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Obscura celebrates local talent at West Philly’s A-Space

Obsucra | Photo by John Vettese
The Bul Bey | Photo by John Vettese

The latest in the semi-regular Obscura series brought a stellar lineup of local talent to the A-Space anarchist community center in West Philly on Saturday night. Founded by local writer and promoter Lissa Alicia Simpsons, the series aims to spotlight local independent artists who are all too often overlooked in the Philly music scene. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Obscura at A-Space, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist tribute to Afrika Bambatta at The TLA, and Cassavetes at the First Unitarian Church

Obscura
Photo via Kieko Photography

After a successful debut showcase in June, the Obscura series is returning to A-Space. The brain child of journalist and promoter Melissa “Lissa Alicia” Simpson, Obscura‘s goal was to gain recognition for hip-hop artists in the West Philadelphia area that had unfortunately slid under the radar. Local rappers Verbatum Jones and The Bul Bey are featured on the bill, as well as Luci Rising, an eclectic songwriter and poet. Click here for tickets and more information. Below, watch The Bul Bey’s music video for “Where I’m From.” Continue reading →

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The Obscura showcase gives hip-hop and indie a new voice in West Philly

Photo courtesy of Kieko Photography

For many local music fans, “West Philadelphia” is synonymous with DIY ethics and dingy basements, guitar howls and lost hearing. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, those whose predilections lean towards hip-hop and breathing room might feel short-changed.

Obscura creates a space for those others, building off of the Cedar Park neighborhood’s rich diversity and deep-rooted progressivism to create a space where incendiary hip-hop and indie music can find a home. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Verbatum Jones

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Photo by John Vettese

As you can see in the above photo, Verbatum Jones performed his Key Studio Session seated. This rarely happens for us, at least with non-pianists – musicians are used to standing onstage when they perform, and that carries over to recording as well. But Verb smiled, shrugged, and said “hey, this is a radio thing, I want to get the full radio experience.” He’s a lively and outgoing dude, and by the end of our hour together, I felt like I really got to know him. But that’s exactly what makes him connect so much as a rapper – he knows how to connect as a person. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verbatum Jones at The Fire, Phreak N Queer Kickoff with Vita and the Woolf and more at PhilaMOCA, Philly Tapes Philly at Ortlieb’s, and more

Verbatum Jones | photo via facebook.com/verbatum
Verbatum Jones | photo via facebook.com/verbatum

Philly rapper Verbatum Jones kicks off tonight’s concert pick selection with his show at The Fire on Girard Avenue. You may remember this article we posted back in March about the Brooklyn transplant’s latest album .winter, which goes in depth about the meaning behind his hit song “Everybody Eats.” Our writer Sameer Rao also talked with him about how his Haitian background has impacted his life and songwriting, and starting a concert series in which the the only price of admission was a food donation. If you missed it, check it out here. Speaking of food donations (in a different kind of way), make sure you get to the show early enough for free water ice. Check out the music video for “The Dawn” below. Continue reading →