New documentary will immortalize Philly-based Sigma Sound Studios

Sigma Sound in its Heyday | photo via petition from Noam Szwergold

Sigma Sound Studios was arguably one of the most influential recording studios in Philadelphia music history, helping shape and foster acts from David Bowie to Madonna to countless Philadelphia soul musicians. Though the legendary N. 12th St. studio will soon be turned into apartments, fans and music historians will be able to get their fix in the upcoming documentary from Visual Innovations, Inc., Sigma Sound: The Sound Heard ‘Round The World. Continue reading →


Black Thought, Chill Moody performing at the Lets Move It Philly! benefit tonight at Sigma Sound

Tonight the legendary Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia will play host to the third annual Lets Move It Philly! benefit concert emceed by Black Thought of The Roots Crew and featuring performances by Marsha Ambroisus, Chill Moody, Malene Younglao, and Money Making Jam Boys’ Dice Raw, Truck North, and STS. The event’s goal is to raise funds and awareness for the GrassROOTS Community Foundation and its programs.

GrassROOTS was formed by sociologist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias back in 2010 with long time friend, Black Thought from The Roots to bring health awareness to African American and low-income communities. Based on some alarming statistics, Dr. Johnson Dias and her colleagues at GrassROOTS decided to that the best way to make a difference was to work directly within the community. Continue reading →


Listen to a new track by Moon Women (recorded at Sigma Sound Studios)

Moon WomenThe members of Philadelphia’s Moon Women have just released the first track off their upcoming four-song EP, which was reocorded at Sigma Sound Studios. From the band:

Sometime over the course of the winter, after being reenergized with the addition of bassist Kyle Garvey, Moon Women were offered a chance to record at the not-yet reopened SIGMA SOUND: The very studio where Bowie recorded ‘Young Americans’ and countless R+B legends cut classic Philly records.

Producer / Engineer Dave Downham (of Gradwell House) had been tasked with getting the legendary studio up-and-running and brought Moon Women in as the catalyst for what turned out to be the first record finished since Sigma’s closing. Inspired by the recordings of the studio’s golden years (not the mention the short timespan they had to mess around) this 4 song, 12″ EP was recorded + mixed in a short blast and with a minimalist approach that reflects the power of the band’s live set.

You can listen to the track “We Weren’t Wrong” below. Moon Women performs with Far-Out Fangtooth and Psychic Teens at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 10th, at Station Bar And Grill; tickets to the 21+ show are $7.


“Let’s Move It Philly 2012” fundraiser for Black Thought’s GrassROOTS Community Foundation

 The GrassROOTS Community Foundation is a collaborative effort of Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, co-founder and lead MC of the Roots, and sociologist Dr. Janice Johnson Dias. According to their website, the organization is “committed to contributing to the health and well-being of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities. Merging the talents of socially conscious artists with those of a rigorous scientific research and creative team, we are investing our energies to developing the capacity of community based organizations that offer educational and recreational services to disadvantaged women and girls.” On Saturday, February 18th, Black Thought is holding his annual “Let’s Move It Philly” charity event for GrassROOTs at Sigma Sound Studios featuring performances from Black Thought and Questlove, DJ Rich Medina, DJ Diamond Kuts, the Money Making Jam Boys and Nikki Jean. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.


Reading Rainbow’s Vitamin Water Uncapped performance rescheduled for Sept. 28th

Reading Rainbow

Reading Rainbow‘s previously canceled Vitamin Water Uncapped show has been rescheduled for September 28th, according to the band’s Twitter. The earlier date, August 27th, was cut when Hurricane Irene intervened. The 21+ concert will be free and take place at Sigma Sound Studios. Reading Rainbow will be accompanied by The Homophones and Cat Vet.

UPDATE 9/8/11 (1:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this post stated that the show was on September 29th, as was originally mentioned on Reading Rainbow’s Twitter. As Johnny Brenda’s Chris Ward mentioned below, the show is on the 28th.


Photo Recap: Vitamin Water Uncapped Presents Work Drugs and Sun Airway at Sigma Sound Studios (Saturday, Sept. 3rd)

Work Drugs will perform with Black Landlord and Hezekiah Jones + Andrew Lipke during our inaugural Key Studio Sessions Live free concert on Mon. Sept. 12 at World Café Live. (RSVP for the show here.) For more photos by Eric Ashleigh, visit