Illvibe Collective’s new monthly party launches at MilkBoy with STS, Hezekiah and more

S.T.S. | Photo by John Vettese
S.T.S. at the Illvibe Collective party | Photo by John Vettese

“The Philly hip-hop scene needs something fresh,” Hezekiah told the audience at MilkBoy. The Philly MC was in literal master of ceremonies mode at the center city venue last night, hosting the launch of a new party organized by Illvibe Collective that had clever wordsmith S.T.S. (Sugar Tongue Slim) in the headlining spot. Hezekiah explained to the crowd that their goal was a new showcase of the city’s emerging talent that also celebrated its established names on a planned monthly basis. Last night’s kickoff was modestly attended – decent for a Wednesday night though – but the people who went were pumped to be there. “We’re family,” Hezekiah and DJ PHSH said throughout the night, and indeed there was a warm and engaged vibe among the people on the floor, and the talent on stage did not disappoint. Continue reading →


See a Questlove Q&A, watch sets by Khari Mateen, Lushlife and Pow Pow at Underground Arts for Philly Tech Week

TechWith the 2013 edition of Philly Tech Week upon us, WXPN has teamed up with Little Giant Media for a performance, tech talk and DJ night at Underground Arts called The Intersection of Music and Technology.The free 21+ event happens on Sunday, April 28th beginning at 5 p.m.

Hosted by WXPN’s Bruce Warren, the event will kick off an hour-long Q&A with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots. Presentations will be made by the folks at, Soulspazm Digital and, and DJ’s Dave P of Making Time and DJ Phsh will spin.

The centerpiece live performances will come from production wizard and sonic adventuerer Khari Mateen, electro-pop experimenter Chris Powell of Man Man performing under his Pow Pow moniker, and tech-savvy rapper Lushlife. For more information on The Intersection of Music and Technology, visit its Facebook event page here. Below, watch Lushlife perform “Still I Hear The Word Progress” and talk about his gear fixation in his HotBox Studio / Deli Magazine Choice Cuts Session.