West Philadelphia native Chill Moody recently came to the coveted 106 & Park Backroom to display his wordplay and prowess on a grand stage that has hosted notable bars from the likes of Eminem and Slaughterhouse, Kendrick Lamar, and Hopsin to name a few. The rapper’s first major television appearance seemed to go exactly how fans would come to expect, full of wordplay and charisma from an artist striving to make a name for himself. Continue reading →
English rockers The Damned bring their Hallow-East tour to The TLA tonight. Formed in 1976, the influential punk rock stalwarts are credited with leading the punk crusade by releasing the genre’s first single and LP. In 2008 The Damned released their most recent effort So, Who’s Paranoid?, a record that plays more towards the band’s 1980s gothic heyday than its 70s punk roots. Listen to The Damned’s first single, “New Rose,” below and pick up tickets here.
Tonight, electro-pop superstar Yelle will be performing at Union Transfer. The French singer has successfully released two albums, Pop Up and Safari Disco Club, and is currently working on her third, the name of which has not been announced yet. Any fan of pop music should see the European interpretation of what has become such a staple in the American musical canon, and Yelle is a perfect ambassador. Check out “Je Veux Te Voir” below and get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
How To Dress Well’s third album, What Is This Heart? is slightly different than his first two. It’s still recognizably Tom Krell, but his music has morphed into an inherently pop sound that is hard to ignore. It’s not a Justin Timberlake or a Maroon 5 type pop, but it has similar fun, upbeat overtones that replace the project’s former R&B-like essence.
“Repeat Pleasure” is a perfect example of this. It’s an intense love song wrapped in jazzy guitar riffs and intervals of 90’s synth beats. The lyrics talk about wanting someone and then once winning them over, but still finding that you still want something else; the age old saying “you always want what you can’t have.” It’s probably the most reminiscent of a “radio hit” throughout the entire record which in a way, makes Tom Krell’s music more accessible.
“Words I Don’t Remember” follows a similar schema as many of the songs on his sophomore album, Total Loss. It features Krell’s soft, smooth R&B vocals over a simple beat. There is something about this track though that is less mysterious than those on the previous album. His lyrics are expressive (“You know that I love you baby / Only wanted one thing on my mind”) and similar to those that you might encounter in a pop or R&B song.
I think How To Dress Well was one of the first artists along with the likes of Grimes, Active Child, Autre Ne Veut, etc. to bring about a new type of sound which pairs R&B vocals with synthy electronic background noise. In What Is This Heart?, Krell makes the point that he has the ability to branch out and make lighter, less ominous music, while still maintaining his originality.
How to Dress Well will be in Philly September 19th at District N9NE (for old heads, that’s the new name of the mid-aughties venue Starlight Ballroom). Find info and tickets here and listen to “Face Again” below.