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

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

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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 »

The Philadelphia Orchestra Backs Ben Folds at the Mann

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This summer, the Mann Center will house the Philadelphia Orchestra for a three-week summer residency that kicks off with an awesome-sounding collaboration with singer-songwriter Ben Folds on Tuesday, June 24th.

Ben Folds is no stranger to tinkering with new ways to present his music — remember the whole Chat Roulette thing in 2010? — and this new blending with classical orchestras is apparently a winning combo. Described as “part piano concerto, part pop hits,” The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience was recently tried out with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Here’s what one reviewer from the St. Louis Post Dispatch had to say about that performance:

The centerpiece of the concert’s first half was Folds’ newly written piano concerto. Folds performed its first movement, which he said is designed to “kick ass” before giving way to a more sedate second movement and then going out with a bang during the third. More than anything, he seems determined not to reinvent the wheel in terms of composition. The piece draws on Folds’ pop sensibilities while also offering an opportunity to show off his digital dexterity: clearly, he’s been practicing.”

His romp with the Philly orchestra will be conducted by Steven Reinke. Tickets, ranging from $15 to $49.50, can be purchased here.

10 Best Beards in Indie Music

We pick out some of the biggest and boldest beards in the indie scene right now. 



Eagles’ Connor Barwin, Kurt Vile Team Up to “Make the World Better”

make the world better philadelphiaEagles Linebacker Connor Barwin’s “Make the World Better” charity project is hosting a concert to raise money for much-needed improvements to Ralph Brooks Park in South Philadelphia. The park was constructed in honor of Ralph Brooks Jr., who, when he was 7 years old in 1988, had his spinal cord severed when he was struck by a bullet in a gang-related incident. While the park was named in his memory, the violence in the area has continued, leaving the park in dilapidating condition. The purpose of the effort is to give kids a safe place to play and have fun.

The concert will be on Friday June, 20th, and will feature local groups Kurt Vile and the Violators and the Districts, and Houston’s The Tontons. All money raised will be used to improve the park, which involves adding a new, state-of-the-art basketball court, safe and well-lit play areas, a large community garden and a mural by local artist Steve Powers.

VIP/Meet and Greet tickets are available, giving you the chance to hang with Barwin and his Eagles teammates LeSean McCoy, DeMeco Ryans, Jason Kelce, Brent Celek, Trent Cole and more. There will also be raffles for Eagles memorabilia, and some of Kurt Vile’s personal pedals and keyboards. Union Transfer has agreed to offer their venue for the concert free of charge and will be donating all bar proceeds from the night. Connor Brown has promised to match the funds raised from the show, doubling the total amount raised. It’s a night not to be missed. Get your tickets here.

 

New Music Festival Coming to Wildwoods Beach This Summer

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Wildwoods Beach will see an all-new music festival this summer, taking place a day after our 4th of July hoopla on the Parkway. The BeachGlow Music Festival is hosted by BeachGlow Concerts for Charity, the only non-profit EDM concert producer in the nation. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. More on the afternoon’s lineup from a press release I received today:

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7 Shows to See in Philly This Week: Animal Collective, Willie Nelson, tUnE-yArDs 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. 



Extra Reading: More shows in our 2014 Summer Concert Guide

PHOTOS: Photographic Review of Governors Ball 2014

We sent writers/photographers/brothers Christopher Sarkis Graham and Bryan Armen Graham to Randall’s Island in New York to check out this weekend’s three-day  Governors Ball 2014. Here’s their photographic recap of the day, which kicked off with Philly’s own Kurt Vile:



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