Robert Glasper and Bilal reimagine Miles Davis on “Ghetto Walkin” for Everything’s Beautiful LP

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Jazz/hip-hop/experimental music genius Robert Glasper has been prepping his new album Everything’s Beautiful, which combines new original recordings with various samples and inspiration from the extensive and provocative career of jazz great Miles Davis. This week, Glasper shared the video for the single “Ghetto Walkin” which features Philly native Bilal on vocals. Continue reading →


XPN MusicNotes: Watch trailer for Miles Davis film, Chris Martin imitate Jagger and Bowie, & John Kasich says he’ll reunite Pink Floyd if elected

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There’s been a lot of buzz lately on Don Cheadle‘s performance as Miles Davis in the soon to be released film “Miles Ahead.” Now see the first trailer with Chaedle bringing the legendary jazz trumpeter to life. Continue reading →


Dig into Summertime (the song and the season), tonight on Folkadelphia Radio

On the most recent episodes of Folkadelphia Radio, we’ve been featuring a segment where we dig a little deeper into the history, narrative, and impact of songs that we all, for the most part, collectively know and love. These are songs that are not only important to folk music, but to all styles of music. On the show, we’ve heard songs like “Pretty Polly,” “Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Katie Cruel,” and other songs that generally are not associated with a particular author. The exceptions during the segment have been Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” I personally think that these songs have had a very strong impact on folk music and beyond. This week we feature another penned song – “Summertime” composed by George Gershwin and lyrics by DuBose Heyward for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. Continue reading →


The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. The Districts, Mavis Staples, Birdie Busch and more)


Miles Davis would have celebrated his 87th birthday on Sunday.  Check out some live footage of the legendary trumpet player’s 1970 show at the old Electric Factory [link]

Diplo curated a summer playlist featuring James Blake, Daft Punk, Laura Mvula and more for Vulture [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is Mavis Staples‘ cover of the Funkadelic track “Can You Get to That” [link]

Singer-songwriter / fiddler Sara Watkins recorded a session for Folkadelphia [link]

Birdie Busch will be releasing her recent PledgeMusic-funded album on vinyl and donating proceeds to the IHM Literacy Center in West Philadelphia [link]

Dock Street Beer Run announces the line-up for their June 9th 5k / music festival event, including On the Water, Norwegian Arms and Post Sun Times [link]

Sonja Sofia is profiled in the latest installment of Kettle Pot Tracks’ On the Hill series [link]

Local power rockers Lantern unveiled a new song called “Evil Eye” and the cover art for their upcoming LP Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach [link]

Watch a video of The Districts performing at The Porch at 30th Street Station yesterday for XPN’s Philly Local Busker series [link]

Folk duo Arborea shared a new video for their song “Pale Horse Phantasm”; they’ll be at the Highwire Gallery on June 9th for a Folkadelphia Presents show [link]

The Photon Band is back with a new album and a show at Johnny Brenda’s on July 6th [link]

Newish Philly outfit Divers were the subject of this week’s Key Studio Session [link]


When Miles Davis played the Electric Factory in 1970 (Happy Birthday, Miles)

miles-davis Happy Birthday, Miles Davis, born this day in 1926. On November 17, 1970 Miles played a set at the old Electric Factory with a band that included Davis on trumpet, Jack DeJohnette on drums, Michael Henderson on electric bass, Keith Jarrett on keyboards (electric piano and organ), Gary Bartz on alto and soprano saxophone and Airto Moreira on percussion. Below, watch and listen to some of the tunes they played that night. The video quality is grainy and shot in black and white, however the audio is extremely clear. The show was seven months after the release of the revolutionary and classic forever Bitches Brew and captures some serious funkiness and improvisation of the electric Miles period.

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Get up with Get Up With It! featuring Eric Slick, Charlie Hall, Dave Hartley: a Miles Davis tribute concert this Friday

Multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hall (Silver Ages, War On Drugs and Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society) has assembled an all-star collective to perform the music of Miles Davis (and beyond) this Friday evening, June 15th at Cianfrani Park (8th and Fitzwater Streets) from 7 – 9 p.m. The event is free. The band consists of Hall and Eric Slick (Dr. Dog) on double drums, Dave Hartley (War On Drugs, Nightlands) on percussion and electronics, guitarists Ross Bellenoit and Luke Westbrook, bassist Ezra Gale, Mitch Marcus on Fender Rhodes and tenor sax, Jeff Pettit on alto sax, Luke Brandon on the trumpet and some surprise guests. The repertoire, says Hall, will “dig pretty heavily into the On The Corner, Agharta, and Bitches Brew moods of Miles.” Go here for more information.