Mar. 10, 2017
Little Stranger, Tropidelic put on raunchy rock show at Milkboy
Singer Bryan Rucker, son of Steve Rucker of the Bee Gees, and his five-piece band,The Norm, graced the miniscule stage lodged in the upstairs venue at Milkboy. After coaxing the crowd to fill in the front section, Rucker along with his step-brother and rapping counterpart, Ryan Bars, caught the audience by surprise with their vast range of songs crossing genre after genre.
Nov. 21, 2014
Rapper Shaggy entertains TLA with high energy performance
I have experienced very few things as strange as Shaggy’s Nov. 12 concert at the Theatre of Living Arts. Personally, I only know a handful of his songs, all early-2000s material featuring crooning Caribbean artists’ lyrics interspersed with rapped verses from the heavily accented Shaggy, who is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. From the amount of singing along that accompanied each of his songs, it was clear that most people there knew a much larger amount of his music, new and old. His newer material is focused more on a reggae sound, which he introduced during his set by saying, “Allow me to bring Jamaica to you.” This most recent music is on an album titled “Out of Many, One Music,” which also served as the name of his current world tour.
Sep. 27, 2013
Franti’s music energizes Philly fans
It was at the 2012 Firefly Music Festival that I first saw Michael Franti. I wasn’t familiar with his music besides his well-known song “Say Hey,” but my friend told me I had to see him. After that show, I knew why.
Sep. 28, 2012
No Doubt refreshes sound with youthful rock on ‘Push and Shove’
It’s also helpful to tweak your sound to reflect the times, “the times” of course being an era of music in which Flo Rida is somehow a constant hit machine and Enrique Iglesias keeps making the same song over again.