Lap-steel guitar and hip-hop beats don't often mix, but Philadelphia's Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner defies convention, bringing them together seamlessly. With songs that straddle the lines separating hip-hop, Americana, folk and pop, his songs are rooted in catchy hooks and breezy grooves. Return to this space at noon ET Friday to hear Slo-Mo and rapper Mic Wrecka perform live in concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
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Slo-Mo and Mic Wrecka. courtesy of the artist
Brenner began playing lap-steel guitar more than a decade ago. While experimenting with different styles, he assembled a band for his debut as Slo-Mo, 2000's Novelty. Brenner was introduced to Mic Wrecka while writing material for his next album. The two instantly connected, eventually creating 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, helping to cement the band's reputation in Philadelphia and beyond.
Their next album, 2007's Smokey Mountain, found Slo-Mo and Mic Wrecka transforming themselves again. Bringing together a bigger group, the duo's album showcased a robust live sound. After a summer of touring, Slo-Mo and Mic Wrecka are about to return with a new disc, Gimme What You Got.