Wednesday, November 25, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 3:00 AM
Palmas release their debut EP on Friday. (Photo by CJ Harvey)

Palmas rehearse in the basement of a local haunted attraction — Fright Factory, to be exact. Their debut EP To The Valley comes out on Friday the 13th — this Friday, to, again, be exact.

Bone-chilling coincidence?


POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 3:00 AM
Carly Rae Jepsen tours behind her new album, coming to the Trocadero this week. (Courtesy photo)

Carly Rae Jepsen wrote her first song at age 9. A “protest song,” she said. “I came from a very hippieish family and that’s what I was writing about — cutting down big trees.”

Her second original tune came eight years later, a love song for a boy. She had a crush and didn’t know how to tell him, so as many 17-year-old girls are wont to do, she divulged her feelings in a letter. It was a poetic note, with a meter that inspired a melody. So she took her father’s acoustic guitar, got him to teach her a few chords and wrote a song.

The boy was a musician, too, so she asked his opinion of the tune.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 2:51 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Azealia Banks performs for fans during Splendour in the Grass on July 25, 2015 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Getty Images)

As of late we only seem to be hearing about the bad side of Harlem rapper, singer Azealia Banks.

The 24-year-old “212” singer has officially canceled her upcoming eight-city tour, citing that she is "very busy at work." The tour would have brought her to Philly’s Electric Factory on Wednesday, Nov. 18. However, she is still performing in her hometown of New York at Terminal 5 on Nov. 19.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 9:27 AM
Allen Toussaint performs on stage at Bluesfest 2013 - Day 4 on March 31, 2013 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Getty Images)

Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans songwriter and pianist responsible for a long list of hits recorded by artists that included Aaron Neville, Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Dr. John, Lee Dorsey, Warren Zevon, Robert Plant, Robert Palmer and  Devo, has died. He was 77. 

Toussaiint died of a heart attack on Monday after a concert in Spain in the midst of a European tour, according to a report by New Orleans television station WWL. The native of the Crescent City's Gert Town neighborhood spent most of his career working as a behind the scenes songwriter, arranger and producer, shunning the spotlight to the point where many of his early three minute masterworks, including "Do-Re-Mi," "Fortune Teller" and "Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)," were written under pseudonyms, with Toussaint most frequently using his mother's maiden name, Naomi Neville.

Always impeccably dressed and gracious on and off the stage - it was not uncommon to see the salt and pepper haired pianist walking the dusty grounds of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in a suit and tie - Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1998. President Obama awarded him with the National Medal of Arts in 2013. 

POSTED: Monday, November 9, 2015, 10:56 PM
Summer Fiction, left to right: Mike Kennedy, Justin DiFebbo, Alex Yaker, Bill Ricchini, Avery Coffee. (Tanya Dakin)

Earlier this year, Philadelphia songwriter Bill Ricchini, who records as Summer Fiction, released a superb, sweetly melancholy album called Himalaya, recorded in Manchester, England with ex-pat Philly producer B.C. Camplight.

This June, Summer Fiction and video director J. DeVirgilis went into the Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street - just before construction began on the renovation of the fabled ruin - and recorded a bunch of the Himalaya tracks. Among the were "By My Side," which makes its video premiere on In The Mix.  (If you're eager for more, headed over to The Key to see "Religion of Mine.")

Summer Fiction plays the Boot & Saddle on Saturday Nov. 21 with the also recommended Heyward Howkins. Ticket info is here.

POSTED: Monday, November 9, 2015, 3:00 AM
Marrow play at MilkBoy tonight. (Photo by Charles Nolis Anderson)

There’s a young band from Chicago making major moves. Though still in their early 20’s, Marrow are no newcomers to the spotlight. Consisting of three former members from the eclectic hip-hop, funk and indie collective Kids These Days, also featuring Vic Mensa, the foursome are again forging their own paths to stardom with a new sound.

Now comprised of singer-keyboardist Macie Stewart, singer-guitarist Liam Kazar, bassist Lane Beckstrom and drummer Matt Carroll, Marrow are out to prove they’re not satisfied staying in the shadow of Kids These Days.

Out touring behind their debut album The Gold Standard, released in September, Marrow comes to MilkBoy tonight on their first proper tour. To prepare you for the moment, here are five things you should know.

POSTED: Friday, November 6, 2015, 3:49 PM
Banks at Made in America 2015 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Yong Kim / Staff Photograher)

Clear your schedules for Monday, Nov. 9 — you’ll want to be at this one.

Singer Banks comes to the TLA for a headlining show before heading out on tour with The Weeknd.

Get to know a little bit about Banks:

POSTED: Friday, November 6, 2015, 3:00 AM
Albert Hammond Jr. (Courtesy photo)

Once he starts talking, Albert Hammond Jr. can get very caught up on the idea of time and the linear way humans evaluate life, art, relationships.

It’s mostly because it’s so hard to ignore his past: as guitarist for one of the biggest modern rock bands, the Strokes; his struggle with addiction and his quest to get clean; and his solo records — 2006’s Yours to Keep, ¿Como Te Llama? in 2008 and this year’s Momentary Masters.

With a career that’s surpassed the 15-year mark, it’s natural that Hammond tends to ruminate on what he’s done or what he’s doing next. “But never what’s happening [now],” he observed. “It’s all we got, though. There’s no other choice.”

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