Guns N’ Roses Sucked or Was Awesome, Depending On Who You Ask

Axl Rose and Slash performing "It's So Easy" at the Guns N' Roses concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on July 14, 2016. (Photo via YouTube)

Axl Rose and Slash performing “It’s So Easy” at the Guns N’ Roses concert at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on July 14, 2016. (Photo via YouTube)

I told my editor that I would go down to Lincoln Financial Field and write a Guns N’ Roses review. So last night, I sweated my face off with the tens of thousands of other fans, voyeurs, and children of the 80s (and their children) as Axl Rose, Slash, Duff and some hired guns brought the Guns N’ Roses Not in this Lifetime Tour to Philadelphia. Read more »

Music: 7 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Carol Cleveland Sings play this week's Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Carol Cleveland Sings play Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor Park this week.

Girlpool @ PhilaMOCA | Wednesday, July 6
Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad use only a guitar, a bass and their voices, singing simultaneously in an almost childish way that belies their grown up lyrics. Art punk band French Vanilla — like Girlpool, from Los Angeles — opens.


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One of Us: Kenny Gamble

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Kenny Gamble, although sometimes people call me Mr. Huff.

I was born … at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1943, and grew up in an apartment in South Philadelphia at 15th and Christian. First floor rear. We had a big dog named Curly.

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Broadway’s Allison Blackwell Comes Home to Sing With the Philly POPS

Allison Blackwell will join the Philly POPS for two July 4th concerts. Photo by Bachrach Photography

Allison Blackwell will join the Philly POPS for two July 4th concerts. Photo by Bachrach Photography


Allison Blackwell doesn’t find herself in Philadelphia very often anymore. The Montgomery County native has been in New York for more than a decade, performing on Broadway in shows like The Lion King. But she came home this past February to slay “Natural Woman” during the Philly POPS’ Carole King Songbook concert — fitting, since Blackwell was Aretha Franklin on Broadway in A Night With Janis Joplin. Read more »

Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

The Hot Sardines bring their hot jazz to World Café Live. Photo from Facebook

The Hot Sardines bring their hot jazz to World Café Live. Photo from Facebook


The Hot Sardines @ World Café Live | Tuesday, June 28
Throwback jazz collective The Hot Sardines goes for a smooth, lively hot jazz/Dixieland/swing sound with sultry vocals. They just released their sophomore studio album, French Fries & Champagne.
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CONCERT REVIEW: Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s

Margaret Glaspy Photographed by Chris Sikich

Margaret Glaspy
Photographed by Chris Sikich

Monday night at Johnny Brenda’s presented a true musical triple threat. I went to see one of my favorite artists to emerge in quite a while, Adia Victoria. As the second performer of three, I also caught two other formidable performers — opener Julia Rainer and headliner Margaret Glaspy. On this day of the summer solstice, originality and great promise revealed themselves in all. Read more »

CONCERT REVIEW: Radio 104.5 9th Birthday Celebration at BB&T Pavilion

Florence + The Machine Photographed by Chris Sikich

Florence + The Machine
Photographed by Chris Sikich

It took Radio 104.5’s 9th Birthday Celebration to finally get Florence + The Machine in the Philadelphia area in support of their 2015 LP How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. It was certainly worth the wait as they put on a glorious headlining show to top of a day of acts that crisscross the strata of modern rock. Read more »

CONCERT REVIEW: Beverly at Johnny Brenda’s

Beverly Photographed by Chris Sikich

Beverly
Photographed by Chris Sikich

Brooklyn-based rockers Beverly played on Tuesday, June 14th, at Johnny Brenda’s in support of their new LP, The Blue Swell. Led by Drew Citron on lead vocals and guitar, they were a blast to behold. Energetic and swaying between punk and pop, they engaged a small but devoted Philly crowd. With orange sherbet and laser lighting as parallel and contrast to their eclectic sound, Beverly should be on everybody’s playlist. Read more »

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