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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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Black Thought’s Let’s Move It Philly! Charity Concert at Sigma Sound Feb. 18

Black Thought’s Let’s Move It Philly! Charity Concert at Sigma Sound Feb. 18

Sigma Sound is opening its doors for very special occasion this evening. The RootsBlack Thought a.k.a. Tariq Trotter will be rallying folks for the Let’s Move It Philly! charity concert, which is held annually to raise funds for his GrassROOTS Community Foundation to benefit poor women and girls. According to AllHipHop.com, this year’s event will also help to bring awareness to childhood obesity in the African American community. Black Thought is scheduled to perform sets with his music brethren ?uestlove and Money Making Jam Boys. Pals Nikki Jean, DJ Rich Medina, and DJ Diamond Kuts (Power 99’s Nikki Minaj) will also be donating their time and talents. The Carson Valley Children’s Aid will be providing additional health services with free HIV testing and other health-oriented activities happening throughout the event where you’ll find participation from State Representative Tony J. Payton Jr. and Mayor Nutter (who most likely will bust-a-move or a rhyme to “Rapper’s Delight” before the evening is over). It’s a good time for a good cause! Sigma Sound, 212 N. 12th St., 8pm, $30 adv/$40 door, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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