Mourning [A] BLKstar
531 North 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 10:30 PM)
Mourning [A] BLKstar
RA Washington was left bewildered after the murder of his close friend. He felt reflective and drifted into in a creative crisis. Disillusioned by the idea of making a living as an artist, he was unsure if his future as a poet and beat maker was sustainable. He knew that he needed a new spark --new voices around him-- and he soon found it as he invited long time friends, LaToya Kent, and James Long to record over new beats, crafted in honor of his lost friend. It was not long before the group began to realize that they had something special. After bringing Jazz singer, Kyle Kidd into the mix, they began to record their first record, “Blk Musak,” which explores a conversation between iconic symbols and concepts that have historically sustained marginalized people-- the heart of black music.
Mourning [A] BLKstar wants to communicate their vision and love for the community while collectively creating greater opportunities to create and share.
philly based haitian girl who be singing sometimes
The healing hand and surgeon’s scalpel are intertwined on Shepherds’ new album Insignificant Whip. The art-rock masterpiece encases the band’s vulnerable wisdom in flighty melodies that burn with intimacy and fragility as singer/lyricists Jonathan Merenivitch and Adrian Benedykt Świtoń address everything from toxic masculinity and Catholic guilt to Youtube comments and Tupac Shakur. Since their 2011 EP Holy Stain, the band have received accolades for their taut analyses of social ills and the resulting strain on body and mind, but even the skeletal no-wave that defined their early sound was bound with, in the broadest sense of the word, soul. The band’s ability to confront their deepest insecurities and doubts is more than simple catharsis, it serves to illuminate deeper questions of existence and identity, and frame them in context of systemic oppression, discrimination, and isolation. The band's expansive new LP "Insignificant Whip" will be released on Arrowhawk Records in 2019 - Russell Rockwell