Tuesday, October 13, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 11:41 AM
Microwave fuse the best in emo, pop-punk and indie. They're playing The Foundry on Wednesday. (Courtesy photo)

There’s often a dichotomy in bands that write deeply serious songs and their sunny dispositions elsewhere in life. Atlanta’s Microwave are no exception.

They’ve got a debut album, Stovall, out last year, chock full of poetic, heart-wrenching tales outlining moments when you feel like you’re not enough, the days when you question your ideals, when you find the good despite your mistakes. It’s all quite reminiscent of peak-aughts emo, a dash of Manchester Orchestra and Taking Back Sunday. Though below all the blood-pumping honesty is just a bunch of guys who are pretty goofy.  

“I’d definitely say if you spend any amount of time with our band, you would find that we don’t take ourselves serious hardly ever,” bassist Tyler Hill said. “Which is pretty funny because on Stovall and a lot of our songs are pretty serious subject matter, but day to day not so much.”

POSTED: Monday, October 12, 2015, 2:47 PM
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are heading out on their first tour in two years. (Photo by Amanda Smith)

Grab your mopeds, everyone. By heading “Downtown,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis actually mean they’re hitting the road toward your town.

For the first time in two years, the duo is embarking on a national tour, stopping at the Tower Theater on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Presale tickets are on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 while general sale tickets are available at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

POSTED: Monday, October 12, 2015, 1:00 PM
Questlove DJs at The Fillmore, inside the music venue's club The Foundry, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Philadelphia. (Gabrielle Bonghi / Philly.com)

At the back of The Foundry, the second-floor intimate club space within The Fillmore, there are a handful of sleek VIP booths. Small wraparound couches outfit the cozy seating areas, separated from the main floor by a slight ramp and security barriers.

In one of these booths, to the far right, sat Questlove, left leg propped on one side of the couch, red light from above cascading over him. 

“I’ll be honest with you, I’m frigging overwhelmed right now,” he said, looking out into the room, filling up with folks at the bar, mingling. “I wasn’t expecting this.” 

POSTED: Friday, October 9, 2015, 2:20 PM
The popular house and disco day party "Sundae" kicked off the summer with DJs Questlove of The Roots and special surprise guest Josh Wink at City Tap House in West Philly on May 31, 2015. ( Tim Blackwell / Philly.com )

Some really cool things have been emerging from the opening of the new Fillmore Philadelphia. Not only are we getting a swanky new entertainment getaway, replete with multiple bars and performance spaces, but big names like Hall and Oates (who served as the venue’s first performers) and Disclosure are drawing out crowds en masse.

But nestled away on the building’s second floor is the sultry “club-within-a-club,” the Foundry. The intimate space serves as the perfect chance to get up-close and personal in a setting fit for a VIP. 

Christening the space is none other than Philly’s own Questlove, kicking off not only a stacked lineup of upcoming shows, but his own monthly residency at The Foundry. 

POSTED: Friday, October 9, 2015, 9:55 AM

Thomas L. “Cannibal” Cottingham, 27, was laid to rest in Delaware last month, having been fatally stabbed defending a young mother and her child from an attacker in Wilmington’s Rodney Square district in mid-September. 

On Wednesday night, however, the Electric Factory hosted a raucous celebration of the fallen emcee’s life, courtesy of hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse — and, of course, their fans, Cannibal’s extended Juggalo family.

“Everybody said we should do a moment of silence,” ICP’s Violent J said to Wednesday’s crowd, “but Cannibal was a Juggalo, and I don’t think he’d want a moment of silence. I think he’d want a moment of violence. A moment of wildness. A moment of loudness. How about we take 10 seconds for Cannibal and be as loud as we f------ can?” 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:25 PM

It’s quite possible that A$AP Rocky and Shawn Mendes have never shared a bill before. That is, until Forbes tried to hone in on millennial tastes and booked the pop singer and the rapper, along with grown-up brother band Hanson and electric violinist Lindsey Stirling for the Under 30 Summit closing concert Tuesday night at Festival Pier. 

In between writing impromptu songs about Dior jackets backstage, Mendes and Rocky bookended an evening of eclectic performances, aimed at running the gamut of twentysomethings’ tastes, though plagued by talent cancellations.

The show’s original lineup consisted of Avicii, Hanson and Stirling and was then amended with Mendes and Fetty Wap replacing Avicii. Following Fetty Wap’s motorcycle accident, it was announced A$AP Rocky would take the final slot on the lineup.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 5:45 PM
Jill Scott performs during day 2 of the Cincinnati Music Festival on July 25, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. STEPHEN COHEN / Getty Images

Another local holiday concert has unveiled its lineup. WDAS Holiday Jam, taking place on Saturday, Nov. 28 will feature headliners Jill Scott, New Edition, Tyrese, SWV and Jazmine Sullivan.

With two Philly smooth-singing ladies on the lineup, it’s bound to be a hot homecoming. 

POSTED: Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:30 PM
Calvin Harris performs on Day 2 of the V Festival at Hylands Park on August 23, 2015 in Chelmsford, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings (Getty Images)

Like the Christmas decorations slowly filling the shelves at stores in early October, the Philly concert scene is already preparing for the holiday season. 

Case in point: Q102 has announced the lineup for their annual Jingle Ball. Performers include Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez, 5 Seconds of Summer, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R. City, Natalie La Rose, Conrad Sewell and Alessia Cara

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