The spread of COVID-19 has induced the suspension of sports, concerts, theater, and talk shows. That leaves a conundrum for many. How do you fill the void of live entertainment without experiencing cabin fever? As an introvert who loves to take in movies and music from the comfort of my couch: welcome to social distancing. ... Continue Reading →
M. Ward's new album drops a little under two months from now. Migration Stories is the She & Him collaborator’s tenth solo studio record and first since 2018. The first single for the LP dropped in December. “Migration of Souls” reminds of Iggy Pop's timeless classic "The Passenger." Both tracks offer a perpetually relaxing spirit... Continue Reading →
Celeste’s “Stop This Flame” hits you like the Second Coming. The single teases her forthcoming album Celeste. Slated for release in 2020, the LP will be the full-length debut of the talented U.K. singer. It is appropriate that Celeste Waite’s middle name is Epiphany. Her voice and soul-infused R&B are timeless styles that draw on... Continue Reading →
I am a sucker for Bond films. The Daniel Craig Era has been particularly dynamic. Even if all his movies have not been classics, Craig is a tremendous 007 and the franchise has adapted to grittier stories. An important part of Bond 25 dropped on February 13: Billie Eilish’s theme song for No Time To... Continue Reading →
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.
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.