Apr. 29, 2016
Questlove of The Roots talks musical career, books, family history
Sunday, April 24, Terry Gross sat down in one of two Victorian chairs atop the stage at the Harrison Auditorium in the Penn Museum and read a dizzying introduction for Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. The Philadelphia native then walked onstage to a standing ovation from the packed auditorium. The following conversation delved into the secrets of Questlove’s musical career, his books, his family history and much more. Even after two hours of insightful conversation, the interview felt all too short.
Jan. 15, 2016
Remembering musical legend and icon David Bowie
David Bowie is one of those artists whom I rediscover every few months. The first time I heard Bowie, it was the song “1984” from the album “Diamond Dogs.” I immediately searched for more and found an enormous collection of music that sounded nothing like the song I fell in love with—but each new one became my new favorite Bowie record. For years to come, I would run into a new Bowie masterpiece in a film or TV show and play it on repeat for the next two weeks. I then recognized him in award shows, magazines, movies, TV, even as an animated character. I, like many others, became obsessed with his many personas and styles. It is clear to me that he was more than a musician—he was an icon.
Jul. 10, 2015
Bilal hosts record release party at World Cafe Live
If for some reason you feel you’ve run out of Philadelphia-related things to be proud of, add native singer-songwriter and producer Bilal to your list. Bilal is a prolific musician with five well-received LPs and numerous collaborations which have catapulted Beyonce, Common and countless others to the top of the charts. His work spans many genres and his stage presence is performance art in and of itself. Bilal is, without a doubt, one of Philly’s greatest contemporary artists.
Jun. 26, 2015
Unknown Mortal Orchestra sells out Boot and Saddle
Unknown Mortal Orchestra front man Ruban Nielson is still feeling the effects of an intriguing, artistically-inspiring experience. At age 35, Nielson is a father of two and a faithful husband. However, he shared a deep connection with a fan in Tokyo in 2013. The fan brought a woman she referred to as her partner to one of his shows, so Nielson assumed their relationship was platonic, continued to speak with her online upon returning home and told his wife about her.
Jun. 5, 2015
The Weeknd, Phantogram and others play Roots Picnic
Philadelphia’s Legendary Roots Crew brought hundreds of music fans together May 30 for the eighth annual Roots Picnic. The event, hosted at the Festival Pier, featured over 20 artists that spanned a wide range of genres. The inspiring performances, crowd interaction and island-like environment made many Roots Picnic veterans firmly proclaim that this year’s was the best yet.
May. 15, 2015
Hiatus Kaiyote bring unique sound to Underground Arts
If you’ve ever been interested in multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic, gangster sh-t but have yet to stumble across any, give Hiatus Kaiyote a try. The above description is the band’s own, though the Australian band could also be described as rhythm and blues, neo-soul, jazz, funk or electronic, depending on which part of the song you’re listening to. The point is you’ve never heard anything like the music they’re making.
May. 8, 2015
Toro y Moi brings chill yet dance-y tunes to Union Transfer audience
South Carolina’s Chaz Bundick has certainly made a name for himself; two, not including his real one, to be exact. Around 2013, he began disc jockeying and recording electronic dance music as Les Sins, producing the critically acclaimed album, “Michael.” However, most people know him as Toro y Moi, a prolific multi-genre project that was instrumental to the emergence of a style of music called chillwave, which rose to prominence around 2010. If you’re not familiar with Toro, think Washed Out, Neon Indian or Youth Lagoon.
Mar. 13, 2015
New food trucks on campus include Butter, Jerry’s Kitchen
One of the greatest perks of becoming a sophomore at Drexel University is being released from the freshman mandatory meal plan, thereby becoming free to enjoy the multitude of delicious food trucks on campus. Indeed, food trucks are so popular around here that various big names in the Philadelphia food scene have deemed the intersection of 33rd and Arch streets the “Food Truck Mecca.”
Feb. 13, 2015
Philly’s Yards Brewing Co. offers clean, drinkable brew
Philadelphia has a thriving beer scene, and is home to numerous local breweries like Victory Brewing Co., Flying Fish Brewery and Yards Brewing Co. For this reason, I usually buy local beers to support the Philadelphia brewing community. One beer in particular directly pays homage to the City of Brotherly Love and has long been a staple in my fridge — Yards’ Philadelphia Pale Ale.
Jan. 16, 2015
Drexel plays host to the second annual Philly Chef Conference
Big names and up-and-comers in the Philadelphia culinary scene gathered in Mitchell Auditorium Jan. 11 for the beginning of the second annual Philly Chef Conference. Hosted by Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, the conference offered discussions and workshops that exemplified the cooperative and civic nature of the city’s culinary community.