Slo-Mo in Concert


  • Playlist
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">

Slo-Mo. hide caption

itoggle caption

Set List

"Smokey Mountain"


"Win the War"



"Hey Baby"



Lap-steel guitar and hip-hop beats don't often mix, but Philadelphia's Slo-Mo brings them together seamlessly. Crafting songs that straddle the lines separating hip-hop, Americana, folk and pop, the band's songs are rooted in catchy hooks and breezy grooves. Hear Slo-Mo perform a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on May 18.

Leader Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner began playing lap-steel guitar more than a decade ago; he's since performed with the likes of Marah. While experimenting with different styles, Brenner assembled a band for Slo-Mo's debut, 2000's Novelty. While he was writing material for his next record, he was introduced to local rapper Mic Wrecka, with whom he instantly connected. The pair eventually made 2005's My Buzz Comes Back, released under the name Slo-Mo Featuring Mic Wrecka. The disc landed on several prominent year-end best-of lists, which helped cement the band's reputation in Philadelphia and beyond.

On the new Smokey Mountain, Slo-Mo and Mic-Wrecka have transformed themselves again. This time, they take the form of an octet that brings more of a live feel to their hip-hop/lap-steel hybrid.

Related NPR Stories

Purchase Featured Music

My Buzz Comes Back

Purchase Music

Purchase Featured Music

My Buzz Comes Back

Your purchase helps support NPR Programming. How?




Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.