Habibi Funk, Hamid El Shaeri, and The SLAM! Years

Of all the numerous treasures unearthed by Habibi Funk, a German imprint that’s been specializing in reissues of 1960’s-1980’s Middle Eastern and North African contemporary music since 2012, Libyan musician Hamid El Shaeri’s glimmering “Ayonha” still stands out.  On the label’s defining 2017 compilation, An Eclectic Selection of Music From the Arab World (Habibi Funk… Continue reading Habibi Funk, Hamid El Shaeri, and The SLAM! Years

Ian Ashby Sets the Baseline For Senior Recital

Ian Ashby’s senior recital at the Birenbaum on Tuesday May 24th was as warm and inviting as his personality. The intimate basement venue was packed with close family and friends celebrating a lifetime of creating music. The jazz bassist started off with a classic, “All The Things You Are”, by Jerome Kern, which he described… Continue reading Ian Ashby Sets the Baseline For Senior Recital

Pui Wang (Leo) Choi’s Senior Piano Recital 

The winner of Oberlin’s 2021 Senior Concerto Competition, Leo Choi, held his Senior Recital on May 7th at Warner Concert Hall. He played Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, and Hurel. After Choi performed, he must have been exhausted, but he looked as fresh as a daisy. His contrasting powerful and soft feathery sound filled the concert hall. … Continue reading Pui Wang (Leo) Choi’s Senior Piano Recital 

Find out about Lim Dong Hyek’s passion through Schubert

At the age of 17, Lim Dong Hyek signed with EMI (now Warner Classic) and since then has recorded Chopin Ballades, Sonatas, and Preludes, Schubert Impromptus, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 on five albums.  Lim played many pieces as a pianist, but he has a lot of affection for Schubert and thinks… Continue reading Find out about Lim Dong Hyek’s passion through Schubert

Carly Cosgrove’s See You in Chemistry Reimagines Emo 

Carly Cosgrove’s debut LP, See You in Chemistry, is a fun polished new-wave emo record, both honest and lighthearted. The cover looks like a scrapbook art piece of city streets, which seems fitting for how the group describes themselves as “Philly nostalgiacore.” The music scene in Philadelphia is communal and interconnected. As bassist Helen Barsz… Continue reading Carly Cosgrove’s See You in Chemistry Reimagines Emo 

Dijon Delivers an Intimate Show to a Chilly Philly Crowd

On May 8th at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, Dijon delivered an intimate show that began without an opener. That was probably a delight for the people who had been queuing many hours for the concert, and who were now packed tightly in anticipation in the 1,200 capacity room.  Dijon and his band walked on stage… Continue reading Dijon Delivers an Intimate Show to a Chilly Philly Crowd

Pinegrove Explores Time and Place With New Album 11:11

Pinegrove's new album, 11:11, is about the state of the world and the listener within it. During 11 tracks, it touches on personal, political, and environmental themes. The instrumentation is similar to their last album, Marigold. Acoustic and electric guitars form the basis of the songs while pedal steel and vocal harmonies add layers of… Continue reading Pinegrove Explores Time and Place With New Album 11:11

Park Bom’s soulful voice and deep emotion

From YG Entertainment’s girl group 2NE1, Park Bom released fifteen albums beginning in 2009. In November 2016, she left the group because she was implicated in an affair involving drugs. In 2010, Adderall, an amphetamine drug prescribed to treat her ADHD, caused a problem when she entered South Korea from the US. However, her final… Continue reading Park Bom’s soulful voice and deep emotion