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POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:46 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Nalani & Sarina play World Cafe Live on Thursday. (Photo by Sandrine Lee)

Nalani and Sarina have an advantage that other songwriters don’t: There are two of them. That in and of itself doesn’t have so much significance until you realize — which doesn’t take long after looking at them — that they’re twins. “In terms of writing, it’s basically the best thing in the world, having your co-writer being someone who basically has your same brain,” said Nalani Bolton, one half of the twin-sister powerhouse, playing upstairs at Philadelphia’s World Café Live on Thursday, Oct. 23.

They enjoy the perks of having an outsider’s perspective on an intimate moment, but with someone who shares her DNA. “For writing especially, it’s honestly convenient. We’ve been around each other since we were born — and being around someone who knows you so well, it makes songwriting and the general business of it so easy,” echoes Sarina Bolton.

For the Northern New Jersey natives, songwriting came rather early. Born into a musical household, the sisters were immediately surrounded by music. From putting on living room performances as toddlers, to classical training in piano during early childhood, to the introduction of opera vocal stylings in adolescence, the transition to writing their own material in their teens came naturally. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:45 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
NEW YORK - JUNE 03: Rappers The Ying Yang Twins attends 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 3, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jemal Countess (Getty Images)

Atlanta rap duo, the Ying Yang Twins, are “shaking it like a salt shaker” through Pennsylvania this fall.

The “Sonica” tour touches down on Friday, Nov. 21 at Philadelphia’s District N9NE, Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Reverb in Reading and Thursday, Dec. 11 at State College venue Levels.

DJs 2Rip, Buku Cosenza, Choppa Dunks,Willy Joy and Woogie support.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 2:52 PM
The ultimate hyper-rager wants you to experience the thrill of Halloween. Dave P, Sammy Slice and friends are ready to illuminate the dance floor with their far-out dance vibes. (Hillary Petrozziello/Philly.com)

Flash back to 1993 and that truly magical scene in “Hocus Pocus” where Bette Midler’s character, Winifred Sanderson, serenades a crowd of Halloween partygoers. Despite being a witch and thus casting a spell on the dancing parents, that musical number set a precedent for how I envision all Halloween parties to be: Full of dancing and a Bette Midler number. While I cannot promise any of the following shows to have the singing star, they should get you dancing — or at least humming a spooky tune as you leave.

The Philadelphia Orchestra puts its spin on creepy tunes from everything like the classical greats like “March to the Scaffold” to the theme from “Batman” on Saturday, Oct. 25. Halloween Fantastique strikes a chord at 11:30 a.m. at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall (Broad and Spruce Streets).

The Deli Philadelphia, a website devoted to local independent music, is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a musical Halloween costume party at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) with co-headliners S.T.S. (also known as Sugar Tongue Slim) and Grimace Federation. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

POSTED: Monday, October 20, 2014, 10:40 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LOS FELIZ, CA - SEPTEMBER 4: Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney perform at Barnsdall Art Park as part of ArthurFest on September 4, 2005 in Los Feliz, California. (Photo by Karl Walter (Getty Images)

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from our lady-friends Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss — more collaboratively known as Sleater-Kinney.

After nearly a decade without any new material from the band, they released their first single from their forthcoming album No Cities to Love, “Bury Our Friends,” featuring director, writer and actress Miranda July — and some potentially riot-inducing riffs and equally as powerful lyrics. You can download the tasty new track for free right now to get you prepared for the album’s release on Jan. 20.

The No Cities to Love 2015 tour comes to Union Transfer on Saturday, Feb. 28, with tickets hitting the market at noon on Friday, Oct. 24.

POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:35 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Lia Ices opens for Phantogram this weekend at Union Transfer. (Photo by Brian Bowen Smith)

For a while, Lia Ices had a steady thing going. Her first two records, 2008’s Necima and Grown Unknown, released in 2011, set the singer in sweet folk-songwriter territory. The latter album, which features a track with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, even garnered the attention of Lena Dunham: Grown Unknown’s opener “Love is Won” was given a coveted end-credits play during the first season of Dunham’s hit HBO dramedy Girls, allowing countless heartbroken, ballad-hungry Hannah Horvath fans access to the now-Northern California native’s echo-y legato melodies.

“Of any show that has an important emotional soundtrack, I think that’s one of the best ones out there today,” the soft-spoken Ices said of Girls. “It’s definitely the most recognition and exposure I’ve had.”  

But with time comes change. With the release of her third full-length, Ices in September, Lia steps into many different and new roles, from the album’s production, to its execution on stage.

POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 11:02 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Miranda Lambert performs during the 2014 CMA Festival on June 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

After touring in support of her fifth album, “Platinum,” the singer steps her game up with next year’s “Certified Platinum” tour, coming to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Friday, March 27.

She brings along ACM New Artist of the Year winner Justin Moore, Ashley Monroe and Juxebox Mafia as support for the tour.

Set your alarms for 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 — when tickets go on sale.

POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1:00 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Sam Smith performs in concert at United Palace Theater on September 18, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Hitting the mainstream music scene hard this past year was English singer Sam Smith. The 22-year old first graced our earbuds after being featured on electronic duo Disclosure’s “Latch” in late 2012 and it was love at first soulful note.

North American audiences can revel in the heartbreak and passion when Smith embarks on tour early next year, kicking off in Atlanta. The “In The Lonely Hour” tour makes a stop at Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center on Tuesday, Jan. 13 — a pretty big step up, since the last time he came through these parts, it was to play the uber-intimate Boot & Saddle.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:49 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Out of the Woods" had a rather Swift trajectory to the top of the iTunes chart.

Taylor Swift's new single, co-written by fun.'s Jack Antonoff, hit the top of the iTunes chart within hours of its release on midnight on Monday. Swift announced last month that her upcoming album "1989" would be her first pop album, and "Out of the Woods," the second single off the album, is heavy with synthesizers and very clearly in the genre.

Swift now claims the top two spots on the iTunes chart, with "Shake It Off" at No. 2. "Shake It Off" was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.

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