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Flying Lotus Has Fans Flying High at Union Transfer

Those lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold-out Flying Lotus show on Friday night can rest assured that they not only got their money’s worth, but witnessed one of the better shows to come through Philly in quit some time.


In the midst of his North American Tour, the Los Angeles based producer hit Philly after performing in Washington DC, and just before he performed in New York City.  Tickets to the show, which was the second sold out show of the night at Union Transfer, sold out over a week in advance.  With the doors scheduled to open at 1030pm, fans were lined up far down Spring Garden and even around the corner come 10pm.


After a late start letting concert goers inside, the venue was  filled to capacity by 1130pm.  Thundercat, who is opening most of the shows on Flying Lotus’s tour, was just starting his performance. Thundercat’s debut album, “The Golden Age of Apocalypse”, was produced by Flying Lotus, and he was accompanied on stage by a drummer and pianist.


Thundercat, rocking a hat backwards with three foot feathers sticking out of it, handled the stage with the look of a man in complete control.  His talents as a bassist and vocalist were on full display during his opening performance.  His music ranged widely from being very chill to very up beat.  We knew that even after the opening performance ended, we would see Thundercat again, so we were not too disappointed when the opening act “ended”, especially considering Flying Lotus was about to come on.


After a brief pause to set up the stage, Flying Lotus walked out on stage, went up to the crowd with mic in hand, and said, “y’all sold this motha fucka out….”, which brought loud cheers from the crowd – “and now, we’re gonna burn this motha fucka down to the ground” – this brought even more cheers, as Flying Lotus ran back behind the DJ booth and started his performance.


As he was positioned between two different projector screens, the crowd was only able to see a silhouette of Flying Lotus, except when he came out from the DJ booth for the songs in which he rapped.  FlyLo played an energetic set that featured a wide range of music styles, such as trap, hip-hop/rap, and experimental EDM.


 The trap influences were easy to detect, but the crowd did not seem to care what song he was playing, enjoying each and every one.  Some of our favorites of the night were the Beastie Boys hit, Intergalactic Planetary, as well as a remix of the Kanye West / Good Music song Mercy.


The crowd went especially nuts when FlyLo got on the mic and asked, “Ya’ll know my dude Earl Sweatshirt, right??” – yes, we do, and so did the crowd.  FlyLo then dropped Between Friends, came out from behind the booth, and with a cartoon projection of Earl Sweatshirt on the screen behind him, rapped the 2nd verse of the hit song.


Before we knew it, and apparently before FlyLo knew it too, 2AM rolled around. Flying Lotus got on the mic, looked off at the side of the stage, and said, “really, shit, I’m cut off?”.  Knowing he had just a few more minutes left, he faced the crowd, asked what every performer asks if they want a good response – “who’s fucked up here tonight?”, and then dropped his last song of the night to a roar of cheers.


For his final two songs of the evening, Flying Lotus brought out Thundercat and played “Bonus”, from Thundercat’s upcoming album, as well as a track the two have collaborated on, “MmmHmm”.

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[Photo credit: Steve Garfinkel]

You can view the entire set list and an expanded photo gallery below (click thumbnails to enlarge):

Honda Civic Tour: Linkin Park & Incubus Put the Pedal to the Metal

The 2012 Honda Civic Tour rolled into Camden, NJ last night for a killer night of music at the Susquehanna Bank Center. This year’s line-up featured opening act Mutemath as well as co-headliners Incubus and Linkin Park.

It was a pleasant evening when Mutemath got the evening started at 630pm but there was a storm rolling in from the West.

While hot and cold air masses were aligning in the upper atmosphere, the crowd’s attention was focused on the stage where two massive forces of rock had also rolled in from the West coast to form the perfect tour.

As lead singers Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) had mentioned in our interview with them earlier this week, there is a lot of cross over between fans of both bands. This was the first time the two had toured together and the feeling in the Susquehanna Bank Center was electric.

Incubus took the stage around 720pm to a roar of cheers from the audience. We weren’t fully sure what to expect from Incubus after not seeing them perform live in years but Boyd and his band-mates haven’t lost anything since they first hit the music scene well over a decade ago. They rolled out a slew of their hits as fans applauded and sang along (many at the top of their lungs).

After a short break between bands, the lights dimmed at 920pm and Linkin Park hit the stage. Once again, fans erupted with cheers and chants of “Linkin Park! Linkin Park!” Bennington, Mike Shinoda, and company wasted no time diving into their extensive catalog of songs. Set against a large digital backdrop, they moved around the stage singing their hearts out.

It seemed that the stage crew and Mother Nature had collaborated on the visuals for the night because just before 10pm, fire balls shot up from the stage as the sky opened up. Lightning flashes accentuated the high voltage sound of Linkin Park as the rain poured down, soaking fans on the lawn. While some of them ran for cover, most were troopers and stayed on the lawn, rocking out the entire time.

Linkin Park wrapped up their set with “Bleed it Out”, interjected with the Beastie Boy’s “Sabotage” in the middle as showers of sparks rained down behind them. After leaving the stage, they returned for a brief encore.

This show was everything we thought it would be, amazing from start to finish.

You can view a full photo gallery below (click on thumbnails to enlarge):


The 5th Annual Roots Picnic, Now a Two-Day Affair

The annual Roots Picnic concert celebrated its fifth anniversary this year. 2012 marked the first time that the show was expanded to two days, Saturday, June 2nd, and Sunday, June 3rd. Both days took place at the Festival Pier on Penns Landing and featured two stages.

We’ll give you a separate break down of each day (complete with its own photo gallery and recap) below. Simply click the link for each day to get the full details on what went down at this year’s event.

For ROOTS PICNIC 2012 (DAY 1) click here

For ROOTS PICNIC 2012 (DAY 2) click here

Diplo Returns Home, Sells Out Union Transfer

These days you can find Diplo jet-setting around the world to play to sold out crowds, in the studio producing for some of the biggest names in the music industry, or even staring in TV commercials.

Last night, he returned to Philadelphia to play for a sold-out, all ages crowd at Union Transfer. Many of the fans in attendance on Thursday evening were in elementary school when Diplo first started his ascension to superstardom (hosting Hollertronix parties a decade ago in North Philly).

With several other shows in the city on the same night (including Feed Me, Dark Star Orchestra, and 611’s “HO” party) there was no shortage of things for music fans to do. Diplo fans had their eye on the prize however and those who were fortunate enough to score tickets were fully hyped for the show.

We last caught Diplo in August when his Mad Decent record label hosted a free block party at the Piazza. Buzz about his Union Transfer show has been building for weeks and the show sold out (aside from about 50 tickets that were held for door sales) over a week before the show.

Union Transfer, in the old Spaghetti Warehouse on Spring Garden Street, is one of the nicest concert venues in Philadelphia, with multiple bars, a wrap around balcony, and a coat check to go along with the large main floor area. There is still some room for an improvement experience (for both fans and media) but all-in-all we love this place.

The night got off to a start around 9pm with DJ Xaphoon Jones (dressed in a giant Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle outfit) who did a great job of warming up the venue.

The torch was then passed to another local DJ, Dirty South Joe who dropped some heavy dub-step and hip-hop on the crowd. The place was bumping, literally.

Around 11pm, Diplo slid seamlessly onto the decks and rocked the sold-out sea of fans with an impressive array of new hits and timeless classics (from the Beastie Boys to Martin Solveg, Nicki Minaj to Oasis, and everything in between). The balcony was buzzing, there was mayhem on the main floor, and no shortage of girls shaking their booty on stage.

When the show ended, the crowd dispersed with many fans heading to after parties at Voyeur and Ruba.