Sunday, February 1, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 11:36 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
The Gaslight Anthem performs onstage at John Varvatos Bowery Live Presents The Gaslight Anthem on August 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for John Varvatos)

New Jersey-grown Skate and Surf Festival, the two-day pop-punk heavy festival in Asbury Park, announced a regionally similar headliner. Hailing from New Brunswick, The Gaslight Anthem announced they will take the reigns for the May 16-17 festival.

Other lineup notables include the Dropkick Murphys, Manchester Orchestra, Philly’s The Wonder Years, mewithoutYou and Modern Baseball, Bergen County’s The Front Bottoms, Mantua’s Major League and Bayonne’s The Scandals.

For awhile, Skate and Surf was known as The Bamboozle and just last year returned to Asbury Park, original name in tow. The Gaslight Anthem most recently paid Philly a visit at Radio 104.5’s Winter Jam at XFinity Live!

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 11:26 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Ortlieb's will see a relaunch in February courtesy of Nothing's Nicky Palermo and BITBY's Kyle Costill. (Photo via Facebook)

Dominic “Nicky” Palermo’s been doing Nothing for a little while. Nothing being his Philly shoegaze outfit, whose stellar debut, Guilty of Everything, made the local music scene even louder and catapulted the foursome into the national spotlight.

Now, he’s teaming up with Kyle Costill of BITBY — or Bands in the Back Yard, a local DIY live music and video project — for a revamping of Ortlieb’s (847 N. 3rd St.), he revealed to The Key.

Together, both Costill, who’s assumed general managerial duties of the Northern Liberties bar and venue, and Palermo aim to bring bigger bands to the space, — with the help of independent bookers — transform it to a more live-show-friendly atmosphere (stage to the back of the room, bringing in new sound techs, splitting the bar and venue space) and even want to up the ante on the menu with a new chef.

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 11:14 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Tim McGraw performs during the Two Lanes of Freedom Tour at the Susquehanna Bank Center. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

Why just buy tickets to one concert when you can fill up your concert calendar in one swift purchase? Taking buying in bulk into the live performance field, Susquehanna Bank Center and 92.5 XTU have rolled out the 2015 Country Megaticket package, allowing fans access to tickets to eight shows — featuring the biggest names in country — not only before everybody else, but also as a bundle.

Concerts — all taking place at the Susquehanna Bank Center — included in the deal consist of Brad Paisley on Friday, May 15; Dierks Bentley on Sunday, June 28; Florida Georgia Line on Friday, July 24; Rascal Flatts on Saturday, Aug. 1; Tim McGraw on Saturday, Aug. 29; Luke Bryan on Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 and Lady Antebellum on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Get your credit cards ready: The package will be available for purchase beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 only through Country Megaticket — weeks before general sale are available.

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:45 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Sufjan Stevens performs during the 2014 Tibet Benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Boasting a return to his folk roots on the forthcoming record Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens is hitting the road in support of the album, out March 31.

The tour will kick off in none other than Philly on Friday, April 10 at the Academy of Music. Tickets are on sale Friday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m.

Carrie & Lowell, named after Stevens’ mother and stepfather, is the singer-songwriter’s first solo release in five years. Most recently he’s been collaborating with Son Lux and Serengetti as the supergroup Sisyphus.

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2015, 9:47 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Two of Firefly's confirmed acts for 2015 include Run the Jewels and Spoon. (Getty Images)

As promised, Firefly Music Festival organizers teased a portion of this year’s lineup during the Firefly First Look concert Sunday night at the Trocadero.

Officially confirmed for Firefly 2015 are Elliphant, Run the Jewels, Spoon, Empire of the Sun and Bastille in addition to Chiddy Bang and Cheerleader who played the First Look event.

The full Firefly lineup is expected to finally make its appearance this week.

POSTED: Saturday, January 24, 2015, 1:18 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

For an Englishman who lives in New York, John Oliver is remarkably conversant with the foibles of Philadelphia. And he got right to it during the second of his two shows at the Tower Theater on Friday night. “Thank you for being here,” he greeted the audience, “and not out on the streets punching each other.”

Oliver, the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, may not have grasped the meaning of this fair city’s Mummers tradition, but he applauded its spirit, noting that while the rest of the country is groaning in bed on Jan. 1, Philadelphians are up early and getting hammered in silly costumes. “What a hard drinking city,” he marveled.  

If you came to the show expecting political and social commentary, based on Oliver’s TV persona, you may have been surprised at what a colloquial tone he adopted, in a lively set that included a surprising amount of sports references (including repeated mockery of Eagles’ QB Mark Sanchez), observations about animals (leading to a nasty Bill Cosby analogy) and assorted accents.

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 3:59 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Singer Hayley Williams of Paramore performs onstage during CBS Radio's We Can Survive at the Hollywood Bowl (presented by 5 Hour Energy) on October 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)

Ain’t it fun? Closing out an extended few years of touring behind their self-titled release, Paramore are hitting the road for one final bout of dates behind the 2013 LP.

Hitting smaller theaters in celebration of the era that launched the band from club show punkers to stadium-filling rock stars, Paramore will make a stop at Atlantic City’s Borgata on Friday, May 8.

The “Writing the Future” tour will see opening support by Copeland.

POSTED: Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:51 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Local acts Cheerleader and Chiddy Bang will play a Firefly Music Festival preview concert this Sunday. (Courtesy, Getty Images)

With all the hubbub concerning lineup announcements for Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governers Ball, Hangout Fest and the like, we here in the Philly area are all, “Um, what about us?” concerning the Firefly Festival lineup.

Organizers have thrown us a bone with a pre-lineup free concert at the Trocadero Theatre (1003 Arch St.) this Sunday, Jan. 25 featuring two confirmed Firefly artists — locals Cheerleader and Chiddy Bang. Doors are at 7 p.m. and entry is based on a first-come-first-serve deal for over-21 attendees (sorry, kids).

You’ve got to RSVP first, although that doesn’t ensure your admission — you’re going to have to get in line with the best of 'em.

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