Transgender Singer Kaleia Wins Songbird Season 3

kaleia songbird winnerThe third season of Songbird came to a close last night, which means we have our newest Best Singer in Philadelphia.

After 14 weeks of competitive singing, first-name-only chanteuse Kaleia walked away with the top honor. I chatted with three of the competition’s judges, singer-songwriter/supermodel Cory Wade, ukulele champ Eric Jaffe and Songbird season 2 winner Larisa Bunch, to see why they chose her among the other five finalists.

Cory Wade: “Kaleia is a class-act and a true inspiration to the Philly trans community. Right now it is crucial for the trans community to support and uplift one another in spite of the social struggles these brave people have to endure every day. I love what she represents. Kaleia is such an honest performer and it’s hard not to feel her spirit when she’s on that stage. I’m excited to see what she does next.”

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WATCH: Black Thought Raps Funny Spring Break Tweets On The Tonight Show

The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon put out a call to viewers to tweet him rap lyrics about their spring break adventures using the hashtag #SpringBreakRaps. On last night’s show, he showcased the best ones, and had the award-winning MC in his house band, Philly-bred rapper Black Thought, rap them with Questlove and the rest of The Roots playing backup. Check it out above.

Madonna’s Visit, Two Days Before the Pope’s Arrival, Is No Mistake

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Madonna has been no stranger to speaking her mind. In fact, one could argue that her career and notoriety is equal parts music and advocacy. That’s why it is no coincidence that the Material Girl is bringing her Rebel Heart Tour to Philly right smack in the middle of the World Meeting of Families this September, and just two days before the Pope shows up to town. Read more »

PHOTOS: Sleater-Kinney at Union Transfer

sleater-kinney union transfer philadelphia

It’s been 8 years, 7 months and 28 days since Sleater-Kinney played in Philadelphia. I was really lucky to be in the audience on July 31, 2006 at the old Starlight Ballroom because there were only three more shows left on their goodbye tour. Original riot-grrrls Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss called it quits after the release of their seventh and critically acclaimed album, The Woods, shocking the music industry and their deeply loyal fans. When these rockers get together, it’s like lightening in a bottle.

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