Danny Brown Hip-Hoppin’ Up The Chain and Headlines First Headlining Show The TLA
May14

Danny Brown Hip-Hoppin’ Up The Chain and Headlines First Headlining Show The TLA

Let’s address the elephant in the room. I’d be remiss to write about Danny Brown today and not mention DBBJgate. So, let’s get that out of the way. Allegedly, while performing in Minnesota back in April (that’s right, two weeks ago and it’s still somehow a big deal) a female fan somehow rushed the stage and proceeded to perform oral sex on Danny Brown in the middle of his performance. Rather than stop, he...

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Radio 104.5 Brings Summer to Philadelphia, PA
May14

Radio 104.5 Brings Summer to Philadelphia, PA

Despite what the calendar and any meteoroligist might tell you, summer did actually officially start last saturday. Radio 104.5 started there summer monthly block party at the Piazza in Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA. This months party was rung in by Jackson Kingsley, Family of the Year and Atlas Genius.     The crowds showed up in force filling the center plaza of the Piazza wall to wall. The ones luckiest to live...

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Arrives at the TLA
May14

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Arrives at the TLA

A packed house of dark jeans and black tees filled the Theater of the Living Arts last Sunday waiting in anticipation for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to take the stage. An eager audience swayed and chanted till the venue went dark and a slow groan of a guitar went over the sound system.  BRMC took the stage to an eerie intro and turned the crowd upside down with Let the Day Begin. The first three songs set the tone for the night….Let...

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Hightops, Hotpants and Hot Funk for Free Energy + Friends at North Star Bar
May09

Hightops, Hotpants and Hot Funk for Free Energy + Friends at North Star Bar

Looking back on the show from Saturday night at North Star Bar, I’m trying to figure out what exactly was the common thread behind the three bands being booked together.  If there was anything that gave cohesion, it may have been each of their sense ironic retro, or their insistent four-on-the-floor rhythmic pulse.  In any event, opening band, Prowler, who if they’re not from Brooklyn, should be, had at times a nice mix of disco...

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An Evening Cruise with Michal Menert + Insane Electric Factory Show
May09

An Evening Cruise with Michal Menert + Insane Electric Factory Show

At 7:15 on a sunny Thursday evening, I park my car at a metered spot right in front of the Electric Factory on North 11th Street in Philadelphia. It’s early, several hours before tonight’s headliner, Bassnectar, is set to take the stage, and in fact, the doors are just now opening. I head towards the Will Call booth to pick up my tickets and credentials for my pre-set interview with Michal Menert when, to my surprise, there he...

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For The 5th Time – Launch Music Conference Does It Again
May09

For The 5th Time – Launch Music Conference Does It Again

Certainly the excellent weather did not hurt but, kudos to the staff at Launch for another wonderful music weekend. Year five of this conference based in Lancaster, PA featured 175 acts playing at 8 downtown venues within walking distance of each other. My weekend started Thursday night at Lancaster Dispensing Co. where I caught a nice set by TriState Indie friend Canyon making her fourth appearance at Launch. Backed by her new band...

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