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Charles Cohen and Rosie Langabeer reimagine the movie Speed without dialogue or action.

Charles Cohen | photo via facebook.com/cbeepsandboops
Charles Cohen | photo via facebook.com/cbeepsandboops

In an interview conducted before his appearance at this year’s Présences électronique Festival, Charles Cohen gives a befuddling answer when pressed to describe his approach. “I improvise. I pack up and go home. I don’t think about it that much,” Cohen states matter-of-factly. Continue reading →

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Double Decker Music Series returns on May 31 with Christopher Sean Powell and The Sun Flights

Gretchen Lohse | Photo via bowerbird.org/newsite/events/doubledecker/
Gretchen Lohse | Photo by Scott Troyan | via bowerbird.org

The beloved Double Decker Music Series, “an intimate mobile concert experience,” is returning on May 31 with Christopher Sean Powell and The Sun Flights on board.

You may have your favorite live-music venue in the city, but there’s debatably nothing like watching multitalented Philly musicians perform while basking in the changing scenery and afterglow of Philly.  Continue reading →

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Watch Birdie Busch perform “Honey Jar Junkies” on an open top bus care of ubiquitous Philly videographer Bob Sweeney

Photo by Scott Troyan | thefinest.in

Philly singer-songwriter Birdie Busch has always been one to gravitate towards unique venues and settings for performing, but her show last week arguably raised the bar. On October 1st, she played the inaugural Double Decker Music Series show, put on by Philly tour guide Sebastian Petsu, a long time fixture on the local music scene. Along with experimental jazz / electronic virtuoso Charles Cohen, Busch played a short set in the open top roof of the bus – which due to transmission problems (or some sort of mechanical issue), had to be vacated and re-boarded. But we did get a sweet video of “Honey Jar Junkies” out of it, shot by ubiquitous local videographer Bob Sweeney. Check out the video below, and see a fuller documentary-style video of the tour on Sweeney’s tumblr.

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See Birdie Busch and Charles Cohen perform on top of a double-decker bus on 9/12

Birdie Busch

Folksy singer-songwriter Birdie Busch is teaming up with jazz/electronic virtuoso Charles Cohen to perform a show across Philly on an open-top double decker bus on September 12th. In January, Busch released her last record, Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night, and it was XPN’s February CD of the Month. Charles Cohen, another long-time local musician, has been making jazz and experimental electronic music on his famous vintage Buchla Music Easel for decades. The two will play sets on the bus from 8 to 10 p.m. Boarding begins at 7:45 p.m. on the corner of 5th and Market Streets. Go here for more information on the event. Meanwhile, check out the stellar track “supermoon” from Birdie Busch’s new album and watch Charles Cohen mastering the music easel below.

CHARLES COHEN AT THE BUCHLA MUSIC EASEL from Alex Tyson on Vimeo.

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Check out highlights from Phreak ‘N Queer Festival lineup (returning 8/1 through 8/4)

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The annual Phreak ‘N Queer Arts And Music Festival returns for its third year this summer. From August 1 through the 4th, the LGBTQ festival will host literary and art events, performances, and concerts across different venues in Philly. According to the festival, Phreak ‘N Queer is run by volunteers who “acknowledge the need for safe performance spaces and supporting local queer / trans talent.” There will be all ages events as well as those for the 21+ crowd. Below, get a sampling of some of the varied and interesting musical acts you can check out this year. Continue reading →