“Where’s the song of the summer?!”
That is what I keep hearing from people lately, people who say there just isn’t that one song that’s defining summer 2014.
While I’ll admit the season hasn’t been quite as rife with the arsenal of catchy hits we had last year, there are probably about 30 new “song of summer 2014″ contenders I could rattle off for you. I have managed to keep dancefloors full with a variety of under- and above-ground tracks that have become my summer anthems.
I’ve taken a few minutes to list both the pop anthems and some more off-kilter choices that have been moving me. Now take this list and run to the beach, the pool, the nightclub—anywhere you plan to enjoy the rest of your summer. Now you’ve got some great tunes to close out the season.
You can find the playlist on Spotify, or enjoy each track in the videos and playlist after the jump. I’m interested to hear your picks for song of summer 2014. Leave some suggestions in the comment section below.
Philly music fans packed into Wiggins Park and, later that night, the Susquehanna Bank Center, for XPoNential Festival‘s Saturday lineup. We caught performances by longtime XPN favorite Ingrid Michaelson, Bayou blues rockers C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, and Ryan Adams, among others.
The festivities continued Sunday with performances by Nicole Atkins, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, and Man Man at Wiggins Park. Later, the Susquehanna Bank Center filled up for local band The Districts, and Beck, who could be XPoNential Festival‘s best closing act to date.
When I found out I was going to the Sara Bareilles concert at the Mann last Thursday, I reacted with the type of feverish panic that only female pop artists can awaken in me. I had never listened to her before. In fact, I kind of loathe her kind of pop-rock. Would I be smothered in the midst of a feel-good group hug during one of her ballads? Would I fall into a quiet coma during a set of whispered love songs, left to rot on the lawn amongst half-finished wine coolers? Or, worse … would I actually enjoy it?
Here are five things I learned at the show:
Philly country music fans (you’re out there, right?) who missed their chance at tickets to the sold-out Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum concerts in Atlantic City next month have another chance.
Tomorrow afternoon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Do AC Nightclub on Wheels will be parked at the corner of 16th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway handing out 1,000 pairs of tickets to each show. (That’s 1,000 for Shelton, and a 1,000 for Lady Antebellum.) I’m told there are even a few in-front-of-the-stage “fan zone” tickets available in the bunch, too.
Ready, set, get your freebies!
“Do you guys like pizza? Do you like punny songs about pizza? Good! Because that’s all we got.”
So began Velvet Underground cover band The Pizza Underground’s show at Eakins Oval on Friday. They were there to headline before The Awesome Fest’s screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
On July 22nd, Philadelphia trombonist Ernest Stuart (he’s the guy responsible for the annual Center City Jazz Festival) is set to debut his Love/Loss EP via SoundCloud, Spotify and iTunes. And if this just-released first tune is any indication, we’re already big fans. Have a listen to the heavy-hitting “BMJ” (“Big Mamma Jamma”) right here.