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POSTED: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 2:12 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Taylor Swift Performs On ABC's "Good Morning America" at Times Square on October 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images)

Disclaimer: It should be said that I am not a fan of Taylor Swift's and I never have been. However, I am a fan of music (which can be said about most people, I assume) and, therefore, I have used as much of an objective stance as possible.

Without further ado, here is the initial track-by-track reaction to Taylor Swift’s fifth release, 1989, which came out on Monday, Oct. 27.

Before I start: Deep breaths. I can’t believe I’m about to do this. Taylor Swift? Really? What does she have to offer me in 2014? I am a 20-something girlchild who likes to think she wouldn’t resort to calling someone mean in a song if the chance arose. But I must put all preconceived notions aside and get into the zone.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 4:14 PM
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Slipknot on stage at the 5th Annual Revolver Golden Gods Award Show at Club Nokia on May 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES ( - Seven new albums poured into the U.S. top 10 last week as sales continued to crater and most releases showed short legs. However, embattled music retailers will shake it off next week: Country-pop sweetheart Taylor Swift's first full-blown pop set "1989" reached stores Monday, and is expected to debut at No. 1 next week with the year's biggest numbers, which observers now expect will top 1 million copies. 

Masked metal marauders Slipknot scored their second No. 1 album. The Iowa band's ".5: The Gray Chapter" (Roadrunner) captured the crown with first-week sales of 132,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Oct. 26. It was the group's second consecutive chart-topper, after 2008's "All Hope is Gone," and its fourth consecutive top-five release. 

Signing in at No. 2 was rapper T.I.'s "Paperwork" (Columbia), notching 80,000 units. Title matched the apex of his last release, 2012's "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head." 

POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 12:45 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Philly's own The Districts play with Temples at Union Transfer on Saturday, Oct. 25. (Photo by Ryan Farber)

Since we first were introduced to The Districts back in March following their SXSW debut, the young band from Lancaster County hasn’t slowed down: They’ve toured extensively both domestically and overseas, took the festival circuit head on, and now are on the road with English psych-rockers Temples, playing Union Transfer on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Following a two-weekend stint at the Austin City Limits Festival, drummer Braden Lawrence, 19, recollects on the constant touring and a whirlwind six months — which comes with being a steady out-of-towner.

“People always ask where we’re from,” Lawrence said following a lunch break in Texas. “Even at this restaurant we were at, people ask where you’re from.”

POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:17 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Musicians Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan of One Direction perform onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) (Getty Images for Clear Channel)

If you missed the new-wave boy band stars sing youthful harmonies and bust out not-quite-synchronized-but-still-pretty-in-synch-in-its-inconstencies dance moves the last time they came to this side of the pond, fret no more: One Direction will be coming back next year.

After just making the rounds in North America this summer — stopping at Lincoln Financial Field in early August — the UK “X Factor” contestants return to the stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 for the "On The Road Again" tour.

Presale tickets are available now for Citi cardmembers and for other eager 1D fans, they can visit the band’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Oct. 29 for details on an additional chance to score early tickets.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:46 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Nalani & Sarina play World Cafe Live on Thursday. (Photo by Sandrine Lee)

Nalani and Sarina have an advantage that other songwriters don’t: There are two of them. That in and of itself doesn’t have so much significance until you realize — which doesn’t take long after looking at them — that they’re twins. “In terms of writing, it’s basically the best thing in the world, having your co-writer being someone who basically has your same brain,” said Nalani Bolton, one half of the twin-sister powerhouse, playing upstairs at Philadelphia’s World Café Live on Thursday, Oct. 23.

They enjoy the perks of having an outsider’s perspective on an intimate moment, but with someone who shares her DNA. “For writing especially, it’s honestly convenient. We’ve been around each other since we were born — and being around someone who knows you so well, it makes songwriting and the general business of it so easy,” echoes Sarina Bolton.

For the Northern New Jersey natives, songwriting came rather early. Born into a musical household, the sisters were immediately surrounded by music. From putting on living room performances as toddlers, to classical training in piano during early childhood, to the introduction of opera vocal stylings in adolescence, the transition to writing their own material in their teens came naturally. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:45 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
NEW YORK - JUNE 03: Rappers The Ying Yang Twins attends 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 3, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jemal Countess (Getty Images)

Atlanta rap duo, the Ying Yang Twins, are “shaking it like a salt shaker” through Pennsylvania this fall.

The “Sonica” tour touches down on Friday, Nov. 21 at Philadelphia’s District N9NE, Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Reverb in Reading and Thursday, Dec. 11 at State College venue Levels.

DJs 2Rip, Buku Cosenza, Choppa Dunks,Willy Joy and Woogie support.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 2:52 PM
The ultimate hyper-rager wants you to experience the thrill of Halloween. Dave P, Sammy Slice and friends are ready to illuminate the dance floor with their far-out dance vibes. (Hillary Petrozziello/

Flash back to 1993 and that truly magical scene in “Hocus Pocus” where Bette Midler’s character, Winifred Sanderson, serenades a crowd of Halloween partygoers. Despite being a witch and thus casting a spell on the dancing parents, that musical number set a precedent for how I envision all Halloween parties to be: Full of dancing and a Bette Midler number. While I cannot promise any of the following shows to have the singing star, they should get you dancing — or at least humming a spooky tune as you leave.

The Philadelphia Orchestra puts its spin on creepy tunes from everything like the classical greats like “March to the Scaffold” to the theme from “Batman” on Saturday, Oct. 25. Halloween Fantastique strikes a chord at 11:30 a.m. at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall (Broad and Spruce Streets).

The Deli Philadelphia, a website devoted to local independent music, is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a musical Halloween costume party at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) with co-headliners S.T.S. (also known as Sugar Tongue Slim) and Grimace Federation. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

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.

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