Revisiting Broadcast’s Healing Psychedelia

Resting somewhere between dream pop and indie electronic, Broadcast is an English band consisting of Trish Keenan and James Cargill as its two constant members. In all senses, the group disbanded in 2011 with the death of Trish Keenan from complications with pneumonia and swine flu, though Cargill is said to be working on new ...

Philly Music and Arts Festival Highlights

Last weekend, World Cafe Live hosted the inaugural Philly Music and Arts Festival, a festival that boasted all local acts (and, just as importantly, all local brews). The festival was a non-profit endeavor, with all the proceeds going to music education charities. In its first year, the festival established itself as a benchmark of the ...

Broken Social Scene Coming to The Fillmore 10/3

On Tuesday, October 3, Broken Social Scene will be at the Fillmore on tour for their latest album Hug of Thunder. This is their first new music after a 7-year hiatus, and features performances by all 15 of the original band members, including Feist, Kevin Drew, and Emily Haines. Hug of Thunder rumbles with distorted guitar chords and ...

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 ...

Album Review: Hitchhiker

Being a classic rock fan, I sometimes have these nostalgic pity parties for myself, as we all do every now and then, where I think about how sad it is that a lot of the artists I love will never have any more new material, or if they do, it’s often evolved from its previous ...

Two Thousand Four Hundred Miles

600 miles there. 600 miles back. 600 miles there. 600 miles back. These are the miles I drove with some of my best friends in the world from my hometown in Denver, Colorado to Kansas City, Kansas on the first and last weekend of summer to see Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar. On Saturday, ...

Pop’s Next Princess

Billie Eilish has all the workings of an up-and-coming alt pop diva: she's got an edgy sense of style and the sass to match. Her vocals are soulful and ethereal in the style of Lana Del Rey, but slightly sweeter and more innocent. She has the clever genre-defying production of Charli XCX. She was featured ...

Run-On Sentence Reviews: Jlin – Black Origami

This album is synthetic meat that bleeds like the real thing, a drumline of cyborgs cadencing at the robot football game, the iPhone X made from flint and burnt wood, the Neanderthals inventing spaceflight, a tribal dance animated in such high quality so as to become real, what Picasso wishes he could have created in ...

Kasabian at the Trocadero 9/15

Kasabian fans love to dance. This Friday night when I headed down to the Troc, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of the evening, but pure, unadulterated fun was what I got. The show started out with Philly native band, Ceramic Animal, performing on stage with their classic maroon suits. Playing one of ...

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