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Philly rocks with DJ Lean Wit It

DJ Lean Wit It
DJ Lean Wit It | photo by Sannii Crespina-Flores | courtesy of the artist

The blue collar energy that Philadelphia provides builds character for its local artists. It takes a certain type of talent and dedication to win the attention and the heart of Broad Street but once it’s captured, it strengthens your confidence to shine outside of your of city.

That’s something DJ Lean Wit It has learned throughout his years behind the turntables. Whether was on Temple University’s campus, a Heineken Green Room event or even a local bar, the North Philly DJ has spent years perfecting his craft to capture the attention of not only his hometown, but in other cities and countries as well. And as DJ Lean Wit It prepares for a really huge set for the upcoming No Place Like Home event at The Fillmore on Saturday, August 18th — not to mention his warm-up gig at Spruce Street Harbor Park this Thursday — I was able to sit with him to talk about his early stages as a DJ and how a Philadelphia crowd separates itself from any other crowd in the world. Continue reading →

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Awesome Event Alert: Temple University Libraries will host a panel on music in the digital age

The Art of the Album in the Digital World | via Facebook.com/templelibraries
The Art of the Album in the Digital World | via Facebook.com/templelibraries

Here’s a perfect pre-National Record Store Day event, “The Art of the Album in the Digital World,” lead by Ally-Jane Grossan, the editor of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 Series, as well as Cameron Schaefer of Vinyl Me, Please, a record-of-the-month delivery service. Continue reading →

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Philly native Jaleel Shaw to teach master class, perform at Temple’s “Jazz at the Underground”

Jaleel Shaw
Jaleel Shaw | photo courtesy of the artist

2011 was a hard year for Jaleel Shaw. His father passed away, a cousin was killed in a motorcycle accident, and some personal relationships came to an unhappy end. All of that pain is reflected through the impassioned music on his latest album, the 2013 release The Soundtrack of Things To Come. Which is to be expected for any artist who expresses themselves as personally as Shaw does – except for the fact that none of those things had happened yet when he wrote the music. Continue reading →

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David Gray previews his new Mutineers at Temple Performing Arts Center

David Gray | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
David Gray | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Last night British singer, songwriter, and composer David Gray graced the stage of the Temple University Performing Arts Center, giving fans a taste of his upcoming album Mutineers. Gray brought with him an eight-piece band equipped with strings, keys and backing vocalists, and began the sold out show with material from the new album, set to release in June. Various audience members shouted song suggestions from his back-catalog, but Gray replied “New stuff first, chill out.” Needless to say, the remainder of his set did not disappoint. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.