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POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 2:27 PM
(Johnny Brenda's)

With all the 4th of July festivities right on our doorstep, there are a few events that may go overlooked.  The Young Magic, Quilt, Norewegian Arms, and Weyes Blood show at Johnny Brenda's this Saturday is not one of those.  All possessing their own creative and original sounds, these 4 groups provide the audience with a wide range of genres and styles. 

One of the headliners for the show is Young Magic, a trio now based out of New York.  It's members include Australian singer and producer Isaac Emmanuel, as well as his fellow countryman Michael Italia, and Indonesian-born vocalist Melati Malay, who have come together after years of traveling and searching for their own unique sound.  That sound is in fact quite distinct, and can be best represented in their 2012 album titled Melt released this past February.  With what has been described as "broad musical palettes", this trio brings a very worldly and interesting sound to the stage.  

The second headliner is the Boston-based Quilt, a group that formed while its members were attending the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Founding members Shane Butler and Anna Fox Rochinski both come from diverse musical backgrounds, which has allowed them to form a refreshing sound.  With the addition of drummer John Andrews, this group describes their genre as "Rackety and group-oriented realism", something that is deifnitely worth finding out about when they take the stage on Saturday.  Their latest release was self-titled album Quilt this past November on the Mexican Summer imprint. 

POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 12:26 PM

The fire at Lorenzo and Son's Pizza, at 3rd and South Street, was first reported at 10:26 a.m.


POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 4:35 AM
Filed Under: Awesome | Phrequency Approved | Pop

Lana Del Rey's brand new video for her single "National Anthem" just recently hit the interwebs and is already raising eyebrows and questions, just as it was intended to.  Del Rey's video features her as both Jackie Kennedy/Marilyn Monroe with costar A$ap Rocky as John F. Kennedy.  The video explores the complex relationship between the three provoking the viewer to comprehend the fact that things aren't always what they seem from the outside.

Take a look for yourself:


POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 2:06 PM
(Kaskade)

American DJ phenom Kaskade has put his stamp on not only electronic music in the US, but rather worldwide.  Last year The New York Times decided to examine exactly how Kaskade rose to super stardom, how this Evanston, IL native exploded onto the scene and has made such an enormous impact.  Praised by DJ's and pop sensations alike, Kaskade is arguably the biggest name in the dance music scene today. 

When he embarked on his Freaks of Nature tour in late May, anticipation for the tour mounted with each passing show.  Now a little less than a month in, Kaskade has delivered in each performance.  Kicking it off in Las Vegas and working his way through the country, Kaskade's Philadelphia stop has been touted as one of the major events in the region.  His appeal and draw for an audience is staggering, and within minutes of walking into the arena, stadium or concert venue, you can tell why he earned his place atop the DJ ranks in America. 

What has set Kaskade aside from his EDM counterparts is his full length album titled Fire & Ice.  This album defined his career thus far and profiled exactly what he had in store for dance music fanatics and aficionados.  The two disc album showed two sides of his sound, ranging from light and airy to dark and eerie.  Collaborations with Skrillex, Neon Trees, Skylar Grey, Rebecca & Fiona, and many more gave the album a very unique and intricate sound and appeal. 


POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 1:14 PM
(Bon Iver)

With a strongholda on the indie/folk music scene, Bon Iver has attained widespread success, specifically their Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album, prompting them to headline festivals and tours.  From collaborations with Kanye West to headlining Sasquatch! Music Festival, Bon Iver's achievements and work thus far has been impressive.  On September 16th, frontman Justin Vernon and the rest of Bon Iver will show all in attendance at the Mann Center exactly why they are such a hot commodity. 

Last week the group released and iTunes Session that featured 7 tracks mastered for an iTunes release.  The massive ensemble recorded the EP at East West Studios in LA, drawing on material from their sophomore album Bon Iver, Bon Iver.  Tracks from that album on this EP include 'Michicant', 'Holocene', 'Minnesota, WI', and 'Hinnom, TX'. 

Bon Iver offers a major spectacle when they take the stage, thanks in large part to the cacaphony that takes place during their performances.  Ensembles this large are often unrivaled in when it comes to putting on impressive live shows, just look at The Arcade Fire.  With a packed schedule for the summer and into the fall, you can bet that these shows are on a "can't miss" basis. 

Bon Iver
The Mann Center
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29th @ 10 AM
POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 1:08 PM
(Mac Miller)

The meteoric rise to stardom that Mac Miller has experienced is no small feat, and through poignant, witty lyrics and smooth productions, he looks to keep building on that success.  His debut album Blue Slide Park reached #1 on every major chart and featured a nationwide tour further promoting the release. 

The man behind a number of productions on the album was Philly's Ritz Reynolds, who produced "English Lane", "Hole In My Pocket", "Missed Calls", and "Man In The Hat" with I.D. Labs.  Ritz's smooth and mellow approach allows Mac's voice to melt off the track, as is the case with "Missed Calls".  The video, directed by Rex Arrow, plays very well into the track's production and lyrics, while also portraying an accurate and artistic storyline.


POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 12:59 PM
Filed Under: Awesome | Events | Phrequency Approved | art
(Mary Ellen Mark)

More often than not, recalling your Prom night evokes a great sense of nostalgia and some of the fondest memories of your high school experience.  This rite of passage was the target of Mary Ellen Kelly's latest photo series as she focuses on 13 high schools varying in region and class distinction, but all possessing moments and characteristics that we remember all too well. 

This exhibit, which opens on July 1st at the Perelman Building, was shot with a 20-by-24 inch Polaroid Land Camera and is entirely in black & white.  By presenting her subjects in black & white, there is a hint of further intimacy, or awkwardness, between not only the viewer and the photograph, but between the prom dates as well.  60 photographs are included in the exhibit, as well as a 33 minute video from Mark's husband Martin Bell examining the lives of the photo subjects themselves during the time that Mark was shooting the original photos.

Prom was a memorable time for everyone, and by drawing from such a wide range of subjects, Mark is allowing everyone to relate to the experience in their own way.  Don't be surprised if this exhibit makes you want to give your prom date a call and laugh about how ridiculous your hair was or what may or may not have happened at after prom.  In any case, Prom: Photography by Mary Ellen Mark is a must see exhibit this summer. 

Prom: Photography by Mary Ellen Mark
Julien Levy Gallery, Perelman Building
26th St. Benjamin Franklin Parkway
July 1st-Oct 28th
Adults $8, Seniors (ages 65 & over) $7, Students $6, Children ages 13-18 $6, ages 12 & under Free
POSTED: Monday, June 25, 2012, 3:46 AM
(Gavin McInnes)

Just from the title of Gavin McInnes' memoir you can tell exactly what you're in for; sophomorish, outlandish, and for the most part completely innapropriate stories and adventures.  McInnes' career as a prankster is well documented, as told in his memoir of accomplishments about the dubious pranks and situations he gets into. He's also had quite a career when it comes to Youtube videos.

His current 3 city book signing tour happens to be sponsored by Pabst, which should come as no surprise.  The book signing is also offering free beer, more than enough of a reason to go.

Gavin McInnes has proven to be quite a character, and if you get the chance to read How To Piss In Public: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood, we're sure you'll realize that immediately. 

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