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Raekwon’s Unexpected Victory Tour

Raekwon of The Wu-Tang Clan blessed the people with some real good hip-hop at The Blockley!

Some real hip-hop heads were at The Blockley last night to show some real support for the ’good’ hip-hop that was there. Lots of positivity and energy were in the crowd. MC Elixir was the great host for the night and DJ Aktiv killed it on the turn tables. The opening acts warmed up the crowd with their great performances for Maino and Raekwon. MC Elixir made it more enjoyable by letting some heads in the crowd get their little “gig” for the night letting them spit a few written raps or freestyles.

Maino came out with lots of hype and energy, playing a few of his hits like “Hi Hater”, “All of the Above”, “Let it Fly” and many more. Raekwon then came on next and started it with “C.R.E.A.M” and many other hits from the Wu-Tang Clan. He also did his solo stuff from the “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx” albums. It’s great to see Raekwon still going on tour and doing music for his fans.

Wu-Tang was slated to release a album next month, but it failed to be completed since things aren’t the same anymore for the crew.

Either way, Philly has always shown much love for some legendary hip-hop.

 

Little Big Things @ The Trestle Inn

Nothing but vinyl, whiskey, and Funk on 2nd Fridays…

Looking for some rare dirty funk, the beautiful crackling sound of vinyl, and some the best Whiskey Sours in the city? Then 2nd Fridays at The Trestle Inn is exactly what you need. Deejays Case Bloom, Personify and Froz1 officially premiered their all Funk party, Little Big Thing. Not only focusing on playing Funk, but also showing their true appreciation of vinyl, playing nothing but 45 rpm records. The recently revamped Trestle Inn is a little off the beaten path of the usual nightlife scene (Rittenhouse, Old City, South St, etc..), The Trestle is a nice change of pace with an extensive craft beer & whiskey selection, even live Go Go Dancers to warm things up. Tip jar included of course… Overall, with every seat filled at the bar up front, and a packed sweaty dance floor in the back, the night was success for the Little Big Things crew. If you’re feeling the need to break off from the mainstream nightlife, mark off 2nd Fridays on your calender for Little Big Things… -Little Big Things, 2nd Fridays @ The Trestle Inn (339 North 11th St., Philadelphia)

Concert Review: Kaiser Chiefs at Union Transfer

Riotous energy as the UK band comes to Philadelphia

wasn’t sure what to expect going into the Kaiser Chiefs show last Thursday at Union Transfer. The popularity of indie dance music isn’t what it was a few years ago and, the opening band was completely unknown to me. But there were quite a few hardcore fans in attendance, so apparently it’s popularity hasn’t faded completely.

The fact that opening act Spacecamp was unknown to me isn’t shocking, since, as they admitted during their set, this was only the “second show [they’ve] played outside of New York City.”  They were good, definitely employing a sound much like the Police or similar 80s bands, as has been noted elsewhere. After they played three songs in a row, flowing song to song, I had a thought similar to someone to my left in the crowd, who vocally asked the band, “Was that one song or three?” It was hard to tell, honestly.

Kaiser Chiefs came to the stage after Spacecamp’s shortish appearance, with all the expected energy of their performances. Remember the hardcore fans I mentioned before? I haven’t seen so many fans sporting the t-shirts of the act they’re seeing since a Morrissey concert – and they sang along with gusto. Lead singer Ricky Wilson didn’t crowd surf during “I Predict a Riot”, as he often is wont to do, but he was still quite active onstage, tossing the mic in the air and dashing around the stage. In between songs, he took care of personal business, twice – and i’m sure, only half-jokingly, confirming that his laundry was being handled. And drummer Nick Hodgson confirmed he was, in fact, playing David Letterman’s drum set; the TV host had purchased them from him on the spot after the band appeared on The Late Show the evening before. As regards the price paid, Hodgson would only confirm the amount “started with a one”, and, apparently, would deliver it after the tour, since he was playing with that kit at Union Transfer.

Even though it wasn’t the largest of audiences I’ve seen at Union Transfer, the band kept the audience’s attention during their set and brought a lot of energy to their performance. Perhaps indie dance isn’t as popular as it once was, but it’s clear that it still has its loyal followers, and Kaiser Chiefs are doing well at keeping the fire burning.

Heineken Green Room: RJD2 & DJ Statik @ Walnut Room

RJD2 & DJ Statik rock the Green Room on Walnut St.  Photos by Tim Blackwell.

Another awesome event sponsored by Heineken, exclusively for Green Room members. Green bottles everywhere, as attendees sipped Heineken at the open bar, then swarmed straight to the dance floor. Playing everything from Hip Hop to Latin music, Reggae to Electronic grooves, RJD2 & DJ Statik proved they know the true meaning of “move the crowd..” Not a Heineken Green Room member? Sign up on the 215 Mag email list for invites and info on future Heineken events. Check the slideshow for all of the action.