My Brightest Diamond‘s music is often described as “art pop,” so it makes perfect sense that the eccentric band’s next local show will be at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The project of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Nova, My Brightest Diamond is set to release a new album, A Million And One, this summer and will appear as part of the PMA’s Final Fridays series on July 27. Continue reading →
Footsteps ping from floor to ceiling in Gallery 175 of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but they aren’t distracting King Britt. He is focused on the artwork in his line of sight, and the musical gear at his fingertips.
The Philadelphia electronic artist, producer and DJ is composing a new piece in the museum, stationed at a long table covered in an array of gadgetry – synthesizers, samplers, and a laptop plugged into a mixing console. Stereo speakers are set up on the floor, and a cascade of warm electronic notes and slight rhythms bubbles out of them. The texture is appropriate, given the artwork facing Britt on the other side of the table: Seine by American minimalist painter Ellsworth Kelly.
At first glance, the piece is a grid of pixels: black and white squares of oil paint strewn across the wood surface, concentrating with a thick vertical line in the center. Upon further reflection, it becomes clear that the scene is not entirely abstract, but topographical – this image is Kelly’s rendering of the Seine River in Paris.
“It looks digital, right?” King asks me. “But this is from 1951, man. Pre-digital.” Continue reading →
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Final Fridays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art always provide a fantastically curated night of entertainment that’s hard to find elsewhere, and the upcoming AfroFuturist Costume Ball is certainly no exception. On Friday, Oct. 27, the museum’s Great Stair Hall will fill with the sights and sounds of Afrofuturism — if you’re not familiar, that’s an artistic and cultural movement centered around Black liberation through a futuristic sci-fi lens. The AfroFuturist Affair, along with Black Quantum Futurism and Philadelphia Assembled, have planned the event, their 7th annual, as a celebration of AfroFuturist and Black speculative music, art, design and creativity. Continue reading →
With a new year comes a new reason to celebrate — 2018 is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s 100th birthday, and they’re kicking off a full year of celebration a little bit early. This Friday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host the first Parkway 100 event — a free concert featuring an ensemble of local jazz and folk musicians led by multi-talented Philadelphia songwriter, guitarist and producer Ross Bellenoit. Continue reading →
Rock and roller, producer, guitarist, music historian, and host of his own radio show – heard each Saturday on WXPN at 5 pm – Ben Vaughn, has curated the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s first Spotify playlist for their new International Pop exhibit. Continue reading →
Ars Nova Workshop presents the Nels Cline / Larry Ochs / Gerald Cleaver Trio at Boot & Saddle tonight. Cline, perhaps best known for his role in Wilco, spent a large part of his career as an exploratory and experimental jazz musician. Just last year he released a collaboration with NYC avant garde outfit White Out called Accidental Sky, which received nods as one of 2015’s best experimental albums. Tickets and information for tonight’s trio performance can be found here. Watch Cline perform a song at Johnny Brenda’s for Out of Town Films below.
Resident noir-rockers Northern Arms have been playing their dark and dramatic songs in venues that are a little more used to silent art forms lately. Beginning with a David Lynch-inspired set at PAFA last week, the ten-piece band continues a tour of art gallery spaces in Brooklyn this week before returning to Philly on Friday, December 5th for a set at Fleisher Art memorial with Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society. Two sets at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on January 9th bring the tour to a close, though we’ll be hearing from Northern Arms soon after as they complete a new record at Miner Street Recording. More information for the shows can be found here. Listen to the demo of “Come To Me” below.
John the Conqueror celebrate the release of The Good Life at Milkboy tonight. Formed in 2010 by Mississippi natives Pierre Moore and Mike Gardner with Philadelphian Ryan Lynn, the trio has spent its short career creating a sound that keeps the true blues of the south alive. Working in affinities for punk and vivid narratives, John the Conqueror’s new record is a study in traditional music storytelling with an energy that is hard to match. Tickets and information for the hometown record release show with Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore and Thee, Idea Men can be found here. Stream and download “Waking Up to You” from The Good Life below.