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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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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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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Every month, Gayborhood DJ Carl Michaels puts together a mix of tunes especially for G Philly.
I’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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He might have described it as the Philadelphia Orchestra’s “wet t-shirt contest night”—a cash-cow ploy to put the philistines’ asses in the seats. But despite the flippant quip, piano man Ben Folds’ “Orchestral Experience” concert at the Mann Center proved a beautifully synergetic meeting point of the pop and classical styles.
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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 »
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.
Piers Morgan sure had it wrong when he told Lindsey Stirling the world had no place for a dancing dub-step violinist during the 2010 season of America's Got Talent. (Today, her viral hit "Crystallize" has over 95 million YouTube views.) With a background in classical violin, Stirling may be the only musician out there creating powerful combinations of Celtic folk music with futuristic electronic beats. Monday, June 23rd, 8 p.m., Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street.
Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Ben Folds brings The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience to Philly this Tuesday as part of his 2014 tour of collaborations with renowned orchestras across the globe. Join Folds and our own Philadelphia Orchestra for an evening of his successful pop hits and new piano concertos. Tuesday, June 24, 8:00 p.m., The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue.
Granddaughter of Woody Guthrie and grand-nephew of John Steinbeck: Not only have they formed a genius folk-rock group, but they're also husband and wife. The dynamic duo brings together their folk roots with creative new sounds in their most recent album, Wassaic Way, produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone. Wednesday, June 25th, 8:30 pm., Boot & Saddle, 1131 South Broad Street.
Say Anything has had some rough patches over the years, but lead singer Max Bemis seems to have the rock band back on track with the recent release of their album Hebrews. The tracks on Hebrews are reflective of Bemis's own life, with the songs written after his daughter's birth bringing a tone of redemption rather than worry. Thursday, June 26th, 8:30 p.m., Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street.
Friday: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, $16
In 2005, indie rock group CYHSY proved that fame can still be attained without a record label or press agency. Their self-titled, self-produced album gained the attention of prominent music websites and blogs, and the rest was history. Lead singer Alec Ounsworth also gives CYHSY a Philly connection — while the other band members reside in Brooklyn, Ounsworth remains in Philly, and has released collaborations with Philly's Dr. Dog and Mazarin. Friday, June 27th, 9:30 p.m., Johnny' Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue.
Saturday: Lady Gaga ($49.50-$225)
Lady Gaga has launched her fourth world tour, "Lady Gaga's artRave - The ARTPOP Ball." While her "Born This Way Ball" tour was abruptly abandoned in early 2013 due to a hip injury, Lady Gaga has set out to reconnect with her fans with an evening full of everything you'd expect from a Gaga show — outrageous, eccentric outfits, and an emphasis on being "1000 percent you." Saturday, June 28h, 8:00 p.m., Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City.
It's impossible not to enjoy the upbeat, feel-good tune of "Keep Your Head Up," the single that brought attention to Andy Grammer in 2011. His newest song "Back Home," released in April, captures the same sweet vibes and catchy lyrics, telling fans to "raise your glass" to "nights that you can't take back." Sunday, June 28th, World Cafe Live, 8:00 p.m., 3025 Walnut Street.