Thursday, July 31, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 1:12 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Musical group Animal Collective performs during Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2011 in Indio, California. (Getty Images)

Yes, you read correctly.

This fall, Animal Collective—the weird, wonderful rockers behind 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, and other delights—will be resident DJs at South Philly dance club The Dolphin, with sets once a month on September 10, October 2, and November 13. Geologist (Brian Weitz), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Avey Tare (Dave Portner) will all be on hand for two or more dates, spinning club standards and hopefully some deep cuts too—and turning the Dolphin into the futuristic summer dance party you always dreamed of.

The last time we saw these dudes spin, energy flowed like the synth trills on standout single “My Girls” and everyone left satiated. We have a feeling this fall will be no different.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:14 PM

Weirdos of the world, unite—after all, there's no better reason to do so than a Primus show. California's favorite experimental rock band announced today that they'll soon be releasing their eighth studio album, Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, and launching a US tour this October. What's more, it's with the band's classic lineup: frontman Les Claypool, drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander, and guitarist Larry Lalonde.

And it's all kicking off Oct. 22 at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby.

Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, of course, is a particularly heady homage to 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory—a reference the band is playing up with the re-release of a line of candy bars they created earlier this year. The album comes out Oct. 21, just a day before their inaugural show at the Tower, and the band has already released the first single: a cover of "Pure Imagination." 

POSTED: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 11:26 AM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Singer Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Image)

Rapper Nicki Minaj has left little to the imagination by baring her back on the cover for her new single, "Anaconda".

The Superbass hitmaker debuted the risque cover art for her track on her account Thursday. In the shot, the voluptuous Minaj is crouching down with her back towards the camera, wearing only a pink sports bra, blue Air Jordan sneakers, and a barely-there thong, exposing her bare butt.

The photo took the Internet by storm, and many fans used the image to recreate their own art, such as placing it on a white tee shirt and reimagining the Google logo, perfectly aligning her bottom to replace the two 'Os'.

POSTED: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:56 PM
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades of Grey". (Evan Agostini/Getty Images) Beyonce Knowles (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

You’ve probably already seen the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer by now, but did you listen closely to the music? 

The familiar sound is indeed from ‘Crazy in Love’ by Beyoncé, which was specifically re-created for the movie. 

It certainly couldn’t be just any remake of the popular hit, and what better opportunity to slow down the beat than for the likes of Christian Grey.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 4:50 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Billy Joel, Billy Joel performing live on stage during his second sold out concert at BB&T Center. (

Rock icon Billy Joel is set to be honored with the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

The Piano Man star has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Library of Congress award, which is named after iconic composer George Gershwin and celebrates the lifetime achievements of a living musical artist.

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says, "Billy Joel is a storyteller of the highest order. There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music. When you listen to a Billy Joel song, you know about the people and the place and what happened there. And while there may be pain, despair and loss, there is ultimately a resilience to it that makes you want to go to these places again and again. Importantly, as with any good storyteller, the recognition experienced in a Billy Joel song is not simply because these are songs we have heard so many times, but because we see something of ourselves in them."

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 9:42 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
A$AP Rocky performs onstage during day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

Jul 21 ( - Rapper A$AP Rocky has been hit with a civil lawsuit that alleges he slapped a female fan at Philadelphia's Made in America Festival in 2013. 

According to legal documents obtained by TheWrap, Lisamarie Wade of Rockledge, Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit against A$AP Rocky on July 17 in federal court in Pennsylvania. Wade claims the rapper, whose legal name is Rakim Mayers, assaulted her as he made his way through the crowd. Mayers was one of the scheduled performers.

As the rapper moved through the venue, he “stopped in front of Ms. Wade, turned around, drew back his arm, and struck Ms. Wade forcefully with an open hand on the left side of her face. Mr. Mayers struck Ms. Wade with such force that she was knocked to the ground and became momentarily disoriented,” the lawsuit says 

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 4:56 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Austin, TX producer/composer Brian Beattie is changing the way we think about children’s music. His latest work, the multimedia rock epic Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase, features a star-studded cast. ((Photo via Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase))

Austin, TX producer/composer Brian Beattie is changing the way we think about children’s music. His latest work, the multimedia rock epic Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase, features a star-studded cast, including quirky pop singer Daniel Johnston, sardonic crooner Bill Callahan, Okkervil River front man Will Sheff, and others—who together weave the creative tale of Ivy, the young girl who falls down a canyon into the Underworld while searching for a wicker suitcase.

But that’s not all. Ivy is also a 62-page, illustrated, hard-bound book, with illustrations by Beattie’s wife, Valerie Fowler. Together, it’s a fully immersive experience that appeals to “kids of all ages”—and that will stop by World Café Live this Sunday, July 20.

“I’ve always loved storytelling,” says Beattie, when I ask about the project’s inspiration. “And I wanted to make something different, that didn’t fall into the same category as everything else.” A veteran composer and producer, Beattie served as vocalist and bassist for Texas art-rock group Glass Eye from the early ‘80s to the early ‘90s, then went on to produce records for The Dead Milkmen, Johnston, Callahan, and Okkervil River, among others.

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 4:42 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Richard Nichols at the "Ready to Share Fashion & The Ownership of Creativity" event presented by the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center on January 29, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The event is sponsored by The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown (Getty Images)

UPDATE: The Roots released the following statement on the death of their manager Richard Nichols:

"The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots’ creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades. Nichols is survived by his wife, Mercedes Martinez, his sons Amiri Nichols and Rakim Nichols, his sisters Rochelle Nichols-Solomon, Rebecca Dennis, his brothers Russell Nichols and Reginald Nichols, and the many individuals and artists he mentored in his lifetime."

Longtime manager of The Roots, Richard Nichols, passed away Thursday afternoon.

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