R&B

  • Meet BAYLI, 11/13 at UT (w/ Magdalena Bay)

    BAYLI is currently our favorite alt-pop-phenom-on-the-rise to emerge from the confines of lockdown-inspired internet fandom.  “She makes bops for the it-girl that resides in all of us,” says The Face.  The queer, Black singer/songwriter first made a major splash on her own with 2021’s stories from new york EP,...
  • Sir Woman: “It’s just a party, but not in like a debaucherous way; it’s wholesome.” (Tonight at WCL)

    “I’ve just always wanted to make funk music.  I wanted to make funk, soul, R&B,” says Kelsey Wilson, best known as one-half of the core of Wild Child, an Austin Americana outfit that has been putting out music since 2011.  And although Kelsey tells me during a recent phone...
  • Faye Webster Sells Out and Goes Orchestral… Separately, haha (8/20 at UT, Currently Sold Out)

    Not many musicians are acclaimed for their ability to excel in both country and R&B… and even fewer (if any… ever) can claim to be world-class yo-yo-ers…  However, all of these things are true of Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Faye Webster, who grew up playing country in a family of Americana...
  • Saleka Takes Her Philly-Made Sounds on the Road (8/16 at The Met w/ GIVĒON)

    Over the course of the past year the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection (along with the internet) has found a profound amount of love and affection for R&B artist Saleka.  And the local singer/songwriter is literally about to take her show on the road as the opening...
  • standards: “I love the idea of music really helping people.” (8/4 at KFN)

    If they’re not already, by the year’s end LA-based math-rock outfit standards (yes, all lower case) will surely be your new favorite instrumental band.  Last week the group — led by guitarist Marcos Mena — released Fruit Town on Wax Bodega, their sophomore LP and follow-up to 2020’s Fruit...
  • Ambar Lucid: “The highlights are always playing the shows.” (Tonight at WCL)

    “I spent most of my pandemic sleeping, smoking weed, and crying,” says singer/songwriter Ambar Lucid, laughing.  In March of 2020, the then-19-year-old Mexican-Dominican musician was preparing for the April release of her debut LP, Garden of Lucid, along with an accompanying US tour, including a date at The Lounge...
  • Purity Ring Returns to The Road (6/27 at UT)

    Having released their third LP, WOMB, in April of 2020, “future pop” connoisseurs Purity Ring never got a chance to properly tour the album’s songs, which each serve as a coming-of-age tale of a female protagonist as they are forced to face the deepest-cutting traumas of modernism, which Pitchfork...
  • Raveena, the “Space Princess” (5/12 at The Foundry)

    This Friday one of Coachella’s most impressive sets (at least according to the seven songs that appeared on the livestream) came from experimental R&B singer/songwriter Raveena.  The Indian artist (who grew up on America’s East Coast) released her sophomore album, Asha’s Awakening, earlier this year.  The LP is, “a...
  • Rina Sawayama, In the Club… Probably For the Last Time (5/7 at The Fillmore)

    Beyond-bourgeoning pop star Rina Sawayama’s first-ever Philadelphia headlining show has already undergone more updates and upgrades than she has proper releases…  The Japan-born, London-based songstress originally sold out The Foundry’s 450-capacity almost instantly, and quickly did the same with the 1,000-capacity upgrade to Theatre of Living Arts.  However, two-plus...