Sunday, April 26, 2015

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
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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 /

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.

POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:55 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Zella Day headlines for the first time in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 18. (Photo by Alexandra Valenti)

The first thing you should know about Zella Day is that Zella is her real first name. No fabricated stage names from the Pinetop, Ariz. native.

“Jerome,” the opening track off Day’s upcoming debut album Kicker, out on June 2, details the story of how she ended up with the distinctive designation. 

“It’s a song that I’ve been waiting to write for a long time,” she said. “It’s about the woman I was named after.” 

POSTED: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 10:40 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Lead Singer Brittany Howard of the music group the Alabama Shakes performs at The Beacon Theatre on March 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

One of the biggest names in soulful rock ‘n’ roll, Alabama Shakes, bring their powerhouse Southern jams to Philadelphia this summer.

The foursome will come to The Mann Center on Thursday, Sept. 17 with the Drive-By Truckers. Tickets will be sold starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. 

Alabama Shakes are less than a week away from the release of their sophomore album Sound & Color, out April 21. The follow up to their 2012 debut Boys & Girls, where Billboard Hot 100-charting single “Hold On” spent a couple of weeks, takes singer Brittany Howard’s multifaceted vocals over more orchestrated and slow-burning songs. 

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