Celebrating the​ ​25th​ ​anniversary​ ​of​ ​​Bizarre​ ​Ride​ ​II ​The​ ​Pharcyde​​​ at​ ​Coda

The Pharcyde | photo by Reji B. for WXPN |

Every​ ​musician​ ​alive​ ​can​ ​name​ ​at​ ​least​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​albums​ ​that​ ​genuinely​ ​impacted​ ​them, whether​ ​they​ ​were​ ​direct​ ​influences​ ​on​ ​their​ ​own​ ​work​ ​or​ ​just​ ​sources​ ​of​ ​pure​ ​nostalgia;​ ​we​ ​all have​ ​some​ ​of​ ​THOSE​ ​albums.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​those​ ​albums​ ​that​ ​will​ ​forever​ ​be​ ​dope​ ​to​ ​us,​ ​maybe because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​place​ ​and​ ​time​ ​we​ ​were​ ​in​ ​when​ ​we​ ​first​ ​heard​ ​them,​ ​or​ ​maybe​ ​because​ ​they’re just​ ​THAT​ ​important,​ ​that​ ​seminal,​ ​that​ ​damn​ ​good.​ ​LA-based​ ​hip-hop​ ​legends​ ​The​ ​Pharcyde’s debut​ ​​Bizarre​ ​Ride​ ​II​ ​The​ ​Pharcyde​​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​those​ ​albums​ ​for​ ​me.​ ​When​ ​I​ ​heard​ ​that​ ​former members​ ​Fatlip​ ​and​ ​SlimKid3​ ​would​ ​be​ ​performing​ ​the​ ​album​ ​in​ ​full​ ​at​ ​Coda​ ​in​ ​Center​ ​City,​ ​I already​ ​knew​ ​I​ ​had​ ​to​ ​go.

On​ ​the​ ​way​ ​to​ ​the​ ​venue,​ ​I​ ​wound​ ​up​ ​randomly​ ​sharing​ ​an​ ​Uber​ ​with​ ​my​ ​friend​ ​Slaughter Rico,​ ​a​ ​Philly​ ​rap​ ​legend.​ ​He​ ​was​ ​performing​ ​in​ ​the​ ​opening​ ​set​ ​alongside​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Sensi Starr​ ​collective,​ ​a​ ​crew​ ​that’s​ ​been​ ​making​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​noise​ ​in​ ​the​ ​tri-state​ ​underground​ ​hip-hop scene.​ ​Luckily,​ ​we​ ​made​ ​it​ ​to​ ​Coda​ ​right​ ​on​ ​time​ ​for​ ​him​ ​to​ ​hop​ ​on​ ​stage​ ​with​ ​his​ ​squad. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Union Transfer, Ms. Lauryn Hill at BB&T, Bastille at The Fillmore, plus more

Ted Leo | photo courtesy of the artist

Ted Leo is back and bringing his trusty crew, the Pharmacists, with him to Union Transfer tonight. This past week, Leo smashed his seven year hiatus with the new record, The Hanging Tree, which was funded through the generosity of his fans via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Watch his latest video for “Can’t Go Back,” below, then find info on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Del The Funky Homosapien will headline Coda next month

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Whether you were introduced to him through his collaborations with Gorillaz or you followed his work back through the early 90s, Cali rapper Del The Funky Homosapien has a voice that probably made you snap to attention while simultaneously easing into a cool and collected groove. That’s the dichotomy he works; commanding but easygoing, incisive but insouciant. His latest is the Iller than Most LP, which you can listen to below, and his Bandcamp page is a treasure trove of like his entire discography in one handy spot, from I Wish My Brother George Was Here to Deltron 3030. Continue reading →


Dawn Richard brings Redemption and radiance to Club Coda

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“Y’all want me to keep going?”

This was the question that alt-R&B amazon Dawn Richard (aka D∆WN) posed again and again to an absolutely rapt audience last Friday night in Philadelphia. It was equal parts invitation and threat, hinting at a sense of giddy validation even when asked with “Are you not entertained?” steeliness. Richard was as enticingly elusive onstage as she is on record, and after every permutation of the phrase across an exhaustive, exhilarating 90-plus minute set, the answer from the crowd was an obvious, resounding “yes.” Continue reading →


RECPhilly hosts #AmplifyPhilly SXSW send-off party

David Silver of RECPhilly and Yuval Yarden of Philly Startup Leaders | Photo by Breanna Keohane

As the RECPhilly crew gears up to bring some fresh Philly talent down to Texas for South By Southwest 2016, they teamed up with StartupPHL to host their SXSW send-off party and announce the official talent lineup that will be performing down in Texas this past Thursday at Coda Nightclub.

The night was complete with a photobooth in front of a Philly LOVE sign, a DJ to kick off the night and sponsor giveaways. RECPhilly’s co-founder David Silver along with

Philly Startup Leaders ‘s Yuval Yarden put together a presentation introducing Amplify Philly and how they are working with various sponsors in the Philadelphia community to make this SXSW showcase possible. With an abundance of artists, businesses, sponsors and fans eager to hear who would be representing their city, together the Philly crew was able to get #AmplifyPhilly trending on Twitter in Philadelphia by the end of the night. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bad Bad Hats at Johnny Brenda’s, Hemming at The Fire, Baio at Coda and more…

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Bad Bad Hats | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

World Cafe alums Bad Bad Hats play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The indie rockers showed host David Dye around their hometown of Minneapolis, MN last year for a Sense of Place feature and recorded a session in support of their debut LP Psychic Reader. Check out a video of “Midway” recorded live for World Cafe below, revisit their full feature here and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show with Hey Marseilles here.

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Free At Noon Flashback: Iceland’s Kaleo is ready to take its eclectic sound worldwide

Kaleo | Photo by Liz Waldie |
Kaleo | Photo by Liz Waldie |

As the full crowd filed into World Café Live, it was apparent they weren’t sure what to expect from Kaleo, today’s Free at Noon artist. After all, the Icelandic indie-folk quartet have only released a few songs here in the United States, but as the crowd soon realized, it won’t be long till Kaleo will be a well-known name. Continue reading →


Worldtown Soundsystem conquers the streets in “The Boutique” video, heads to Rittenhouse venue this Saturday

Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo via
Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo via

Members of 12-piece Worldtown Soundsystem come from all over the world: Jamaica, Nigeria, Brazil, Alabama, and Vermont, joining forces right here in home sweet home, Philadelphia.

As expected, this multicultural band infuses an eclectic global mix of sound, and completely rocks it live, two qualities shown in the new video for their electronic/house/reggae track, “The Boutique.” Continue reading →