Sunday, February 14, 2016

POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2016, 11:27 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

From a distance of 35 years, Bruce Springsteen revisited The River in South Philadelphia on Friday night.

With his E Street Band behind him, the 66-year-old Springsteen took the stage at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center just past 8 p.m. and, after proclaiming his delight at being back in the City of Brotherly Love, began the marathon communal gathering with "Meet Me In The City," the rousing rocker that was an outtake from the 1980 release and is serving as the table setter for the ultra hot ticket tour occasioned by a release of an expanded River box set in December.

Before going on to play the 20 songs on the original double LP in sequence, Springsteen took a moment to reflect on his intentions on what he called "my coming-of-age album."

POSTED: Friday, February 12, 2016, 12:40 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Singer R. Kelly performs onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images for BET)

R. Kelly with Vivian Green

Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
8 p.m., Saturday, $57-$127

The world's ickiest R&B love man, who recently revealed himself to be a dirty-minded foodie on his 2015 album Buffet plays in Atlantic City on Valentine's Day weekend.

POSTED: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10:48 PM
Kanye West performs during Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 on February 11, 2016 in New York City.

When Kanye West announced on his Twitter feed last month that the long awaited follow up to 2013’s Yeezus was arriving on Feb. 11, fans came to the rational conclusion that the album - which was variously named So Help Me God, SWISH and Waves before finally becoming The Life of Pablo - would actually be released the way other albums are released. That is, you would be able to buy it on iTunes, stream it on services like Spotify and Apple Music and maybe even pick up a hard copy in your local record store.

But Kanye West does not do things the way other people do. So instead of simply letting the music loose on the world, he staged a hyped to the hilt hybrid event at Madison Square Garden on Thursday afternoon, in which he promised that not only would The Life of Pablo be unveiled, but so would Yeezy Season 3, his third foray into the world of runway fashion, an endeavor which he is wont to tell everyone in earshot that he is VERY SERIOUS about.

POSTED: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 9:40 AM
Musician Bruce Springsteen performs on stage at the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation's 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event on November 10, 2015 in New York City.

Bruce Springsteen has written a memoir called - what else? - Born To Run that will be published by Simon & Schuster on September 27.

The New York Post reports The Boss got an advance of over $10 million for the book, which he apparently has been working on for seven years. So I suppose that's why he's been too busy to release any new music, and his current tour, which plays a sold out Wells Fargo Center on Friday is behind the The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set of 35 year old songs that came out in December. 

“Writing about yourself is a funny business," Springsteen wrote on his website, announcing the book.  "But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”

POSTED: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 9:52 AM
(L-R) Daryl Hall and John Oates of Hall & Oates perform at the Ryman Auditorium on June 2, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Hall & Oates will head back home to Philadelphia in July for a stop on their recently revealed summer tour — an announcement the duo made today with a little help from their friends in the Blue Jean Committee, played by Fred Armisen and Bill Hader.

"What do you think of when you think of the Seventies? When you think of beautiful harmonies, you think of a duo who sing together to make hit songs. You think of the Blue Jean Committee and that's who we are," Armisen, aka Gene Allen, says in the tour announcement video.

“Who you think of fifth, or maybe eighth, is Daryl Hall and John Oates,” Bill Hader as Clark Honus adds. “You know who used to open for us? Who we used to kick around? Daryl Hall and John Oates!”

POSTED: Sunday, February 7, 2016, 10:56 PM
Beyonce (R) performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Getty Images)

After the Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday night in which she joined Coldplay and Bruno Mars in Santa Clara, Calif., Beyonce announced The Formation World Tour, named after the surprise single she released on Saturday. (For more on that, click here.)

The stadium tour kicks off in Miami on April 27 and arrives in Philadelphia at Lincoln Finacial Field on June 5 before winding up its U.S. leg at Hersheypark Stadium on June 12.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 16 at but will be available on Feb. 9 to American Expess gold card holders and members of Beyonce's fan club, the Beyhive.

POSTED: Sunday, February 7, 2016, 9:01 AM
(Screenshot from YouTube)

Ever the master of surprise, Beyonce released a new song, "Formation," on Saturday afternoon, timed to her announced appearance with Coldplay during the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday night.

The song and its video is a vehicle for the Houston born super diva to embrace her identity as a black woman and a Southerner  - and timed to Black History Month, the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

"My daddy Alabama, mama Louisiana  / You mix that Negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma," she sings on the Mike Will Made It-produced track. "I like my baby hair with baby hair and Afros / I like my Negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils.”

POSTED: Friday, February 5, 2016, 4:21 PM
Trey Anastasio, guitar and lead vocals, opens with the song 'Crowd Control' at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on August 11, 2015. (Jessie Fox/

Phish will return to the Mann Center for Performing Arts once again for a two night stand on June 28 and June 29. 

The ticket lottery is already open at, and will end Sunday, February 21 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general publicTuesday, February 25. 

The boys of Phish are particularly fond of the Mann Center. It's smaller than their normal venue, but have played the Mann their last few stands in Philadelphia. 

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