Philly's a town known for its musical contributions, laying claim to Billie Holiday, The Roots, and Matisyahu, as well as the most notable pairing, folk/soul strummers The Bacon Brothers. No, seriously, Kevin Bacon has a band. Yes, you should beg them to play "Footloose". For some Philly contributions that help you listen to music, check out Carrot Grant. CG's a series of handmade speaker systems designed/ built in town by an industrial designer with UArts cred, who incorporates angular lines and occasional contributions from local artists like NoseGo; the project sprung from the creator's belief that "computer speakers typically sound like junk, and the average hi-fi system is no fun to look at", though to be fair, if they were, a lot more folks would be sporting a Kard-on. Lineup notables: Symphony Cricket Crafted from birch plywood and assembled with classic joinery, these tiny cubes of amplified audio are inspired by "Mini Coopers and Frank Lloyd Wright", obviously making them optimal to blast some
Taliesin Kanye West. Flat-Frog This three-piece set is super-thin (1" at its thickest, down to 1/16") and the left and right speakers also thoughtfully serve as small easels for supporting art. The whole thing's powered by four tactile transducers and driven by a woofer, just like most Jeep-Beagles. MT. Man Each fitted with a pair of copper-clad woofers, these tall boys can be mounted horizontally or vertically and're hewn from solid cherry wood, making your tunes really pop off. If you're looking for something beyond what they've got, it's probably because they don't sell Aiwa shelf systems, so CG'll do custom orders precisely to your needs, should you ever want to blast "Arm Wrestling Woman". Seriously, that's one of the Bacon Brothers' songs.