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EDM star Kiesza @ TLA: Recap

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Last Tuesday night [Sept 30th] Philly got a glimpse of a potential star seemingly on the rise in the form of Kiesza. The Canadian born songstress and dance-centric artist, along with co-writer and producer Rami Samir Afuni [who is also responsible for Lady Gaga’s ummm provocative G.U.Y. – watch video HERE], have scored a massive worldwide hit with their debut Hideaway. The song topped the UK pop charts and was approaching 70million plays on Spotify at time of post and over 125million on Youtube and has electrified dance floors and even retail shops alike — if anyone stopped into Uniqlo’s opening this past weekend you’d know what I’m talking about.

The initial success of Kiesza’s chorus driven — and 90’s dance music inspired smash hit is not up for debate. But the question remaining to be answered will be the focus of the next chapter of her story… Is Kiesza here to stay? Her fans and critics will gain insight this month as her new album Sound of a Woman is set to drop October 21st.

As for her live show, she kept it short and sweet and fun, showing off her strong combined talents of high-energy choreographed dance with a supporting duo and sharp and powerful vocals ringing out above a live drummer and DJ pumping out the beats.

As expected, her show built up to and concluded with Hideaway, which whipped the crowd into a frenzy and everyone poured out onto South St. with a real good feeling about what they just saw.

During a brief technical cable malfunction, Kiesza sprung into a handstand and walked across the stage upside down and then exclaiming, “See? I’m here to entertain you!” She did just that and even alluded to her abbreviated music library she is certainly excited to see grow. So, next time we see Kiesza live in Philly there may be a whole lot more time to dance with her.


Photo credits // Daniel Wooden


Trombone Shorty @ TLA | Saturday August 30th

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave w/ Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires are coming to South St. this Saturday night August 30th!

GRAB TICKETS HERE

Born and raised in New Orleans, and since well travelled and critically acclaimed, the high energy and exciting jazz, funk, rap fusion artist Trombone Shorty and his band have been across the map on worldwide tours, broadcast through media airwaves, and featured on top television shows and series — rightfully including HBO’s Tremé — his home neighborhood in the Crescent City.

Morcheeba – Smooth Sailing: Recap

Hailing from the UK, Morcheeba, along with multi-instrumentalist and VERY talented opening act Conner Youngblood, made its latest stop on their international tour at the TLA Thursday night May 15th, and did not disappoint those in attendance – ranging from fans that have followed along since the mid-90’s to a new wave that only recently learned about this well-polished outfit.

Promoting their new album ‘Head Up High’ released last October, Morcheeba welcome anyone to experience their smooth, stylish showcase, and offer their appreciation for the active participants. Flashing high-fashion semblance while avoiding dripping in bourgeois attitude is a commendable trait. Rather they let the audience in with a warm invitation.

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Morcheeba consists of a bassist, drummer, guitarist, and keys/organ player, while layering in a DJ on the decks to mix in scratches, samples, and effects. Upon that foundation stands the prominent and seemingly ageless wonder lead vocalist Skye Edwards and her self-made high-fashion wardrobe and stunning smile. Refreshingly embracing the current state of omni-present technology, Skye stepped down into the first row for a mid-show selfie and took another camera on stage to film from her perspective before handing it back to the gleeful audience members. Her fans even offered up gift baskets of flowers and fruit, which she warmly accepted.

The band seamlessly weaved from one song into another, serving on-time varietals of neo-soul, trip-hop, reggae, rock and roll, and eclectic grooves (this Youtube mix displays their varying styles). Studio recordings conjure up some comparisons to Thievery Corporation.

The crisp and serenading vocals sat right on top of the mix, finding the pocket and filling the room with a comfortable reverb – hats off to the sound man for his work. The rest of the scene was lovers and friends, dancers and swayers, soaking in the sights and sounds coming from the stage, and giving back their appreciation. No need to pay for VIP to be treated that way on this occasion.

Words by Aran Hart – Photo Credits Daniel Wooden


Veteran Freshman Presents 1 Year Anniversary Celebration with Peedi Crakk

After a year of promoting and showcasing up and coming talent in Philadelphia, it’s time to celebrate the official one-year anniversary of Veteran Freshman being under Live Nation. 

Started by Yusuf Muhammad, Veteran Freshman has been successfully displaying the talent of local artists for quite some time. Now that VF is  under the wing of Live Nation, it looks like it’s only going to continue to get bigger and better.

In order to celebrate their first year of success with Live Nation the right way, Peedi Crakk will be headlining the event for the first time ever at the Theater of Living Arts. Other performers include Chase Allen, Mz Lynx, Teff and more. And of course the event couldn’t be complete without the proper hosts – Cory Townes and DJ Aktive.

Come be a part of history in the making. Veteran Freshman shows are known to be PACKED, so we suggest grabbing your ticket now.

The show starts at 8 pm.

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Veteran Freshman 1 Year Anniversary Celebration

TLA

334 South St.

8 pm

Tickets 

Concert Review: Battles

Battles Bring Math Rock to the TLA

Despite losing their fourth member of the band a few years back; Battles strives to create new sounds. The drummer is a beast and why wouldn’t he be. John Stanier is the former drummer of Helmet. If you know Helmet then you know how amazing of a drummer he really is. Ian Williams is the keyboardist/guitarist who is going crazy during the shows. Rounding out Battles is Dave Konopka bassist/guitarist. This band is one to listen to. No singer and with their sound a singer is not needed. They are often labeled as a Math Rock band. Battles combines many different styles into their sound and they always are playing in front of screens that have different things and people projecting on them. They definitely have a stage presence. Battles is hands down a show you must see.

Concert Review: Matt Skiba and The Sekrets

Matt Skiba and The Sekrets kicked off their album release tour of Babylon in Chicago with Philadelphia being their third stop on their tour. You may know Matt Skiba as a member of Alkaline Trio. Matt Skiba and The Sekrets is his side project where he carefully selected members of My Chemical Romance, Murder City Devils, and AFI. There has been a lot of blogs and chat rooms over the internet where Alkaline Trio fans are expressing their outrage about his side project. What is awesome about his side project is that there is more of an artistic feel to it from stage presence to lyrics. It seems that Matt Skiba has opened up more from the safe zone of Alkaline Trio and is bringing his fans an 80’s post punk feel. The show was amazing despite not being able to interview Skiba. Due to losing his voice in the beginning of the tour he needed to save his voice for the show. It is totally understandable because the show was amazing. There is a phone interview to come. If you are an Alkaline Trio fan I suggest you keep an open mind when listening to this band. I think they are going to be breaking barriers in the future for other bands just like Alkaline Trio did in the past.