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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Residuels at Johnny Brenda’s, Questlove Supreme at The Foundry

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Residuels | video still by Kyle Garvey for WXPN

Philly heavy psych-blues trio Residuels headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight with support from Daddy Long Legs, The Whips and Straw Hats. The band recently appeared on The Key Studio Sessions to rock out a set of new songs and a 13th Floor Elevators cover. Watch a 16mm video of “Enough” below, download the entire session here and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Questlove, David Byrne, The Weeknd show up in Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson doc

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese
Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

Next month, Showtime is premiering a Spike Lee-directed documentary on Michael Jackson’s breakout 1979 debut. Michael Jackson’’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall – which airs February 5th and is out on DVD on February 26th – will look at the album’s making and its legacy, and features commentary from David Byrne of The Talking Heads, pop superstar The Weeknd and Philly’s own Questlove, who has an amusing observation about the relationship between Star Warsand “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” in the doc’s trailer, which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lera Lynn at World Cafe Live and Questlove Supreme at The Foundry

Photo by lxchel Lara via facebook.com
Photo by lxchel Lara via facebook.com

You may know singer-songwriter Lera Lynn from her role on this season’s True Detective, where she played the sultry bar singer or you may know her simply from her masterful second album The Avenues. Either way you will not want to miss her intimate performance tonight at World Café Live alongside special guest Anna Bergendahl. For more information on the show tonight click here. Continue reading →

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Sweet, Questlove is writing a book about food

Questlove eyeing some croissants | Courtesy of the artist's Instagram
Questlove eyeing some croissants | Courtesy of the artist’s Instagram

Questlove is a man of many talents. The list of his various occupations borders on the absurd — from being the drummer in one of hip-hop’s most celebrated acts, to producing the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical “Hamilton,” to teaching a course at NYU, Questlove is a true renaissance man. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eternal Summers at Everybody Hits, Kaki King at Sellersville Theatre, The Roots Picnic Afterparty Ft. Questlove at Underground Arts and more…

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers | photo via www.facebook.com/eternalsummers

Eternal Summers play Everybody Hits tonight. The Roanoke, Va band will release a new record Gold and Stone next week, the next installment in the band’s run of dream punk / power pop efforts that date back to 2009. You can stream Gold and Stone via The New York Times here and listen to single “Together or Alone” below. More information for tonight’s record release show can be found here.

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Questlove reveals his impressive wall-to-wall vinyl collection for Dust & Grooves

Questlove and his records | via Dust and Grooves
Questlove and his records | via Dust and Grooves

Philly music hero Questlove recently gave fans a peek into his massive vinyl collection for Dust & Grooves, a project that explores people and their eclectic record collections across the globe. The 43-year-old bandleader, drummer for The Roots, NYU professor and DJ has become a household name over the years, for both his music and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture.

Dust & Grooves founder and photographer Eilon Paz, along with reporter Jameson Harvey, sat down with Questlove this past summer for an in-depth interview about his collection. Continue reading →

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King Britt, Dozia, Questlove and the Back2Basics family had a high-energy reunion at Hard Rock

DJ  PHSH, King Britt and Questlove | Photo by John Vettese
DJ PHSH, King Britt and Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

The first time I heard King Britt was over the sound system of the HMV on Walnut Street back in 2001. I knew of him via City Paper and Philadelphia Weekly stories about Back2Basics, the party he and DJ Dozia threw at Silk City (which I was never cool enough to attend). The song coming from the speakers was “Happiness” featuring Lady Alma, and it blew me away. I immediately walked over to the Dance section, found the album under his moniker of Sylk-130 titled Re-Members Only” and skimmed the track list and collaborators: Alison Moyet, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kathy Sledge, Grover Washington Jr.

It was a love letter to sitting at home on a Saturday night and listening to stations like Power 99 who, back in the 80’s, would play everything from quiet storm to rap to Madonna. It’s an album that still is miles beyond most in capturing that time for listeners who missed out.

When I heard there was going to be a Back2Basics reunion, I was itching to go and finally experience what I never got a chance to back when the event was a regular thing. Continue reading →