Local Filmmaker Debuts Documentary on the Lives of Songwriters

Scot Sax

Grammy-winning songwriter and musician Scot Sax aims to show audiences the not-so-glamorous side of being a successful songwriter in his debut documentary, Platinum Rush, premiering tonight at the sixth annual New Hope Film Festival.

Sax has spent years as a renown songwriter for Warner Chappell, co-writing the Grammy-winning song “Like We Never Loved At All” by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and writing catchy tunes for countless TV shows. Sax is also the frontman of power-pop band Wanderlust.

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3 Pro-Weed Events in Philly This Week

Mayor Nutter may have signed a marijuana decriminalization bill in October, but Philly still has a long way to go to legalization. Part of that journey involves educating folks about the benefits of marijuana, and that’s being done in a series of events that just so happen to be lumped together here at the end of July—from educational forums to a big ol’ bash on Friday. We’ve rounded them up so you don’t miss a toke … I mean a beat.

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PHOTOS: Cosmicide and Interpol Play for the Neon-Hazed Masses at Penn’s Landing

After using Ortlieb’s as the launchpad to debut his new project earlier this year, Brandon Curtis (Secret Machines, Captain Audio) directed the course of his intergalactic electronica outfit Cosmicide back to Philly, touching down on Penn’s Landing during Saturday’s sunset. Coming off the release of their first video for the simultaneously sprawling and driving “A New Disaster” earlier in July, the band proved eager and prepared to showcase their new-wave flavored, melancholy synth-pop.

Curtis’ new band, comprising members of Brooklyn synth-psych group Lip Talk, manage to echo back to the textured dream pop of the Secret Machines as much as it marks a new step into more electronic, loop and sample-oriented waters.

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PHOTOS: Urban Farm in North Philly Hosts Hoodstock Music Festival

Early-afternoon on Saturday, inner-city agricultural collective Philadelphia Urban Creators (PUC) opened the gates of their Life Do Grow Farm in North Philly to host HoodStock – a full-day block party festival of art, live music, farming and social consciousness.

Stemming from the ambition to impact and educate youth in the city’s more under-resourced areas, PUC aims to harness the power of urban agriculture as a means of promoting community sustainability while fostering and engaging the neighborhoods’ youngest residents.

“We chose to host HoodStock on the farm to honor the spirit of Woodstock” says PUC Co-Executive Director Jeaninne Kayembe, “[as well as] to showcase the next legends of our generation.” The day was complete with pop-up art galleries, independent apparel and craft vendors and music artists from over the country.

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5 Great Songs (You Might Not Know Were) Written in Philly

It may be hard to believe in these doggiest of dog days, but Philly is a highly inspirational place. We know because the city (and its environs) have long sparked the imaginations of musicians and writers, resulting in some truly for-the-ages songs. Here, five great ones you might not have realized were born right here.

“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

The words to this familiar Christmas carol were written in 1868 by Phillips Brooks, the six-foot-four-inch Episcopal rector at the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square. Brooks was inspired to pen his poem by a visit to the Holy Land a few years earlier. (He’d later move to Boston and become the bishop of Massachusetts.) The music we’re familiar with is by another Philadelphian, Lewis Redner, then the organist at Holy Trinity; he originally called the tune “St. Louis.” But he set Brooks’s words to it on Christmas Eve 1868, and it was sung for the first time at Holy Trinity the following day. It’s been a Christmas staple ever since.

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