Shows: September to mid-May.

Posted in Music on May 15th, 2014 by byronkho

Since September, I’ve seen: Avicii, Above & Beyond, Alesso, Knife Party, Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi, Tiesto, David Guetta, Bassnectar, Madeon, Bingo Players, Sander van Doorn, Hardwell, Madeon, Queens of the Stone Age, Calvin Harris, Deadmaus, Empire of the Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, Solange, ASAP Rocky, Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Emeli Sande, Haim, Alunageorge, Rudimental, Jesse Rose, Mord Fustang, Baam Bada, the Meta, Umer Piracha, Kaskade, CHVRCHES, Pretty Lights, MGMT, Little Green Cars, Gareth Emery, Madeon, Ghost Beach, Robin Thicke, Vampire Weekend, Avett Brothers, Manufactured Superstars, Icona Pop, Sky Ferreira, the Knocks, Sirah, K Flay, Icona Pop, KT Tunstall, Brian Lopez, Atoms for Peace, Sebastian Ingrosso, St. Lucia, Two Door Cinema Club, Morning Parade, Biffy Clyro, Aijia, Clara C, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, David Ramirez, Ellie Holcomb, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rimbo Wong (the Curtis student I help sponsor!), Song Dogs, Jessie Ware, Mikky Ekko, Val de Val, Ross Bellenoit, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Mount Moriah, Pine Barons, Paramore, Metric, hellogoodbye, Matrimony, the Falls, Foxes, Night Panther, Ivan & Alyosha, the Wild Feathers, Tin Horses, the Wayside Shakeup, the Smith Westerns, Lucy Stone, Roscoe Bandana, Mo Lowda & the Humble, Ali Wadsworth, Brown Sugar, Former Belle, Zoe Keating, twentyonepilots, Switchfoot, New Politics, MS MR, Perseverance Jazz Band, A Great Big World, Secret Someones, Phosphorescent, Sea Wolf, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Honey Watts, Little Silver, Mesiko, Ellie Goulding, the Last Band in Illyria, Black Horse Motel, Spirit & Dust, Reed Turner Band, Conway, Dead Professional, Oldermost, Nicole Atkins, Arc Iris, Davey Horne, Okkervil River, Typhoon, London Grammar, HAERTS, Moon Taxi, Revivalists, Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, Nickel Creek, Carsie Blanton, Eli Conley, the Gallerist, Secret Sisters, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Willie Watson (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show), David Tanner & Honky Tonk-o-rama, Thelma and the Sleaze, River City Tanlines, Francesca Battistelli, Jim Ed Brown, Riders in the Sky, Connie Smith, Jeannie Seely, Larry Gatlin, Carson Peters, Charlie Daniels Band, Vince Moreno, JP Harris and the Tough Choices, Cooper and the Jam, The Cordovas, Steve Gorman and Audley Freed of the Black Crowes, Tennis, HAIM and Carrie Underwood.

In the next few months, I’ll (likely) be seeing: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Beck, the Lumineers, Band of Horses, Pretty Lights, Weezer, Broken Bells, Band of Horses, Young the Gian, Childish Gambino, Tegan and Sara, Big Gigantic, Girl Talk, Cage the Elephant, Portugal the Man, Grouplove, Local Natives, Ziggy Marley, Iron & Wine, Sleigh Bells, Jake Bugg, Amos Lee, Third Eye Blind, City and Colour, Chance the Rapper, Kaiser Chiefs, A-Trak, the Airborne Toxic Event, Phantogram, Washed Out, Tune-Yards, Walk Off the Earth, the White Panda, American Authors, Martin Garrix, Cash Cash, G-Eazy, A Great Big World, RAC, Lucius, Smallpools, Bleachers, the Mowglis, NoNoNo, Kodaline, White Denim, Asaf Avidan, Cherub, Sir Sly, Aer, Johnnyswim, Vic Mensa, San Fermin, Geographer, Courtney Barnett, the Colourist, Wild Cub, Dan Croll, Shakey Graves, Goldroom, Wild Child, Little Comets, Magic Man, Boy & Bear, Royal Teeth, the Ceremonies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bad Things, Andrew Belle, Basic Vacation, Hunter Hunted, Misterwives, Vance Joy, X Ambassadors, the Unlikely Candidates, Bronze Radio Return, Little Daylight, Kongos, Saints of Valory, Holychild, Parade of Lights, Son Lux, Salva, Gemini Club, Step Rockets, the Griswolds, Sleeper Agent, John & Jacob, Pigpen Theatre Co, the Weeks, High Highs, Caroline Glaser, Lily Mae, Courrier, Cruiser, New Sweden, Mean Lady, Christian Porter, Stop Light Observations, Breach the Summit, F. Stokes, Nothing, the Tontons, DRGN KING, Cakes da Killa, Denitia and Sene, Charliered, Downtown Club, Mike Taylor, Weekend, Khari Mateen, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Head And The Heart, Bear Hands, Die Antwoord, First Aid Kit, Willy Mason, jj Grey & Mofro, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, Last Chance, Diana Lawrence, PHOX, Trails & Ways, Flume, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland, Tempest, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, JohnnySwim, Rebirth Brass Band, Kwesi K, Hot Club Of Cowtown, Old Man Luedeke, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dhaka Braka, Natalie McMaster, the Oh Hellos and NEEDTOBREATHE.

