Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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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.

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2014, 10:42 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform during the Who Cares Benefit For Teen Cancer America Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rick Diamond (Getty Images)

Usually when someone hits 50, their family throws them a huge surprise party at a semi-fancy suburban Italian restaurant. Not The Who, though.

“The Who Hits 50!” tour, marking the momentous 50-year anniversary of the band’s existence, will stop at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, May 17, 2015 for the spring leg of the tour and will circle back again Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, the last date of the tour.

They come in promotion of their latest greatest hits record (out Monday, Oct. 27), playing legendary hits (“My Generation,” “Who Are You”), the band’s favorite picks, and some newer material, like the recently released “Be Lucky.”

POSTED: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:43 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
R&B singer Jeremih attends BET's Rip The Runway 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 29, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

SPEC, the Social Planning and Events Committee at The University of Pennsylvania, has booked rapper and R&B star Jeremih to perform at a SPEC-TRUM concert, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian.

SPEC-TRUM, an organization within SPEC, focuses on minority representation.

The “Birthday Sex” and more recently “Don’t Tell ‘Em” singer will perform at The Rotunda, 40th and Walnut, on Thursday, Oct. 23.

POSTED: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 11:13 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac pose on stage on NBC's "Today" at the NBC's TODAY Show on October 9, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai (Getty Images)

The “On With The Show” tour continues onward for Fleetwood Mac. Currently on the road with the all-star lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, the legends announced additional dates to the already momentous (having sold out two shows at NYC’s Madison Square Garden) tour.

Of the 28-date additions, beginning Jan. 16 in St. Paul, Fleetwood and Co. will return to the area on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

Be the first to get tickets when they go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20.

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