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

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 »

Music: 7 Shows To See This Week

Deerhoof plays Union Transfer on Saturday. Photo by Asha Schechter

Deerhoof plays Union Transfer on Saturday. Photo by Asha Schechter

Tunji Ige x Michael Christmas @ Foundry at the Fillmore | Wednesday, June 22
Rappers Tunji Ige and Michael Christmas team up for the Bring Yo Friends summer tour. The young Ige came onto the scene in late 2014 with his self-produced mixtape, The Love Project, recorded in the basement of his dorm at West Chester University. Christmas, who has more of a mellow head-bopping sound, is from Boston.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Flight of the Conchords at the Mann

Flight of the Conchords Photographed by Chris Sikich

Flight of the Conchords
Photographed by Chris Sikich

The comedy folk-rock duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie brought the laughs to the Mann on Sunday, June 12th, as Flight of the Conchords. Derived from their hit HBO show of the same name, the New Zealanders come armed with a dry wit and grand misunderstandings of the human condition, making for a kind of healing catharsis for such a tragic weekend. Read more »

CONCERT REVIEW: Escondido at World Cafe Live

Escondido Photographed by Chris Sikich

Photographed by Chris Sikich

It would not have been surprising to see Dale Cooper at World Cafe Live Upstairs on Friday, June 10th, enjoying headliners Escondido. The Nashville-based act goes way beyond its alt-country origins to a space that is otherworldly, of the past and a timeless present and future, not unlike the world of Cooper and Twin Peaks. The radiant duo of Jessica Maros and Tyler James, playing with a top-notch backing band, powered through a stunning mix of tracks from their debut and 2016’s Walking With a Stranger. Read more »

Alicia Keys Will Headline Politico Event at DNC

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys in 2008. (Photo by LuxTonnerre used under a Creative Commons license)

The DNC has its first big-name act – well, besides Hillary Clinton.

Today Politico announced Alicia Keys will headline a special DNC opening celebration on Monday, July 25th. The event will take place at the Politico Hub at the DNC, which per the site “will provide a top-notch destination experience for convention attendees in Philadelphia.” It’s at Commerce Square off Market Street in Center City. Read more »

Philly Natives Patti LaBelle, Gamble & Huff to Receive Marian Anderson Award

Patti Labelle, | EdStock. Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble, via Charles Sykes | AP

Patti Labelle, | EdStock. Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble, via Charles Sykes | AP

Mayor Jim Kenney announced today that Patti LaBelle and Gamble & Huff will receive this year’s Marian Anderson Award. This is the first time since 2008 when Maya Angelou and Norman Lear were honored that multiple recipients have won the award.

The Marian Anderson Award is presented annually to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work or their support for an important cause,” according to the award’s website. The award’s namesake is one of the most celebrated contraltos of the twentieth century. Born in Philadelphia and denied entry into music programs because she was African American, Marian Anderson became a central figure in the early battles for civil rights. She will be memorialized on the back of the new $5 bill.  Read more »

Kanye West Is Coming to Philadelphia This Fall

Kanye West performing in 2013

Kanye West performing in 2013. Let’s hope Ye cranks up the Kanye-as-Jesus imagery to 11 on his Saint Pablo tour. (Photo by Peter Hutchins used under a Creative Commons license)

If you’re a fan, finally strap on your deadstock Yeezy boosts. If you’re not, then maybe head out of town: Kanye West is coming to Philadelphia.

West announced his Saint Pablo Tour this morning on Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service site. He will play the Wells Fargo Center on October 4th. West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo, came out on February 14th.

It’s his first tour since the Yeezus tour in 2013-’14, and his first stop in Philly since he headlined Made in America in September of that year. Read more »

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