There’s nothing like a blend of old school hip-hop and Motown funk to kick off the countdown to Halloween. Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams has been heavily involved in Philly’s hip-hop scene for years, ranging from his work with The Goats in the 90s to his more recent funk-inspired Black Landlord. On Monday, Williams’ newest group, The Opposite Ends, released a brand new song and video for “Josephine,” a quirky little track about an alluring but equally dangerous vampire. Continue reading →
The annual Clark Park Fall Festival hits West Philly on Saturday, September 19th, and in addition to the usual assortment of crafters and food vendors, it brings together a day-long lineup of local music to support education nonprofit Rock to the Future. Tapped for the show are funky favorites You Do You and Black Landlord, jazzy-prog hitmakers Darla, singer-songwriters Rosemary FiKi, Nik Greeley and Abi Reimold, and much more. Music runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and more information can be found here. Below, check out music from some of the artists and check out the set times. Continue reading →
Spanish dance group Delorean plays a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. Last year, the group released its second album, Apar, produced in the band’s private studio in El Poblenou. The title is a Basque term that means to froth or foam. The sounds in the album, a very minimum instrumentation and vocals, has a feeling of being destroyed yet remaining strong. The band released a playlist of some of the fantastic remixes they’ve done this year, as well as a warped video for “Unhold” featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek. They will be joined by Philly’s City Rain, who were featured on the Key’s Unlocked Series. Similar to Delorean, City Rain recorded its newest album High School Dance near a family shore house. Catch both bands for their free show at Morgan’s Pier. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Center city venue MilkBoy its third anniversary next month with three days of free shows. The party also marks the 20th anniversary of its parent company, MilkBoy the Studio. From August 14 to 16th, the venue will host phenomenal performances from artists like The Ataris, Cheerleader, and the Lawsuits. To help you map out your show-going, we’ve highlighted an artist (or two) for each day. Continue reading →
Philly orchestral pop outfit Grandchildren are returning to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band released their folksy, acoustic-yet-electrified album, Golden Age, in May – a unique sound both classic and very modernized. Grandchildren will also be playing with The Eastern Sea and Ton-Taun. Check out Golden Age below, and find tickets here.
Two things we know about the guys from Black Landlord: they like to dress up, and they like to bring the party. So the Black Landlord Halloween Extravaganza just announced at Kung Fu Necktie is sure to be a mix of spooky seasonal pageantry and funky, danceable good times. (Possibly aided by the fact that some of the Landlord crew bartends at KFN.) Opening the 21+ show are buzzing, skronky locals St. James and the Apostles – who just released the album Baphomet, a title with all kinds of demonological implications. Tickets are $10 and available here. Below, watch Black Landlord’s Key Studio Session video and check out some tunes from St. James and co. Continue reading →
The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume 3—which you can download for free here—features one exclusive track recorded at the WXPN studios by 18 local acts, including DRGN King, Blayer Point Du Jour, Plow United, Weston, Surgeon, Break It Up, Black Landlord, Crills Wilson, Psychic Teens, The Bad Doctors, Ben Smith, The Tressels, Saturn Never Sleeps, White Birds, Andrew Lipke, Ports Of Call, mewithoutYou, and Young Statues.
Special thanks to all of the bands for coming to our studio, and to John Vettese for recording them. We’d also like to thank volunteer production assistants Zachary Deveraux Fairbrother, Jake “Rabid” Nisenfeld
Jeremy Quattlebaum, Joshua Pannepacker, and Maureen Walsh, as well as photographers Eric Ashleigh, Michael “Kraus Phade” Béon, Kate Bracaglia, Michelle Holshue, Mattias Nilsson, Eric Schuman, and Rachelle Lee Smith for sharing their work.
Click here the download the 18-track compilation in its entirety as a .zip file. Want to hear more? Click here to listen to the full sessions by all 18 local acts; you can also download The Key Studio Sessions Compilation Volume I and Volume 2.
DRGN King, “Holy Ghost”
Blayer Point Du Jour, “Mansion Party”
Plow United, “Martin”
Weston, “Love And Rockets”
Break It Up, “Subterranian”
Black Landlord, “Last Night”
Crills Wilson, “Grifter”
Psychic Teens, “Red”
The Bad Doctors, “Sisyphus And The Gate”
Ben Smith, “Love Potion No. 10″
The Tressels, “Cold Blue Eyes”
Saturn Never Sleeps, “Hearts On Fire”
White Birds, “Floating Hands”
Andrew Lipke, “Sleep Like A Child”
Ports Of Call, Ballinora
mewithoutYou, “Tie Me Up! Untie Me!”
Young Statues , “Athens”
We’ve given a lot of love to Black Landlord this year, having featured the local act our inaugural Key Studio Sessions Live concert (as well as in a Key Studio Video Session). So it was with a heavy heart that we read the news about how the band’s frontman, Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, was recently hospitalized. Thankfully, the folks at Standard Tap and Philadelphia Brewing Company have organized a benefit to help Maxx deal with the massive medical bills. Make Major Moves‘ Brian McManus sums it up pretty succinctly:
Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams: lead dude of Black Landlord (and formerly of the Goats and Incognegro), noted beer drinker and actor. You know him. You LOVE him. Well he’s not been doing so hot of late. Hospitalized for the better part of a month, in fact. Why? We’re not sure, but dammmmn you’re nosy. Anyway, this is America. So, naturally, the medical bills have ballooned at such a rate and to such a degree that Maxx can no longer keep up. Enter the Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams benefit. Like Maxx, it is outsized and thoroughly original.
From the benefit organizers:
Standard Tap and Philadelphia Brewing Company will be hosting a benefit for Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, Monday, December 19th 2011. The charismatic leader of Philadelphia’s own Black Landlord, and formally of The Goats and Incognegro, was hospitalized for the better part of a month which has resulted in medical bills far too large to endure. To help support the cause the event will take place 4 – 7PM, with live auction beginning at 7PM at Standard Tap, located at 901 N. 2nd St, featuring an unprecedented offer…
The “Philadelphia Golden Ticket” will allow the auction winner a non-transferable, unlimited Two Ticket Pass to any of the shows, at any of the designated venues, any time between Jan 1st 2012 – December 31st 2012. Yes, this includes sold out shows and yes, this means you could potentially go to an unlimited amount of shows with a guest, at any of the following venues, any time throughout the year.
Venues include: Electric Factory, Mann Center, The Trocadero, All R5 events, Theatre of Living Arts, Festival Pier at Penns Landing, Union Transfer, Milkboy, The Note, Kung Fu Necktie, Johnny Brendas, The Fire, North Star, Fergie’s & Time!
You can find more information at the event page on Standard Tap’s Facebook.