Wild Child Album Preview: Expectations

Austin-based band Wild Child announced tour dates for their forthcoming album, Expectations. The group, led by Alexander Beggins and Kelsey Wilson, are known for their unique and modern take on folk-rock. Their 2015 LP, Fools, featured songs like “Meadows” and “Reno” that undulated between soft acoustic sounds and louder percussion paired with distorted vocals. In a manner ...

Philly Gets Alt at Everybody Hits

DAY ONE Greg Mendez kicked off the intimate festival last Saturday with a short, thirty minute set of his casual and relaxed music. His closeness with the microphone and soothing guitar set a gentler mood for the night, and seemed to put everyone at ease. Not as earsplitting as the rest of the night would ...

Frank Ocean Announces New Album

Frank Ocean, the idiosyncratic grammy-winning singer-songwriter, may be the most mysterious enigma in the contemporary music scene. After the success of Ocean’s major label debut channel ORANGE, the next four years were spent relatively quiet. Within 2 days in 2016; Ocean dropped the visual album Endless, fulfilling his recording contract with record label giant Def ...

Some ~Alternative~ Holiday Jams

Without much warning, the holiday season is already upon us. I, for one, am ready. I love holiday music with a passion. In fact, it's the only thing that makes winter vaguely tolerable. Once January rolls around, all hope is lost and I'll hibernate until spring. For December, however, I'll be curled up happily by ...

Jay-Z Takes Over Wells Fargo Center

It’s the year of the H.O.V.A! Jay-Z is bringing his North American tour to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center Friday, December 1st. Before the ‘4:44’ show hits our city, be sure to check out Jay-Z’s new Grammy-nominated album that has been receiving more than it’s fair share of positive reviews. This tour is the first of ...

The National @ The Kimmel Center, December 4: Preview

Eighteen years into their career and still going strong, The National bring their international tour to Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on Monday, December 4. Sleep Well Beast, the band’s seventh studio album, was released on September 8. My first impression was that they’d loosened up a bit – it had seemed that each ...

Ones to Watch: Dude York

Dude York, a lo-fi  punk band from Seattle, are currently on tour with Aussie Alex Lahey. They played World Cafe Live on their Philly stop of the tour, and brought their Weezer-influenced sound to the small upstairs stage. They've got a holiday punk (holiday punk?) album out now called Halftime for the Holidays including the ...

Songs About Food: A Thanksgiving-Inspired Playlist

Thanksgiving is a time for appreciating others, reminding people that you love them, and most importantly, gaining ten pounds from some of the best home-cooked food you’ve had in months. My dad always told me that no party is complete without the perfect background music. So, this year, I decided to create my own feast-worthy ...

Slowdive @ Union Transfer (11/15) – Text Review

I saw Slowdive (with Cherry Glazerr opening) at Union Transfer on Wednesday. It was an Experience™. I texted my friend Mackenzie (not her real name) throughout with my thoughts and feelings. Here are those thoughts and feelings. Matthew Eisenberg: Cherry Glazerr is frickin great, wow I loved the album but they’re so good live also ...

Album Review: Sleigh Bells’ Kid Kruschev

On November 10, Sleigh Bells duo Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller released the new seven-track album, Kid Kruschev. This 21-minute-long album comes a year after the 2016 release of Jessica Rabbit, and features a refreshed take on Sleigh Bells’ signature noise pop sound. The first track of the album, “Blue Trash Mattress Fire,” has already ...

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