The War On Drugs wrapped 2018 with a three-night run in different Philly venues to raise money for the School District of Philadelphia. One year later, the group returned to the City of Brotherly Love for Another Drugcember To Remember. The benefit gigs at Union Transfer and The Fillmore represented their only two shows of... Continue Reading →
2019 wrapped an amazing decade of music from rising stars and established vets. These ten indie albums found ways to creep into my headspace and endure throughout the year: beabadoobee, Space Cadet (EP) – File this name under “Artists to Watch in 2020.” Filipino-British songwriter Beatrice Kristi Laus is magnificent. The garage rocker, aka beadbadoobees,... Continue Reading →
Philadelphia was fortunate to witness the ascent of a talented independent music scene in the 2010s. The artists who emerged from Fishtown and Delco crafted records that not only packed local venues, but also broke out nationally. Philadelphia indie bands navigated a decade that saw the rise of streaming by putting out albums that spun on vinyl.
Netflix’s The Highwaymen stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as two Texas Rangers chasing Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Despite big name leads and an all-time premise, the John Lee Hancock film is unfortunately a stale depiction of the hunt for the most romanticized crime duo in American history.
Strip clubs and Wall Street are different worlds, but the two converge in the movie Hustlers. The crime flick starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez is much more compelling than a glance at a movie trailer would indicate. It is a smart, compact film with dynamic leads and a unique premise.
On September 9, 2014 U2’s thirteenth record exploded as a viral topic. The buzz was not for its music, but the LP’s surprising format: the band and Apple had the audacity to drop Songs of Innocence onto millions of iPhones and iTunes libraries overnight.
I took a stab at sports photography after 15 years of working hundreds of events in different capacities as a freelance video tech, scorekeeper, game staffer, and even autograph line monitor. I never tried being on that side of the lens before, but I learned how to take sports photos with the Canon PowerShot over a handful of baseball games. A few weeks later, I wound up with a photo credit on the back cover of a local newspaper.
Certain bands spark magic on the first listen. The debut Fitz and the Tantrums EP, Songs For A Breakup, Vol. 1 has that musical wizardry.
August 14, 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of The xx debut album. The self-titled collaboration between Romy Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie xx is an astounding effort from the U.K. dream pop group. xx blends intimacy, minimalism, and musicality at an extraordinary level that resonates a decade later.