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DJ and electronic dance artist RJD2 headlines the Jump Philly-curated Sound Select show tonight at Underground Arts with Sugar Tongue Slim and Marian Hill. After gaining popularity for his song “Ghostwriter” from 2002′s Deadringer, RJD2 has continued to catch people’s attention with his jazzy, throwback mixes. Many might know his song “A Beautiful Mine,” which was featured as the theme song for AMC’s hit show Mad Men. Infused with samples from big band music and jazz standards, his songs takes from the old and mixes it in a fresh, current style. The artist has most recently been working with rappers on his latest album, More Is than Isn’t, including Philly’s Sugar Tongue Slim, who will be sharing the stage tonight. STS has become one of the top hip hop artists in Philadelphia and continues to maintain his presence in the music scene here. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar and watch RJD2′s music video for “1976″ below. Continue reading →
The Red Bull Sound Select is an live music series sponsored by the wing-dispensing energy drink company it’s named for, in an effort to promote new music and artists in emerging genres and styles. The concert series happens all over the United States and presents lineups consisting of up-and-coming artists alongside national names. This Saturday, September 27th, the Sound Select series, curated for this show by Jump Magazine, brings a varied group of artists, each known for their own unique “spin” on hip-hop, to Underground Arts. The lineup consists of instrumental hip-hop producing and djing icon RJD2, slick-lipped Philly boy and “GOLD”-affiliated rapper Sugar Tongue Slim, and the Philly minimal electro-funk/soul/jazz/hip-hop/so-many-other-things duo known as Marian Hall. Continue reading →
Yesterday we took our places in the crowd at New York’s Randall’s Island for day two of Governor’s Ball, catching everything from garage punk to hip-hop, electronic music and bluesy rock and roll.
Nashville, Tennessee noise rockers, Diarrhea Planet brought their energy, and flexibility to the stage on Saturday afternoon.
The ladies of Lucius emerged on stage in their sequin dresses and alien-like sunglasses to a packed crowd bringing their indie pop energy. They are another band we can’t wait to see at XPoNential Fest next month. Continue reading →
Philly beatmaker RJD2 played a homecoming show on Friday night before a colorful and hula-hoop-bearing crowd at Union Transfer. On the tail end of a tour in support of his 2013 outing More Is Than Isn’t, Ramble John Krohn made the Union Transfer show an all-Philly affair, with hip-hop impressionist Lushlife opening the show heavy on new material and DJs Aaron Ruxbin and Jack Deezl of Actual Records spinning in between sets. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.
Foot-stomping folk rock band Katie Frank and the Pheromones will fill MilkBoy with their Americana roots sound tonight. This is the band’s record release party for Counting Your Curses, their debut full-length from Elizabethtown, Pa. native Frank. The band broke through with their country-influenced, twangy sound and shared their tunes with us in a Studio Session. Fit to their sound and style, their newest record was recorded in a homey, carriage-like recording studio outside of Philadelphia with Kawari Sound, according to an interview they did about the new album with The Vinyl District. Joining them will be indie-pop folk favorites The Lawsuits and folk/Americana artist Kevin Killen. This 21+ show will start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 in advance, $10 at the door and can be purchased here.
Producer/musician RJD2 lets the instruments play themselves in his new video for “Descended from Myth” from his latest album More Is Than Isn’t. In the clip, there is a giant contraption of different instruments such as horns, drums, and a keyboard that are all playing the instrumental track without any human forces. You see the sticks hitting the drums and the keys on the keyboard being pressed but no one is there. About halfway through, a man and woman emerge and marvel at the sight. Could this be the future of music? You decide below. Get tickets for RJD2′s show at Union Transfer on February 21st here.
“My first and foremost thing when I was young and digging was, I was just looking for a record that I’d never seen before,” Philadelphia based DJ RJD2 says in this week’s episode of Crate Diggers. “I do believe that if you do this long enough, you just get a sense of intuition…you know when a record intrigues you and you know when it doesn’t.”
After last week’s release of More Is Than Isn’t, RJD2 lets Fuse TV dig into more than just his personal vinyl library. In 17 and a half minutes, get to know how collecting records has impacted the DJ / producer / musician’s life, both in and out of his career. Also this week, RJD2 announced his first performance in support of the new album; he’ll be at Union Transfer February 21st, tickets and details here. Check out the Crate Diggers episode below.
Philly DJ, beatmaster, multi-instrumentalist and maker of all-around good grooves RJD2, releases his new album More Is Than Isn’t on October 8th. Assisting RJ on the album is Aaron Livingston (who is in Icebird with RJ), STS and Khari Mateen, Blueprint, and singer/rapper and songwriter Phonte Coleman (Little Brother, The Foreign Exchange) who sings on “Temperamental.” The soulful track was premiered yesterday via Esquire Magazine, along with an interview – listen to it below, and read their conversation about what RJD2′s been up to here.
Set for release on October 8th via his own Electrical Connections label, RJD2‘s More Is Than Isn’t will be the Philly DJ / producer’s 5th record released during his 15 year career. “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” is the first single from the LP and nudges RJ Krohn’s sound in a world music direction while keeping things grounded with a three-dimensional percussion layer that features a gritty clap line and scratchy synths. RJD2 plays a DJ set at Morgan’s Pier on August 1st; tickets and info for the 21+ event can be found here. Stream “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” below.