What?! Beyoncé flew in from left field last night and dropped a full-length album on iTunes that no one was expecting. Called simply Beyoncé, the ambitious “visual album” contains 14 tracks and 17 music videos with collaborations from everyone from Frank Ocean and Sia to Justin Timberlake and even daughter Blue Ivy.
Since its debut in 2009, West Philadelphia music venue The Blockley has hosted the likes of Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Marco Benevento and the Mickey Hart Band, as well as many performances featuring popular Grateful Dead tribute act Splintered Sunlight. But soon those acts will have to find another stage to play in Philadelphia, because the Blockley is closing at the end of December, confirms the club’s management.
You can groan all you want about how you hate holiday music, but I dare you to sit in a room where Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” is cranking and not get touched — at least a little — by the Christmas spirit. From the opening jingle bells to the reindeer-prancing beats, the song is undoubtedly one of the catchiest holiday tunes to come out of our generation — and a bona-fide greatest hit in Mimi’s catalog (61,342,438 YouTubers agree.)
Looks like we may have a new Material Girl on our hands. The web is abuzz with news that Madonna’s daughter, 17-year-old Lourdes Leon, is wowing audiences in a high school production of Grease. And wouldn’t you know she’s playing the bad girl of the bunch, Rizzo. Us Weekly reports on the performance:
When you think of a DIY music venue, you probably think of a warehouse in Kensington where people with cool glasses, beards, tattoos and piercings drink Pabst Blue Ribbon while listening to other people with cool glasses, beards, tattoos and piercings play loud music. But Jamey’s House of Music was not that kind of place. Read more »
It’s pretty safe to say that 2013 was the “Year of the Twerk.” It was the year when the dance, which, according to this article, started in 1993 in the New Orleans bounce-music scene, was blasted into the mainstream by Miley Cyrus’s bony behind. All of a sudden the whole world was twerking, even the Oxford Dictionary, which defines it as a ”dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrust hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”
What does Philadelphia radio have against the Jews?
For years, we Christ Killers have been subjected to non-stop Christmas music, beginning before Thanksgiving and continuing through December 25th. If that’s not tedious enough, it feels like it starts earlier every season. Hell, why not Labor Day?
“You can always switch stations, Shoshanna,” I can hear you thinking. Of course I can, Mary, but there is a larger issue in play: Where is the 24-hour-a-day Chanukah music? Read more »
Bruce Springsteen’s handwritten working lyrics to “Born to Run” — composed in 1974 — are on sale today. Scrawled in blue ink on a 8.5/11 piece of paper, here’s the chorus:
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If you aren’t quite feeling like time is passing you by, a simple reminder that Britney Spears turned 32 this past Monday may be enough to do the trick.