Last week we had the great pleasure of chatting with music legend and gay icon Melissa Etheridge. She opened up about everything from accidentally becoming a spokesperson for the LGBT community to how she’s taking care of herself post-cancer and connecting with fans when she’s on stage. Expanding on that latter subject, she told us that folks would be smart to bring a change of clothes to her upcoming show at Philly’s Merriam Theater, because, “It’s [going to be] such a hot, smoking, steamy collaboration, people will need to bring a new shirt to wear home because they are going to need it.”
If you don’t have tickets for the show yet, today’s your lucky day. Etheridge was kind enough to give us two pairs of tickets so four of our readers can witness the sweat-inducing performance for themselves. (Sorry, you’ll have to come up with the extra T-shirt on your own.)
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“There’s an exchange of energy and spirit between the audience and myself,” says Melissa Etheridge, the iconic singer/songwriter who is bringing her “This Is M.E.” tour to Philadelphia in November. “For some people, it’s the only spiritual thing they do: go to a concert to move, to feel.” Read more »
This Sunday marks the 24th annual OutFest block party in the Gayborhood. Besides all the fabulous out-and proud-celebrating and gay kiki-ing , there will be plenty of killer performances set to add even more color to an already rainbow-filled afternoon. One of those performers is Philly-bred singer-songwriter J Carson, who is returning to town from Los Angeles, where he is currently working to make a name for himself in the mainstream music business.
I caught up with Mr. Carson this week, and he couldn’t be more excited to be coming back to perform for his Philly brethren. You can catch him on the OutFest mainstage on Sunday at 1:20 p.m., followed by an evening performance at Icandy. Until then, you can catch up with him in our fun little Q&A. Keep reading to hear what he’s been up to since moving to L.A., how being gay in the music industry has been a challenge for him, and why he calls Britney the “S” word. (Gasp!)
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Sun Kil Moon singer and guitarist Mark Kozelek.
San Francisco folk-rock act Sun Kil Moon frontman Mark Kozelek has been super vocal lately about some beef he has with Philly rock band The War On Drugs TWOD. The vocalist and guitarist threw a fit when TWOD drowned him out during a recent performance at the Ottawa Folk Festival.
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Philadelphia’s own Boyz II Men will make an exciting appearance at this Sunday’s Eagles vs. Giants game. R&B hit-makers and Philly natives Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris, and Nate Morris will perform during halftime on Sunday, October 12th. The Grammy-winning group will put on a medley of their biggest hits and their newest tunes. Boyz II Men’s latest album, Collide, drops Tuesday, October 21st.
It looks like the Eagles are already warming up for Boyz II Men’s performance:
After what has certainly felt like a lifetime of anticipation, American Horror Story comes screaming back tonight with its latest installment, wonderfully subtitled “Freak Show.” Over the past few months, we’ve all been salivating over tiny tidbits from the set, teaser trailers and photos of the cast in all their freakish glory.
Now the moment we’ve all been waiting for is here, and I know that a lot of you are gearing up for your official “AHS” viewing parties tonight. Well, as I always say, it’s simply not a party without some killer tunes, so I’ve put together a freak-filled playlist to bump while you and your guests anticipate the return of Ms. Lange and her flock of oddities.
Give it a listen in my playlist below:
Prefer a little visual to go with your tunes? Some videos from the playlist below:
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Indigo Girls Emily Saliers and Amy Ray.
Heads up, Lilith Fair heads: The pre-sale began today for the Indigo Girls performance at the Kimmel Center next spring with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.
The concert takes place in the Kimmel Center’s gorgeous Verizon Hall on April 12, 2015. Tickets range in price from $36 to $60, and can be purchased here with the pre-sale code “POWEROFTWO.”