Saturday, February 28, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 11:45 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

It’s safe to say that DJing is still a man’s game — at least if you look on the surface. Out of the lineups announced for some of this year’s major dance festivals (Ultra Music Festival in Miami, EDC Puerto Rico and MexicoSpring Awakening Festival in Chicago) the pickings are slim — to put it lightly — for female talent.

Lineups are dominated by the big male names — Afrojack, David Guetta, Tiesto, Bassnectar, Steve Aoki, Avicii — with the occasional female headlining spot by Nervo, but overall it’s still a guy’s world.

Although these are huge festivals with DJ bookings coming from international artists, the gap in gender representation is apparent: Female DJs accounted for under 10 percent of the performance lineup at seven major festivals last year, according to Thump, the electronic music division of Vice.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 10:40 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Recording artists Dave Grohl (R) of Foo Fighters and Shane Fogerty perform onstage during the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown (Getty Images)

Due to popular demand, the Foo Fighters have added a second local tour date to their massive summer tour, set to hit the Susquehanna Bank Center again on Monday, July 13, a week after their first appearance.

Tickets will be available at 7 p.m., so act fast — they’re in short supply for the July 6 date already. 

Opening duties will again be offered by UK rockers Royal Blood.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 11:42 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: (L-R) Singer Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars and bassist Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue perform during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

While the Final Tour for Motley Crue hasn’t exactly been a swift departure from the limelight — the band’s concluding tour will, when completed, have seen the rockers touring consistently for two calendar years — the end is on the horizon.

Continuing the extended performance bout into 2015, Motley Crue announced the concluding leg of the Final Tour with two area concerts: Tuesday, Aug. 11 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. and on Friday, Aug. 14 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.

Returning as special guest is Alice Cooper, who provided support on the 2014 leg.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 9:47 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 10: (L-R) Singers Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight and Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block perform during the first show of the group's four-night run at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on July 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Prepare yourself for a hit of nostalgia. The 2015 lineup for Hershey’s Mixtape Festival features some throwback pop artists. For the third time, New Kids on the Block will headline the festival, held at the Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, June 27. Other performers include TLC, Nelly, Sugar Ray, Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice.

After a hiatus in 2014, the festival makes a comeback, with tickets on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. American Express card members will have access to presale beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23. VIP packages are also available including early entry, prime seating, VIP access and entry to the after-party.

Previous years’ Mixtape Festivals — which began in 2012 — saw the reuniting of 98 Degrees and TLC (who are currently in the beginning stages of recording a fifth and final album to be funded by fans via Kickstarter) as well as headlining appearances from New Kids on the Block. 

POSTED: Monday, January 19, 2015, 10:59 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Musician Bruce Springsteen performs onstage during USC Shoah Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 7, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for USC Shoah Foundation)

The lineup for the annual Light of Day benefit concert, supporting efforts to combat Parkinson’s disease, included Garland Jeffreys, John Eddie, Willie Nile and Joe Grushecky, among others. But as tradition would have it, Bruce Springsteen made an appearance at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre on Saturday night.

Unofficially headlining 11 out of the last 15 Light of Day concerts, Springsteen drew close to 3,000 local and international visitors to the New Jersey city, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Playing until nearly 2 a.m., Springsteen's appearance included a collaboration with Willie Nile on “One Guitar,” wandering amongst the crowd, acoustic renditions and a sing-along of “Thunder Road.”

POSTED: Monday, January 19, 2015, 10:32 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

Nearly two decades ago, East and West Coast rappers were trying to put a violent feud behind them when two of the biggest stars on each of the poles, Tupac of California and Notorious B.I.G. of New York City, were murdered. Hip-hop today has done a complete 180° and nothing represents this more than the "BestCoast Connection" tour with Compton’s own YG and A$AP Ferg of Harlem co-headlining the coast-clashing musical event. It made its way to the Electric Factory Saturday night.

Audience members at the concert for artists who calls themselves Young Gangsta and "Trap Lord" were exactly who you’d expect: a high-energy bunch of college-aged white kids, nearly too drunk to function. The vibe was nothing but fun, and YG kicked it off with laid-back yet commanding energy.

Performing his self-defining “BPT” from his debut album “My Krazy Life,” YG seemed fully aware and connected as he told the audience where he’s from and what he’s about. He demonstrated experienced showmanship when technical difficulties interrupted his performance, rapping through the brief microphone outage.

POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 11:03 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Idina Menzel and John Legend will perform at the 2015 Super Bowl. (Getty Images)

Let’s not pretend Idina Menzel and UPenn grad John Legend aren’t having major moments right now.

Menzel was arguably the voice of the year on “Let It Go,” the Frozen soundtrack phenomena, while Legend recently took home a Golden Globe for his contribution to best original song “Glory” with Common (the song is also up for an Oscar).

Now the two will take their talents to the University of Phoenix Stadium.

POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2015, 10:35 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 01: Actress/singer Leighton Meester attends the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures' "The Judge" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 1, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images)

Gossip Girl here. Spotted: Blair Waldorf — we mean Leighton Meester — books a tour, stopping at the Trocadero Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 19.

The actress (famous for playing Blair Waldorf on the hit CW show Gossip Girl) turned musician (first heard on Cobra Starship’s 2009 earworm “Good Girls Go Bad”) just released her debut full-length Heartstrings in October, ditching Upper East Side glamour for singer-songwriter grit.

Tickets are on sale at noon on Friday, Jan. 16 both online and at the Troc box office (10th and Arch Streets).

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