Morgan’s Pier Summer Concert Lineup 2014

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Penn’s Landing beer garden and outdoor concert hub, Morgan’s Pier announced its summer concert schedule, with a lineup promising all kinds of sound-of-summer fun. Get ready to get outside and dancing with Dave Pianka of Making Time and Dolphin Tavern, international DJs like Booka Shade and Tiga, and free, live performances presented by R5 Productions and Yuengling Lager. The season starts May 1st, with a host of opening-week festivities. Tickets are available here. Check out the lineup below:

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Philly Singer-Songwriter Jesse Ruben On Moving to Nashville, and His Pint-Sized Fan Base

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Philly-bred singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben will be back in the area Tuesday night for a show at The Ardmore Music Hall. He has produced four albums: Aiming for Honesty (2008); The Ones That Matter (2012); Thoughts I’ve Never Had Before, Part 1 (2012); and Part 2 (2012). Ruben’s four albums were produced independently of major record labels. “I’ve worked with some big companies in the past, never really found a perfect fit,” Ruben says. “I’ve been fortunate to do this full-time and make a living.”

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Interview: Bensalem Singer-Songwriter Christina Perri

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Bensalem-bred singer-songwriter Christina Perri comes back home this weekend to perform songs from her new album, Head Or Heartat the Electric Factory. Ticket gabbed with the “Human” songstress about everything from growing up in the Philly burbs, her 70 (!) tattoos, and how she can’t wait to get home to see her “big ass South Philly Italian family.”

Q&A after the jump

Dad Re-Creates Fresh Prince, Bill Cosby Albums With His Kids

A dad named Lance Underwood has created a pretty badass Tumblr account where he and his two sons, Taj and Amar, re-create album covers — everything from classic hip-hop to country to jazz. Besides their interpretation of OutKast’s Stankonia, which is my favorite, others on my radar are Philly-centric. Check out the great re-workings of Fresh Prince and D.J. Jazzy Jeff’s He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper, and Bill Cosby’s  I Started Out as a Child.

Check out those and a few more in the slideshow below:



Sorry, Jazz Is Not Dead

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Trombonist Ernest Stuart, founder of the Center City Jazz Festival. Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

It wasn’t so long ago that this very magazine asked whether jazz was on life support in Philadelphia. But several key players have injected much-needed energy into the mix, among them trombonist Ernest Stuart, who launches his third Center City Jazz Festival this month on April 19th.

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On Our Radar: Emerging Philly Musician Alex G.

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Photo by Greg Goldstein

It’s a very good time to be an Alex G. fan (or an Alex G.) right now. The Temple English major may be young, but he’s got a firm, if lofty, five-or-so year plan laid out ahead of him. His new release — his first with a real label — and his slew of upcoming shows (in and out of basements), are on the horizon. Alex G. the recording name of 21-year old Havertown native Alexander Gianascoli, has been serving up the emotionally rich, lyrically mature, and sonically lush since 2010. He’s got fans in high places (hear Coma Cinema’s Matt Cothran gush over  the Philly singer-songwriter), and lots of them (it’s still a shock for him to hear concert-goers sing along).  And while none of this is really an accident, it sure is an outlier. With almost no self-promotion — just the tin-can determinism of word-of-mouth — Alex G. has become the musician everyone loves to love.

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