The alcohol- and drug-induced mayhem that was Wired Fest was a huge hit — with music, booze and other clearly observable extra-curricular activities. Hosted by local hip-hop station Wired 96.5, thousands packed the Festival Pier Friday to see artists perform with the Delaware River as their backdrop. The show’s first big artist, Iggy Azalea, had the audience swaying to hits “Fancy” and “Work.” The Australian-born rapper was actually one of the strongest sets of the day, and the only artist who wasn’t behind a movie-theater-screen-sized DJ table.
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I was 17 the first time I ever felt old at a concert. I went to the Rancid show at the Electric Factory with a friend from my freshman hall. It was so awkward. We saw so many kids. We hung in the back. Security stopped him from smoking a cigarette. The lead singer of opening act AFI was named “Davey Havok.” We felt so old. Is this what life would be like now? “This is definitely my last Rancid show,” my friend said as we walked back to the El. I agreed.
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You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week.
As their unorthodox name may suggest, the guys of Diarrhea Planet like to have fun. Their fist-pumping and guitar wailing make for a great pop-punk show with a heavy emphasis on audience participation. Diarrhea Planet is known for its off-the-wall antics on stage, and you can expect the same from their fans when they leave their mark on the Barbary this Monday. At $8 a ticket, expect a very intimate night with these rowdy rockers. Monday, June 1st, 7 p.m., The Barbary, 951 Frankford Avenue.
Want to be the one who saw them before they were cool? Head upstairs at World Cafe Live for a free showcase of local talent looking to make it big. Hosted by Bruce Torres, Philly Rising is a weekly event that features a diverse group of artists, so you're sure to find one you groove with. Tuesday, June 3rd, 8 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
Brooklyn-based Streets of Laredo describe themselves as "an indie-folk band of joy" and one listen to their music makes that abundantly clear. Complete with long hair, mustaches and hats, these New Yorkers' sunshine-rock may seem cliche, but their infectious sound will have skeptics tapping their feet. For a few bucks, liven up hump day with the gleeful sounds of this catchy threesome. 21+ only. Wednesday, June 4th, 8:30 p.m., The Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street.
Since the release of his first studio album, Pluto, in 2012 Future has quickly rose to the upper echelon of popular rappers, and is no stranger to the Billboard Hot 100. Having already collaborated with artists like Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, and Kanye West, Future is shaping up to be the next big thing. Get a glimpse of the new generation of hip-hop as Future plays from his new album, Honest, at the Trocodero. Thursday, June 6th, 8 p.m., The Trocodero Theater, 1003 Arch Street.
Former Smith's frontman and outspoken advocate for, well, pretty much anything, Steven Morrissey will be showcasing his dynamic live performances in Atlantic City (which we realize isn't in Philly, but come on, it's Morrissey!) At this point in his career, Morrissey could retire as one of the biggest artists in the last few decades, but lucky for us, his passion for touring has yet to fade. For all of his media coverage and controversies, the guy knows how to put on a show. He can be known to be flaky, so jump on this chance to see a live legend before it passes. Friday, June 6th, 8 p.m., Revel Ovation Hall, 500 Boardwalk.
After last month's drunken fiasco at the Piazza, Radio 104.5 has been forced to move its monthly free concert series to the waterfront at Festival Pier. The Head and the Heart, KONGOS, Bear Hands and Alright Junior are slated to perform at the free festival. Food, drinks and other activities will be around for fans of the music to enjoy. The growing popularity of these concerts make them some of the must-see shows of the summer. You can't beat free. Just remember to print out your ticket before leaving. Saturday, June 7th, 4 p.m., Festival Pier, 101 Columbus Boulevard.
Having written songs covered by George Strait, Joe Ely, and the Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen is a major figure in American music. The proud Texan's 18 albums span decades of genres, but the singer-songwriter is widely recognized as a pioneer of the Americana movement. Still creating and adding to his discography, Keen is set on sharing his years of songs and stories with Philadelphia for what should be a powerful show. Sunday, June 8th, 7 p.m., Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street.
Michael Schulson is showing off his Independence Beer Garden food truck this weekend at Festival Pier at Penns Landing. Today, for the Wired Fest and tomorrow for The Roots Picnic, the truck will be serving at Festival Pier’s new beer garden.
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Groundswell Design Group’s track record (think last summer’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden) has left us in anticipation about what they’ll do next. Fortunately, the landscape architecture firm has quite a few projects in store this year, not least of which includes another PHS pop-up (this time at Penn Plaza).
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David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group has become one of our favorite people. He and his company were behind the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden from last summer that we just can’t stop praising. His company is also responsible for the landscape architecture at Morgan’s Pier, Talula’s Garden and the Waterfront Winterfest.
An impressive list but that’s nothing compared to the projects they have planned.
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