After cancelling his October 4th stop at Wells Fargo Center (reportedly due to wife Kim Kardashian’s robbery in France), hip-hop icon Kanye West officially rescheduled his Philadelphia date to December 13th, and even added a second on December 15th. Continue reading →
We knew it was bound to happen. Kanye West has announced a 32 date tour with a stop in Philly on October 4th at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 18th at 10 a.m. Continue reading →
Kanye West‘s The Life Of Pablo has been a lot of things: a mystery, a “living breathing changing creative expression”, a flop, a hit, a steal, and most of all, a zeitgeist defining moment in current music. According to Stereogum, its on its way to be the first #1 album that made almost no money. No one knows if West knows what he is doing, but he is definitely succeeding.
Hardwork Movement, the Philly hip-hop collective, have released their cover of the TLOP highlight “30 Hours.” Their take, which comes along with their own version of the cover art, faithfully takes the instrumental to new heights with verses from the Hardwork MC’s. Continue reading →
As you may have heard, Kanye West is still tweaking his newest album, The Life of Pablo. He recently tweeted that the record is “a living breathing changing creative creative expression,” and he’s sticking to his word: just two days ago, he updated “Wolves,” adding contributions from both Vic Mensa and Sia. Such is the advantage of never releasing a physical copy of your record, it seems.
Meanwhile, back in Philly, DJ and rapper Zilla Rocca have been working on their own edits of “Wolves.” The MC just released his new version of the track, “The Wolf of Wolf Street.” Continue reading →
Dan and Dan (XPN’s Reed and the Inquier’s DeLuca) have released episode 26 of their Dan and Dan Podcast, which features producer Mike Vasilikos interviewing folk hero Graham Nash.
Vasilikos spoke to Nash while he was in Philly to perform at World Cafe Live and XPN’s Free At Noon. Nash, who is now 74, spoke about his time with The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, his book Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, his upcoming record This Path Tonight, and much more. Continue reading →
Rapper / producer / nascent fashion designer Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 event was part conceptual art piece, part fashion premiere, part album listening party for his much anticipated 7th solo album The Life of Pablo – which, as of this writing, is still being finalized. The event Thursday gave us a taste, though, and it was simultaneously screened live in several cities around the world via Jay-Z’s TIDAL media streaming service.
And after a day of running errands, I braved the frigid February air Thursday night and made my way to the University 6 Theater (fka The Rave) in West Philly for the Philly edition of Yeezy.
After showing a pair of ushers at the front door a print out of my ticket, I stood in a long line of Penn students and casual hipster kids before having my ticket checked and verified again before taking a seat in the theater.
Pulling out a notepad and pen a dude sitting next to me asked “You taking notes?” with a smirk.
For the first 10 or 15 minutes sitting in this dark theater, I could see the image of two giant platforms elevated above the floor of Madison Square Garden, blanketed by large sheets. The whole scene looked still, dark, grey and lunar. For a fleeting moment I wondered if Kanye had trolled us all. Maybe we had all been tricked? Maybe this was it? A bunch of people, sitting in dark theaters staring at these dumb looking monolithic structures with no album to be heard until the official release date. Continue reading →
Most Philadelphians are familiar with Fairmount’s massive landmark Eastern State Penitentiary. The looming structure, which closed in 1971 after 142 years as a prison, reopened in 1994 for guided tours, and has since become a destination for thrill-seekers during Bastille Day and Halloween season. However, beyond the zombie-fied chaos, the space itself offers an amazing backdrop for, well, anything. We decided to look back at a few ways musicians and other visual artists have used ESP over the last few decades. Continue reading →