You,” that you can download for free below. The 11 piece band are releasing a new album, White Lighter, on August 20 on Roll Call Records and are playing Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, October 1. The song starts out with a soft orchestrated-pop twist on the original then turns into a heartfelt gospel choir singalong with some auto-tuned weirdness noise in the background. Somehow, Typhoon have magically turned the already incredible original on its head and completely own it by the end.
Rising pop star Frank Ocean debuted his acclaimed full-length, Channel Orange, before a super sold out Union Transfer crowd last night. Grabbing a seat in the center of the stage, Frankie did not waste time delivering all the favorite jams from the new album as well as an incredible cover of Coldplay’s “Strawberry Swing”. Check out a photo recap of the night in the gallery above.
The 90s alt-rock group The Afghan Whigs was always renowned for their off-the-cuff R&B and soul covers in concert, from The Supremes’ “Come See About Me” to Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” Since kicking off a string of reunion dates this year, a staple of their set has been a rendition of Frank Ocean’s “Lovecrimes,” originally found on his 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra. Today, the Whigs announced additions to their fall tour – including a stop at The Electric Factory on Sept. 27 – and released a studio rendition of “Lovecrimes” to go with it. You can download the cover below.
Frank Ocean is playing Union Transfer on Wednesday, July 25th. Tickets are on sale now here. Ocean, who is affiliated with Odd Future, a hip hop group releases his Def Jam debut, Channel Orange, on July 17th. Last year Ocean released his Nostalgia, Ultra. for free after his label refused to release it. You can download the critically acclaimed album for free here. Tickets for Frank Ocean at Union Transfer are on sale now here. Below, download “Pyramids” for free.
Iconic Harlem rap collective A$AP Mob is set to hit the stage at the Mann Center tonight as the next date on their Cozy Tour. Their most recent release, Cozy Tapes Vol. 2, dropped in August with features from Playboi Carti, Chief Keef, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, Frank Ocean, members of Brooklyn’s Pro Era, Bronx newcomer Smooky Margielaa, and more. If you are looking for a real banger of a show tonight this is the one for you. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Brooklyn MC Young M.A. is set to perform at the Electric Factory on November 16th, and joining her is an impressive lineup of three artists, all of whom from the Philly area: Mir Fontane, Bok Nero, and Joie Kathos. Continue reading →
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be teeming with music and meyhem this weekend when the annual Made In America festival kicks into gear Saturday at noon. There are some incredible big names on the bill – the brilliant Solange and the charismatic J. Cole; the emotive Sampha, whose record Process is one of 2017’s best; Philly-rooted pop sensations Marian Hill, who play the main stage on Saturday; and of course Jay-Z himself, returning to the festival stage to celebrate his latest outing 4:44.
But there’s been a modest amount of grumbling about the lineup this year, in no small part because the polarizing dance-pop outfit The Chainsmokers are a co-headliner on Sunday night. People are either “I passionately hate this band and all that they stand for” or “yay music, I listen to whatever’s on the radio!” — and for those in the former camp, once they saw The Chainsmokers’ name on the lineup, they stopped reading further. But as always, the Made in America undercard is reliably awesome, and the early-afternoon slots as well as the out-of-the-way spots (helloooooo Skate Stage) are packed with goodness.
Here are ten artists that you maybe didn’t realize are playing Made in America, but who you definitely should not miss. – John Vettese Continue reading →