June 11, 2012 |
There's something not quite right about Drake. The 25-year-old Canadian hip hop sensation went multiplatinum with 2010's Thank Me Later and his recent Take Care. His multi-rapper show on Saturday at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center, performed under the umbrella concept of Club Paradise, was packed with rabid fans. Drake should be enjoying himself, right? He talked up going to that Club, meeting ladies, getting drunk like his daddy and uncles once did (?!) on anything that was liquid.
June 2, 2012 |
Between a calendar of multi-act festivals and single-name attractions, it's going to be a busy summer concert season, outdoors and in. Besides the shows highlighted below, there are several fests worthy of attention - from the Metallica-headlined Orion + More fest in Atlantic City on June 23 and 24 to the free Global Fusion fest on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, whose R&B headliners include Estelle, Melanie Fiona, and Marsha Ambrosius....
May 24, 2012 |
Two-day passes for Philadelphia's Made in America music festival were set to go on sale at 10 this morning via Ticketmaster and LiveNation.com . Admission for both days of the Sept. 1-2 Parkway party ranges from $99 to $655 for the priciest VIP packages. For details about a shot at the limited number of $99 tickets, check Made in America's Facebook page . Along with Jay-Z's considerable star power and unassailable skills, Made in America mixes in one classic rock-friendly headliner in Pearl Jam with a significant dose of hip-hop, R&B and an especially impressive selection of electronic music, plus a smattering of indie-rock.
April 24, 2012 |
Many a demographic is super-served throughout the year on the Philadelphia film festival calendar. Cineastes with particular interests are catered to by the Latin American, Jewish, Terror, Gay & Lesbian, Science, Asian American and Animation film festivals, among others, not to mention the overarching Philadelphia Film Festival, which will take place in October this year. Add another group of movie buffs to the list: music fans. Starting this week, the inaugural XPN Music Film Festival will take place in University City, with 20 movies screening, mostly at the Annenberg Center on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
April 8, 2012 |
TEL AVIV - After coughing regularly for half an hour, Rennie Harris, artistic director/choreographer of Philadelphia-based hip-hop company Rennie Harris Puremovement, paused a hotel-lobby interview last month to order a cup of tea. "It's sandstorm season in Cairo, or something," he apologized. Harris had just finished the first leg of his company's frenetic March 9-to-April 6 DanceMotion USA tour of Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, during which he and his dynamic dancers taught, performed, loved the food, loved the people, and spread the hip-hop gospel: Be young, be free.
March 30, 2012 |
Free-form crooner Georgia Anne Muldrow is a practiced hand. The California native, specializing in spacey electronica, has been making records since 2006 under her own name, in collaboration with hip-hop artists Sa-Ra and J*DaVeY. She's also long partnered with rapper Dudley Perkins (a.k.a. Declaime) as G&D (they're also handsome life partners). With her new Stones Throw album Seeds, Muldrow makes her best artistic gesture, with bold, existential riffs on community (universal and personal)
March 2, 2012 |
It's taken a while for Breakfast , the debut album by Philadelphia hip-pop duo Chiddy Bang released Tuesday, to finally be served. The band comprising Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin first began making noise in the music industry when their song "Opposite of Adults" became a British pop-chart hit two years ago. So you couldn't blame Beresin for showing so much unbridled enthusiasm during the group's sold-out, all-ages...
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.
January 21, 2012 |
The 10-year-old Montreal troupe RUBBERBANDance returned to Annenberg Center on Thursday evening with the Philadelphia premiere of Gravity of Center . In focus and technique, the soulfully danced work far surpasses the company's last offering here in 2008. The vision of company founder and former hip-hop dancer Victor Quijada is to blend his b-boy background with ballet as well as such martial arts movement as capoeira. In Gravity of Center , he's crystallized this style into what I'll call "acro-balletic.