Here’s The Only Way Jay Z’s “Tidal” Thing Might Work

From Beyonce's exclusive Tidal video.

From Beyonce’s exclusive Tidal video.

I’ll admit that I was kind of sick seeing all those photos from that Tidal press conference, the stage lined with “A-list pop stars” claiming they were being robbed of their artistry. Daniel D’Addario from Time accurately summarized the strange press event in his article “Jay Z’s Tidal Press Conference Showed He’s Out of Touch“:

“The launch event for the rapper’s streaming service was a big mess. After its splashy launch press conference yesterday, the primary argument for Tidal — the two-tiered music service recently purchased by Jay Z that costs either $9.99 or $19.99 per month — is that artists deserve more money for their work. It’s not necessarily a wrongheaded argument, but the manner in which Jay Z and his contemporaries have pressed the point is embarrassingly out-of-touch.”

There is something slightly disingenuous when Madonna, who’s net worth is estimated to be $800 million, took to her Instagam account to claim “Tidal is not about consumption and greed! Its about protecting an art-form that is beloved to all of us MUSIC! … ”

All that aside, there might be one way that Tidal might work, and the key word here is “might.” That’s if some of these A-list celebrities release exclusive music to the service, like Beyoncé did over the weekend. Read more »

Kurt Vile Announces New Album Title

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

The followup to Kurt Vile’s 2013 album, Wakin’ on a Pretty Dazewill be titled All Over the Place, according to an interview with the Philly indie rocker in Rolling Stone.

Living up to the album’s title, Vile has recorded songs everywhere from Brooklyn and Southern California to Georgia and, of course Philadelphia.

“I’ve developed this routine at home. I wait for the kids to go to bed, then my wife falls asleep. Then it’s dark and quiet enough for me to work on songs. I just keep going later and later, until sunrise,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me. I really wanted it to sound like it’s on my couch — not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable.”

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Atlantic City Announces Gayest Entertainment Lineup Ever

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Atlantic City is working overtime to get the gays down for a visit. This afternoon, Visit AC released a new video showcasing its entertainment lineup for 2015 and its chock full of gay and gay-adored entertainers. They’re pulling out the big guns, too. I’m talking Madonna (October 3rd), Lady Gaga (July 24th), Ricky Martin (October 17th), Wanda Sykes (June 12th and 13th), Margaret Cho (July 18th), Idina freaking Menzel (July 10th).What Ellen was too busy?

The concerts and comedy shows only scratch the surface of the other LGBT-specific events lined up for the summer. Others include Sandblast (July 17th to 20th), Fire Island Black Out (August 7th to 9th) and the Miss’d America pageant this fall. I also have word from a reliable, yet anonymous source that there will be a second club opening this summer that “focuses on the LGBT community.” Stay tuned for any updates.

Check out the entertainment-lineup video below. Get more info on dates and tickets here.

 

 

GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets to See the Indigo Girls With the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

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The Indigo Girls are coming to Philly’s Kimmel Center on April 12th, when they’ll try something they’ve never done before: perform with a youth symphony backing them up. That lucky symphony is the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, and Indigo Girls singer-songwriter Amy Ray told us in an interview this week that the collaboration gives their iconic sound a “different dimension” without changing things too dramatically. “We’ve stayed true to the music.”

It’s sure to be an uplifting show, and I’m excited to be able to give away three pairs of tickets to G Philly readers. The process is simple: Just sign up for our weekly e-newsletter in the box below between now and Wednesday, April 8th at 4 pm. At that point we’ll randomly draw three winners from the list. Tickets are valued at $92 for the pair, and are located in the 3rd Tier section (2nd Balcony) at Verizon Hall. Winners can pick them up at Will Call the night of the show.

You can catch the Indigo Girls with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at the Kimmel Center on April 12. For more information, click here. Read our interview with Amy Ray here.  

Father John Misty April-Fooled the Audience at Union Transfer Last Night

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“Are you ready for Father John Misty? He’s gonna make sweet love to your head. Your ears, I mean, and he’s not gonna stop. For at least two hours.” —opening act King Tuff

Striding on stage as a lurid neon script spelling out ‘No Photography’ flickers to life, Father John Misty seizes his microphone like a starving man after the last loaf of bread on earth. Everything about him is magnetized, engaged; he is aflame singing the opening and title track of his most recent album, I Love You, Honey Bear, swinging the microphone stand.

At the end of the song the front row, all male, all under 25, clap deliriously and snap photos. Thanking the audience for a great night and bidding us safe return home, Father John and his band leave the stage. The same techs who set up the guitars and tested all of the mics return, unplugging gear and ripping up a set list from the stage, handing it to a kid in the front row.

Set List

  1. I Love You, Honey Bear

April Fool complete, the band return to the stage and attack.

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DJ Carl Michaels Presents: 10 Songs That Inspire Lust on My Dancefloors

Photo by icanteachyouhowtodoit on Flickr.

Photo by icanteachyouhowtodoit on Flickr.

The cold is on its way out, and soon enough you’ll be flailing around our fair city, smiling in your sunglasses and maybe even checking out some hot tail to help you get out of that crap mood you’ve been in all winter.

Well, since we all need a soundtrack for life, I am back with music that’s going to be hitting my dancefloors. I like to see people fall in love while I spin. But more often than not, I see them falling in lust (3 am and a bunch of drinks tends to do that to people).

Here’s a list of tunes to help you fall in love—or lust—this spring. Check it out in the videos below, and follow it on Spotify so you can blast it in your earbuds. (Just watch out for random woodies.) Find that here.

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Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls Chats About Their Upcoming Philly Concert and Her Advocacy Work

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Emily Saliers and Amy Ray (right) of the Indigo Girls.

 

“It’s riveting to physically hear that much sound, and there’s so much going on,” said Amy Ray when I asked her what it was like to play her Indigo Girls music with an orchestra backing her up. “When we first started to do it, it was so hard because I’d be distracted by the power of it.” Read more »

Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill to Play Hot 97’s Summer Jam

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Hot 97 has released the lineup for its’s 2015 Summer Jam, which will take place on June 7th at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Kendrick Lamar is set to headline the main stage, with Philly rapper Meek Mill performing there earlier in the day. Other acts include Big Sean, Fabolous, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Omarion, Childish Gambino, B.o.B., and Teyana Taylor.

For more information go here. To jump straight to Ticketmaster to buy your tickets, click here.

TICKET: Madonna and Taylor Swift Duet on iHeartRadio Music Awards

Last night, on the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Madonna surprised the audience during her performance of her new single “Ghosttown” by bringing out Taylor Swift to play backup guitar on the track. The song started intimate, both music icons resting on schools for an almost Lilith Fair-harkening moment before moving in to a more upbeat, get-on-your feet finale.

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