November 15, 2014 |
THE ROBERTSON family of "Duck Dynasty" is bringing its faith and family values to the capital of sin: Las Vegas. And they're doing it in the form of a musical. So don't worry, Sadie . When you get voted off "Dancing with the Stars," you have a job waiting for you as Vegas' least naked showgirl. The New York Times reported that the Robertsons are looking to expand their duck-call empire with "The Duck Commander Family Musical," opening in February at the Rio Hotel and Casino.
August 9, 2014 |
As summer progresses, Philadelphia neighborhoods, from Southeast to Northeast, will be rocking their block in a city abuzz with cordoned-off streets, smoky barbecue grills, tinny speakers blaring loud music, and opened fire hydrants. "That's what makes a classic Philly block party," says Wes Pentz, known these days as Diplo, the internationally renowned DJ/producer who made his bones living in this city's Loft District and started his world-famous touring Mad Decent Block Party modestly enough on North 12th Street in 2008.
June 3, 2014 |
On a balmy Friday, Wired 96.5 held its electro-hop-and-house-focused Wired Fest with DJ/producers Calvin Harris and Diplo at Festival Pier. On a totally made-over Festival Pier (see below) Wired Fest gave the sellout audience light-boxes and pop/house/heavy sounds. It was sensory overload - and a big hit, judging from the pleased faces and sand-dancing efforts. Harris, a star in the electro-dance firmament since 2000, didn't break big until 2012's platinum-plus 18 Months . Most of his set was from that album: It was a beat-banging mix of pings and boings between pop smashes like "Sweet Nothing" and "I Need Your Love.
May 6, 2014 |
How did Iggy Azalea, an ex-pat Australian fashion model, become a crucial part of hip-hop scenes of the Dirty South (she's on B.o.B.'s "Best Friend"), Harlem (her ex-beau is A$AP Rocky), and the wonky world overseen by multinational music maker Diplo (producer of her mix tape TrapGold )? That is a dissertation for another time. What is up for discussion is the vitality of Iggy's attitudinal sass-rapping - a catty, sing-song flow that snaps and crackles with succinct punctuation and a weird, unidentifiable faux-Southern accent - her simple, caustically humorous, foul-lingo lyrics, and the trap-step party-ball anthems she's crafted for The New Classic , released just in time for Saturday's sold-out showcase at the Theatre of Living Arts.
February 21, 2014 |
It's difficult to put your finger on Ramble John Krohn, better known as Rjd2. Since his first recordings under that name in 2001 for the underground hip-hop label Def Jux, the Eugene, Ore.-born West Philadelphia transplant has shifted gears and challenged expectations. Is he the indie-hop producer we first knew, or the cut-and-paste sample-centric musician he became on his debut album, 2002's Deadringer ? Was he the electro-pop maven of 2004's Since We Last Spoke ? The singing, songwriting strummer behind 2007's The Third Hand ?
December 20, 2013 |
This season's biggest-selling Christmas albums are both reality-TV-connected. One comes from the original American Idol winner, and another, more improbably, is a spinoff from a cable series about a family of bearded duck hunters. Both collections are represented in the playlist of recommended holiday music that follows, which gathers tunes traditional and nontraditional, sung by marquee names like Mary J. Blige and cult heroes such as Joe King Carrasco. Current and former Philadelphians are sprinkled throughout.
February 3, 2012 |
South Africa's Die Antwoord creates racing, racy electro-hip-hop with touches of dancehall and dubstep thrown into its overheated mix. Inside that sound, MC Ninja and singer Yo-Landi also use a hardened brand of hometown slang. With that occasionally foul vernacular and their particular patois, Ninja and Yo-Landi - who perform in English and Afrikaans - identify themselves as "Zef" in terms of musical style and fashion sense. They are posh but not posh, poor yet fancy, rocking gold in the face of poverty.
December 31, 2011 |
Diplo has come a long way since he hosted Hollertronix parties at the Ukrainian Club in Northern Liberties in the early '00s. He's gone all the way to 10th and Spring Garden Streets, in fact, where the DJ/producer and BlackBerry salesman played to a sold-out, all-ages crowd Thursday night at Union Transfer. The Mississippi-born, Philadelphia- and Los Angeles-based cultural anthropologist and beat-maker born Wesley Pentz topped an all-local DJ bill that included opener Xaphoon Jones, the nom de rap of Noah Beresin of the hip-pop duo Chiddy Bang, and DJ/producer Dirty South Joe. Jones and Joe warmed up the former Spaghetti Warehouse with the latter, in particular, making the walls quake with booming dubstep and slow-grinding hip-hop.
August 9, 2011 |
Wes Pentz isn't a household name - yet. But the Philly DJ, label owner, and artist who performs under the name Diplo has nearly 300,000 Twitter followers and can be seen talking and crowd-surfing in a BlackBerry television ad. He has produced hit records by M.I.A. and had his stuff sampled by Beyoncé. The Roots' ?uestlove may have his own sushi roll at Zama, but Diplo has an action figure based on his musical collaboration as Major Lazer. Beyond commercial endorsements and cartoon toys, Diplo has a brand.
July 13, 2010 |
The first sounds heard on M.I.A.'s new album Maya (Interscope, . ) - M.I.A. being the agit-pop provocateur Maya Arulpragasam - are made by fingernails tapping on a computer keyboard. Then a bass-heavy beat starts to rumble, air raid synths sound an alarm, and, over the sound of M.I.A.'s own distorted voice, some dude repeats this digitech twist on a children's song: "Headbone connects to the headphones, headphones connect to the iPhone/iPhone connects to the Internet/Connects to the Google/Connects to the government.