Sam Smith Sells out Madison Square Garden in Minutes, Tickets Still Available at Philly’s Much-Smaller Liacouras Center

It only took minutes for out British singing sensation Sam Smith to sell out his upcoming shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden and The Forum in Los Angeles. On top of that, his monthlong tour has also sold out Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Washington D.C. and Vancouver. Know where there are still tickets available? Philly’s little ol’ Liacouras Center down at Temple.

He’s hitting North America for a month starting January 9th, singing songs from his No. 1 album In The Lonely Hour. To snag up a ticket or two for his stint in Philadelphia go here. I’d hurry if I were you.

HEADS UP: One Direction Is Coming Back to Philadelphia

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Yesterday One Direction announced it was adding 15 more stops to their On the Road Again 2015 tour—and Philadelphia made the cut. They’ll return to Lincoln Financial Field on September 1, 2015.

[pause for squeals]

It’s no surprise they added another Philly show. The group sold out the Linc when they were there this past August, becoming only a handful of musicians to sell-out the home of the Eagles since it opened in 2003. (The other sell-out shows were Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, U2, Luke Bryan, and Bruce Springsteen, if you’re curious.)

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See Melissa Etheridge at Merriam Theater On November 4th

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Last week we had the great pleasure of chatting with music legend and gay icon Melissa Etheridge. She opened up about everything from accidentally becoming a spokesperson for the LGBT community to how she’s taking care of herself post-cancer and connecting with fans when she’s on stage. Expanding on that latter subject, she told us that folks would be smart to bring a change of clothes to her upcoming show at Philly’s Merriam Theater, because, “It’s [going to be] such a hot, smoking, steamy collaboration, people will need to bring a new shirt to wear home because they are going to need it.”

If you don’t have tickets for the show yet, today’s your lucky day. Etheridge was kind enough to give us two pairs of tickets so four of our readers can witness the sweat-inducing performance for themselves. (Sorry, you’ll have to come up with the extra T-shirt on your own.)

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INTERVIEW: Melissa Etheridge On Becoming a Gay Icon, Defeating Breast Cancer, and Why You Should Bring an Extra T-Shirt to Her Concert

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“There’s an exchange of energy and spirit between the audience and myself,” says Melissa Etheridge, the iconic singer/songwriter who is bringing her “This Is M.E.” tour to Philadelphia in November. “For some people, it’s the only spiritual thing they do: go to a concert to move, to feel.” Read more »

HEADS UP: Pre-Sale Begins for Indigo Girls at the Kimmel Center

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Indigo Girls Emily Saliers and Amy Ray.

Heads up, Lilith Fair heads: The pre-sale began today for the Indigo Girls performance at the Kimmel Center next spring with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.

The concert takes place in the Kimmel Center’s gorgeous Verizon Hall on April 12, 2015. Tickets range in price from $36 to $60, and can be purchased here with the pre-sale code “POWEROFTWO.”

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What’s Worth Seeing in October: Neil Young, Thurston Moore, Midtown Village Fall Festival, and More

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Neil Young

Neil Young
October 8th and 9th
Academy of Music
The gritty Canadian singer and guitarist has always had a huge Philadelphia fan base, and his shows here are the stuff of legend. He performed a solo set and one with Crosby, Stills and Nash at Live Aid, he headlined a special 2008 concert to commemorate the end of the Spectrum, and his 2007 Tower shows were memorialized by filmmaker Jonathan Demme in the documentary Neil Young Trunk Show. If you don’t catch at least one of his two performances here this month, you’ll be missing out.

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PHOTOS: The Disco Biscuits and Giorgio Mordorer at City Bisco 2014

“We’re the Disco Biscuits. We came all the way from a couple blocks away.” That was the opening statement from tDB bassist Marc Brownstein at Saturday’s finale set, in a playfully poignant reflection on the jam pioneers’ near 20-year journey from house shows on Penn’s campus, to the headlining stage at the Mann Center.

Brownstein’s greeting would prove an apt encapsulation of the nostalgic attitude that drove all three nights of City Bisco 2014.

These days, the Biscuits may spend the bulk of their touring year highlighting festivals and concert runs in Denver, Chicago or New York. But remarks like Browstein’s reveal they haven’t forgotten where they came from, nor their very first gigs in University City bars and smaller venues across Philly.



Opening night kicked off with something of a pretty unabashed #ThrowbackThursday. The Biscuits started the weekend with a sold-out show at the comparatively modest Trocadero, exactly 14 years and two months from their last appearance at the venue.

If this alone weren’t enough of a nostalgia trip for seasoned followers, the night’s setlist bore a hardly subtle resemblance of Biscuits all-time most fan-beloved shows (a noteworthy superlative for a touring-centric band that’s played 30 to 100-plus yearly gigs over their 19-year tenure). The flashback to this fan-favorite moment (also held at the Troc, once upon a time) felt like a clear love note to the loyals who’ve listened from the beginning.

Friday kept the energy and the memory-friendly attitude up. Sharing the stage with American Babies, a Philly project helmed by longtime jamtronica cohort and frequent Biscuits collaborator, Tommy Hamilton, the band hit the Electric Factory for a night that kept the party going strong.

Everything culminated on Saturday at the Mann Center, with a 6-hour evening that featured two openers, three full Biscuits sets and a very special guest in legendary Italian producer Giorgio Mordorer. The proclaimed “Godfather of Disco” boasted an hour-long DJ set, featuring retro, nostalgia-happy house mixes of a host of his iconic throwback hits (including Blondie’s “Call Me,” Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” and what the hell, the Neverending Story theme too).

At the end of the night, Brownstein might have signed off by saying that this year’s Biscuits New Year’s Run concert series would split between Chicago and NYC, skipping over Philly for the fourth year. But if the past three years are any indication, Philly might always have a homecoming party to anticipate each summer’s end in City Bisco. That’s something to remember.

What to Expect at City Bisco 2014

1488150_10153205524648136_7294115853091530615_nPhilly jam giants Disco Biscuits (DB) might have taken a summer off from their 14-year-strong electronica festival Camp Bisco. But commitment to their fledgling hometown annual run City Bisco has hardly stalled. Adding a third day and two new venues to this year’s chapter, the party’s only on the up and up.

For unfamiliar ears, the Biscuits’ claim to fame is their trademark trance fusion—a genre-bending hybrid of jam, electronica and psychedelia that opened countless doors for likeminded torchbearers of The Grateful Dead and Phish.

Where last year’s City Bisco lineup favored hip-hop legends Big Boi, Method Man and Redman, this year’s supporting acts complement a return to the roots for the hometown heroes.

The Biscuits will have the stage to themselves for night one, a sold-out show on Thursday, September 24th at the Trocadero (because Thursdays are contractually reserved for throwing back to the 90s at this point).

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