Despite the lack of a new release from Will Smith, 2016 has been a pretty great year for Philly music. What are my “best of” choices for 2016? Find out below. Continue reading Doug Keller’s Best of 2016
On November 5th, 502 South celebrated the release of “The Philly Rock Comp Vol. 4” at Kung Fu Necktie. The concert was one of the various shows 502 South organized to showcase the talented punk musicians they’d selected to exemplify the ideals of Philly punk. The concert featured sets from 502 South artists Faringwell, Welter and Readership.
One would assume that accomplishing the rare feat of finding success in both the DIY and venue scene in Philly would be incentive to carry on as a band. But, on October 29th, the groove rock collective known as Seoul Delhi played its last show. Having only grown acquainted with the band for a few months before their wake at The Beaver Dam, I can’t speak to their evolution over the years, but I was still able to recognize that Seoul Delhi was something special. They were a band for musicians that the significant others of those musicians could enjoy, too. As much as Seoul Delhi’s brand of intelligent jazz fusion could have been compared to groove based acts like The Aristocrats or Snarky Puppy, Seoul Delhi incorporated perfect harmonies and precise vocals that gave them a larger appeal.
Touring is by no means an easy pursuit, and one can only imagine the difficulty of traveling from city to city, and then playing to a less-than-receptive crowd. Such was the case when Boston’s Jack Romanov played a Philadelphia venue last winter. Since that point, the band has found acceptance thanks in a large part to The Stoop crew. Performances by Jack Romanov and New York’s Ghost Pressure at The Stoop last weekend not only solidified their following in the Philly music scene, but it also displayed that The Stoop has become a great location for out-of-town bands to gain exposure. Continue reading Touring Bands Thrive at The Stoop