Friday, December 19, 2014

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 11:37 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Miranda Lambert performs at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)

The latest music festival to call Dover, Del. home is the newly announced Big Barrel Country Music Festival, a three-day fest held at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway — the same locale as the Firefly Music Festival. The inaugural event will run from June 26-28, less than a week after Firefly’s romp: June 18-21.

Organized by Red Frog Events — the same group that puts on Firefly — and Goldenvoice, — the folks behind the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals — the new fête features headliners Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Full lineup includes Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi, Sturgill Simpson, Dan + Shay, Cassadee Pope, Charlie Worsham, Jana Kramer, The Oak Ridge Boys, Joel Crouse, Chris Stapleton, The Del McCoury Band, Shakey Graves, Billy Joe Shaver, Nikki Lane, Jackie Lee, Logan Mize, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Wade Bowen, Caitlin Rose, Steven Lee Olsen, The Felice Brothers, The Stray Birds, Sam Lewis, The Deslondes, Whiskey Shivers and Drake White and the Big Fire.

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 10:50 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Howie Dorough; AJ McLean; Kevin Richardson; Brian Littrell and Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys perform on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park on July 6, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

It’s safe to say the Backstreet Boys had a profound affect on many a young gal in the late ‘90s, early '00s. But what happened beyond their fizzle — you know, when choreographed dance moves and vocal harmonies are no longer enough for grown men musicians — remains kind of a sad mystery.

“What do you do when you’re a full-grown man in a boy band?”

Make a documentary, apparently.

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 4:52 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Ahead of the release of their live album, Dr. Dog released a video covering Architecture in Helsinki's "Heart it Races." (Photo via YouTube)

No stranger to their live sets, Dr. Dog unveiled a video comprised of live footage set to their cover of Architecture in Helsinki’s “Heart it Races.”

The Philly band is gearing up to release their first-ever live album on Jan. 13 and this cover makes a showing on the 19-track LP, Live from a Flamingo Hotel, featuring live cuts of the outfit’s always-engaging and energetic sets — unquestionably apparent in the video.

Check out the video and tracklisting.

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 12:07 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Iggy Azalea performs onstage during KISS 108ís Jingle Ball 2014, presented by Market Basket Supermarkets at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Hip-hop’s newest powerhouse, Iggy Azalea makes “The Great Escape” this spring for an arena tour. Coming to the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, May 10, the tour will feature one-third of the JoBros, Nick Jonas as special guest and Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd as support.

General sale tickets will be available at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 19 (‘tis the season for gifting!). American Express card members will have access to a presale beginning Monday Dec. 15 through Thursday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m.

This year saw the huge breakthrough for Iggy, who’s debut The New Classic hit number one on both Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Album charts — the first female rapper to do so. Just last week, she was nominated for four Grammys, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 11:03 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Fredrik Wikingsson got a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Academy of Music last month. (Photo via Youtube)

“I’ve seen him live maybe 20 times, but this time, he might notice me,” said Fredrik Wikingsson (albeit in Swedish) before his Experiment Ensam experience, in which the Stockholm-based TV personality got a personal concert from Bob Dylan at the Academy of Music.

The 14-minute video — with English subtitles — documents the moments before Wikingsson partook in the sixth and final episode of the Swedish television experiment, in which participants engage in experiences that are usually reserved for large crowds. The purpose is to examine if, as humans, we really do have a better time in groups.

The taping took place before Dylan’s Philadelphia performance on Sunday, Nov. 23, his final of a three-night stand, at the Academy of Music, a theater that Wikingsson called “wonderful,” “just magnificent” and that “it felt like the theater had been built for this moment.”

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:00 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 18: D'Angelo performs live for fans at Sydney SoulFest Music Festival on October 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe (Getty Images)

After 14 long years, R&B singer D’Angelo released his third album Black Messiah. Available digitally on iTunes and Spotify at midnight Dec. 15, the album featuring the singer’s band, The Vanguard, was announced only hours earlier at an exclusive industry listening party at the Dream Hotel in New York City.

At the event, Questlove (who DJ'd the listening party and contributed to Black Messiah) reportedly called the album “the Apocalypse Now of black music.”

Rumors of a new album began gaining steady traction over the weekend after the singer released the first taste of the record, “Sugah Daddy” on Friday and mysterious lyric-imprinted posters began popping up in Brooklyn, bearing the line “All we wanted was a chance to talk / ‘Stead we only got outlined in chalk,” from “The Charade.”

POSTED: Friday, December 5, 2014, 1:03 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Purling Hiss, headed by Mike Polizze, rounds out their 2014 performance schedule this weekend. (Photo by Aaron Biscoe)

While millions of Americans were sitting down to eat Thanksgiving dinner, Purling Hiss were getting ready to play a show.

The Philly band, headed by Mike Polizze (who also plays guitar for another local outfit, Birds of Maya, has toured with Kurt Vile, and got the War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel to produce a record), originally had a scheduled day off but decided to team up with some friends for a free Thanksgiving performance Louisville, KY.

Since then, he’s been settling into life back at home following a solid month on the road, which began in New York City for CMJ Music Marathon in late October.

POSTED: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:41 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
SKATEISTAN, a nonprofit educating youth through skateboarding activities in Cambodia, South Africa and Afghanistan will receive a generous donation from R5 Productions. (Photo via YouTube)

Everyone loves a happy ending.

It was announced that R5 Productions would be donating a portion of the accrued funds from the wildly popular Punk Rock Flea Market (held this year on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14) to SKATEISTAN, a nonprofit providing kids — many of them girls — a safe place to play in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa, namely through skateboarding.

Apparently, the impending gift is very welcome, given the grateful thank you video from SKATEISTAN, featuring kids involved in the organization.

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