No one likes to be the one who isn’t in the know, especially when it comes to indie music. Since anyone with a microphone can create and share music these days, the problem isn’t really finding bands, but finding good ones. How to filter through all the music out there? We talked to a bunch of writers, photographers and bloggers that have boiled the art of finding indie music down to a science. Happy hunting.
I’m going to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of seeing shows at the Union Transfer. The security there is sometimes a bit touchy-feely, there’s always some random fan girl twirling all up in my space, and, well, let’s just say Molly seems to be plentiful. Last night, when I went to see DJ Caribou, all of those things were in place, but I didn’t even notice because the show was absolutely explosive. Both acts that performed took me to another place that was worlds away from the Union Transfer and the twirling sister at my side.
Bad news if you were heading down to Atlantic City on November 28th to see the much-anticipated Culture Club reunion at Trump Taj Mahal’s Etess Arena. The band just released the following message, announcing that they are canceling all tour dates in the U.S. and U.K for the rest of the year:
It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK scheduled for November and December 2014.
It became necessary to do so this week when a polyp was discovered in [Boy] George’s throat. The throat specialist has ordered George to not sing as it may necessitate an operation.
George and the band are devastated by this news and so it is with much regret that the tour is cancelled until further notice. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
“We are hoping we can reschedule the concerts for next year, and hopefully George’s problem will be resolved,” said the members of Culture Club.
Bruce Springsteen is joining other A-list music stars, like Rihanna, The Black Keys, Eminem, and Jennifer Hudson, for the first-ever Concert for Valor in Washington D.C. this evening. The show is a Veterans Day affair, meant to bring people together on the National Mall and on TVs and computer screens across the country to pay homage to veterans and active duty service members.
The Washington Times expects 800,000 people at the event, which takes place tonight, November 11th, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There’s still plenty of time to drive down if you want to brave the crowd, but there are other ways to see the show. HBO, a partner of the event, will televise the concert live, and it will be available for non-subscribers. For subscribers, Concert for Valor will be aired on HBO and HBO GO throughout the month of November.
Folks can also live-stream the show as it happens at theconcertforvalor.com, and iHeartRadio will provide a live audio simulcast during the show. Find more information and to find all the right links, go here.
Philly indie rock star Kurt Vile joined Warpaint on stage this weekend during the Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in L.A. music festival. The group brought him out to perform the dreamy “Baby from their 2010 album The Fool. Vile will perform his own show at the 30 Days in L.A. on November 21st.
Check out the performance above, then read our Q&A with Vile from the Conversation Issue in the current Philly Mag.
Philly singer/model/actor/drag performer Cory Wade (née Hindorff) made like Beyoncé and dropped a secret single and video last night at midnight. This is the soulful-voiced crooner’s third single this year, but the first that’s tailor made for a gay dancefloor. (Are you listening, DJ Carl Michaels?)
“Pose Down” is an upbeat, club-ready tune that finds the former Top Model contestant giving lessons on how to summon your inner fierce model. The video stars a gaggle of local drag queens, like Mimi Imfurst, who plays Wade’s oh-so-bored teacher’s assistant, and Luna Lavey, Ann Artist and Maria TopCatt (aka Wade’s real-life boyfriend) playing pupils. G Philly even makes a small cameo! (Look at Imfurst’s table at :12!)
I had the unusual experience this week of feeling sorry for a very chic, very thin Frenchwoman. That would be Fleur Pellerin, France’s minister of culture, who was asked in a television interview to name her favorite book by Patrick Modiano, the Frenchman who just won the Nobel Prize for literature. This put the French minister of culture in a highly awkward position, as she was unable to name any of the works of the highly celebrated M. Modiano, seeing as she’s never read anything he’s written. (She had, however, she noted, much enjoyed a recent luncheon with him.)
Mme. Minister then compounded her sin by admitting that she hadn’t read a book of fiction in years: “I read a lot of notes, a lot of legal texts, the news, A.F.P. stories, but I read very little,” she said in the interview, according to the New York Times.
Whereupon French social media exploded, and writer Claude Askolovitch promptly called Mme. Minister “barbaric” on the French site of the Huffington Post, demanding that she resign.
Poor Fleur. Read more »