Category Archives: Live Shows

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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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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The Hives at the Electric Factory

The Hives performed at the Electric Factory on Wednesday, June 20th. It was about 100 degrees outside and in. I don’t know how the band survived in those frilly suits, but none of them seemed to pass out from heat frustration, including the bald one.

Shot for Philly City Paper.

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Battles at the TLA

Battles from NYC came through Philadelphia fresh off their performance at Bonnaroo.

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Roots Picnic 2012

Day one of the Roots Picnic at Festival Pier in Philadelphia with pictures up front, on stage and all access behind the scenes. Artists included St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Kids These Days, Philly’s own Chill Moody and OCD: Moosh and Twist, and also Mos Def and De La Soul backed by the Legendary Roots. Shot for

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Nunsense with Reading Civic Theatre

My mother, Linda Kauffman, and the group, Reading Civic Theatre, just wrapped up the production of Nunsense, the most successful Off-Broadway comedy in History. Reading Civic Theatre has been in existence for almost 100 years, and this was their first production working with Alvernia University.

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Philly Barcraft @ Tir Na Nog

The aftermath of Atlantic City’s IGN Starcraft Tournament brought Ukrainian Starcraft professional, WhiteRa, as well as local players to Tir Na Nog in Center City, Philadelphia. Nearly 100 people were in attendance to spectate a Playhem tournament in which WhiteRa was a competitor. The Philly Barcraft is one of many events in eSports that are popping up in cities around the world.

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Whitera faces off against an opponent in the October 10th, Playhem tournament.

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Minus the Bear at the Electric Factory

For their 10th Anniversary Tour, Seattle’s Minus the Bear performed their first full-length album, Highly Refined Pirates, in it’s entirety. Images shot for JUMP Magazine.

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Hula hooping at the Dillon Francis and Mord Fustang banger

Jen Dobrydnia and Tara lit it up at the Starlight Ballroom. Jen not only entertains, but she’s also a hula hoop instructor out of Philadelphia. Check her out in the fall issue of JUMP!

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