It hardly seems possible that this week’s release of The Brown Beatnik Tomes – Live at the BRIC House is Danny Simmons’ first album.
Joey DeFrancesco has always brought his family’s funky lineage, soul and innovation to the Hammond organ, arguably jazz’s most ignored solo instrument.
It’s a warm evening at the end of April, and two long lines are snaking around Arch Street’s Trocadero Theatre in either direction.
Hearing newly-released albums from Philadelphia’s Nat Turner Rebellion (“Laugh to Keep From Crying”) and Sounds of Liberation (“Unreleased”) is both a breath of fresh, funky air and a set of testaments finely tuned to the tenor of our times – the sociopolitical black consciousness of inequit…
The list of concerts coming to Philadelphia this summer got shorter by one at the end of March when it was announced that the Rolling Stones had postponed their summer tour because Mick Jagger had to undergo heart surgery.
When Ali Awan takes the stage at this year’s NON-COMMvention, the annual event catered to and by public music radio programmers, industry and talent, it will be the big cherry on the icing of the sweetest cake in the greatest meal of his long career.
One could argue that the last time punk poet Patti Smith played with any connection to her hero – fellow South Jersey native Walt Whitman – was during her 1997 reading-rocking event at Whitman’s Center for the Arts and Humanities in Camden.
When Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason hits The Met Philadelphia for his first solo tour, he will do so on April 20, an apt date considering the “interstellar overdrive” and psychedelic gamesmanship of the night’s material.
Jamaaladeen Tacuma prides himself on being one of the most consistently visible members of Philadelphia’s avant-garde.
After an initial glance of the sprawling college campuses that make up University City, it may seem like there aren’t many scenes accepting of a subversive crowd. There are trashy frat houses, school-sanctioned events and honestly a cliché, played out bar scene for the 21-and-over college crowd.
If you have ever been to a live show of the Pixies, you know that the seminal rock group has no desire to pander to its audience.
Being born into one of Philadelphia’s iconic music families could prove daunting for an artist trying to make their own mark on the industry.
There have been three transitional phases in the brief career of the awkwardly punctuated West Coast rapper, singer, drummer, and producer, Anderson .Paak.
Slam poet turned rapper George Watsky, known as just Watsky, is heading to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on Feb. 27 with his Complaint tour.
Founder and lead guitarist of Canadian synth-pop-rock band Metric, James Shaw views Philadelphia as his “coming of age city.”
The world was stunned when legendary singer and glam rock god David Bowie passed away on Jan. 10, 2016 after an 18-month battle with liver cancer. It seems Philadelphia took the death particularly hard, even creating an annual, in-memoriam Philly Loves Bowie Week.
In college, Sarah Bockel was a Joni Mitchell fan. But after three and half years of performing in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Bockel is all about the “Natural Woman.”
It was all vocals and technical proficiency at the Josh Groban concert featuring special guest Idina Menzel on Nov. 12. But the two were not shy from letting their activist voices sing too on their “Bridges” tour at the Wells Fargo Center.
When Storm Large was a kid, she considered herself “a fat, punk rocker, loud mouth, asshole runaway and kind of a dirtbag.”
Closing out the 11-day affair that was the world premiere of the Philadelphia Film Festival, was the world premiere of Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me, a documentary feature about the late Philly soul legend.
“It's this pretty gritty tale of, like, this guy – I don't know if she picks up a male gigolo or there's, like, sex going on,” Kurt Vile begins, explaining the title track from Lou Reed’s 1978 album Street Hassle. “And then she ODs and then they just lay her out on the street.”
Another fall means another chance for the Philadelphia music scene to flex its melodic muscles during the anticipated Philly Music Fest.
Music lost another unmistakable pioneer with the death of acclaimed R&B artist Donald Gardner, who passed away Sept. 4 in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Blinded by the headliners at the recent Made in America Festival, it’s easy to overlook the smaller local artists. But it’s hard to sideline Armani White.
Aretha Franklin, the crowned “Queen of Soul,” left the world devoid of an unparalleled talent following her death from pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16.
Over a half century ago, legendary jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane left a studio session in New Jersey with an album’s worth of material that wouldn’t be unearthed for years.
Just hours before he took the stage at the Roots Picnic, the North Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert – who’s real name is Symere Woods – took to South Street to pull up on fellow rapper in Atlanta’s Rich the Kid.
Austin is a city in the middle of a growth spurt that’s similar to Philadelphia’s. Among the bars and coffee shops built out of weak wood, surrounded by overgrown lawns, marked by twinkling, rusting vintage signs, a new affluence has crept into the Texas capital. Luxury condos are filling ou…