Painted Bride Art Center has been building its BrideNext arts and advocacy project throughout the year, and the initiative will celebrate with a culminating showcase featuring Philly hip-hop collective ILL DOOTS. The double presentation and gallery showcase will take place over two nights later this month, with ILL DOOTS and the other featured artists presenting programming that addresses local issues.
ILL DOOTS will present Existence, Resistance and the Sounds of Surroundings, a multimedia concert on the theme of gentrification that “uses music to amplify the stories, grievances, and desires of the residents neighboring the ever-expanding campus of Temple University,” along with an accompanying installation in the gallery space. Choreographer Belle Alvarez will present Ageless Dream: Historias Nuestras, which comments on the issue of immigration. Alvarez also worked with The Key’s own Jeremy Zimmerman on a series of portraits and interviews that follows the stories of millennial organizers. Continue reading →
The Key faves, ILL DOOTS, will be ringing in the New Year this January at Fringe Arts. Hopefully, their energetic, groovy hip-hop will bless 2018 to be a whole lot funkier, and a whole lot less upsetting. Continue reading →
To kick off the month of May, the folks at NPR Music brought their #TinyDeskContest tour to Philadelphia for a terrific night of music for a sold out crowd at World Cafe Live upstairs featuring some of our favorite artists from the city: high-energy hip-hop bands Hardwork Movement and ILL DOOTS, ethereal electronic singer and songwriter Aphra and expressive rockers Maitland. Check out scenes from the night below, care of our photographer Rachel Del Sordo. Continue reading →
With a new record on the way, Pine Barons lead the bill at Boot & Saddle tonight. The concert is a benefit for March On Harrisburg, a week-long protest that will take walkers from Philadelphia to the state capital in support of a better democracy. The indie rockers shared a new single called “Alliterate Breed” last fall; watch the video below and pick up tickets for the 21+ benefit here.
On the first 2017 collection of standout performances from The Key Studio Sessions, Philly artists stretch out.
Three Man Cannon explores measured avenues and alleys of indie rock groove for six minutes on “Pushing People.” Mars Parker runs a five minute sprint to the trancey hip-hop / R&B tones of “Little Red Corvette.” Long-running Philly / Brooklyn experimental pop outfit Cuddle Magic delivers a vibrant epic in “The First Hippie on the Moon, Parts 1 & 2.” And far-reaching instrumentals are rocked by raw power metal trio Stinking Lizaveta and forward-thing jazz ensemble Vince Tampio Quintet.
That’s not to say The Key Studio Sessions Volume 19, available for streaming and free downloading today, consists solely of slow burners. You’ll hear spirited retro rock by Louie Louie, hooky punk from Eight and swift electropop care of Camp Candle. Long running Philly faves Creepoid check in with a searing new heavy psych jam, PINKWASH rages for three minutes of cathartic thrash and Shannen Moser closes the set with a elegant and direct folk song.
The all-Philly lineup will feature two hip-hop bands near and dear to The Key’s hearts. ILL DOOTS, a South Philly collective that just recorded a Key Studio Session last month, will perform after delivering an impressive Tiny Desk submission featuring their stirring and socially conscious anthem “Black Matter.” Hardwork Movement, a band we’ve loved since hearing their first single “Shine” a year and a half ago, is also on the bill on the strength of their breathtaking new “Becca’s Jam,” making its debut in their Tiny Desk submission. Two more artists will be announced closer to the event; stay tuned for more on that. Continue reading →
Philly collective ILL DOOTS has got to be one of the most creative forces at work on the local hip-hop scene right now.
Picture, if you will, a meeting ground between Hardwork Movement’s expansive big band arrangements (ten multi-instrumental members!) and non-stop hustle (ILL DOOTS’ Fourth Fridays at their Tasker House home base are always poppin’) with the ambitious, interdisciplinary performing arts outlook of musicians like Kate Faust (the band notably soundtracked a production of An Octoroon at the Wilma Theater last year) and you’re well on your way there. It’s no coincidence, in that sense, that ILL DOOTS were featured alongside both those artists on the sold-out opening lineup of Key Fest 2016, and we’re psyched to bring their vibes in the studio today. Continue reading →
Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
If you pay a visit to the About section of Screaming Females’ Facebook page, you’ll only find two and a half words: “Rock n Roll”. Similarly, the Genre section just has the word “Rock” listed three times, but what more do you need to know? The New Brunswick power trio will headline the Don Giovanni Records Showcase tonight with Lee Baines III & The Glory Fires, Outer Spaces, Worriers, and Bad Moves, and you can find tickets and more info at XPN’s Concert Calendar. While you’re at it, check out a performance of a song they definitely (won’t) play at the show below. Continue reading →
This summer, for ILL Doots, has been all about preparation—like a volcano building magma before it explodes. “On the surface, it may seem like we’ve been kind of quiet,” explains Anthony Martinez-Briggs (stage name: Phantom) over drinks at Boot & Saddle. “But there’s so much going on behind the scenes.”
By “kind of quiet” of course he means “kind of quiet for ILL Doots,” who have spent the past 6 years playing, dropping tracks, and hosting workshops in Philly and beyond—with nary a sign of slowing down. Their “quiet” period included a handful of live performances, curating shows at their South Philly home, affectionately known as “Tasker House,” and writing and performing the soundtrack to the Wilma Theater’s production of An Octoroon—in addition to recording and preparing for tour. Octoroon’s soundtrack drops later this week, and this Saturday they’ll kick off a 3-week, U.S. tour with a show at Boot & Saddle; while on the road, they’ll also host a series of free workshops teaching music to kids.
If it sounds ambitious, that’s because it is. But the dudes of ILL Doots—”ILL” being an acronym for “I Love Learning”—have never been ones to shy away from a challenge. Since coming together in the U Arts dormitories back in 2009, the Philadelphia eight-piece has consistently challenged expectations of what it means to be a hip-hop band today, marrying cool raps and fresh production with a focus on collaboration, community betterment, and positivity. Originally conceived as a jam sesh between roommates Jordan “Rodney” McCree (drums) and Scott “Sly Tompson” Ziegler (bass), the band added emcees Martinez-Briggs and Kirschen “Tex” Wolford soon after, then slowly grew to the monolith it is today.
These days, ILL Doots is a growing force on the local scene, whose stock continues to rise. Before heading out on tour, I caught up with 4/8th of the band—McCree, Ziegler, Martinez-Briggs, and guitarist Sam “BPAD” Borrello—to talk weekends in the Wissahickon, classic summer jamz, and what they’re most psyched about this fall.Continue reading →
Singer-songwriter-rock-and-roller Courtney Barnett is on a victory lap in support of last year’s acclaimed record Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit; tonight, she plays her biggest Philadelphia gig to date, headlining the Electric Factory. With jams like “Pedestrian at Best” and “Dead Fox” and aching numbers like “Deprestion,” it will make you feel all the proverbial feelings. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Courtney playing XPNFest last summer below. Continue reading →