HOMESHAKE Live Review

HOMESHAKE Live Review

On Sunday night, the line to enter Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church stretched around the block.  However, this was no midnight service.  Instead of leading inside the building, the line wound underground like a trail of ants following the irresistible promise of HOMESHAKE, the Canadian indie group led by Peter Sagar. During the opening act’s casual … Continue reading “HOMESHAKE Live Review”

Album Review: Island Universe Story Four by Helado Negro

Album Review: Island Universe Story Four by Helado Negro

Think back to your high school cafeteria. Picture the far corner where, behind a tray of Mashed Potatoes and Beige, one student always sat wearing outsized headphones and a look of practiced indifference.  Perhaps, like me, you always wondered what music allowed them to transcend grim reality and reach such a serene mind-state. In hindsight, … Continue reading “Album Review: Island Universe Story Four by Helado Negro”

Live Review: The Beatles In Bossa Nova

Live Review: The Beatles In Bossa Nova

Last Saturday, World Cafe Live hosted a show called The Beatles in Bossa Nova, a reimagination of classic 60’s pop by the Brazilian-focused husband and wife band, Minas.  The show opened to a venue crammed with extra chairs and excitement so tangible it took up any remaining elbow room.  The crowd, which channeled its excitement … Continue reading “Live Review: The Beatles In Bossa Nova”

Live Preview: The Beatles In Bossa Nova

Live Preview: The Beatles In Bossa Nova

After hearing the story of Minas, Philadelphia’s established Bossa Nova band, it’s hard not to believe in fate.  At the band’s core are Orlando Haddad and Patricia King Haddad, couple whose musical and romantic partnership spans over forty years and reads like the blueprint of a fairytale.   At first glance, it’s surprising that the … Continue reading “Live Preview: The Beatles In Bossa Nova”

Single Review: “Medication” by Nick Murphy

Nick Murphy’s new single, “Medication,” opens with a series of heavy instrumentals that sound as if they were designed to accompany a slow-motion action movie scene, complete with billowing mushroom cloud and rugged action hero wiping ash from his brow.  It’s a startling opening, especially coming from an artist who, under his previous name of … Continue reading “Single Review: “Medication” by Nick Murphy”

The Allah-Las Concert Review

The Allah-Las Concert Review

The show opens to a typical indie beach-rock crowd: a sea of head bobbers punctuated by the occasional gregarious adolescent who needs to spell his band’s name twice (the second ‘j’ is silent) before you understand it.  The opening act, an Australian group called The Babe Rainbow, saunters into view amid halfhearted applause which dwindles … Continue reading “The Allah-Las Concert Review”