Archive: January, 2013
Local Philly band DRGN King released their full-length debut Paragraph Nights last week via Bar None Records. It has received a ton of hype from the likes of Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vice, among others, and rightfully so. It all started as a collaboration between songwriter Dominic Angelella and producer Ritz Reynolds and has bloomed over the past two years into a fully functioning band. You can listen to the entire record HERE and check out a few songs below.
They'll celebrate their new album this Saturday(02/02) with a record release show at PhilaMOCA with openers Dangerous Ponies, Walking Shapes, Idol Idles and several DJs. There are no advance tickets so just pay at the door. It'll be a great night of Philly music so don't miss out!
RAC, aka Remix Artist Collective, was started back in 2007 by one guy, Andre Anjos. He started producing remixes while he was in college and eventually went on to recruit a few others via the Intenet to create the collective. Fast forward to present day and Anjos has taken his college dorm room hobby to a full blown career. He has even taken his remixes and turned it into a live show with fellow RAC member, Karl Kling.
The RAC DJ duo will make a stop this Friday(02/01) at The Blockley in University City with opening acts Stock Footage and Disco Sucks. Tickets for the show are still available and can be found HERE.
If you're feeling lucky, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway. All you need to do to enter is let us know your favorite RAC remix in the comments below. We'll pick the winner on Thursday. Good luck!
Bensalem-born pop star Christina Perri and Philly-based indie band Good Old War are in the middle of lawsuit between Bill Silva Management and two former employees.
Silva sued Thomas Gates and Ryan Chisholm in Superior Court alleging the erstwhile employees for intentional interference with contract and unfair competition. The suit seeks $50,000 in damages.
Perri is best known for her songs "Jar of Hearts" and "A Thousand Years," the latter of which was on the "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" soundtrack. Good Old War, who have a nice folk-bent, released their third album "Come Back as Rain" in March.
Philly's own Bleeding Rainbow, who were at one time Reading Rainbow, have a new record coming out next Tueday(01/29). It's called Yeah Right and will be the band's first album on Kanine Records. If you head over to Pitchfork, you can listen to the entire thing right now via Pitchfork Advance and you can also listen/watch the video for "Drift Away" below.
The band also announced a few dates in support of their new release. One of which being here in Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda's on Thursday, February 14(aka Valentine's Day). So why not take your date there? Tickets for the show can be found HERE.
Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. was recently in Philly last week for the launch of his hat collaboration with Mitchell & Ness. We had a chance to sit down with him and ask him about the hat, his dream musical collaboration and who he looked up to when he was growing up in the South.
How did this hat collaboration come about?
Talking with Nightlands' Dave Hartley: 'Oak Island' is out this week, headlining Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday
Dave Hartley has just released his second album as Nightlands, the self-described "baroque bedroom pop" project that is the Philadelphia musician and songwriter's chief creative outlet when he's not playing bass in The War On Drugs. It's called Oak Island, and it's out on Secretly Canadian. My interview with him is in today's Inquirer and here.
Hartley is a man of many hats. Besides singing in the Silver Ages and writing a basketball column for the WXPN music blog The Key called Top Of The Key, he's also an amateur photographer. This month, after Spin magazine named both Nightlands and Philadelphia power trio Purling Hiss as among the five artists to watch for January, Harltey returned the favor by providing the Spin web site with a 25 picture photo gallery that works as a love letter of sorts to Fishtown, where the Maryland native has lived for the past seven years. Check that out here.
On Monday, I went to a Sixers game Hartley and his War on Drugs band mate Adam Granduciel, in part to watch Matt Bonner, the San Antonio Spurs three-point shooting specialist who is the inspiration for the Hartley founded online campaign #LetBonnerShoot. the Eva Longria-endorsed movement's intention is to get the unfrashionable power forward into this year's NBA All-Star Weekend three-point shooting contest.
Don't believe everything you read online. I was reminded of that after I did a quick Google search before getting on the phone with Eve, the Grammy-award winning rapper, and then congratulated her on being pregnant. She's not.
“It’s been circulating a lot. A lot. I don’t know where it came from," Eve said of the pregnancy rumors. "I’ve been saying my due date is the album, May 14th, just turning it into that. But no, I'm not pregnant.”
What about the boyfriend, I asked. According to reports I'd read, she's dating a hunky British entrepreneur named Maximillion Cooper and also getting heat from some fans upset with her being in an interracial relationship.
Since the last time the Canadian electro-pop duo Purity Ring played here, they toured the world, collaborated with rapper Danny Brown, and did a bunch of other cool stuff in between. That last show was a sold out one in the basement of the First Unitarian Church.
This time around the band will play a more proper venue with a show at Union Transfer next Wednesday, January 29th with Young Magic. Tickets for the show are still on sale and can be found HERE. They probably won't last too much longer.