October 27, 2000 |
For all the forlorn romanticism found on her debut solo effort, No Angel (Arista), somewhere in the center of London, Dido is laughing. Perhaps it's the fact that she's crashed the popwaves on U.S. shores in the strangest ways, what with the whispering mood swings of No Angel and its cool, acoustic-electronic sound, onto which she grafts a quaintly emotional voice. Maybe it's the etherealism of "Here With Me," heard on the WB series Roswell. Or that her lovingly daffy lament "Thank You" has been appropriated by Eminem for his eerie, fan-obsessive "Stan.
June 22, 2009 |
It's funny how Wesley Pentz, the Philadelphia all-music mash-up avatar known as Diplo, chose a Friday night liquor promotion at Electric Factory to debut his newest concoction to the locals. Everything he touches becomes a heady brew. Brazilian baile funk, cheesy '80s pop, dirty south hip hop, Miami bass, skanky electronica - these are a few of his favorite things, noises he's sampled for big productions (i.e. Britney, M.I.A., the latter with whom he got nominated for a Grammy)
December 30, 2011 |
If you're hitting a plain old club on New Year's Eve, you're likely practicing an amateur's-night-out strategy, something where the champagne toast is cheap, the restaurant fare is premade, and the open bar is harder for you to get through than Haruki Murakami's novel 1Q84 . Then again, you might be looking at the wrong clubs. More advisable is a night out with Philly's alternative elite - the skinny jeans-wearing rockers, baggy pant electro-programmers, and classy-costumed performing locals who bare their souls for maximum pay on the last day of 2011.
September 26, 2002 |
Trying to define exactly what style of music the British quintet Gomez plays is a tricky proposition requiring numerous hyphens and an understanding that no matter what tag you slap on the band, it will tell only part of the story. Before a near-capacity Theatre of Living Arts crowd on Tuesday, the group (augmented by a keyboardist-percussionist) slinked, shuffled and, on several occasions, stormed through an overview of its three studio albums, tossing grubby, threadbare retro darks in with stylish electro brights to create a suit of colorful, if at times ill-fitting, rocking threads.
April 13, 2007 |
Ever had a bad time at one of Dave Pianka's Making Time parties? They're always a nice place to hear nu-electronica and dance rock. No matter if it's at Pure, as it was last month, or at Transit, where it resides this weekend. You can be certain you'll dig Pianka's buddies from the Pink Skull collective and such (Broadzilla, Russ Alexander) who will be spinning low-slung electro-punk, as well as the digitally funky Belgian Soulwax live crew. But you won't find as innovatively odd a lineup as this week's inclusion of Curitiba, Brazil's Bonde do Role and England's Klaxons.
September 26, 2011 |
Thirty-year-old Canadian Joel Zimmerman probably didn't start life wanting to lead a nation of techno-house fanatics to distraction. Heck, there was barely a nation of electro-fans to speak of when the Ontario-born producer began making music. And once he strapped on a giant mouse head, adopting a new persona, things changed. He became larger than life, bigger than the catchy but minimal progressive house sounds and laser-filled shows he became known for. Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse")
June 21, 2011 |
When Philly radio station 100.3 The Beat presented its Super Jam 2 on Sunday at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center, the station gave the event an interesting structure by sandwiching its headliners (Diddy, Chris Brown, Keri Hilson) between new-R&B lover men and up-and-coming hip-hoppers. This meant that Jeremih, the smooth lord of "Birthday Sex," and Lloyd, the self-proclaimed King of Hearts, opened the evening portion of Super Jam 2 with Philadelphia MC Meek Mill and last-minute fill-in Wiz Khalifa as its closers.
February 16, 2013 |
There was a lot of love in the room at World Cafe Live on Wednesday, but not just because it was the eve of Valentine's Day. The sold-out crowd was in love with Germantown's Bilal Oliver - known singularly as Bilal - and his genre-jumping music and boldly audacious vocal capabilities. It is probably because of Bilal's turn-on-a-dime musicality - futuristic soul, avant-rock, fuzzy funk - that this crowd felt so close to their hometown hero, chatting with the singer between tunes as if he was on their corner.
April 1, 2001 |
Maybe you've never break-danced or heard the "poing" of Pac-Man. Perhaps you know Queen Latifah only as a talk-show host and Everlast only as Eminem's nemesis. But each of those phenomena is connected to the story of Tommy Boy in one of popular music's most important chapters. Tommy Boy, celebrating its 20th anniversary, was revolutionary because it was the first record label to fuse the disparate sounds of Manhattan's hip-hop melting pot - white and black, American and European, Brooklyn rap and German electronics, disco and punk, salsa and merengue.
September 26, 2002 |
Delightful folk eccentric Victoria Williams and hubby/former Jayhawk Mark Olsen and his band the Creekdippers appear at Tin Angel (8:30 tonight, 20 S. 2nd St., 215-928-0770, $15). Also this week: Neko Case & Her Boyfriends (8:30 p.m. Tuesday, $8). The Candy Snatchers, Dirty Fingers, Smut and Bad Vibes rock the Balcony (9:30 tonight, 10th and Arch streets, 215-922-LIVE, $8). Local electro-pop duo Method and Result opens for Ani DiFranco drummer Andy Stochansky (8 tonight at the Rotunda, 4012 Walnut St., 215-573-3234, www.foundationarts.