Sunday, March 1, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 3:37 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Sigma Sound. (Photo via Facebook)

The legendary recording space that helped define the “Philadelphia Sound” — and hosted artists like Teddy Pendergrass, the Jackson 5, David Bowie, Billy Joel, the Roots and Boyz II Men — has been sold.

The building at 210-214 N. 12th St., the 13,858-square-foot-structure that hosted Sigma Sound Studios, was bought for $1.55 million and will reportedly be renovated into apartments, retail or office space.  

Jim Gorecki of Fidelity Commercial Real Estate, who represented the sellers — Sine Partners L.P./New Sigma L.L.C. and Conestoga Bank — said the renovation project would result in a possible “residential conversion,” though the buyer has not made an official statement. 

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:11 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Paul McCartney performs at Irving Plaza on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

It’s official: Sir Paul will headline the Dover, Del. music festival. 

Organizers announced the official festival lineup last week save for the final headliner, masked with a mysterious blur mark on the artist list, but alas, confirming rumors, it was revealed that the Beatle would fill the final spot.

Other headliners include Kings of Leon and the Killers. More notable acts are listed here

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 10:36 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Garrett Borns, a.k.a. BORNS, opens for MisterWives on Thursday. (Photo by Nick Walter)

Even in a world of Tivo and Netflix, where commercials are all but background noise at family functions, there are always those advertisements that make you stop mid-conversation, eyes darting to the television. That’s kind of what happens with that “You Know You Wanna” Hulu commercial. The Hulu part is irrelevant. Because of the wildly infectious pop explosion soundtracking the spot, what would’ve been an ordinary 30-second commercial turned into an attention-grabber.

You can thank BØRNS for that.

Ditching rural Michigan for New York and then Los Angeles, Garrett Borns channeled his inner flower child for a life of bohemia, writing his debut EP “Candy,” released in November, and living in a bona fide treehouse.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 5:19 PM
Violet Chachki. (Photo by Brandon Voss)

The seventh season of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" officially returns to LOGO Monday, March 2. But before the queens start their engines, they are going cross-country on a fabulous tour of America.

Thankfully for Philadelphia fans of the popular franchise, the queens are bringing their tour right here to the City of Brotherly Love. We had the opportunity to chat with three of next season’s competitors before they come to The Trocadero Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Mrs. Kasha Davis grew up in Taylor, Pennsylvania, right outside of Scranton.  “Just like all the gay boys in Scranton back in the '70s and '80s, I grew up and got married to a woman. Basically, she was a size 12 and I am more like a 16, so it didn’t work out,” she told me during one of three interviews I had with the Season 7 queens.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 10:43 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Once a member of bands throughout her entire career, Springtime Carnivore's Greta Morgan sets out on her own. (Photo by Eddie O'Keefe)

The first time you listen to Springtime Carnivore, there’s an almost déjà vu sensation. Yes, there’s the sunny, aged pop that sounds straight from the ‘60s — which is enough to evoke a feeling of nostalgia — but through the haze and sweetness comes a voice that you swear you must’ve heard before.

Because you probably have. Whether you fell into the early-to-mid-2000s wave of poppy alternative or the soaked in the SoCal sun indie of the latter part of the decade, Greta Morgan’s vocals have, at one point or another, come through your headphones.

While her first two musical projects — The Hush Sound and Gold Motel — were full-band affairs, Morgan flies solo for the first time in Springtime Carnivore, self-recording, producing and playing almost all instruments on her self-titled debut.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 3:25 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Former Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson. (TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)

In am-I-hearing-that-correctly news, neo-disco dance artist Skylar Spence (formerly Saint Pepsi), sampled the famous Allen Iverson “practice” press conference speech in a new track, aptly named “Practice.”

Featuring the former 76er’s 2002 rant over glossy dance beats, “Practice” is the first single from D.C./Brooklyn label Carpark Record’s 16th anniversary compilation release, with all previously unreleased tracks’ themes centering around basketball. (Seriously. Song titles include “Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball” from Teen and “Space Jam” from Toro Y Moi.) 

This could just be Broad Street Run playlist-worthy. We’re talking about practice, man. 

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 2:39 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
J Cole performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 6, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Breaking down his “Forest Hills Drive” tour in three “acts,” J. Cole announced the lineup for the third leg of the tour, coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Friday, July 31. 

The rapper teams up with Big Sean, YG and Jeremih (who was previously slated to join Kid Ink and Dej Loaf on the Scream Nation: The Reintroduction tour but has since bowed out) for a large-venue tour that will also see the group playing Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center.

Presale tickets will be available starting 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, while general sale will begin at noon on Friday, Feb. 27.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 1:53 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Ryan Adams performs during the Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Ceremony at the South Lawn of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 14, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover)

Currently overseas for his European tour, Ryan Adams announced an additional tour date to his spring tour, Tuesday, May 12 at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Del. 

Following a bit of a shocker that Adams won’t be heading to Dover for Firefly, this date, on sale Friday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m., seemingly makes up for his absence. If you’re itching to jump the gun, presale begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 using the password PAXAM.

The last time the songwriter came to town, the night hit a bit of a speed bump, with Adams stopping the show to address an audience member who reportedly utilized flash photography, upsetting the rocker’s Meniere’s disease.

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