The upstairs at Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties is an unassuming yet carefully-crafted intimate music room, one of many in a city whose quality venues are often the least visible. And on May 22, this room showed its flexibility by hosting an eclectic, though somehow not odd, evening of music. The small crowd was… Continue reading Concert Review: Priscilla Renea brings country soul to Bourbon and Branch
As we are inundated with sugary pop songs that all seem to sound the same with computer generated beats and auto-tuned voices that neither satisfy or seduce our ears, a true legend is soon coming to reintroduce us to “grown folks” music. He will remind us that music is meant thrill the heart, soothe the… Continue reading “Don’t worry ’bout a Damn Thang!” Raphael Saadiq is coming!
In songwriting, “hooks” come in different forms. There’s the melodic hook, of course – the one delivered by the vocalist, and often includes the song title. There are musical hooks – a guitar lick, a bass line –repeated throughout the song that you just have to hum. But rarer than those, especially in an age… Continue reading Music Review: Pop-country newcomer Kalie Shorr “Awakens” the genre
Do you remember when Adele released Hello back in October of 2015? Something happened in that song that hadn’t been heard in a while. It focused on Adele’s voice and the music was truly supportive—imparting only short chords and soft backing vocals. The star was Adele and it worked, clearly. Fast forward two years and I was… Continue reading Music Review: Pop star Symon shines with release of “Lonely Girl” and its lyric video
New musicians are rarely comfortable in their own skin, especially pop musicians. Think about it. When was the last time you listened to a block of “top 40” songs that didn’t “feature” a second or even third artist? (I’m looking at you Sofi Tukker, Hailee Steinfeld and, like, every hip hop artist out there today.)… Continue reading Music Review: Up-and-Comer Charlie Korman Has Nothing to Prove
If you told me weeks ago that I was going to enjoy two hours of live chamber music and classical guitar, I would have politely disagreed and perhaps rolled my eyes when you weren’t looking. But as a die-hard music lover of all genres, I would have assured you that I have an open mind… Continue reading Concert Review: Fifth House Ensemble + Jason Vieaux: LiveConnections doing what it does best
Here’s the thing about my relationship with Beyoncé: I desperately want to love her but the chemistry just isn’t there. While I do recognize and appreciate the mind-blowing international superstardom that is Beyoncé, we haven’t clicked in the past because I’m expecting something different. I’m well-versed on her music but on the surface I’ve been… Continue reading Music Review: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’: Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie Soundtrack? (Also, concert review)