Archive: March, 2013
Gabrielle Bonghi, Philly.com
There's been a ton of questions surrounding Lil Wayne's health lately, and on Thursday, the larger-than-life rap icon put the speculation to rest when he revealed that he suffers from epilepsy. Weezy called into Power 106 in Los Angeles on Thursday and spoke with DJ Felli Fel about a host of topics, including his most recent hospitalization on March 12.
Kate Bracaglia, Philly.com Music Blogger
It’s finally warm outside…let’s get out there and rage!
Thursday, March 28: Lantern at Kung Fu Necktie
Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Gram Parsons has been dead since 1973, so we’re all 40 years late to the party of seeing Emmylou Harris sing with her ideal duet partner.
In 2013, Rodney Crowell will have to do. And Crowell, who sang with her at the Academy of Music on Tuesday night, and who has a new album with Harris called Old Yellow Moon - their first with equal billing though they’ve frequently worked together since the mid-70s – did just fine.
Not that that Emmylou doesn’t still carry the hard-to-compete-with ghost of Gram around. The first two songs she played with Crowell, backed by a fine five piece country band who at their best were nearly able to transform the 156 year old opera house (which to opener Richard Thompson appeared to be “like La Scala, only bigger”) were Parsons songs. “Return of the Grievous Angel” was rushed, a little too hurried, but “Wheels” settled in nicely.
The Dolphin Tavern in South Philadelphia reopened their doors on March 20 after coming under new management last year. Sean Agnew from R5 Productions, Dave P from Making TIme, Psydde Delicious from Delicious Boutique and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera from Four Corners Management partnered together to bring new life to the old bar with the same look but slightly different vibe.
There will be DJ nights from local and touring artists, as well as different kinds of evemts. Judging by the partners other endeavors like Morgan's Pier and Union Transfer, The Dolphin Tavern will surely be a hit.
The Dolphin Tavern is located at 1539 S. Broad St. and more information can be found at thedolphinphilly.com
In case you missed it yesterday, the supergroup Atoms For Peace( Radiohead lead man Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck/R.E.M drummer Joey Waronker and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco) announced that they will head out on the road in support of their debut record, Amok. The album was released last month on XL Recordings and it largely feels like a Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich collaboration album that lacks Flea's signature bass lines. Despite that though, the overall albuml is a solid piece of work. It's just whenever people of their caliber are together, the expectations are through the roof.
There's no doubt that when the band plays live, Flea's bass will have more free range than it does on the record. Also don't be surprised if they pull out some surprises from Thom Yorke's solo album, The Eraser. The band did get together back in 2010 with the sole purpose of performing that record live. They clicked so well that it led to them recording Amok.
Vampire Weekend are gearing up to release a new album in May after a little more than a two year hiatus. The new album is called Modern Vampires of the City and will be released on May 7 via XL Recordings. It will be the band's longest album yet with 12 songs and you can listen to "Step" and "Diane Young Below" off the new record below.
The band recently performed at SXSW in Austin, Tx, and have several scheduled shows, but have none scheduled in the Philadelphia area just yet. However, whenever they do announce a show in Philly, we'll let you know.
Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Okay, let's put SXSW behind is, shall we?
There are new songs to be heard on the web from Vampire Weekend, whose new album Vampires of the City, comes out May 6, and Beyonce, who may or may not be including the bifurcated "Bow Down / I Been On" on her as yet untitled and undated 2013 release. And New York rockers The Strokes' fifth album, Comedown Machine, which comes out next Tuesday, is available to stream on Pitchfork advance.
The first of the Beyonce songs, "Bow Down," is of note for the Queen B.'s Sasha Fierce festiness, perhaps in response to anyone who questioned why, if he's such a strong female role model, she named her new series of concerts The Mrs. Carter Show. "I took some time to live my life, but don't think I'm just his little wife...Bow down bitches."
Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producer, & composer, Khari Mateen, has been a busy guy. He recently released his new, self-directed/edited music video for his single, "Doing Things", which includes a handful of submissions from fans and supporters. After the video was released, Mateen issued a note to all of his supporters –
“I want to show a lot of love to all the people that submitted videos. The story line was inspired by what people sent in and if your video did not make it in it was because it was late (5:00 saturday) or I could not make it fit with the rest of the content. I love doing projects like this because it lets me see how you view my music. I’m learning and growing everyday and I like to share these thoughts and experiences with you. I want to do even more elaborate and deliberate social projects in the future. Please enjoy the video, please share with your friends, and have a wonderful week. Please keep in contact, and look for more music and videos coming soon.”
If this video is a reflection of what’s to come, then we’re pretty excited!