Toro y Moi at Union Transfer

Toro y Moi at Union Transfer

Electronic artist, singer, songwriter, record producer, and DJ Chaz Bear (also known as Toro y Moi) continued promoting his upcoming album Outer Peace at his Philly stop at Union Transfer on 11/13. Minnesota alternative R&B artist, Dizzy Fae, opened the night full of personality. With Alec Ness working the keyboard and drum machine, Fae gave a fun and quirky performance … Continue reading “Toro y Moi at Union Transfer”

Harrison Lipton Gets Back On The Horse

Harrison Lipton Gets Back On The Horse

Harrison Lipton had to stoop to fit into the basement he played in that night. Beneath the smoke line that separated the living room and the underground venue, the ceiling was decked in plastic vines Christmas lights, giving it a mystical garden vibe. That was where the Brooklyn-based singer serenaded the crowd with his wintry … Continue reading “Harrison Lipton Gets Back On The Horse”

Mayday Parade at the Fillmore

Mayday Parade at the Fillmore

Exactly two years after I watched Mayday Parade headline The Foundry in Philadelphia, the band moved downstairs to its larger counterpart, The Fillmore, to transport the audience into Sunnyland, the backdrop of their newest record. 2018 marks Mayday Parade’s thirteenth year together as a band, and despite non-stop touring and six album releases through it … Continue reading “Mayday Parade at the Fillmore”

EP Review: RiP to the Peaceful (me)

EP Review: RiP to the Peaceful (me)

Born in Denver, raised in Israel and currently based in New York; Slim Reaper is a resurgent lyricist and boom bap revivalist. Drawing inspiration from rappers like MF DOOM, Nas and Earl Sweatshirt, Slim uses complex rhymes and unique imagery to flow confidently and tell personal stories. His debut EP “RiP to the PEACEFUL (me)” … Continue reading “EP Review: RiP to the Peaceful (me)”

Why “Everything Is Free” is the Song of the 21st Century Music Industry

Why “Everything Is Free” is the Song of the 21st Century Music Industry

Upon listening to Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free,” one might imagine that the slow, fingerpicked guitar and subtle harmonies were recorded far before the internet, on a tape in some far-off corner of America. In reality, Time (the Revelator) was recorded in 2001 in Studio B in Nashville, shortly after Welch and her longtime musical … Continue reading “Why “Everything Is Free” is the Song of the 21st Century Music Industry”

The Wombats at The Fillmore

The Wombats at The Fillmore

On Friday, October 19th, English indie-rock band The Wombats condensed their extensive catalog of music into a jam-packed hour and a half set at The Fillmore in Philadelphia. Following an explosive opening set by Barns Courtney, lead vocalist and guitarist Murph (Matthew Murphy), drummer Dan Haggis, and bassist Tord Knudsen jumped into “Cheetah Tongue,” off … Continue reading “The Wombats at The Fillmore”

Black Belt Eagle Scout – Mother of My Children Review

Black Belt Eagle Scout – Mother of My Children Review

Black Belt Eagle Scout’s Mother of My Children feels like a biography out of order, a collection of old photographs thrown together in a drawer somewhere. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Katherine Paul plays every instrument in Black Belt Eagle Scout, from drums to bass to guitar. She grew up on a small Indian reservation, … Continue reading “Black Belt Eagle Scout – Mother of My Children Review”

Wavves & Beach Fossils at Union Transfer

Wavves & Beach Fossils at Union Transfer

On Thursday night, Wavves and Beach Fossils rocked Union Transfer. By the time I got there, the crowd was already large and buzzing. The band, fronted by Nathan Williams, played a mix of high energy and slower songs from their repertoire of surf rock. They genuinely seemed to have a great time performing and were … Continue reading “Wavves & Beach Fossils at Union Transfer”