Idle Warship Kills It at World Cafe Live

Published On January 20, 2012 | Concerts

Collaborations are all the rage these days, but few offer music fans the aesthetic bliss that is produced by Idle Warship.

Hip-hop superstar Talib Kweli, and Philly’s own soulful songstress Res, first started making music together several years ago. However, it wasn’t until recently that the duo released their first official collaboration “Habits of the Heart”.

After a critically acclaimed performance at SXSW in 2009, Idle Warship toured Europe, and last night they rode into town to play a hometown show (for Res) at World Cafe Live. While it was only a 50% hometown show (Kweli is from Brooklyn), it was 100% electric.

The Idle Warship band is the perfect backing unit for Res’s stunning vocals and Kweli’s spot-on flow. Combining the sounds of soul, hip-hop, rock, alternative, and electronica, Idle Warship offers something for everyone. At one point Res even busted out a full rendition of a Fleetwood Mac hit.

After opening acts Boy Wonder, Bianca Raquel, and Lady had the crowd warmed up, the headliners took the stage just before 10pm.

Performing both songs from “Habits of the Heart” and individual hits, Idle Warship had the World Cafe bumping. Res is a Philly gem and Kweli simply can’t miss. Everything the guy touches turns to gold.

If you haven’t checked out “Habits of the Heart” yet, do it. Every track is fire. The songs were even better in person as the duo’s passion for performing together was evident throughout the show. Solos from each of the musicians also brought roars from the crowd. They were some of the nastiest keyboard, drum, and bass solos we’ve ever heard.

After playing for well over an hour, they left the stage for a moment, only to return to play a multiple song encore. After the show, Res and Kweli met fans in the lobby and signed merchandise (although Kweli made it clear on stage that you didn’t have to buy anything to hang out, meet them, and get an autograph).

This is one of the best high-energy, feel good shows we’ve ever seen. As a treat, take a listen to “Laser Beams” off of “Habits of the Heart”…you won’t be able to resist buying the rest of the album. Trust us, it’s worth every penny.

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