DC-born downbeat electronic duo Thievery Corporation is closing in on two decades of activity, and the scope of their influence is massive. Without the collaboration of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, there would be no Air, no Four Tet and no Pretty Lights. Their ninth album, Saudade, was released in the fall, and the band headlines the Tower Theater tonight with guests Polica and Break Science. Get tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Depth of My Soul” from their recent album, Saudade.
The annual Art Star Craft Bazaar comes to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on the weekend of May 10th and May 11th, and as usual, it’s chock-full of free performances from local musicians. Our friends at Philebrity curated the lineup, which features a set from editor Joey Sweeney and his band The Long Hair Arkestra; also on tap are atmosphericana rockers Oldermost, outlaw country rabble-rousers Levee Drivers, classical / jazz inspired troupe Liz and the Lost Boys, beat-driven one-man-dance-party Khari Mateen, and more. And that’s just the first day (we’re psyched to see Johnny Showcase on Sunday). Check out the full lineup and set times here, and check out music from the artists on the show below.
Khari Mateen‘s recent show at Chris’ Jazz Cafe found him performing an extended version of his single “Full Moon” complete with the cello and hypnotic loop that graced the original. Having collaborated with other local acts like The Roots and Jill Scott, Mateen has mastered the Philly soul sound and put his own eclectic spin on it. Watch below and check out his his latest EP Qualia: Fallhere.
Local multi-instrumentalist / producer Khari Mateen has released his latest EP Qualia: Fall, following up his recent “Where Did They Go” single. The Grammy nominated artist grounded the project in his relationship with the autumn season, exploring its notions of change and new beginnings and applying them to themes including love and war. From Mateen:
This fall marks the beginning of something I have been wanting to do since my last record “Wait for Sunrise”. Using artistic mediums and collaborations with many thinkers, explorers, musicians, life enthusiasts, and people that want to be around expression and conversation; comes a collection titled “Qualia”. I chose to stylize the music in the first release, “Qualia: Fall” with references to Blues, Folk, Rock, Soul and classic R&B music. I imagined the music listened to with friends that understand you, maybe even helped you off the floor once or twice.
Stream Qualia: Fall below and watch the video for “Slow Fall.”
Red Martina is a new collaboration between Noesis of Philadelphia Slick, Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind from Jedi Mind Tricks, Ish Quintero and Hayley Cass. The four-piece have shared a new song called “Outside” as a free download, taken from their debut Intransit. Get a copy below.
Folkadelphia brought in British musician Richard Youngs for this week’s session. Youngs was in the U.S. in support of his new record Summer Through My Mind, a project that was originally meant to be an “American country” album but departs from that mindset almost entirely. Stream and download his Folkadelphia Session below, which includes tracks from the new LP.
For his first EP release since 2012′s Wait For Sunrise, Philly producer and electronic pop songwriter Khari Mateen took his own musical spin on raising awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. For the Qualia project, Mateen put together a bouncing, jazzed-up track called “Where Did They Go” depicting different emotions and experiences involving PTSD, which can affect anyone from returning war veterans to victims of crime. The new tune can be downloaded on various platforms via Mateen’s website. Tonight, you can see him perform at The Philadelphia Art Alliance’sNaked event alongside singer Leah Kauffman (you may also know her as the Lifestyle and Entertainment producer at Philly.com). Find details and tickets for the 7 p.m. show here. Listen, download, and support Mateen’s new track via Bandcamp – it’s available as a limited-time name-your-own-price mp3.
Multi-instrumentalist and producer Kahri Mateen visited the WXPN studios in July to record a Key Studio Session. The classically-trained musician began showcasing his own songwriting last year after with his Wait For The Sunrise EP and has since followed with several singles including “Doing Things,” and “Full Moon,” featuring rapper STS. Mateen will be at Chris’ Jazz Cafe tonight. Go here for more information about the show. Below, download “Move” from Khari’s Key Studio Session. You can listen to/download the full session here.
Nashville’s Moon Taxi are gearing up to release Mountains Beaches Cities in September, sharing “The New Black” as a preview of their third full-length. The indie pop outfit made an appearance on World Cafe in the spring during host David Dye’s Sense of Place: Nashville feature – listen back to the band’s segment here and download “The New Black” in exchange for your email below.
Philly renaissance man Khari Mateen is finally coming into his own. After nearly a decade working as a producer and multi-instrumentalist (whose resume includes a few Grammy-nominated Roots offerings), the classically-trained musician began showcasing his own songwriting through his digital outlet The Lunchroom last year, beginning with the sublime Wait for Sunrise EP. It’s easy to align certain songs to certain styles – the EP garnered the old “neo-soul” tag, and it feels somewhat right to brand more recent singles like “Doing Things” funk. Mateen himself, though, is not so easily pigeonholed. He’s pop, he’s experimental, he’s dance, he’s cinematic; in short, he’s a visionary. And meeting him and working in the studio with him – both to record his solo Key Session we bring you this week, and a session with The Roots’ Dice Raw which we’ll showcase next week – he remains above all a remarkably humble and easygoing guy, even though he crafts stunning compositions like “Day By Day” which carries the listener to stratospheric emotional highs, or “Move”, a pure body-shaking bolt of energy. Stream Mateen’s Key Studio Session performance below, download it here, and be on the lookout for his two upcoming live appearances: August 14th at Silk City, and August 26th at Chris’ Jazz Cafe.