Philebrity founder Joey Sweeney’s new music video is about as literal as it comes. In “Records and Coffee,” he putzes around the city buying records and drinking coffee. He slaps his knee when he sings about knees (we actually have a GIF of that above), and you better believe he goes down when he sings “falling down heart broken.” The one thing we can’t figure out, though, is the weird CGI bird around 1:40. Wha?!
Bensalem-bred singer-songwriter Christina Perri comes back home this weekend to perform songs from her new album, Head Or Heart, at the Electric Factory. Ticket gabbed with the “Human” songstress about everything from growing up in the Philly burbs, her 70 (!) tattoos, and how she can’t wait to get home to see her “big ass South Philly Italian family.”
That’s right; get your ’80′s fix for just ten bucks. Tomorrow, Friday, April 18th, Harrah’s Atlantic City, Harrah’s Philadelphia, and Showboat Atlantic City will host a flash sale, reducing tickets for summer shows to just $9.99.
Perhaps the biggest name in the lineup is Billy Idol, who’s starting off his U.S./European Summer tour at House of Blues in Atlantic City on May 31st. That could mean shouting all the words to “White Wedding” along with Billy for less than the cost of a Best of Billy Idol CD.
Also on sale are tickets for Neon Trees, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy, Nick DiPaolo and Robert Kelly, Paul Reiser, and Lisa Marie Presley. The promotion is only available for one day and while tickets last, so buy early. You can purchase House of Blues Tickets here.
This week The Voice judges narrowed their teams to the final 12, and Marlton’s Christina Grimmie (Team Adam Levine) made the cut. The Star Ledger recaps her performance:
Questo just announced Roots next album, …..and then you shoot your cousin, via the above Instagram image. He captioned it, “Our 16th album will be available May 19th . It’s on Def Jam Recordings. This is a Romare Bearden collage called “Pittsburgh Memory,” done 50 years ago in 1964. Most people who have seen it tell me that it reminds them of our “Do You Want More?!!?!!!!” cover from ’94. There are similar elements but alas … night and day.
To pre-order, go to okayplayer.com.
A dad named Lance Underwood has created a pretty badass Tumblr account where he and his two sons, Taj and Amar, re-create album covers — everything from classic hip-hop to country to jazz. Besides their interpretation of OutKast’s Stankonia, which is my favorite, others on my radar are Philly-centric. Check out the great re-workings of Fresh Prince and D.J. Jazzy Jeff’s He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper, and Bill Cosby’s I Started Out as a Child.
Check out those and a few more in the slideshow below:
Hall & Oates entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Thursday night, flying their Philly flag high:
Daryl Hall, of Hall & Oates, noted unhappily that they were the first Philadelphia act in the Hall of Fame, citing Todd Rundgren, the Stylistics and Chubby Checker as omissions. In a video-clip interview, Mr. Oates described himself as “the most underrated and highly paid backup singer in the history of music.”
Every month, Gayborhood DJ Carl Michaels puts together a mix of tunes especially for G Philly.
Wasn’t winter exhausting? Sitting inside the house, watching reruns of Real Housewives of wherever, longing for a tropical vacation (Puerto Rico with Nene and Kenya?). Well, we are here! Spring is upon us. It’s time to stretch those legs. Get out of the house, walk around the city, smile at strangers, walk the dog, sit at an outdoor cafe.
To accompany your spring perusals, here is my boppin’-around-the-city playlist for April. I hope these tracks put an extra spring in your step. I know they are keeping me moving.
You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump.
It wasn’t so long ago that this very magazine asked whether jazz was on life support in Philadelphia. But several key players have injected much-needed energy into the mix, among them trombonist Ernest Stuart, who launches his third Center City Jazz Festival this month on April 19th.