Dave Hartley presents an overview of the NBA playoffs in a new edition of Top of Key [link]
Brewerytown has invited Khari Mateen to kick off the neighborhood’s free sunset jazz concert series on May 16th. The local multi-instrumentalist / producer will have just put out his new seven-track EP Khari, set for release next Monday. The two solo tracks we heard from the R&B / soul crooner earlier this year are not on the new album, but you can still download “Doing Things” and “My Taste” for free on Mateen’s Bandcamp here. The May 16th concert in Brewerytown is free – more information can be found here. Below, watch Mateen’s video for “My Taste.”
In conjunction with Philly Tech Week, WXPN and Little Giant Media present The Intersection of Music and Technology at Underground Arts. The free event will feature live performances by Lushlife (pictured), Khari Mateen and POW POW (Chris Powell of Man Man), DJ sets by DJ PHSH and Making Time’s Dave Pianka and a panel discussion / Q&A with Questlove and XPN’s Bruce Warren. More information for free 21+ event can be found here. Below, watch Lushlife’s video for “Magnolia.”
At World Cafe Live, it’s An Evening with Kaki King. The guitar virtuoso has embarked on a retrospective tour, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the release of her debut album Everybody Loves You. Recently, King released Glow, an instrumental record on which she collaborated with string quartet ETHEL. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch her video for “Glow” and revisit her set at the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival via Archive.org here.
Buried Beds headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight with support from Auctioneer and Great American Canyon Band. Bridging the gap between their most recent release Small Stories and an upcoming as-yet untitled release, local indie pop band Buried Beds have been detailing their recording experience with video clips and updates, including this one in which the members filmed a “huge drums” session. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch Auctioneer’s Shaking Through episode.
With 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 Rapgenius.com, Soulspazm Digital and theFUTURE.fm, 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.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Helen Leicht – get free downloads of Philly Local love songs [link]
In a confluence of art and design, local film production company Sukkatash teamed up with HyLo Boutique to present The Living. The dialogue-free film is propelled by an exquisitely composed score by three area musicians - Julian Franklin (Elegant Animals), Josh Hey and Khari Mateen – while the characters’ threads were provided by local brands Duke & Winston and Couture Vulture. From Sukkatash:
The film tells the story of one man’s journey on the first night of fall. A widower attempts to regain normalcy, a year after the death of his wife. His path collides with a crafty kid who puts the widower’s commitment to the test.
The project was directed by Sukkatash’s Lendl Tellington and filmed in Philadelphia. Watch The Living below.
If you missed his sublime Wait for Sunrise EP from last year, now might be a good time to acquaint yourself with Philly producer and multi-instrumentalist Khari Mateen. He’s worked with The Roots and received a Grammy nomination for his production on their 2006 album Game Theory. He also plays in the hooky rock and roll combo Elevator Fight, which is gearing up to release its debut LP this year.
Just before the new year, he released a heart-racing new solo track, a percussive caffeine jolt and funkily rockingly vaguely lusty romp called “My Taste.” It came with a black and white music video that shows a day in the life of Khari, doing day-to-day tasks – waking up, exercising, making his way to the studio – but the frenetic beat gives the vibe that this dude has the most intense days EVER. Check out the video below, grab a download of the song after the jump and look for more from Mateen in the coming weeks and months.