Brazilian dance group PhillyBloco are bringing the party to World Cafe Live tonight. Recently, the 20 piece band brought its signature blend of pop and samba to the Northern Liberties’ “Saturday in the Park” concert, and played an energetic Key Studio Session with a mix of new and old sounds. The Key’s Sameer Rao dug into the roots and formation of the band in an interview last year, which you can read here. Listen to “Fest Para Um Rei Negro” below . Get more info about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
We find Philly pop hip-hip group Astronauts Really Fly in a dark, dance-party equipped basement in their new video “Growing Pains.” With vocals alternating between singer Andrew Meoray and rapper Mont Brown, the song gives an unique perspective on the conflicted emotions felt when growing up. The best part of the video comes when a saxophone interrupts an abrupt silence; in the midst of all the excitement, the wistful solo really captures the bittersweet emotion of growing up.
Of course, in the genre-blending world of ARF, a saxophone solo is not unexpected. Previously ARF had released videos for other singles, “Wrong” (featured on MTV 2) and “Soul”. The songs are off of their debut album F.L.I.G.H.T., due outJuly 11th. The band will be playing July 11th at The TLA as a part of the Kickback Live Concert. Get more information on the show here. Watch the video for “Growing Pains” below.
Brit DJ Quantic (aka Will Holland) returns with his latest album Magentica to Union Transfer. Over the years, Holland has led a series of different side projects in a variety of genres including Quantic Soul Orchestra and Quantic Flowering Inferno. Magentica, his first solo album in seven years, mixes multiple genres for an intriguing sound. One of the tracks, “You Will Return”, featuring Alice Russell, was released as a part of Record Store Day earlier this year. Listen to “You Will Return” below. Get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calender.
With Valentines day hitting tomorrow – to the endless delight of happy couples and the endless frustration of single folk – a stream of love-themed V-Day music is starting to percolate from the Philly scene, continuing with a new free downloadable single from genre-crossing crew Astronauts Really Fly.
While vocalist Andrew Meoray’s pop hooks were a highlight of A.R.F.’s debut EP, he takes center stage on this new single, belting out heartbroken scorn on the verses while rapper Mont Brown takes the chorus, each offering differing perspectives on watching a summer romance fall in love with another partner come fall. Listen and grab a free download.
Ohio bred R&B artist and actress Macy Gray brings her unique vocals and whimsical musical sense to World Cafe Live tonight for the 14th anniversary of her 1999 release On How Life Is. Gray has released six album in the years since then, most recently appearing in 2012 with a full-album cover of Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book. Find tickets for tonight’s show here. Watch her Jay Leno performance of Stevie’s “Tuesday Heartbreak.”
Philly hip-hop group Astronauts Really Fly will play its first headlining show for a hometown crowd at The Blockley on Thursday. Fans of the local hip-hop scene will be treated to a full band performance from ARF, who released their self-titled EP earlier this year which showcased their mix of gritty rhymes and poppy hooks backed by crisp production. Dedicated to improving the lives of their Philly brethren, Astronauts Really Fly will support families in need as Thanksgiving approaches by collecting and distributing non-perishable goods. Get more details on the show here.