Santigold comes home for Neighborhood Flavor Block Party at The Piazza

Santigold | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN |
Santigold | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN |

Philly native Santigold is slated to appear at The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons on Saturday, September 17th as part of the Neighborhood Flavor concert series. This run of block parties highlights the home cities of popular artists, with each show being preceded by a mini-doc that details the artist’s rise to stardom.

Before Santi White turned gold, she attended Germantown Friends School, graduating in 1993. She also fronted the fantastic local punk band Stiffed before relocating to New York and launching her solo career. Continue reading →


Santigold throws the ultimate homecoming party at the TLA

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Santigold | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN |

Santigold’s Sunday night performance was the ultimate homecoming for the 39-year-old singer and songwriter.

“I have been to so many shows here,” the Mount Airy native told the sold-out crowd at the TLA. “It looked so much bigger in here then, maybe because I was smaller.”

The show opened with a 20 minute set from Brooklyn rapper DonMonique. Between performing songs like “Chrome Heater” and “Pilates,” the rapper made sure to represent the borough of BK, by rapping along to classic tunes from Notorious B.I.G. and Lil Kim.

Santigold took to the stage around 9:30, beginning her set with old favorites “You’ll Find a Way” and “L.E.S. Artistes” from her self-titled 2008 album. The crowd, who ranged from fresh-faced tweens to middle-aged men, sang along to every word; at one point during her set, Santigold remarked on how many people in the audience were long standing fans. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Santigold at the TLA, Japanese Breakfast at World Cafe Live, The City and I at Boot & Saddle

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Santigold brings her latest LP 99¢ to the TLA tonight. The Philly native gave an outstanding performance at last year’s Made In America Festival, complete with live band and dancers. It’s safe to say that tonight’s show will be equally mesmerizing, no matter what Santi has planned. Check out “Chasing Shadows” below and pick up tickets here.

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Santigold brings the quirky high energy of 99 cents to the TLA this Sunday

Santigold | Photo by Christelle de Castro | courtesy of the artist
Santigold | Photo by Christelle de Castro | courtesy of the artist

This Sunday, pop sensation Santigold returns to her native Philadelphia for her North American tour in support of the new 99 Cents LP.

The album also features collaborations with ILOVEMAKONNEN, Zeds Dead, Hit-Boy, and many more. The standout “Can’t Get Enough of Myself (feat. BC)” is an upbeat tune with an East African vibe and a creative video that features cameos from both Santigold fans and celebrities like Pharrell and Jay Z. There is also an interactive version that allows viewers to place themselves alongside Santigold in the video. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Santigold will headline the TLA in May

Santigold for WXPN| Photo by John Vettese
Santigold| Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

One of my favorite sets from last year’s Made In America Festival was the tripped-out and colorful performance from New York-based Philly native Santigold, who brought a whole squad of friends and fans onstage to dance with her while flanked by a band and a pair of dancers working the scene with selfie sticks.

It was an awesome spectacle, but even had it been more straightforward on the visual end, it still would have ruled, since Santi is a dynamic performer with a rich catalog of catchy club jammers. This winter she’s releasing her third LP, 99¢, and her tour in support of it brings Santigold back to Philadelphia to headline the TLA on South Street on May 1st. Continue reading →


Listen to Santigold’s new album, Master Of My Make-Believe, via streaming audio at NPR Music

Philly-born Santigold’s sophomore album, Master Of My Make-Believe, is set for release on May 1st (via Downtown and Atlantic Records). Earlier this month, she announced a series of tour dates in support of the release, including a performance at the Trocadero on Tuesday, May 8th. From NPR Music:

As uncompromising in her own way as M.I.A., whose music attacks more viscerally, Santigold seems ambivalent about most everything she touches on Master of My Make-Believe — especially success, if “Fame” is any indication. Even the profanity-laced “Look at These Hoes” seems to straddle the line between loathing material excess and embracing it; in that case, the result feels deadpan to the point of half-heartedness.

With its frequent nods to island rhythms — and the aid of collaborators from old standbys Diploand Switch to Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ Karen O — Master of My Make-Believe has a sprawl to it that belies its 38-minute run time. As a result, whether a given song comes out as a jolt (“Freak Like Me”) or a trot (“Pirate in the Water”), Master of My Make-Believe feels packed and filling. But fun has been edged out of the equation a bit, in favor of an emphasis on ferocity and artistry that’s increasingly hard to deny

You can read the full write-up and listen to the album in its entirety here.


Santigold announces U.S. tour dates, will perform at The Trocadero on Tuesday May 8th

The Philly-born, Brooklyn-based Santigold has just announced a series of tour dates in support of her upcoming sophomore album, Master Of My Make Believe. The tour includes a stop at The Trocadero on Tuesday, May 8th. The album—set for release on May 1st (via Downtown and Atlantic Records)—is the follow-up to Santigold’s critically acclaimed 2008 debut. You can watch the video for the song “Big Mouth” off Master Of My Make Believe below.

4/30 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
5/08 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
5/09 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
5/11 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
5/12 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
5/15 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
5/16 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
5/25 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre (Sasquatch Festival)
5/26 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
5/28 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
5/29 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
6/04 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
6/06 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
6/07 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
6/09 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
6/10 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
6/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
6/13 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
6/15 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
6/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
6/18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
6/19 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
6/22 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
6/23 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
6/29 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
6/30 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Fores