September 4, 2016 |
Sylk 130 reunion. In the mid-'90s, Philadelphia DJ-producer-songwriter King Britt brought an all-star cast of local talent together to form the soul-funk-jazz collective Sylk 130. The crew, which included poet Ursula Rucker, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and trumpeter Jafar Baron, made its recording debut on 1997's When the Funk Hits the Fan , and now the band is getting back together. Sunday at the TLA. "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain.
May 4, 2016 |
No artist can stay a child of her hometown forever. Philadelphia-born Santigold - who started life here as Santi White, singer of local ska-pop band Stiffed, and duet partner to rapper GZA and nu-soul songstress Res - became an internationalist, a singer-composer touching on a melange of funk, dub, reggae, ragga, punk, Africana, New Wave, hip-hop, house, electronica, and noise, often in one go. With three eclectic albums to her name (each four...
March 12, 2016 |
R&B singer Tinashe is no longer on the come-up: She's arrived. Lately, the 23-year-old vocalist killed her Janet Jackson tribute at the 2015 BET awards, posed for Playboy's first no-nudity issue, and made a fan of Kanye West. She's in the middle of her Joyride World Tour, a precursor to her sophomore album, Joyride . She'll perform Tuesday at the TLA. With more than 40 shows to go, it's her day off - kind of. She slept in this day and is relaxing, a fan meet-and-greet on the horizon.
October 16, 2015 |
With 2014's Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , tousle-haired Lucinda Williams put her roots country-rocking money where her mouth has long been and released an album on a label of her own, Highway 20 Records. Her robust lyricism, blunt musicality and distinctly rusty vocal tones have put her in a league of her own since 1979's Ramblin' on My Mind . Frankly, Williams never did sound like any other alterna-country presence, a fact she proved once more on Tuesday night at Theatre of Living Arts.
September 19, 2015 |
In the 2012 annual BBC Sound Of . . . poll, Lianne La Havas got edged out by an impressive cadre of artists, among them Frank Ocean, Azealia Banks, and Skrillex. But she garnered a great deal of attention for her debut LP from Warner Bros., the outstanding Is Your Love Big Enough? It took off on the merits of singles "Forget" and the title track. They're funky, bouncy, packed with punchy choruses and a potent, empowered feminine playfulness. She dazzled audiences around the world with a tour (she, a Londoner, calls them "campaigns")
September 10, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have arrested a Parkside man in a fatal shooting Friday night outside the Theatre of Living Arts on South Street. Tylee Wilbur, 28, was arrested Saturday in the death of John Green, 25, of West Philadelphia. Police found Green at 8:13 p.m. on the sidewalk at Third Street and South with a gunshot wound in his abdomen. He died about a half-hour later at Hahnemann University Hospital. Wilbur was charged with murder, firearms violations, and related offenses. Police said the killing stemmed from an argument, but did not elaborate on what the argument had been about.
September 8, 2015 |
For a headlining rapper with a deep catalog (including the work of his sometime band, Odd Future and recordings by Madlib and Mac Miller), Earl Sweatshirt is kind of a goofball. When Tyler, the Creator did a Theatre of Living Arts gig with him in March 2013, the rapper (real name: Thebe Neruda Kgositsile) hid in plain sight - head down, as if looking for loose change - under a hoodie, popping his head out turtlelike only when his turn came to rhyme. For his October 2013 gig at the same venue, he mostly left the stage to then-lesser-known rapper Vince Staples.
September 7, 2015 |
Philadelphia police said Saturday that they are continuing their investigation of a Friday night shooting outside the Theater of the Living Arts on South Street that left a man dead. The identity of the 25-year-old victim has not yet been released. "Nothing has changed since last night," a police spokesman said Saturday. The shooting, about 8 p.m., came two doors east of the TLA, where Chicago rapper Lil Durk was to appear. A large number of people were in line to see the show, which also was to feature acts by Hypno Carlito and Gunplay.
September 6, 2015 |
CHAOS CUT THROUGH the humidity of Friday night, deadly gunfire that caught one man among a crowd of hundreds on South Street. The incident happened just after 8 p.m., as throngs of people lined up outside the Theatre of the Living Arts, on South near 3rd, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Lil Durk, a Chicago-based rapper, was set to perform at the venue, when a scuffle broke out among a group of men near the front door. Officers assigned to South Street saw the violence and then heard the subsequent gunshots.
August 23, 2015 |
Bands rarely improve with age. Many implode before they have the chance, of course, but many more keep trucking when they should have sold the tour bus on Craigslist. It is especially a pity when once-wonderful bands (for example, Metallica and Gang of Four) create new music that is so bad it threatens to revoke their legacy and makes us wonder why we ever championed them in the first place. And so it is always nice to find an exception. High on Fire, which headlined Wednesday at the TLA, is one of those rare bands that get better as they get older.