The Roots Picnic 2014

A$AP Ferg

Headlined by Snoop Dogg backed by the legendary Roots themselves, the seventh annual Roots Picnic brought artists from across all genres to Philadelphia. Chill Moody, Rudimental, A$AP Ferg, Jhené Aiko and Janelle Monae performed.

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Dillinger Escape Plan at Union Transfer, Philadelphia


The Dillinger Escape Plan is a band that will intimidate you and on Friday night, they did so in spectacular fashion.

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Interview with Signal Hill

From left: Rishi Arora, Tim Cooper, Brian Vasallo, Dave Masters

From left: Rishi Arora, Tim Cooper, Brian Vasallo, Dave Masters

Interview conducted after Signal Hill’s show on Thursday, April 25, 2013 after their show at the North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA.

Tell me how you wrote ‘Corners’. Walk me through that again.

Dave Masters: So, Corners was initially going to be a 45 second interlude. It’s really actually pretty funny, Rishi and I wrote it one day and sent it over to Tim and Brian. Tim actually made the comment and said, ‘dude, I could listen to that riff over and over again for hours.’ And so, when they came out to finish working on the record, Brian was out getting a tattoo and we played through a couple songs, and we were like ‘let’s play riff for Tim and get him excited,’ and then some inspiration was drawn after everyone was in the room and we ended up making a 7 minute song out of what was going to be a 40-second interlude.

Tim Cooper: Which song?

DM: Corners.

TC: Oh yeah, that’s right.

DM: Brian was like, ‘Oh, I’m going to get a tattoo.’ Like…

TC: Like, ‘yo you’re in town for like a day and we have practice and you’re going to get a tattoo?’

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Norwegian Arms.


The 35th annual Human BBQ at Pi Lam in West Philadelphia was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

The lineup of bands ran from noon till midnight and featured the acts Cold Fronts, Norwegian Arms, DRGN King, Delicate Steve, Plates of Cake, Laser Background, Total Slacker and Banned books.

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SXSW Schedule

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This is my Friday, March 15th from 12pm to 8pm when I arrive at SXSW in Austin, TX.

Here’s a list of my tentative schedule:

Friday, March 15, 2013

noon—Cold Fronts @ Maggie Mae’s


noon—Norwegian Arms @ J Black’s


noon—Toro Y Moi @ House of Vans

12:15—Bleeding Rainbow @ The Hype Hotel

1:00—June Divided @ Chugging Monkey

2:00—DRGN KING @ SXSW Waterloo


2:00—Vacationer @ Clive Bar

3:00—Cheers Elephant @ Wardenclyffe Gallery

4:00—Bleeding Rainbow @ Bar 96

5:00—DRGN KING @ West 6th Street Block Party


5:00—Vampire Weekend @ Radio Day State Austin Convention Center

6:00—Heartless Bastards @ Patagonia Austin

7:00—Bleeding Rainbow @ The Grackle

8:00—The Flaming Lips @ Auditorium Shores Stage (Lady Bird Lake)


8:00—Green Day @ ACL Live

8:20—TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb @ The Aquarium

9:00—Grandchildren @ Meduse Lounge

10:10—Weyes Blood @ The Hideout

10:15—Dawes @ Mohawk Outside


10:15—Riff Raff @ Haven

10:30—METZ @ Bar 96

10:40—Thee Oh Sees @ Hotel Vegas Patio

10:50—Hunters @ Scoot Inn (Theresa recommended)

11:00—Cold War Kids @ Stubb’s


11:00—Andrew WK @ Clive Bar


11:00—Pusha T @ Austin Music Hall

11:15—Murder by Death @ 1100 Warehouse

11:35—Bun B @ Austin Music Hall

11:50—Mystikal @ The Main

12:00—Chiodos @ Dirty Dog Bar


12:00—Talib Kweli @ The Pandora Porch


12:00—Wolfgang Gartner @ Speakeasy Kaberet (until 1:50)


12:00—Fitz and the Tantrums @ Lustre Pearl

12:15—Ghostface Killah @ Viceland

12:30—Wavves @ Bar 96


12:30—Flosstradamus @ Republic Live

12:40—Kendrick Lamar @ Austin Music Hall

1:00—Talib Kweli @ Empire Control Room


1:00—Toro Y Moi @ The North Door

1:45—Dirty South Joe @ Haven

Saturday March 16, 2013

10:30—Dawes @ W Hotel Austin

11:00—Vacationer @ Hype Hotel

12:00—Norwegian Arms @ J. Black’s


12:00—Waxahatchee @ The Liberty

12:20—Eshon Burguny @ Carver Music Boyd Vance Theatre

12:45—Foxyjen @ Corner of 6th and Red River



3:45—Jukebox the Ghost @ Uncorked Wine Bar


5:00—TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb @ J. Black’s


5:00—Surfer Blood @ Cedar Street

6:00—Thee Oh Sees @ Clive Bar




9:45—Trinidad James @ VICELAND



12:30—Kendrick Lamar @ VICELAND

1:00—DRGN KING @ Shakespeare’s Pub

My goal is to cover the Philadelphia music scene at the largest music showcase in the world. I wouldn’t plan a vacation any other way.

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