Arts & Entertainment
For every gun murder on Chicago’s South Side, there are approximately ten million daps, high fives, handshakes, hugs, and kisses. Of course, these expressions of love, family, friendship and respect are rarely newsworthy, so we hear about the violence and the drugs and the tragedy instead. For plenty of places in America, that’s all we hear about. That’s West Baltimore, it’s Northview Heights in Pittsburgh, and it’s Englewood in Chicago.
For the last few years, Little Green Cars have been a quietly brewing phenomenon. Originating from Dublin, the group built up a regional following on the strength of their two debut EPs, both self-released in 2008, and signed with kingmaking label Glassnote (home of Mumford & Sons and Phoenix) in 2013. Their debut full-length, Absolute Zero, spawned two singles which became mainstays of college radio in the the Southeast U.S., and led to festival sets at SXSW, Lollapalooza, and elsewhere.
The Filharmonic is a popular Los Angeles based a cappella group whose claims to fame, in addition to the group’s impressive and distinctive musical style, was as a semi-finalist of NBC’s a cappella competition “The Sing-Off” and their subsequent portrayal of the ficious a cappella group “Manilla Envy” in the film “Pitch Perfect 2.” Speaking to their style, their website describes them as exemplifying “an urbanesque hip hop sound with 90's nostalgia.” This, on top of their commitment to “honor their Filipino heritage” and their variety of entertaining personalities akin to that of