This week, the music scene in Philly ranges from the relaxed to the out of this world. Some of Philly’s own acts are playing live, with local favorite Mo Lowda & the Humble taking the stage at The Foundry, and Jesse Hale Moore emerging solo from a resume full of Philly bands. Check out a new face in singer/songwriting, Niykee Heaton, or the outrageous performance of Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. Both of these ladies’ shows are sold out, so check StubHub for similarly priced tickets, and more concert picks for the week below.
While you might think she’s a model from a quick glance at her Instagram, Nicolet aka Niykee Heaton is another classic case of teenaged vocal talent realized through the power of YouTube — and WorldStarHipHop. The South African-born, Illinois-raised singer released her debut EP Bad Intentions last year, and has already sold out both of her concerts at The Foundry — but there are still tickets around to catch her show tonight. Monday, November 30th, 8 pm.
“Due to overwhelming demand,” reads a press release sent out by concert promoter AEG Live, Justin Bieber has added a second show date to his Philly stop at the Wells Fargo Center next May. In addition to his already-scheduled May 7th performance, he’ll return for another go-round on May 8th.
The pop star is touring in support of his fourth studio album, Purpose, that dropped November 13th. The tour will take him to nearly 60 cities around the world, including an extra semi-local stop at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on July 15th. The last time Bieber performed at the Wells Fargo Center was during his 2012-2013 concert tour, when he performed three shows in a span of nine months.
Tickets go on sale for general public on Friday, November 20th at 10 a.m. at aeglive.com. See the full list of tour dates here.
I know the last thing you’re thinking about right now is next spring, but Dover, Delaware’s insanely popular Firefly Music Festival dropped some news today that could get you in the early-planning spirit. This morning on Twitter, they posted the lineup for the 2016 festival, taking place June 16-19. Headlining musicians include Mumford & Sons, Florence & the Machine, Kings of Leon and soooo many other bucket-list acts.
While, perhaps unsurprisingly, Azealia Banks will no longer be gracing Philly with her presence this week, there are plenty of other options to keep you in tune this week. Mary Lambert — widely known for her 2012 duet “Same Love” with Macklemore — tours with her honest and heartfelt collection of songs touching on everything from sexuality to disorder. If you’re looking for a lighthearted show, TurquoiseJeep, known for the group’s various online videos, bring their own kind of hip-hop live. For a more classic experience, there are a few chances to see RaviColtrane and his quartet at Chris’s Jazz Cafe. Check out our other picks below, including a show to see in place of Banks.
Bedroom rocker AlexGiannascoli (aka Alex G) is one of the latest Philly artists to pop onto the national scene, but this weekend’s show wasn’t too far removed from his comfort zone. The Temple English lit major — who’s one of the most-buzzed-about musicians in town — got his start playing DIY house shows around the North Philly area. Saturday night, he ended up almost back where he began at what is arguably Philly’s most DIY concert venue, First Unitarian Church.
Vivid Seats, a website for buying and selling music, sports and theater tickets, recently compiled a list of the 20 best North American cities for live music. It should come as no big surprise that Philly was at the top of that list. They analyzed factors like number of concerts and average ticket price for upcoming shows to rank the cities, all of them being from the U.S. except for Toronto. They noted that Philly was particularly great for genres like alternative, blues, jazz, country and folk.
After making a pretty solid comeback with Jack Ü collaboration “Where Are Ü Now,” dropping some catchy singles from his forthcoming album (“What Do You Mean?“, and turning out a tearful performance at the VMAs, sometimes-rebellious Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is back in our good graces. At least he hopes. The singer just announced he’ll be taking his new music to fans on the road in a 58-city “Purpose World Tour” in promotion of his album of the same name, which drops November 13th.
I’ll admit it: I still grin when people refer to Marina and the Diamonds as a band. In reality, the Diamonds are her fans, and Saturday’s concert at the Electric Factory proved why we are such an integral part of Marina Diamandis’s iconic persona.
When I arrived half an hour early for the 7:30 pm doors, I was shocked — but shouldn’t have been — to see how long the line of people was. It snaked all the way around the venue for at least a couple of blocks. Cheery youths donned colorful fruit on their heads, diamond-shaped signs and little hearts on their cheeks. I followed suit, making sure to draw one on my own cheek before I arrived.
Thankfully, there was no major opening act. The only introductory segment was a half-hour set by DJ Wyllys. He had a fun energy, but just having the turntable and vinyl records wasn’t enough to put it over the top.
Marina hit the stage at 9:15, opening with the quirky song “Mowgli’s Road.” To all of our delights, the show was split into three acts, each one a snapshot of the eras surrounding her albums, The Family Jewels, Electra Heart, and finally, her 2015 record, Froot. In between segments, an animated Marina would bat her eyes on the set screens, appearing in each of her album’s looks — like the famous blond hair and long lashes from Electra Heart — while she changed costume.
The indie and electronica fan will have a good time this week on the music scene, especially at Union Transfer. With the classic indie rock of Minus the Bear, the masterful synths of Neon Indian, or the futuristic pop melodies of Grimes, it might just feel like summer again. Feeling more in the mood for a throwback icon? Catch Don Henley of The Eagles at the Academy of Music. Click through to each day, or check out the full list below.
Ever since the vase-shattering JoJo burst onto the music scene at just thirteen years old with her ’04 debut single, “Leave(Get Out),” the songstress captured music hearts across the globe and seemed to be headed to the high roads of music stardom. However, due to major drama with her record label, Interscope, her career was sidelined a bit and unfortunately, the “Too Little, Too Late” diva struggled to regain her prowess on the Billboard charts these last few years.
Before the delightful diva owns those spotlights, she took some to chat with us, spilling about the highs and lows of stardom, dished details on the eye-popping video for her comeback single, “When Love Hurts,” and reveals how she truly feels that this is just the true beginning of her red-hot career.
I just first have to ask you….how’s life these days? I’m happy as a motherfucker! Being busy is good for most people like myself, so I’m thankful right now. I’m in a state of gratefulness for these opportunities. I just want to seize and live in this moment.
There’s really no need to rehash your well publicized record label and music industry struggles. Of course, there were some negative energy that came out of that time, but do you feel you gained anything positive throughout the ordeal? Yes, absolutely. I can’t help to look at it as something that was meant to be part of my story. I think that it taught me to be more self-sufficient and to develop an even stronger relationship with my fans. Just being myself and not having opinions from the label and not trying to have an image in mind and all of these things I’ve been forced to think about since I was twelve. To not have to do that anymore, it’s really taught me how to trust myself. Read more »