February 5, 2016 |
It's weird hearing that your musical heroes are eating right, sleeping well, and in overall good shape. Not to mention driving minivans, making suburban shopping runs, and hanging out with the neighbors. That's just not rock 'n' roll. Yet when it comes to jamtronica icons the Disco Biscuits - formed at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and named for the '70s feel-good drug Quaaludes - living healthily and stealthily looks good. "Well-being works, especially as you get older," says bassist Marc Brownstein, 42. "I'm significantly healthier now than at 22. That translates into the music.
September 30, 2014 |
It's no secret the Disco Biscuits love to play. Formed at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995, named for the '70s feel-good drug Quaalude, the Biscuits merged the jam-band form familiar from the Grateful Dead and the all-day-all-night sensibilities of a techno-tronic rave with electronic beats and boings to match. Along with launching Camp Bisco's music festival for improvisational bands and DJs in Upstate New York, the Biscuits play mini-fests, called City Bisco, where they take over your town and several venues for a stretch.
July 9, 2014 |
BEHIND THE stage, seagulls bobbed and boats rocked in the Delaware River current. Out front, dancers swayed and bounced in tiered rows. Onstage, the bands played, one after another, each accompanied by a new instrument, one that wasn't so prevalent at the last Jam on the River festival in 2008: the laptop. Arguably the most divisive instrument since the electric guitar, the laptop has impacted nearly every music genre and even forged new ones, like the so-called jamtronica that brought thousands to the River Stage at Penn's Landing in late May. Jam - the open-ended, improvised end of the rock music spectrum - was once ruled by the Grateful Dead and Phish, which comes to the Mann Center tonight and tomorrow for two sold-out gigs.
September 27, 2013 |
SUPPOSE YOU threw a party, and everybody came. Or, at least, all your buds from far as well as near. That's what the guys in the Philly-based "trans-fusion" (jam-meets-electronica) band Disco Biscuits are hoping for, with their second annual City Bisco festival holding down the fort on two stages today and tomorrow at the Mann Music Center. "It's definitely the party of the weekend," proclaimed Aron Magner, keyboardist for the headlining band that closes both bake-offs. Tonight it's with a hip-hop- strong support team, including Big Boi, Method Man and Redman, then tomorrow in a mix with electronic dance music "controlists," like Gigamesh, Emancipator, Shpongle, Lee Foss and more.
October 6, 2012 |
Ever since meeting on University of Pennsylvania's campus in 1995, the members of Disco Biscuits - Jon "The Barber" Gutwillig, Marc Brownstein, and Aron Magner - have woven elements of jam, electro, and prog-jazz into one tightly knit but loosely improvisational ball of pop accessible to one and all. Their fun, fusion-fueled albums are good - but live, Biscuits are dynamic, a danceable treat to rave heads and Deadheads alike. That's why the Philly-based Biscuits have often gone the festival route with a slew of Camp Bisco events at remote locations around the country - farms, ski resorts, the Indian Lookout Country Club outside of Albany - the likes of which featured DJ heroes Skrillex, Amon Tobin, and Bassnectar.
October 5, 2012
MUSIC Boogie in the park While the Philly-baked Disco Biscuits aligned first with the jam band scene, the group has evolved into the harder-edged, electronica-charged space rage. And for their latest festival City Bisco - the first in Philly proper - the Disco Biscuits have surrounded themselves with lots of like minds to keep you dancing. First day includes well-known spinners Diplo and R2DJ (both homegrown products, too), plus Aeroplane, Cinnamon Chasers, The Manhattan Project and Wyllys.
February 7, 2012 |
OUR TOWN has produced its share of rising - and falling - rock stars in the past few years, as talents like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hoots and Hellmouth, Disco Biscuits and the War on Drugs have moved into the national spotlight for better and sometimes worse. (Like CYHSY, which has been unable or unwilling to sustain that Pitchfork-poked, flavor-of-the-month hype.) Then there's Dr. Dog. Or should we say, Dr. Who??? Walking slowly but carrying a big stick, this West Philly-based and pretty wonderful band has been at the game far longer than most, yet still seems freshest of the lot. Fact is, 20 years have passed since singer-bassist Toby Leaman and guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken started making music as eighth-graders at a West Grove, Chester County, middle school.
August 19, 2011
Special Events Woof Wednesdays Doggie special Wed. in summer. Bring your dog & receive half- price doggie treats. Trolley Car Cafe, 3269 S. Ferry Rd. Varies per item. Closes 9/14. American Indian Corn Roasting Festival Traditional American Indian music & dancing, crafts, cooking demonstrations, food & more. Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edgehill Rd., Abington. $30. 8/20. 9:30-3:30 pm. Collegeville Farmers' Market Fresh produce, baked items, local wines, crafts & more.
August 19, 2011 |
Twenty-plus electronic acts will perform at this weekend's IDentity Festival at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. They're a prominent lot of DJs, bands, and programmers including Kaskade, Rusko, Steve Aoki and Steve Lawler, Hercules and Love Affair, and the daylong festival's headliner, the Disco Biscuits. Still, one ID stands out where innovation and genre-jumping are concerned: DJ Shadow. Shadow, or rather Joshua Davis, is a king of vintage music sampling using the rarities of hip-hop, jazz, and R&B found in many a used-record bin. He didn't just make it with suite-like singles such as "What Does Your Soul Look Like" or full-length modern classics such as 1996's Endtroducing . . . Shadow released that type of soul hop on his labels Solesides and Quannum Projects, produced like-minded music-makers such as UNKLE, and continued a career of funky originality with 2006's schizophrenic The Outsider . Shadow's forthcoming CD, The Less You Know the Better, is his warmest effort yet, eerily inviting and oddly poppy.
August 19, 2011
SPECIAL BINGO CLUB Bingo brings to mind images of blue-haired, chain-smoking grannies sitting in front of a table full of cards. That is not what you will find at Underground Rebel Bingo. Founded in a London church basement in 2008, Underground Rebel Bingo takes the classic game and turns the party dial up to high, so that it resembles a rave - dancing, music and performances are all part of the package. And what really makes it hip is that not just anyone can show up. Taking some Fight Club cues (the first rule of Underground Rebel Bingo is that you don't talk about Underground Rebel Bingo . . . )