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Showlist, circa August 21.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21st, 2010 by byronkho

So my show list has been updated yet again, due to the fact I can’t make SO many of the shows because of rehearsal demands. I’ve kept on 3 shows I’ll probably try to push and make since they’re gonna be AWESOME.

September 4: Electric Zoo Music Festival.
September 17: Biffy Clyro at North Star Bar.
September 18: Sea Wolf at North Star Bar.
*September 23: Andrew Belle, Joey Ryan, Paula Valstein, Jay Nash and Amber Rubarth at World Cafe Live.
September 26: Gabriela Martinez at the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
*September 30: Stars at the Troc.
October 15: Ingrid Michaelson at the Troc.
October 16: Sara Bareilles/Greg Laswell/Holly Conlan at the Troc.
*October 17: Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott at the Kimmel Center.
October 22: Guster at the Electric Factory.
October 23: Phoenix at the Tower Theater.
October 29: K-OS at the North Star Bar.
November 9: Dala at World Cafe Live OR La Roux at the Troc.
November 10: Sufjan Stevens at the Academy of Music.
November 19: The Frames at the TLA.
November 21: Brooke Fraser at World Cafe Live.

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Uptempo.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20th, 2010 by byronkho

This version from The Baseballs just edges out Biffy Clyro and Mechanical Bride for my favorite rendition(s) of Umbrella. Rihanna’s original is pretty low on the list now. I so love rockabilly.

After a 3-hour jaunt to Eulogy the other day with Airplanes, I was feeling upbeat about a few things. 1) Life is good. 2) So many ideas for songs for the “musical” or my scrapbin to pull out the next time I promise to write a musical with someone… too bad I’ve forgotten half of the song ideas since I didn’t write anything down. Even as I write this I regret not opening up Finale… but I’m not motivated enough right at this point. I’m going to invest in a tape recorder, so I will be purchasing one. Soon. 3) I had a beer that tasted like malt vinegar – and I didn’t mind. 4) I need a good fight every now and then.

I’ve got Into the Woods. So I’ll be at Penn like every night, again. I’ve got 6 weeks to whip a huge cast into shape, musically. Plus the pit. I groan at the thought of the work involved. Groan, I tell you. But I’m excited. Really. Also, a real decent idea for the setting of the “musical.” I’m putting it in quotations until we actually do something solid on it. I wanted to take a musical writing class from Lowdermilk this fall, but classes are on Thursdays during rehearsal. Boo hiss. Here’s to the spring semester?

I would like to see Rachel Bloom do more standup (I’ve seen her short clip which was moving not because the material was really hilarious, but she had really good flow and had incisive comments about a lot of topics that kept me entertained. No “who I saw on the subway” bits, no sex jokes, no “’so how bout these internets these days” anecdotes… all that usual i’m-a-comedian-on-the-club-circuit-give-me-my-$150-so-I-can-afford-gas-to-my-next-gig-I-look-tired-of-my-material-that’s-all-good-night-folks. And few comics actually talk about art!). Coincidentally, I happen to think she’s really cute. I also know that she really is cute because a lesbian told me so. They’re usually right about hot women. Thank god the song wasn’t about Gary Gygax, that might have been going a bit far.

Electric Zoo is coming up real soon. I’m psyched. Though I am mad I can’t make the Sunday show, meaning I miss out on XXXChange, A-Trak, Diplo, Fedde Le Grand and Boys Noize. Son of a… by the way, that version of Superfresh (Boys Noize ft. KO the Legend and Afari) that they used on the Fanboyz episode of The LXD… HOT. Download it. I’m about 3/4 done a (mostly) electro mix that I’ll post soon. Here’s a track I needed to get on there. Love it.

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Bouncin: BANG!, Rihanna covers. BKLYN. Full House.

Posted in Personal on March 24th, 2010 by byronkho

On replay all night long: Rye Rye – Bang ft. Adam Tensta & M.I.A. (Addeboy vs. Cliff Remix). Love this track. I don’t usually like M.I.A. but on this remix, she fits… and the Swedish rapper dude Adam Tensta has some pretty tight rhymes.

Nice jazz riff: Jamie Cullum bringing the cool back on Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music.

I actually do NOT like Rihanna… I find all the covers and remakes and remixes of her songs so much more enjoyable than the originals. Case in point, Umbrella. This Mechanical Bride cover is so much better. And so is the Biffy Clyro cover… they first did it on Live Lounge and I guess they took it on the road too.

If you’re in Brooklyn this weekend… Skinny Friedman and DJs from his label Young Robots mix up some shit on the dancefloor at Trophy Bar in W-burg. Lexie Lerro, formerly known as InstantProfitzGirl, hosts.

OTHER NEWS: Caitlin (of the infamous Kelly sisters) is back in Philly, living with yours truly. Full house, yo.

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