Articles by Ben Eastman
Mar. 10, 2017
TV show review: ‘My Brother My Brother and Me’
Podcasts have developed as a major media force in the last few years.
Feb. 10, 2017
Sampha drops powerful debut album, ‘Process’
Sampha Sisay, better known mononymously as Sampha, is one of R&B’s most prolific stars: an impressive title to hold considering he hadn’t released a proper album until Feb. 3.
Feb. 3, 2017
Migos hit their stride with newest album, ‘Culture’
Every once in a while, a song reaches a height of viral popularity and becomes a meme.
Jan. 27, 2017
D.R.A.M. takes his love of veggies to the Foundry
Virginia rapper D.R.A.M. brought his “Big Baby D.R.A.M.” tour to the 450-capacity Foundry, with openers River Tiber and Ari Lennox Jan. 19. Due to some minor issues at the ticketing office, I was unable to see River Tiber’s set, but I can imagine it was terrific. The Canadian based R&B singer released his debut album “Indigo” last year. Not only is he a talented vocalist, but he produces his own music and is a multi-instrumentalist who has been sampled by Drake. He has also worked with heavy hitters such as Pusha T and Kaytranada.
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.