Archives / category / music

A Cecil B. hip-hop phenomenon

There is a deceptively small store wedged between Food Way and City View Pizza on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Its modest storefront does it little justice. Phenomenal Records is one of the best underground record stores in Philly.…

Rap Battle Ends up Lose-Lose for Fans

REVIEW – For one day last week, hip-hop music was similar to the 2004 presidential election. But instead of Bush vs. Kerry, it was 50 vs. Kanye. Sure, the results did not affect an entire country, but there were other stakes on the line.…

Flava Fest adds some spice to fall

More music festivals should take place in the fall. It seems obvious, but organizers at Coachella, Pitchfork and hundreds of jazz festivals warp our Summer Ale-addled minds into thinking that it’s hip to dehydrate.…

Flava Fest adds some spice to fall

More music festivals should take place in the fall. It seems obvious, but organizers at Coachella, Pitchfork and hundreds of jazz festivals warp our Summer Ale-addled minds into thinking that it’s hip to dehydrate.…

Bonde Do Role bends genres, gets hurt

Two years ago, Marina Vello was an average Brazilian teenager. She worked two jobs to bring in money for herself and her family, and she spent her free time at a café in her hometown of Curitiba, goofing off with her best friends.…

Interview: Girl Talk’s Greg Gillis

Girl Talk’s Greg Gillis, an awkward white guy with cat-like turquoise eyes, disagreed with me. His latest album, “Night Ripper,” is a pureed mash-up of hundreds of Top 40 samples, with each song layering twenty-some grunge, Dirty South rap and obscure indie blips into one danceable track.…

VHS or Beta defy expectations

VHS or Beta were running late.They thought they could leave some of their equipment in New York, but that turned into a mess that put them hours behind schedule. Still, the band arrived at Johnny Brenda’s on Aug.…

Dont underestimate the Philly Song Shuffle

It was two sets in, nearly eight minutes into my visit to the World Café this past Friday night, when I realized I had underestimated the artists. The idea was great: 47 musicians, four-minute sets, four-second set changes, one song and one shot for the performers.…

Josh Ritter is about to make musical history

REVIEW: Josh Ritter is one of the best songwriters our generation has the privilege of watching grow before our eyes. If you think music is important, listen to him, look at his attention to detail, his attention to the structure of a song, and all that damn smiling he’s doing on stage.…