Wednesday, November 25, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 9:58 AM
Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, performs on the "What" stage during the 2015 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2015 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Getty Images)

How's this for a hump day surprise? Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, announced its 2016 artist lineup today, featuring some big names.

Headliners include Mumford and Sons, Kings of Leon — who were on the lineup this year but were unable to perform due to nasty weather — Florence and the Machine and Deadmau5.

Other announced artists include Ellie Goulding, Tame Impala, Disclosure, Blink-182, Death Cab For Cutie, M83, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, The 1975, Of Monsters and Men, Two Door Cinema Club, Ludacris, The Neighbourhood, Chvrches, Grouplove, Porter Robinson, Fitz and the Tantrums, Fetty Wap, Flogging Molly, Vince Staples and a throwback with Earth, Wind & Fire.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 3:00 AM
Shopping. (Photo by Steve Glashier)

As far as the three members of London band Shopping know, no one has ever actually gone shopping while listening to their band.

“I feel like you’d probably want to burn the shop down,” drummer Andrew Milk said of the distinct combination. “How did I find a blender? I went into a clothes shop.” 

Any anarchical urges aside, it’d probably be fair to predict that not a lot of shopping would occur whilst listening to the choppy, jaunty, post-punk trio, consisting of guitarist and front woman Rachel Aggs — who's playing style consists of playful riffs and never chords — “master of funk” bassist Billy Easter, and self-taught Milk on drums. You’d probably just dance. 

POSTED: Monday, November 16, 2015, 11:47 AM
Philly's DJ Diamond Kuts (R) opens for Hudson Mohawke Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the TLA. (Warp Records (L), Artist Courtesy Image (R))

On Tuesday night, Scottish hit maker Hudson Mohawke brings his U.S. fall tour with R&B singer-producer The-Dream along with Philly-bred openers Swizzymack, DJ Diamond Kuts, and Noah Breakfast to the TLA.

Mohawke, whose real name is Ross Birchard, is a 29-year-old Glasgow native and G.O.O.D. music producer who is best known for his work with Kanye West, Drake, Pusha T, Lil Wayne and John Legend. His career began when he was crowned the youngest UK DMC World DJ Championship finalist ever at age 15, and now he splits his musical production between A-list collaborations and original projects like his newest album Lantern.

POSTED: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 2:37 PM

With news of the terrorist attacks in Paris - including the carnage at the Eagles of Death Metal show at Bataclan - being updated minute by minute on everyone’s smart phones on Friday night,  going to a lighthearted pop concert didn't seem to be the most appropriate thing to do.

It turned out, however, that the opposite was true.  That’s because  the all-inclusive all-ages dance-pop celebration led by Shamir created a community that reached beyond genre and gender limitations and made the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia feel like it was exactly the place to be.

In his first song of the night, the just turned 21 songwriter whose last name is Bailey, sang: “Best believe this city has just what you need / Come and play, there’s no place you’d rather be.”

POSTED: Friday, November 13, 2015, 11:33 AM
Image of lifeboats in the water after a woman was spotted falling off the cruise ship hosting the Mad Decent Boat Party on Thursday, Nov. 12 around 7 p.m. (

Reports say that around 7 p.m. Thursday a woman was seen falling into the water from the deck of a Norwegian Cruise Line ship that was holding guests of the annual Mad Decent Boat Party.

The United States Coast Guard has been searching for the missing person, who has yet to be identified, 22 nautical miles off Cuba.

On Wednesday the annual Diplo-headed, four-day EDM event set sail from Miami on its way to Cozumel. The event featured performances by A-Trak, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus and Philly-area DJs Dirty South Joe and Swizzymack.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 3:38 PM
Nick Jonas fans dance in front of the stage at Made In America on Sept. 5, 2015. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)

Is it really a surprise?

From the lengthy spotlights on our scene, to the wealth of locally-grown talent — Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, The Roots, Jazmine Sullivan, Waxahatchee, Beach Slang, Girlpool, Freeway, Hop Along, Purling Hiss, Chill Moody, Sheer Mag, Strand of Oaks, etc. — it’s about time Philly was given the credit it so deserves as being named the top city for live music. 

Vivid Seats, a ticketing resale website, released their rankings of the North American cities where it’s most affordable to see live music. Based on the number of concerts held in each city and ticket prices, Vivid Seats were able to declare Philly the winner with a median ticket price of $125. They also concluded the city’s top music genres are Adult Contemporary, Alternative, Blues & Jazz, Classical and Country & Folk.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 11:39 AM
Grimes. (Mac Boucher.)

Claire Boucher, the Canadian indie electronic artist who records as Grimes, is a fabulously conflicted pop star.

Boucher, who will play a sold out late show at Union Transfer on Saturday night as part of her 'Rhinestone Cowgirl' tour, has just released Art Angels, her fourth album and by far her most pop targeted effort to date. It’s also the first one where evidence of her professed love for such Top 40 heroines as Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift and the Dixie Chicks can actually be heard in the music.

You might not know that by looking at the album cover, though. It features a drawing by Boucher of a three-eyed Vulcan-eared creature with a sad, ambivalent look on its face, like a melding of Dr. Seuss and macabre Philadelphia graphic novelist Charles Burns. It’s a self portrait of the 27 year old artist who still (correctly) sees herself as an outsider, even though she’s extraordinarily well connected as she makes music that will move her into the mainstream.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 10:22 AM
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber on stage during a concert on 29 October, 2015 in Oslo, Norway. (HEIKO JUNGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Bieber’s all but grown out of his rebellious phase (maybe?) and is on the path to world domination 2.0. First it was this summer’s smash single with Jack Ü, “Where Are Ü Now,” then the release of his first new tune since the Believe-era Bieber with “What Do You Mean?” (and “Sorry,” “I’ll Show You” and “Love Yourself” thereafter) and let’s not forget the epic cry scene on the MTV VMA stage.

Now Beliebers can rejoice once more when the pop idol himself comes to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, May 7 and Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Friday, July 15 on his first tour in over three years. 

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