Music: 5 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Florent Ghys is playing a show with Nicholas Photinos on Friday. It's part of the LiveConnections series at World Cafe Live.

Bassist and composer Florent Ghys is playing a show with cellist Nicholas Photinos on Friday. It’s part of the LiveConnections series at World Cafe Live.

DJ Jazzy Jeff at Boiler Room x Budweiser’s What’s Brewing @ Foundry at the Fillmore | Tuesday, January 24
The What’s Brewing series highlights the underground music scene in different cities “by introducing them to up and coming talent via more well-known local talent.” For the Philly stop, the well-known local talent is DJ Jazzy Jeff, who’ll be joined by hip-hop artists and DJs Kur, Joie Kathos, Cosmo Baker and Matthew Law. The show is free but you have to RSVP. (NSFW language in the video below.)

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Remembering Richie Ingui of the Soul Survivors

Richie Ingui courtesy Dallyn Pavey/Dish Public Relations.

Richie Ingui, courtesy of Dallyn Pavey/Dish Public Relations

“Expressway to Your Heart” was the 1967 Soul Survivors song that proved to be the first big hit for Philly music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. And now one of the voices behind the tune has passed: Soul Survivors co-founder Richie Ingui died on Friday at the age of 70. Read more »

On the Record With World Cafe’s David Dye

David Dye gets his hands dirty at Main Street Music | Photograph by Gene Smirnov

David Dye gets his hands dirty at Main Street Music | Photograph by Gene Smirnov

The door to Main Street Music swings open, and a windswept-looking David Dye lurches into a room filled with shoppers half his age, thumbing through vinyl like it’s 1970 again.

It’s funny how time works — how you live in a moment that feels like it will last forever, and then suddenly you’re back at the beginning again. Dye has been mulling life’s cyclical mysteries since November, when he announced he would step back as host and producer of World Cafe, WXPN-FM’s nationally syndicated weekday musical cornucopia, after 25 years.  Read more »

Music: 5 Shows to See in Philly This Week

See Liz Longley at Tin Angel on Wednesday. Photo by Bob Longley

See Liz Longley at Tin Angel on Wednesday. Photo by Bob Longley

The GoAround @ Kung Fu Necktie | Tuesday, December 20
Chill out at Kung Fu Necktie with four acts who each bring a down-to-earth vibe: The GoAround, the Waverunner duo, singer-songwriter Katie Buxton, and The Boy Jones. The song below is a little NSFW (cussing):

Liz Longley @ Tin Angel | Wednesday, December 21
Singer-songwriter Liz Longley plays Tin Angel in support of her latest album, Weightless, which was recorded in Nashville and sounds like it. Fellow singer-songwriter Brian Dunne opens.

Lil Uzi Vert @ Fillmore Philadelphia | Thursday, December 22
Rapper Lil Uzi Vert out of North Philly is making a name for himself in the hip-hop scene. Check out his Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World mixtape here.

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Music: Shows to See in Philly This Week

Bad Religion @ The Fillmore | Wednesday, October 5
Do you think people choose to play punk music because punk bands never die? Bad Religion, formed in Los Angeles in 1979, comes to town with Against Me! and Dave Hause. Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz owns music label Epitaph Records.

What So Not with Tunji Ige and Michael Christmas @ Electric Factory | Thursday, October 6
I like this mix: What So Not, an electronic music project from Australian producer Emoh Instead, with Philly rapper Tunji Ige and Boston’s Michael Christmas, plus Philly producer Noah Breakfast.

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Why a Philly Bar Banned Bon Jovi (From Its Jukebox)

Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon and its No Bon Jovi jukebox policy

Photos courtesy Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon

Rob Szatkowski couldn’t take it anymore.

It was the early 2000s. He was tending bar at Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon, a bar at the corner of Conrad Street and Indian Queen Lane in East Falls. It was homecoming weekend at Philadelphia University. When Szatkowski walked into the bar 15 minutes before his shift started at noon, the place was packed. “Motherfuckers were already drunk, doing shots, car bombs, and acting like it’s almost midnight — and this was just alumni,” he tells Philadelphia magazine.

Just as he started his shift, he heard it: “Tommy used to work on the docks …” At 1:15, he heard it again. And again and again and again. By 7 o’clock, he’d heard Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” at least seven times — maybe more. He had enough. Someone played it again. He hit the reject button, which is behind the bar and skips songs on the juke if pressed. The crowd groaned. Read more »

What Frank Ocean’s Blond Says About Living — and Loving — in the City Right Now


Cities are cold places densely packed with people who endlessly trade each other. In the city we trade stories, bodies, jobs, identities, seats in restaurants. The stories and feelings are all right there.

Someone’s voice yells in the streets at night, and the night swallows it whole; the volume goes up; you can put an ear to the wall of your apartment or row house and hear your neighbor’s TV and conversations; your open windows play the city’s music of ambulance and police sirens screaming down the street; the cars cursing at each other. Couples, groups of friends walk under or past your windows; anonymous laughter, arguments and come-ons blur together with the breeze.

We summon each other to take us places; one thumb motion swipes right to get a night fix with a stranger; another thumb motion summons a stranger’s car to take us somewhere else. We slide in and out of beautiful and painful experiences and encounters and move onto the next ones with ease. As close as we are, or can be, we still text.

Frank Ocean’s long-anticipated Blond captures a lot of this existential city life — bringing to the forefront of his songs the idea that we’re deep-feeling, unconnected selfish people.  Read more »

Someone Made Incredible, Weird, Awful Songs About Pat Toomey and Bob Casey

Yesterday I came across a song by a group called Papa Razzi and the Photogs that had a curious title. “Song About Pat Toomey, Believer in American Values, Etc.” was a 1-minute-26 second-ditty that called him “good ol’ Pat Toomey” and vaguely touted his political qualifications. Papa Razzi, whose vocalist sounds like a country/folk bar singer and also kind of like Pee-wee Herman occasionally, doesn’t really go very deep on anything about Pat Toomey at all: He believes in the constitution, he believes in democracy, he represents Pennsylvania and he loves the country.

I figured it was an an attempt by a Pennsylvania singer-songwriter to help out the campaign he supported and get some attention, but it’s not. This song came out in 2014! What gives? Read more »

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