Wednesday, July 29, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 2:23 PM
Janelle Monae entertains at the seventh annual Roots Picnic on the Delaware. (Ed Hille/Staff Photographer)

Janelle Monae’s new label, Wondaland Records is teaming up with Epic Records for a series of free, “secret” shows featuring Monae herself and other artists on the Wondaland roster.

The Eephus Tour, named after the label’s first compilation EP (out Aug. 14), will kick off at an unknown location in Philly on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The only way in is to submit a short form on Wondaland’s website. You’ll be emailed the details 24 hours before the show based on a first-come, first-served basis. Oh yeah, and you’ve got to be over 21.

Other artists gracing the stage besides Monae include Jidenna, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, and Roman GianArthur.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 6:46 PM
Bob Charger had been with WOGL for nearly 20 years. (Photo via Facebook)

In the midst of personnel changes at CBS, the network has continued restructuring on their Philadelphia radio stations. Top-rated classic hits station 98.1 WOGL has let go of Bob Charger, weekday nighttime jock.

The move comes as a result of inter-network cuts, said Charger, who hasn’t been with the station since July 13. He also noted that WOGL would no longer employ full-time on-air talent from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. A rep from CBS denied this claim.

“I was not fired. It was a layoff,” he said.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 11:13 AM
Jeff Rosenstock: Mastering the art of just getting by - and writing songs about it. (Courtesy photo)

“No, I’m not drunk at 3 in the afternoon, like most people.”

Jeff Rosenstock has had to clear that up before — mostly to fans. At one point in his career, the songwriter and leader of former outfit Bomb the Music Industry! received calls from listeners after they came across his number online.

“People would call me at like 3 in the afternoon be like, ‘Hey, are you drunk right now?’" Rosenstock said. “And I know it's because they listen to my songs or whatever, but it's weird.”

POSTED: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 12:02 PM
Michael Tearson. (File photo)

After 12 years on the air at SiriusXM, veteran local DJ Michael Tearson has announced he’ll no longer be lending his talents to the satellite radio broadcasting service. Citing unhappiness with programming changes, Tearson made his announcement Monday morning. His last show was Sunday night.

“It’s really something that’s been brewing for several months,” Tearson said. “I got to be unhappy with the way they were evolving the channel. It was time for me to walk way from it.” 

The Westmont, N.J. resident pre-recorded his weekend shifts on air on Deep Tracks, on the platform’s classic rock deep cuts channel, from his home studio. He’d made his final decision to leave the company after recording last weekend’s shows on Thursday, alluding to his departure by dropping little hints throughout his breaks — like how Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” was “uncommonly appropriate” in his life currently.

POSTED: Monday, July 20, 2015, 1:36 PM
Meek Mill talks on stage at CRWN A Conversation With Elliott Wilson & Meek Mill event at Gramercy Theatre on July 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for

According to Spotify’s Musical Map: Cities of the World, Philadelphians are uniquely driven toward a mix of locally dominated rap and R&B. Meek Mill is the most prominent artist on The Sound of Philadelphia Spotify playlist, which features 98 songs and is updated bi-monthly. Other local artists featured on Philly's playlist include singers Vivian Green and Jazmine Sullivan and rapper Quilly. City favorites like Freeway’s “What We Do,” “He Loves Me” by Jill Scott and “Love” by Musiq Soulchild grace the playlist, as well as some newer tracks like “679” by Fetty Wap appear as well.

Spotify compiled unique playlists for almost 1,000 cities around the world. These playlists stray away from the typical Top 40 song selections because, for the most part, they’re rather uniform across the board. Instead, Spotify identified the distinctive sounds users in each city listened to.

POSTED: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 1:03 PM
Michael Rault on "Living Daylight" album cover. (Pitch Perfect PR)

Call it fate, but Michael Rault has taken up residence in the same areas as two of Canada’s most prized musical exports: Nickelback and Justin Bieber.

Worry not, young listeners — he doesn’t sound like either. A colorful blend of psychedelia, garage and surf rock, with just a dash of ‘50s rock ‘n roll/blues groove, the only similarities Rault and his Canadian counterparts share are old zip codes.

Like many rolling stones, Rault is still on the move this summer, introducing his strain of guitar-lead rock to Philadelphia audiences, performing at Boot and Saddle on Thursday.

POSTED: Friday, July 10, 2015, 3:00 AM
Bridie Monds-Watson, a.k.a. SOAK, plays in Philadelphia for the first time on Saturday. (Photo by Joshua Halling)

Bridie Monds-Watson sounded tired. She was calling from Copenhagen, Denmark, where it was around 9:20 p.m., and she’d just gotten offstage at the Roskilde Festival. The 19-year-old musician is in high demand overseas, yet American audiences largely are still getting to know her.

The Northern Ireland-based singer-songwriter, who goes by SOAK onstage, fought off yawns as she shared tales of her experiences all over the world: Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain. She gets her first true taste of America this week on a six-date headlining tour that includes her first Philly gig, tomorrow at Boot & Saddle.

Few 19-year-olds have touring with Chvrches and Tegan and Sara on their resumes, or a debut CD — in her case, the emotional “Before We Forgot How to Dream” — and a roster of festivals to their name, including Glastonbury, Primavera Sound and The Great Escape.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 12:29 PM
Recording artist Meek Mill performs onstage at a Roc Nation curated Samsung exclusive concert at Samsung Studio LA on June 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Samsung)

Dreams may be worth more than money for Meek Mill, but apparently those dreams have translated nicely into album sales.

The Philadelphia native moved 246,000 albums in the week ending July 5, according to Nielsen Music, landing his sophomore effort Dreams Worth More Than Money at the top spot of the Billboard 200 during its first week of release — a first for the rapper.

This release, out on Maybach Music/Atlantic Records, bests his 2012 debut Dreams and Nightmares, which sold 165,000 copies in 2012, according to Billboard.

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