Monthly Archives: May 2015

Love of My Life: The 8th Annual Roots Picnic celebrates a generation of innovative music

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Donn T | Photo by John VetteseEvery year, the Roots Picnic inches closer to Philly musical utopia. The pre-summer day fest is curated by local hip-hop heroes The Roots, the self-proclaimed hardest working band in America. True to their own innovative and barrier-breaking approach, the lineup … Continued

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Ghost share new song & ‘Meliora’ album details (listen)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Ghost

Ghost (aka Ghost BC) will release the followup to 2013’s Infestissumam with a new album called Meliora on August 21 via Spinefarm Records. The recently-released trailer reveals that singer Papa Emeritus II who replaced Papa Emeritus I will be replaced by Papa Emeritus III for this album (even though all three sure do sound alike), and the nameless ghouls will all have new masks. That’s the cover artwork above, and the tracklist is below. Also below is a stream of new single “Cirice” which is another dose of their catchy riffy occult rock with some new ground ...

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A fitting pairing of Brahms and Fauré at Strathmore

Source: The Washington Post » Music

The Brahms Serenade No. 2 in A that opened the National Philharmonic’s program at the Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday was, in many ways, an ideal lead-in to the Fauré Requiem that was the concert’s featured offering (and that conductor Piotr Gajewski dedicated to the memory of Norman Scribner, founder and conductor of the Choral Arts Society of Washington). Scored for winds and a violin-less string section, the Serenade has a chamberlike transparency and calm and a folk-infused sunniness that primed the pump for the quintessentially French airbrushed-sounding serenity of the Fauré piece.Read full article >>

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“Immediately Astounding”: Prog guitar mainstay Steven Wilson takes to The Keswick

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Steven Wilson | Photos by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.comI think it’s safe to say that I’ve seen and photographed Steven Wilson in his various incarnations (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, No-man, etc) more than any other artist in the last 17 years. His work has evolved and returned, usually staying … Continued

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Quick! World Cafe is giving away 100 free songs

Source: The Key (WXPN)

tumblr_np69skK9pb1smkwaco1_1280If you couldn’t tell from the songs featured in My Morning Download on a regular basis, WXPN’s NPR-syndicated show World Cafe gives away free music on the regular. Like, a lot of free music. For this week only, they’ve bundled … Continued

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Good Cover Version #16: William Alexander Does The Troggs

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

I don’t know about y’all, but I absolutely love the classic 60s British Invasion gem “With A Girl Like You.” The Troggs really nailed the sweet thang give the people what they want hey ladies vibe with that little number, and it’s long been one of my favorite songs of ...

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Roots Picnic hip-hops and rocks with the Roots, Erykah Badu, and more

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

Long before they became late-night TV stars with Jimmy Fallon or were enshrined in the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame – which happened Thursday – the Roots tasted mainstream success with "You Got Me," a 1999 hit whose chorus was sung by a then-hugely popular neo-soul singer named Erykah Badu.

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The Who & Joan Jett @ Forest Hills Stadium (review, setlists)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

The Who at Forest Hills Stadium – 5/30/15 (photo via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The Who

The Who wrapped up the current leg of their 50th anniversary tour last night (5/30) in Queens at Forest Hills Stadium, the same place they played in 1971 before the venue stopped hosting concerts for decades (it stopped in the late ’80s and began doing so again in 2013). It was their second NYC show on the tour after Barclays Center last Tuesday (5/26) and third in the area after hitting Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum the week prior. They played an excellent set, ...

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Drew Gibson – Flo Anito — Iota – May 30 2015

Source: DC Rock Live

Flo Anito – This is my first listening to this local talent and talent is certainly the operative word here. It is a stark approach with just her voice which she accompanies with her fine piano skills and her more rudimentary, but effective acoustic guitar chops. Her songs are folky with lounge elements and offer a variety of emotional depths. Her speaking voice is on the cute side, but when she takes to song she merges that with a bluesier style that ends up somewhere in between Karen Dalton and Susan Tyrell. She plays well, especially in adding to the ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerbleeders at The Fire, Dreamers at Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia Songwriters Project Finals at Ardmore Music Hall

Source: The Key (WXPN)

CheerbleedersCheerbleeders play The Fire tonight. The punk band has been making a name for itself by doing things their own way, leading with rocking music and backing it up with some seriously confident attitude. The band got together at Connie’s … Continued

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New albums: Florence & the Machine; Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard; Hot Chip

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful counts as scaling back for Florence & the Machine. It’s a little less big (there is more breathing room here than on 2009’s Lungs or 2011’s Ceremonials, although the tone, with many brassy fanfares, is still triumphant) a

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Two New York Chicks Play the Year’s Best Twinbill, Then Go Their Separate Ways

Source: New York Music Daily

The best doublebill of the year so far was back on the 14th of the month at Joe’s Pub, when Rachelle Garniez and Carol Lipnik gave the crowd a lot to laugh about and plenty to get completely lost in. The distinctively “New York chicks,” as Garniez put it, each played a duo set, Garniez with bassist Tim Luntzel and Lipnik with pianist Matt Kanelos, but neither were the least bit low-key. Garniez grew up on the Upper West Side when it was much more of a Wild Wild West neighborhood – and that wasn’t so long ago. Lipnik’s childhood ...

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What’s going on Sunday? (Club 8, Eternal Summers, A$AP Rocky, Jonah Matranga, Cold Beat, 1349, TMBG & more)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Eternal Summers @ Cake Shop, April 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Club 8
Club 8

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Jonah Matranga, Doris Cellar @ Mercury Lounge
Post-hardcore veteran Jonah Matranga has been in many bands over the years (Far, New End Original, Gratitude, his own Onelinedrawing project, etc) and tonight he’s in solo mode. We’ll likely hear stuff from all over his career though, and maybe a few covers too. Opening is Freelance Whales’ Doris Cellar, who’s a big Far fan.

A$AP Rocky, Cultfever ...

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B.B. King recalled with love, humor at Mississippi funeral

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) – B.B. King’s early life personified the blues: He was born to dirt-poor sharecroppers in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta and left alone by the deaths of his mother and grandmother when he was a child. But he never let those circumstances hold him back or define him, a minister said Saturday at the funeral of the blues legend.

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