Moor Mother and DJ Haram are 700 Bliss

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Philly favs Moor Mother and DJ Haram have teamed up to create the duo 700 Bliss, and recently put out a fresh and powerful five-track EP called Spa 700. DJ Haram’s spacey, innovative beats provide a trance like experience to get the listener prepared to receive Moor Mother’s passionate lyrics and intense delivery. You can pregame to this, mosh to this, start a revolution to this. Right on time for Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Check out the dope EP down below. Continue reading →


The Skeleton Key: Moor Mother exhibition, Bowerbird series, Two Piece Fest XI, and more new music than you can shake a greased pole at.

Slutever plays Two Piece Fest in 2013 | Photo by Kate McCann |

While the post-Superbowl riot might be the DIY event of the season, there’s a lot more going on this month than just a bunch of greased poles on Broad Street

Hi! Welcome to the second edition of The Skeleton Key, your friendly neighborhood gossip column just fighting the good fight against mediocrity and boredom. While we might (still) be in the middle of winter, warm weather –  and with it, touring season –  is on the horizon. I promise!

There was no better reminder of that than the recent announcement by R5 that Lighting Bolt and Moor Mother would be playing the First Unitarian Church at the end of March. While Lighting Bolt could sell out the Church all on their own, the fact that the good people at R5 are having Moor Mother open makes for a truly amazing and electric night. Which is to say: I really hope you got tickets because it sold out almost immediately. Continue reading →


Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry storm the city, seething with rage, in the “Streets Dept” video

Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry | still from video

Released last year on Jersey indie label Don Giovanni Records, Crime Waves is a collaboration between two Philadelphia experimental soundscapers, Camae Ayewa and Steve Montenegro, aka Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry. The record explores themes of systematic violence and racism through harsh noise, aggressive beats, and Moor Mother’s powerful poetry. Continue reading →


Moor Mother, King Britt and more to play AfroFuturist Affair Costume Ball

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Final Fridays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art always provide a fantastically curated night of entertainment that’s hard to find elsewhere, and the upcoming AfroFuturist Costume Ball is certainly no exception. On Friday, Oct. 27, the museum’s Great Stair Hall will fill with the sights and sounds of Afrofuturism — if you’re not familiar, that’s an artistic and cultural movement centered around Black liberation through a futuristic sci-fi lens. The AfroFuturist Affair, along with Black Quantum Futurism and Philadelphia Assembled, have planned the event, their 7th annual, as a celebration of AfroFuturist and Black speculative music, art, design and creativity. Continue reading →


Moor Mother collaboration Irreversible Entanglements speaks truth to power

Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Irreversible Entanglements isn’t only a supergroup collaboration of some of today’s best contemporary jazz artists, it also provides important commentary through its powerful and compelling narrative. The liberation-oriented free jazz group formed in 2015 and just released their first, self-titled collection of tracks; Irreversible Entanglements is available on Bandcamp. It will become available in LP and CD formats on Dec. 1 from an International Anthem and Don Giovanni partnership. Continue reading →


King Britt announces new album AFTER… featuring Moor Mother, Kate Faust

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King Britt | Photo by John Vettese

Following a run of reunions and reflections last year, King Britt is now looking forward with the announcement of a new album coming this summer. The legendary local DJ/producer will release AFTER… with his Fhloston Paradigm project on June 16th, a collaborative effort that features Moor Mother, Kate Faust, and more.

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