Wednesday, October 7, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 3:00 AM
Chvrches move beyond internet attacks with sophomore release "Every Open Eye." (Photo by Danny Clinch)

Chvrches is a band born and bred on the Internet, but that doesn’t mean singer and front woman Lauren Mayberry gives trolls, especially misogynist ones, a pass.

Mayberry has never shied away from speaking out against anonymous Internet commenters who target her on the band’s social media accounts, sometimes because of an appearance in a music video, like the recent one for Chvrches’ single “Leave a Trace,” in which Mayberry wears a dress that hits mid-thigh.

“There is a difference between criticism or someone not liking your band and threats of physical or sexual abuse for no reason other than the fact that we put a woman in a position of power that makes some people uncomfortable,” Mayberry said.

POSTED: Monday, September 28, 2015, 4:35 PM
Singer Carly Rae Jepsen performs on NBC's "Today" at Rockefeller Plaza on August 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

It’s about time we’ve moved beyond the “Call Me Maybe” jokes — Carly Rae Jepsen is a bona fide pop star. Proving she’s so much more than a one-hit-wonder, Jepsen is hitting the road in support of her acclaimed sophomore album E·MO·TION.

The tour takes her to the Trocadero Theatre on Friday, Nov. 13. 

Tickets are on sale on Friday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. online and at the Troc box office at 10th and Arch Streets. Presale tickets will be available on fan community app Fahlo on Wednesday, Sept. 30

POSTED: Monday, September 28, 2015, 11:23 AM
Nashville's Bully embark on their first headlining tour this fall. (Photo by Pooneh Ghana)

The late-summer sun beat down on the crowd in front of the Tidal stage, a new addition to the two-day Jay Z-curated Made in America Festival held in Philly over Labor Day Weekend. Onstage, Nashville four-piece Bully, grounded by songwriter and singer Alicia Bognanno, provided a welcome rock 'n' roll respite in a hip-hop heavy lineup.

Bognanno, casually hovering over the microphone, blond hair spilling over her face, sent piercing vocals into the air, singing ripped-from-the-diary garage rock tunes off of Bully’s debut Feels Like, released in June. She could sing about breaking her sister’s arm or being a milkman, but there’s honesty and urgency in her lyricism and delivery.

POSTED: Friday, September 25, 2015, 2:24 PM
Singer Andrea Bocelli performs in Florence, Italy.

For the first time in over a decade, Andrea Bocelli will return to Philadelphia as part of his 2015 North American tour on Saturday, December 12 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Enter today for a chance to win a pair of tickets (valued at $250) to this exciting show. There's four pairs up for grabs.

Deadline to enter for your chance to win is Sunday, October 18 at 11:59 P.M.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 12:19 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
A$AP Rocky performs during the Roots Picnic at the Penn's Landing Festival Pier in Philadelphia, Pa. on Saturday, May 30, 2015. (MICHAEL PRONZATO / Staff Photographer)

It's the first day of fall, which means school is back in session and the weather is getting cooler. So how are you saying goodbye to summer? We've got your back.

Both A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator released acclaimed albums this year, so to see them on a co-headlining tour seems like the ultimate treat.

Even better? We’re giving you a chance to see it all for free. 

POSTED: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 9:54 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
R. Kelly performs onstage during R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons at the 2013 BET Experience at Staples Center on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Earl Gibson III / Getty Images for BET)

R. Kelly is an R&B icon and a master of his craft, yet he continues to explore new genres as he kicks off a new tour, bringing his “buffet” of sounds to Philly’s Liacouras Center on Thursday.

There’s constantly music playing in Robert Sylvester Kelly’s head. It keeps him up at night, not wanting to miss the chance to write that next hit, ever-immersing himself in diverse genres, genres that he explores on his new album, “The Buffet.”

And that’s OK.

POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2015, 1:15 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Kristen Kurtis will take over the XPN morning show starting in October. (Courtesy photo)

WXPN has named a new morning show jock in Downingtown native Kristen Kurtis.

Kurtis comes back to Philadelphia following her four-year tenure as midday host and assistant program director and music director at Austin Triple A radio station KGSR 93.3 FM. 

"As one who was raised on Philadelphia radio, returning to the area via 88.5 brings my life and career full circle. I am ecstatic, proud, and honored to be joining the prestigious staff at WXPN,” Kurtis said in a press release. 

POSTED: Monday, September 21, 2015, 11:01 AM
Glasgow rockers The Fratellis come to the TLA this week. (Photo by Stephen Kyle)

How do the creators of one of the most catchy and widespread songs in the last 10 years move beyond it? 

That’s the question Glasgow’s The Fratellis have been pondering. 

In short, you don’t. 

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