Bensalem-bred singer-songwriter Christina Perri comes back home this weekend to perform songs from her new album, Head Or Heart, at the Electric Factory. Ticket gabbed with the “Human” songstress about everything from growing up in the Philly burbs, her 70 (!) tattoos, and how she can’t wait to get home to see her “big ass South Philly Italian family.”
Q&A after the jump
The nightlife world lost a legend this week when DJ Frankie Knuckles died at the age of 59. Dubbed the “Godfather of House,” Knuckles played a major role role in spreading the percussive genre of dance music into the mainstream, changing the house music foundation forever.
A remixer, producer and Grammy winner, Knuckles first got his start in the ’70s, spinning at various New York nightclubs before moving to Chicago in 1977. There he turned out music at Warehouse , where he would begin his experimentations with dance music, mixing standard R&B and disco beats with a range of post-punk, reggae and ’80s Euro-synth. And just like that, a new kind of dance genre was born. Knuckles even gave it a name: house music.
7 essential DJ Frankie Knuckles tracks after the jump
Out and proud Wired 96.5 DJ Casey Reed announced via Twitter yesterday that she will be leaving her job as Midday host after nine years.
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Get ready to get freaky, American Horror Story (AHS) fans. After what seemed like a lifetime of anticipation, AHS creator Ryan Murphy finally gave us a glimpse at Season 4, when he took to Twitter to reveal that the next iteration of the anthology series will be subtitled “Freak Show.” While very little is known about the upcoming season, EW.com just revealed a few other morsels that are quite delicious.
According to the site, American Horror Story: Freak Show will be set in Jupiter, Fla., in 1950 and have recurring AHS diva Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who will be managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S. If that isn’t juicy enough, her flock of freaks is set to include recurring AHS players Frances Conroy, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters. It is also rumored that Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return for another AHS romp. Below we take a stab at what characters this lineup of stars could play.
While anticipation will be high in the months leading up to the new season, we can’t forget that this is rumored to be the last for Lange. Murphy has always pulled out all the shocking stops when it comes to AHS, so I’m sure he will give Lange the diva swan song she deserves in her final horror story. Stay tuned!
On Saturday, Cher kicked off the U.S. leg of her “Dressed To Kill” tour at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz., (she’ll hair-flip through Philly on April 28th) and, according to Billboard.com, there was a whole lot of wig drama going on. Apparently after three songs Cher burst into confessional mode, revealing to the sold-out crowd that some of her costumes underwent last-minute changes, she broke a nail on her right hand, and had flubbed the words to some of her songs. The 67-year-old pop goddess was also reduced to tears before the show, revealing on Twitter:
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Photo by Alexander Stein.
Aussie pop diva on the rise Betty Who will surely shake up things when she takes the stage at Underground Arts Saturday (March 22) to perform songs from her much-buzzed-about upcoming EP Slow Dancing. I had the chance to chat with Ms. Who on the phone this week, when we gabbed about everything from looking like Pink and dealing with heartbreak to what it was like having her song used in that Home Depot gay marriage proposal video that went viral.
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I love my pop music, but lately I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts with the genre. In the past year we’ve had Gaga’s over-thought mess that is ArtPop, and Will.i.am completely destroyed Britney’s chance at a decent comeback. But then, like a gift from gay pop heaven, Kylie Minogue releases Kiss Me Once — and it’s good! Despite worries that she’d depart from her signature disco sound after signing with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, Kylie sticks to her formula and delivers a shimmering set of pure, bop-able pop tunes. Here’s my track-by-track analysis:
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Every year the hype surrounding the Academy Awards tricks us into thinking we’re about to catch something exciting on TV, but inevitably the telecast is one big, much-too-long snoozefest. (I mean, how many people can a person really thank for best sound-mixing?) In honor of the instances that have actually succeeded in making it interesting over the years, we’ve rounded up five of the most WTF-worthy moments, starting with the undisputed queen of them all: Björk and her swan dress.
Videos after the jump
Get ready music queens, “Clarity” singer Foxes (aka Louisa Rose Allen) is another big-haired pop goddess from overseas who’s ready to make the music world her bitch. Let’s go back to last summer, when Zedd’s EDM powerhouse track “Clarity” was blazing the charts and tickling gay fancies everywhere. The fiery number exploded to become a top 10 hit, and was recently honored with a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Not to mention, it earned the coveted No. 1 spot on G Philly‘s top songs of 2013. So now that she’s blown up all over the place, what’s next for Foxes?
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