Jul. 26, 2013
Radio 104.5 hosts third Block Party
Radio 104.5 hosted its third Block Party of the summer season July 13 at The Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties, featuring Cold War Kids, Capital Cities and opening act Bat Books . Radio 104.5, Philadelphia’s alternative radio station, has been hosting the free monthly summer concert series since 2010. The series runs from May through September, and each show draws a very large and unique crowd.
May. 24, 2013
Kanye West initiates aggressive marketing campaign
Marketing in the music industry has changed drastically over the last few years with the advancement of technology, with more power shifting into the hands of the artists. Some artists have used social media to break major news or release new music; others have released music videos or video blogs to build up hype for upcoming projects. However, Kanye West has taken a far different approach. By performing on well-known platforms across the world, including America’s own “Saturday Night Live,” West is forcing everyone to watch and listen to him. With his new album “Yeezus” set to release June 18, West has returned to the United States after recording in Paris and is making his presence felt across the country and the world.
Mar. 1, 2013
Mac Mart gives you food in a flash
The Mac Mart has rightfully proclaimed itself “the first mac ‘n’ cheese food truck in Philadelphia” and is one of the most prominent on 33rd Street. It is easy to spot due to its vibrant pink exterior and a delicious variety of mac ‘n’ cheese-based items to fulfill anyone’s comfort-food needs. Marti Lieberman, the Drexel alumnus who is behind the creation of the truck, hopes it will be where everyone craves to eat on his or her cheat days. She also explained her hopes to expand the truck into other cities and to be recognized nationally one day. Contrary to what one may think, Lieberman began her journey into the food truck world not as a chef looking to sell a family recipe but as a worker from Philadelphia’s fashion industry. Her dream job in the fashion world didn’t meet expectations, so she was fresh out of college and fresh out of career options.
Feb. 22, 2013
Silence sweeps over crowd at Mumford & Sons concert
Mumford & Sons took the stage in Camden, N.J., for the second straight night Feb. 17 and played what would be the last stop on their North American East Coast tour. The date was added after their first scheduled show at the Susquehanna Bank Center sold out in a matter of seconds. The band, which won the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year with “Babel,” played selections from both its first and second albums, pleasing the crowd with fan favorites but offering few real surprises.
Feb. 8, 2013
Beck’s Cajun Cafe adds unusual kick to traditional bayou recipes
Have you ever had the urge to eat something out of the ordinary? That longing that emanates from deep within the pit of your stomach, the one that moans and cries out in agony for a delicacy it knows it wants but just can’t seem to find? The one that begs not only for sustenance but also a certain degree of pizzazz?
Feb. 1, 2013
Drexel Dance Ensemble starts season with ‘Surrounding Us’
The Drexel University Dance Program kicked off its winter concert, “Surrounding Us,” Jan. 24 at the Mandell Theater, and it is safe to say that it was fierce, weird and heartwarming. The concert had 11 choreographed numbers. Eight of them were created by students, two were by faculty, and one was by local professional Leah Stein, the director of Leah Stein Dance Co.
Jan. 25, 2013
Russian classic ‘Eugene Onegin’ shines during run at the Academy
When most people hear the word “opera,” they think “opera house.” Yet that mistake shouldn’t be made in Philadelphia, home of the Academy of Vocal Arts, the only tuition-free vocal school in the United States that regularly provides its students with opportunities to perform before a wider public. This inconspicuous little building located just off Rittenhouse Square opens up its gates to reveal an even more unobtrusive yet pleasantly intimate room that you never would have thought was the opera hall. No props, no curtain, no orchestra and no fancy costumes (at this point you can forget about the smoke machine altogether). Instead, you get just opera.
Jan. 18, 2013
A$AP Rocky falls flat with his debut album
At the end of 2011, before ever releasing a mixtape, A$AP Rocky signed a $3 million record deal with RCA and Polo Grounds Music. Just weeks later, on Halloween, Rocky unleashed his impressive mixtape, “Live.Love.A$AP,” and instantly became one of the next rising stars in hip-hop. After touring off of that mixtape again to hype up his first studio release, Rocky continued his growth as his popularity continued to increase.
Jan. 11, 2013
Standard Tap tavern pairs seasonal dishes with comforting atmosphere
Standard Tap is a new breed of neighborhood tavern. It fulfills the basic standards — homey food, an unbelievably extensive selection of draft beers, the dull roar of happy patrons, and dim lighting. That being said, it is anything but basic. The foundational characteristics are certainly there, but Standard Tap then goes above and beyond. In other words, it takes the traditional tavern experience and marries it with the thoughtfully crafted fare of fine dining.
Dec. 7, 2012
Concert band honors Moss’ memory
Drexel’s Concert Band held its fall performance Dec. 2 in Mandell Theater. The large and dynamic group, consisting of more than 70 students from almost every major, gave a performance just as varied as the band’s membership. Led by Wesley Broadnax, the ensemble covered a vast array of musical periods spanning over five centuries, including composers such as Giovanni Gabrieli, Richard Wagner and Dmitri Kabalevsky.