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Watch the Beastie Boys bring Hello Nasty to the CoreStates Center in August of 1998

Beastie Boys at the First Union Center | still from video

NYC rhymesayers Beastie Boys were at a point of reinvention when they came to Philadelphia on August 20, 1998. They had a solid decade under their belts as a hip-hop combo — longer as a punk band — and with their fifth LP, Hello Nasty, they were pushing things further still. Out was the psychedelic groove and contemplative flow that defined their previous two albums, the iconic Ill Communication and Check Your Head; in was a retro-futuristic clubby sound, based around turntablist big beats and cartoonish sound bites, with no shortage of contagious energy.

For the live show, out were longtime collaborators DJ Hurricane and percussionist Mark Bobo, in was Mix Master Mike on the 1s and 2s, Alfredo Ortiz on the drums, and an expanded role for keyboardist “Money Mark” Nishita. On the band were coordinated red jump suits, while the band was on a slowly rotating stage as they performed in the round in the center of the CoreStates Center (the name the Wells Fargo Center went by at the time). Continue reading →

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Night Panther takes a cue from Beastie Boys in “Fever” video (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 12/21)

Explosions, expletives, exotic dancers – OH MY! Local disco duo Night Panther’s video for their single “Fever” features all the elements you could expect to see in a Tarantino film (plus a car chase!) in just under 12 minutes – but in a lo-fi, campier style, naturally. The video pulls elements of Beastie Boys’ 1994 “Sabotage” video, making its lengthy running time pass quickly with a story of murder, drug wars, and unfulfilled vengeance. (Please note that viewers should watch with caution as all the bold words above appear quite vividly in the video.) You can check out the band playing at Johnny Brenda’s on December 21st- go here for more information.

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Beastie Boys tribute night coming to The Fire on August 7th

It’s been a rough few months since Beastie Boys founding member Adam Yauch passed away at the all-too-tender age of 47. Though his absence leaves a yawning void in our hearts, his legacy as MCA leaves decades of amazing, groundbreaking music well worth celebrating. And that’s precisely the point of the event the folks at The Fire have put together. Brooklyn rap-rocker Don McCloskey will host an evening of music from DJs, MCs, and a house tribute band including local artistsChuck Treece, Tom Spiker, Damon Bennet, and Travis Woodson. Admission to the 21+ event is $10; show starts at 9. More info is available on the Facebook event page.

Below, watch the video for “Sabotage” from Beastie Boys’ 1994 Ill Communication. You know you want to.

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The Beastie Boys’ live concert film, Awesome, I F*ckin’ Shot That, to screen at The Trocadero on May 17th

The film features the Beastie Boys’ 2004 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was shot by audience members and directed by Adam Yauch. It will screen at the Trocadero at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th; a $5 donation is suggested for the 21+ event (proceeds to benefit an as-yet-to-be-determined benefit of the Yauch family’s choosing).

You can watch the trailer for the film below.

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Coldplay, playing Wells Fargo Center in July, pay tribute to Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys

Photo by Bryan Bedder, Getty Images

Coldplay paid tribute to Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys at the Hollywood Bowl last Friday night. Yauch passed away on Friday. In 2009 Yauch was diagnosed with cancer after tumors were discovered in a salivary gland. The Beastie Boys were inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, however Yauch did not attend the induction ceremony. Below, watch Coldplay’s cover of “Fight For Your Right To Party.” Coldplay play the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, July 5th and Friday, July 6th. Go herefor tickets and more information.

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Philly’s First All-Rap Spectacular


Were you at Philly’s First All-Rap Spectacular? We found this poster (above) for a show at The Spectrum on July 5th, 1986 featuring Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Whodini and Jam Master Jay on the DogIsland tumblr and we couldn’t resist sharing it.