Articles by Ben Eastman
Nov. 18, 2016
James Vincent McMorrow scintillates crowd at UT
To get my mind off of the election results, I went to see James Vincent McMorrow and Dan Mangan play at Union Transfer on Nov. 10.
Nov. 4, 2016
A$AP Mob drops collaborative ‘Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1: Friends’
In January 2015, tragedy struck the New York hip-hop community. ASAP Yams, one of the founders and de-facto leader of hip-hop collective ASAP Mob, died suddenly from an overdose.
Oct. 14, 2016
Rae Sremmurd hosts wild show at Electric Factory
I was at the Electric Factory last Friday to see James Blake. It was fantastic, but this weekend I wanted something a bit more lively. So I went back to the Electric Factory Oct. 7 to see Rae Sremmurd, a band comprised of two brothers from Mississippi. Boy, did I get what I asked for.
Oct. 7, 2016
James Blake: Atmospheric electronica at Electric Factory
The Electric Factory welcomed James Blake back to Philadelphia Sept. 30. in the midst of a world tour following the May-release of his album, “The Colour in Anything.” “Colour” instead of “color” because Blake is a British dude and they’re no good at spelling.
Jul. 22, 2016
Louisville’s Forecastle Festival rocks and rolls through thunderstorm
The quaint city of Louisville began to rumble July 15. For the 14th year in a row, Forecastle Festival had returned.
May. 27, 2016
Tory Lanez and A$AP Ferg take Philly to a ‘New Level’
On May 18, rappers A$AP Ferg and Tory Lanez brought their “Level Up Tour” to the Fillmore. With opener Madeintyo, this was the very first stop on the tour. Despite this being the first stop and the two rappers having worked together only once before, the show was fantastic.
May. 20, 2016
James Blake gives surprise release to ethereal third album
James Blake is a ghost. The British singer and producer will be here one minute and gone the next. He popped up on Beyonce’s newest album and has a residency on BBC Radio, but that’s about it. There hadn’t been any promotion for a new album, sans a few loose tracks uploaded to YouTube in the past year. That was until May 5, when Blake announced that his third album would be released that night. And with that, he quietly slipped into the world “The Colour in Anything,” his most unsheltered album to date.
May. 13, 2016
‘Konnichiwa’ showcases the lyrical skill of British grime artist Skepta
People sometimes forget that the United States isn’t the only country that makes hip-hop music. While American music certainly dominates domestic (and often foreign) airwaves, hip-hop has serious implants abroad. As evidenced by Drake’s album “Views,” currently sitting at the top of the charts with over one million albums sold in the first week, the U.S. doesn’t have a monopoly on music anymore. And one artist certain to make a big splash in the hip-hop world is British grime star Skepta.
Apr. 29, 2016
Houndmouth plays Union Transfer sans old member
On the warm, rainy night of April 22, Americana band Houndmouth took the stage at Union Transfer in central Philly. The southern Indiana natives just finished a stint of shows in Australia and are now in the middle of a nationwide U.S. spring tour before appearing on the festival circuit.
Apr. 15, 2016
Houndmouth talks new album, tour, future plans
On April 4, I had the privilege of conducting a phone interview with Zak Appleby, the bassist of Houndmouth. Based out of New Albany, Indiana, Houndmouth is a folk Americana band. They are about to embark on a nationwide tour supporting their second studio album “Little Neon Limelight.”