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POSTED: Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 5:28 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Rapper Jay Z performs onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

Rap superstar Jay Z and rockers No Doubt have been tapped to headline the 2014 Global Citizen Festival.

The free concert will take place on September 27 in New York City's Central Park and will be hosted by officials at the Global Poverty Project (GPP), which aims to end extreme world poverty by 2030.

A statement from Jay Z reads, "Change only takes place when and where there is action. I'm joining the 2014 Global Citizen Festival because I believe through actions, whether it be by raising awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible."

POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10:42 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Musician Jesse F. Keeler of Death From Above 1979 performs during Day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

It’s strange to think that Death From Above’s incredible, timeless album You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine is a decade old. Shortly after the Canadian punk-dance duo made huge waves in the music world, they suddenly split in 2006.

The band has since reunited and performed at a number of festival dates, but now, with their first new album since 2004 set for release on September 9, the group just announced a nice list of world tour dates that include stops in North America, the U.K., and Europe.

Death From Above 1979 will perform at Union Transfer on Saturday, November 29. Tickets will become available here.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10:08 AM

Jam Band 101:

1. Classic Grateful Dead medley (Winterland, San Francisco '78)

POSTED: Saturday, July 5, 2014, 12:05 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip

Kanye West will be rethinking his second night as London's Wireless Festival headliner on Saturday after he faced booing and hecklers on Friday.

The rapper, who agreed to fill-in for Drake after the ill Canadian announced he wouldn't be able to perform on Saturday, had a less than smooth experience on the opening night of the Finsbury Park event as music fans took exception to his ranting onstage.

Kanye was booed and heckled by festival-goers as he took aim at the media during a break in his set. He told the crowd, "I'm not particularly angry but they've taken the idea of celebrity and tried to make me seem like I'm stupid or something. People keep looking at me like I got a problem or something, like I'm not doing something I'm meant to. The lies, the media, they want to make you feel like you're less to them in their eye."

POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014, 11:03 PM

After one more winning Roots jam featuring "The Seed 2.0" and a James Brown funk workout, the 4th of July Jam came to a close with Ed Sheeran, the wildly popular ginger singer-songwriter who hails from the country the United States declared independence from in Philadelphia 238 years ago.

Sheeran, whose new album X (which stands for multiply), usually plays solo, supported by his own foot-pedal-triggered loops. With The Roots behind him, the crafty songsmith and guitarist benefitted greatly, his sound filled out and muscled up, on songs of his own like "The Lego House," "Sing," and the singalong tear-jerker "The A Team," which inspired massive waves of smartphone waving, lighting up the sky in advance of the fireworks explosion to come.

The highlight of Sheeran's show, though, was a loosely funky version of Anthony Hamilton's "Comin' from Where I'm From." Not surprisingly, it proved to be right in the Roots' wheelhouse and, unexpectedly, also in Sheeran's.

POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014, 10:07 PM

All of the acts were well received, but during pauses in the show, the crowd repeatedly let it be known whom they primarily came to see with chants of "Nick-ee! Nick-ee!"

The pneumatic Trinidad and Tobago-born rapper didn't disappoint, with a five-song set that demonstrated her ability to spit hyper-speed rhymes with rat-a-tat precision on "Super Bass" while also displaying a softer pop side on "Pills N Potions."

"Is Philly in the building? Everybody knows I love y'all, I love your energy," Minaj said. "Happy Birthday, America!"

She then launched into the sentimental uplift of "Moment 4 Life," whose beats some fool in the crowd decided to punctuate by popping off their personal supply of fireworks.
Nicki Minaj performing at the Wawa Welcome America Jam on the Parkway, Friday, July 4, 2014. (Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer)
POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014, 9:46 PM

Jennifer Hudson chose to play with her own sizable backing band rather than The Roots, and -- once Wayans got through drooling over her in a between-the-music segment -- the slimmed-down singer strutted her stuff in a runway that extended into the crowd. Her big moments were "Spotlight" and her show-stopping, powerfully sung Dreamgirls number "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." After that brought down the house, she went.

The trouble with these Roots-hosted shows is that you often don't get enough of the Philadelphia hip-hop group and Tonight Show Band. They are surely the hardest-working ensemble in show business playing on their own.

On Friday, the band made the most of its time although, in true collaborative spirit, even their solo time featured special guests.

Jennifer Hudson at the Wawa Welcome America Jam on the Parkway, Friday, July 4, 2014. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )
POSTED: Friday, July 4, 2014, 8:07 PM

The Wawa Welcome America! Fourth of July music festival opened on a surprisingly soft, clear evening (after a day of lowering clouds), promising a night of celebratory, A-list entertainment.

The show kicked off with the Vicci Martinez Band, the five-piece outfit fronted by 2011 The Voice finalist and CeeLo Green protegée. Sporting a partially bleached blonde faux-hawk, the Tacoma, Wash., singer and guitarist warmed up the crowd with an agreeable enough five-song set of soul-rockers that peaked with her 2012 single "Come Along."

She then thanked the still-assembling crowd for letting her warm up the stage, and introduced a closing power ballad by saying, "This is about not wanting things to end." And in the song, she repeated the words "I don't know how to quit you" like a mantra.

Black Thought sings with The Roots performing at the Wawa Welcome America Jam on the Parkway, Friday, July 4, 2014. ( Elizabeth Robertson / Staff Photographer )
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