Listen to Philadelphia Slick’s long-awaited Earth Rocks Harder album

Philadelphia Slicks Noesis | Photo via
Philadelphia Slick’s Noesis | Photo via

Since their formation in 2005, Philadelphia Slick has built a rep for continuing the local tradition of mixing live band energy with hip hop.  Much like Philadelphia’s The Roots, Slick is fronted by an MC – Ben “Noesis” Polinsky – but the seven-piece band that backs him (along with producer El Smooth) is as important as the rapper himself.  The group recently released its long-awaited album Earth Rocks Harder and it’s a solid listen full of creative production and lyrical insight. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jason Karaban at Tin Angel, Blayer PointduJour at MilkBoy, Jello Biafra at the Trocadero, and Arctic Splash at Johnny Brenda’s

Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jason Karaban returns home from L.A. tonight to celebrate the release of his new album, Shift, which came out on September 4th. Karaban joined WXPN’s Helen Leicht on her show Leicht Lunch on Wednesday to play a few songs from his new album and his song “Misplaced” was Wednesday’s My Morning Download. Now, WXPN is welcoming Karaban to the Tin Angel tonight for a 21+ CD release party. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available here for $10. Below, watch the video for “Misplaced” from Jason Karaban’s new album.

Haitian kompa musician Blayer PointduJour just released his first full-length album this week with his band, the Rockers Galore. To celebrate, PointduJour is playing a record release show at MilkBoy Philly. The 21+ show also features I Yahn I Arkestra, The National Rifle, and Philadelphia Slick. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10. Blayer PointduJour was also this week’s Unlocked band on The Key. Check out The Key’s album review of his new record The Bull here and listen to his song “One Hit” in the player below.

Former Dead Kennedys lead singer Jello Biafra is headed to Philly tonight for an all ages show at the Trocadero with his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine. The show also features performances by The Ray Gradys, Honah Lee, and Thee Nosebleeds. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here for $15.

Finally, Philly bands Arctic Splash, Weird Hot are playing St. James & the Apostles‘s record release show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The doors for the 21+ show open at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 here. Vinyl copies of St. James & the Apostles’ new album, Baphomet, will be available at the show.


Philly hip-hop crew Abstract Verses to release debut album July 7th

Abstract Verses are a five piece experimental hip-hop group who come with a hearty side of sweet jazzy funk. Born and bred in Philadelphia’s music scene, they are releasing their debut album, Brane World Scenario, on Thursday, July 7th. Verses’ album is lush and smooth, full of clever guitar licks, complex lyrics and jazzy Tribe Called Quest-like vibes. Hints of vibrophone and Cowboy Bepop samples add a fun twist to the sounds running beneath front man Matt Dancis’ smooth flow.

Abstract Verses will play a record release show with long time Philly hip-hop group Philadelphia Slick (celebrating their new album The Way Things Work) at 9pm on Saturday, July 7th at Triumph Brewing Company in Old City. The show is 21+ and admission is $5. Go here for more information about the show. Below, stream “Crossings” from Abstract Verses’ Brane World Scenario.


Download “A Picture”, the new solo single from Philadelphia Slick’s Noesis (playing Triumph Brewery on July 7)

After seven years fronting the live hip-hop band Philadelphia Slick, local MC Noesis (aka Ben Polinsky) is releasing his debut solo album, The Way Things Work, next month. The record features many of the players in the Philadelphia Slick ensemble, as well as contributions from local singer-songwriter Ali Hoffman, but also puts a newfound focus on Noesis’s production work and beats, looking to forge a middle ground between new school live hip-hop and old school sample-based hip-hop. You can grab a download of the album’s lead single, “A Picture,” below; The Way Things Work is out July 6, and the release party is set for July 7 at Triumph Brewery.


Tonight’s Concerts, June 18th: Ropeadope Presents “What Is Jazz? What Is Hip-Hop?” at The Blockley (hosted by Schoolly D)

Tonight at the Blockley in West Philadelphia, Schoolly D is hosting Ropeadope Presents: What Is Jazz? What Is Hip-Hop?, a genre-blending showcase featuring Philly MC’s MH The Verb, Apuat, Chess, Ty Ward and Poole from WyldLyfe, Noesis from Philadelphia Slick, the Denton, Texas band Snarky Puppy and others. DJ Stoupe from Jedi Mind Tricks will be spinning. Below, a musical sampler of some of the artists performing.

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Ropeadope Presents:: What Is Jazz (What Is Hip-Hop)? featuring Snarky Puppy & hosted by Schoolly D at 9PM at The Blockley. Tickets to the 21 + show are $12–$15.