Tuesday, April 28, 2015

POSTED: Monday, April 27, 2015, 11:27 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
John Oates attends the 62nd annual BMI Country awards on November 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for BMI)

John Oates has some harsh words about his own band name: “We have the worst name in rock and roll history.” 

In an interview with Vanyaland, the prolific songwriter and one half of Hall & Oates griped about the pair’s musical moniker claiming, “It’s a horrible name. Just be totally objective about it, it sounds like a law firm or a doctor’s office or something.”

Daryl Hall wasn’t big on the surname smash either, according to the interview:

POSTED: Monday, April 27, 2015, 10:32 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Singer/songwriter D'Angelo performs onstage during the Samsung Supper Club at SXSW 2015 on March 15, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung)

D’Angelo is following up the surprise release of his 2014 album Black Messiah with a batch of tour dates that includes a stop at the Keswick Theatre.

The “Second Coming” tour comes to The Keswick on Tuesday, June 23. Tickets are on sale Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. 

The soul singer will be supported by backing band The Vanguard which features Pino Palladino (bass), Jesse Johnson (guitar), Isaiah Sharkey (guitar), Chris “Daddy” Dave (drums,) Cleo “Pookie” Sample (keys), Kendra Foster (vocals), Charlie “Red” Middleton (vocals) and Jermain Holmes (vocals).

POSTED: Friday, April 24, 2015, 4:00 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Recording artist Paul McCartney performs onstage during "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Philly-area music fans will have double the opportunity to see Paul McCartney in June. 

The beyond-legendary rocker (maybe you’ve heard of him?) is following up his Firefly Music Festival headlining appearance on Friday, June 19 in Dover with a huge Philadelphia show at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, June 21.

Live Nation made the announcement at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon with the unveiling of a large banner on the side of the Wells Fargo Center bearing the Beatle’s image.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 2:14 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Melissa Etheridge performs during the second intermission of the game betwen the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings at the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Levi's Stadium on February 21, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Melissa Etheridge is offering listeners a chance to hear her songs in a stripped-down fashion. As a part of her North American tour — which features co-headlining dates with Blondie (none in the Philly area) and festival appearances — Etheridge will bring her 13 albums’ worth of material to three local venues for solo performances.

While there are no dates in Philadelphia proper, the singer will perform at Atlantic City’s Caesars on Friday, June 12 (tickets), The Sherman Theater in Mt. Pocono on Saturday, June 13 (tickets) and at Longwood Gardens on Tuesday, Aug. 25 (tickets).

All three dates are on sale now.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1:28 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Photo via Youtube

The War On Drugs have now been exposed to a new demographic: the midday-talk show-watching-stay-at-home moms.

Philly’s critically acclaimed darlings made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday (4/20) for a performance of “Red Eyes” off of 2014’s Lost in the Dream, which topped many a year-end best-of list.

They also gave an exclusive performance (per Ellen's request, no less) of “Under the Pressure,” which you can check out here

POSTED: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 11:58 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Musicians Mike Ness (L) and Jonny '2 Bags' Wickersham of the band Social Distortion performs onstage during day 3 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2013 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

A quarter century ago, punk outfit Social Distortion released their self-titled major label album. They’re now reviving it in a live setting this summer. 

The Philadelphia leg of the record’s 25th anniversary tour stops at Festival Pier on Wednesday, Aug. 19 with support from Lucero, Benjamin Booker, Nikki Lane and Drag The River. 

Tickets are on sale Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m.

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 1:13 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Mike Comite - also known as Old Best Friend - embarks on his first tour as a solo musician. (Courtesy photo)

It’s very easy to get lost in a conversation with Brooklyn resident Mike Comite — especially if you have interests in common with him. Take running (he’s coming off of an injury), or pizza (his go-to is an artichoke slice from a shop in Brooklyn), and even the dreaded first impression (he definitely does not hate you, even if you think he does). 

Maybe that’s why he performs under the moniker Old Best Friend. After a minute, it starts to feel like maybe you are fond pals.

Or it could be that his relationship with the music industry is similar to that of a fond friendship.

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:26 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Diplo performs at the Mad Decent Block Party at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Friday, August 8, 2014. (Serge Levin / Philly.com)

As of a few weeks ago, the only detail we knew of this year’s Mad Decent Block Party was it’s set to take place over two days — Thursday, Aug. 6 and Friday, Aug. 7 — in Philadelphia.

Today, we got a bit more info.

The first round of performers at the 18-and-older concert include Diplo and Skrillex's musical brainchild Jack Ü, Jauz, Nadus, SizzyMack and What So Not on Aug. 6 and Dirty South Joe, Giraffage and Major Lazer on Aug. 7.

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