PHOTOS: Phish at the Mann Center, Night 1

Photo by Scott Harris.

Photo by Scott Harris.

Any human person who can claim to write an objective review of the Phish is lying to himself, his editor and all readers.  It is impossible to separate the concert-going experience in all its sweat and smells from the pure musicianship of the band themselves, now in their 30th year playing together.

To the uninitiated, the tie-dyed horde of “phans” that descended on The Mann Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, July 8th may be indistinguishable from the crowds that used to dog the Grateful Dead, America’s original jam band. Though also characterized by an obsessive following of smelly zealots and songs that leap from composed, complicated arrangements into simultaneous free-form improvisation by all four members, Phish’s similarity to the Dead begins and ends right about there.

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9 Artists Who Deserve Their Own Biopic

With  Jersey Boys now a major motion picture, and photos from the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, hitting the internet, it looks as though music biopics are ‘in’ again. Even James Brown will be getting the big-screen treatment in August. While there is potential in every genre  for high-caliber stories, here is a list of some artists whose stories are long-overdue for the Hollywood treatment:

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10 Iconic Michael Jackson Live Performances: A Look Back On the Fifth Anniversary of His Death

michael jackson live performances

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the death of pop icon Michael Jackson. Since that day, Jackson’s estate has been rolling in dough, due to booming music royalties, two successful posthumous albums and Cirque Du Soleil’s “Immortal World Tour,” which has logged in over 500 sold-out performances since its launch in 2011. It certainly seems as if Michael never left us.

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Dice Raw Performing Free Show at Eastern State Penitentiary

Courtesy of Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins

Courtesy of Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins

Philly The Roots rapper Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins is coming to town next week to host a free talk and performance at Eastern State Penitentiary.

Dice Raw will discuss his new solo album, Jimmy’s Back. The work is inspired by Dr. Michelle Alexander’s New York Times bestseller The New Jim Crow, and focuses on America’s black male incarceration epidemic. According to a press release from ESP, “black men are overrepresented in America’s criminal justice system, incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of White men. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison in his lifetime.”

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DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Tracks For Your Gay Summer Beach Trips

Every month, Gayborhood DJ Carl Michaels puts together a mix of tunes especially for G Philly.

gay beach musicI’ve put together one of my gayest top tens ever. Lots of energy this time around; big summer anthems that you can blast when cruising to your nearest gay beach of choice — or when sissying that walk through the Gayborhood.

You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump.

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School of Rock Kids React to Seeing Man Man for First Time


The music director for the School of Rock outpost in Charlotte, North Carolina decided to show his camp kids (ages 5 to 11) a live video from the weird and wonderful Philadelphia band Man Man. He prefaced it by telling them that they were about to see the world’s best rock band perform the best song in the world. He recorded their reactions. Priceless. Read more »

7 Shows to See in Philly This Week: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ben Folds, Lady Gaga and More

You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week. 

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