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September 27, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
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.
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September 30, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
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October 6, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
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July 9, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
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.
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August 24, 2001 | By Tom Moon INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Ever since Phish rose to prominence in the early '90s, the term "jam band" has been associated with a very specific sound: long, extemporaneous guitar excursions on bluegrass and country-rock themes, with occasional stopovers in the realm of white-boy funk. The vocals: plaintive and rumpled afterthoughts. The beats: gentle enough to get the grilled tofu and hemp-necklace set moving. But a crew of rowdy former Philadelphians has been working to change all that. The Disco Biscuits - headlining a two-night festival called "Bisco Knights" this weekend at Wilmington's Kahuna amphitheater - do jam. But they don't follow the established recipe.
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May 26, 2006 | By JUSTINE KARP For the Daily News
The festival season at Penn's Landing takes off tomorrow and Sunday, bringing in that warm feeling of summer with the 21st annual Captain Morgan's Jam on the River. Alt band World Party, back in action after a four-year hiatus, is on the bill, as are Philly-based jam band the Disco Biscuits and Ween, taking a break from recording their new album at their home base in Bucks County. More than 20,000 people are expected along the waterfront, and - new this year - there also will be two evening concerts at the nearby Electric Factory.
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January 1, 2007 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
For the first of three sold-out shows during the pre-New Year season, Disco Biscuits - Philadelphia's preeminent techno-trance fusion jam band - played the TLA on Friday to a crowd of beer-spilling, hoodie-wearing mega-fans. It seemed as if every high-flying fan - crowded as close to the stage as possible - knew every lyric and anticipated every instrumental twist the Biscuits had in store - and there were many, if you considered the complex and diverse music and rhythm that the band pumped out during its two sets.
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December 24, 1999 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR THE INQUIRER
Now that noodling - the improvisational art of "the jam" - has become respectable, it's time to celebrate those locals who have devoted themselves to furthering the jam-band cause with electronic ellipsis, techno-terrorism, humor and hubris: The Disco Biscuits. Deadheads and rave kids alike all groove deeply to CDs such as Uncivilized Area (Hydrophonic) and Encephalous Crime (Diamond Riggs) and CD bootlegs (band-approved) of the group's slowly stewing, improvisational prowess onstage.
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May 25, 2007 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Once upon a time, your average Jam on the River was jammed with . . . jam bands. Dead Head-esque formations playing musical hacky sack, lollygagging through loping rhythmic passages. No more. While 2007's Jam features Dark Star Orchestra - drawing its inspiration from all things Jerry Garcia - to say nothing of The Disco Biscuits post-Dead meanderings, there's little left of the jam mentality save for some of the weekend's peeps taking their time playing long songs. Disco Biscuits do that.
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May 26, 2006 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Jam on the River is offering a party this weekend that is dedicated to all things trippy and jam-band-oriented. How else would you describe what Electric Factory's Geoff Gordon calls "a wonderful convergence of sight, sound and euphoria wrapped into a warm, gooey sunshine rainbow. " Gordon may be kidding. But he's not off the mark. Having booked this northern version of the alternative festival Bonnaroo for eight years, Gordon sees the corralling of the most complex of musical acts both jammy (the usual suspect, Disco Biscuits)
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September 30, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
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.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
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.
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February 7, 2012 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
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.
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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.
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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 . . . )
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August 19, 2011 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
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December 31, 2010 | staff
Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff. POP . . . plus Little Feat: What the late Lowell George brought together way back in 1969, neither time nor membership changes have torn asunder. One of two local concerts (see Disco Biscuits below) Sirius XM will air live as part of its national New Year's Eve party (Sirius 31 or XM 55). Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 9 tonight, $55, $49.50 and $39.50, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.
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