Author: Samuel Kesler

Harrison Lipton Gets Back On The Horse

Harrison Lipton had to stoop to fit into the basement he played in that night. Beneath the smoke line that separated the living room and the underground venue, the ceiling was decked in plastic vines Christmas lights, giving it a mystical garden vibe. That was where the Brooklyn-based singer serenaded the crowd with his wintry […]

Courtney Barnett at The Fillmore

If anybody else were to do what Courtney Barnett does at her shows, there’s no way it would work nearly as well. Playing primarily from her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel, and adding in her own spins on songs, including drawn out solos and rephrasing lyrics, Courtney mesmerized the crowd at the […]

Overcoats & Mitski at Union Transfer

Sometimes, you can look over at a friend and they give you a face that says, “Wow, this song is really good!” Overcoats had that look on their faces their entire set. Opening for Mitski on her Be The Cowboy Tour, the duo performed a set of stripped-down, minimalist pop songs. Backed by a drummer […]

Gorillaz at Wells Fargo Center

Gorillaz, more than ever, are an entity. At Wells Fargo Center, the collaborative and elusive nature of the virtual band became more apparent than I had realized, especially as a recent convert to the Church of 2D, Russell, Noodle, and Ace (formerly Murdoc). Damon Albarn, for all intents and purposes the core of the band, […]

illuminati hotties at PhilaMOCA

If I were a member of a certain secret organization infiltrating the worlds’ government, I would consider hiring illuminati hotties as a house band. First, they came dressed for the job: bandleader Sarah Tudzin sported a white jumpsuit straight out of an OK GO music video, the back displaying the red pyramid also featured on […]

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