Wednesday, March 4, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 10:25 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Don't Call Me Francis band leader Francis Orsini. (Photo via band's Facebook page)

Don’t Call Me Francis posted to their Facebook page Tuesday stating that their lead singer, Francis Orsini, has died. The South Jersey band is known for performing at events across the Philly area over the last 25 years.

The 10-member band paid tribute to their leader calling him a “man of many hats” and believed Orsini “would want nothing more than the Don’t Call Me Francis legacy to continue.

Check out the full Facebook post here.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 11:09 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Recording artist Kelly Clarkson performs onstage during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

It’s hard to believe Kelly Clarkson got her start way back when on American Idol. 13 years after taking the crown, the pop star released her seventh album, Piece By Piece, today and announced a major headlining tour. Try to imagine season five Taylor Hicks embarking on a 36-date North American journey.

The “Piece By Piece” tour kicks off and ends in the area with a performance on Saturday, July 11 at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey and Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. Support for both shows include Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson.

Tickets for the Hershey show go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 for the Camden concert. Kelly Clarkson fan club members and Citi Cardmembers can gain access to a presale starting 10 a.m. on Monday, March 9. 

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 5:21 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Stage at U-Bahn, 1318-20 Chestnut St. (Michael Klein /

Other than the 14 local beers on tap and the lineup of locally cured meats and cheeses on the menu, U-Bahn (1318-20 Chestnut St.) — opening Thursday, March 5 — will bring local performers to the underground space.

The 15-foot stage will host indie, bluegrass, jazz, Latin, reggae, DJs and cover bands on a regular basis (between three to five nights per week), with Brian LaPann and DJ Ben Arsenal providing entertainment during opening night.

With the goal of perpetuating homegrown talent and giving them a place to play regularly, U-Bahn is also taking entries for their website house-band contest, where the winning group will have their tunes shown on U-Bahn’s website, $1,000 cash and a live show at the underground clubhouse. 

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:44 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Singer/musician Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons performs at Forest Hills Stadium on August 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve heard from Mumford and Sons. Since their announced hiatus following the release of their monster sophomore LP Babel, people were starting to wonder, “Well, is that it?”

Putting the rumor mill to rest and rubber to the road, the folksy foursome has announced a festival-type tour for this summer. With each stop lasting two days in unique locations throughout the country — like Waverly, Ia. And Walla Walla, Wa. — the closest the Gentleman of the Road tour will get to Philly is in Seaside Heights, N.J. 

The first of the Gentleman of the Road stopovers Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, the Jersey lineup includes Mumford and Sons (headlining Saturday), The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Dawes, The Very Best, Jenny Lewis, Little May, JEFF the Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more yet to be announced artists, curated by the band themselves. Ancillary events are also set to take place around Seaside Heights featuring local businesses and musicians.

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:07 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Noel Gallagher performs with his band Noel Gallagher's Flying Birds during the 2012 F1 Singapore on September 22, 2012 in Singapore. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Fresh on the heels of his sophomore release with the High Flying Birds, Chasing Yesterday, Noel Gallagher is plotting a tour, heading for the Merriam Theater on Wednesday, June 3.

Tickets will be available starting 10 a.m. on Friday, March 6.

Touring in support of Chasing Yesterday, the album that saw Gallagher at the helm of both songwriting and production, three behind-the-scenes clips detailing the making of the album will mark the record’s release (Tuesday, March 3).

POSTED: Monday, March 2, 2015, 9:40 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Madonna performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

She may have suffered a tumble at last week’s Brit Awards, but Madonna doesn’t stay down for long. 

Madge announced this morning that she’ll be taking her “Rebel Heart” tour to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, Sept. 24, her first time back on the road after 2012’s top-grossing MDNA tour.

Tickets officially go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 16, though there are a number of presale opportunities including the Citi Card members’ presale beginning 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11 and a Live Nation presale starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13. 

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

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