Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 4:01 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Usher, Usher performs live in concert on NBC's 'Today' show as part of their Toyota Summer Concert Series. (Dan Jackman/WENN.com)

R&B superstar Usher has removed his forthcoming album from the 2014 release schedule in a bid to spend more time perfecting the project.

The singer had been expected to unveil "UR", his eighth studio disc, by the year's end to accompany his upcoming tour, "The UR Experience", but he has since decided to delay its release.

He tells Billboard.com, "The album isn't scheduled anymore. I've basically taken it back. I'm taking my time with it. At the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun. You get in the studio (and) go with how you feel."

POSTED: Monday, September 8, 2014, 10:42 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Cruisr performs at Made in America on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Sunday, August 31, 2014. (Stephanie Aaronson/Philly.com)

Another Made in America has come and gone, and we’ve finally recovered from the rain and general epicness. We had a great time running around like crazy people, and seeing local acts like Pissed Jeans and Cruisr alongside big names like Kanye.

But what was the experience like for the bands playing the festival? We talked to a few of the local acts on the roster — about security, free beer, and what they felt they gained (or lost!) as a result of the festivities.

Overall, most of the bands I talked to had a great time: “The festival was awesome, easily one of the most meaningful and exciting sets [of our career] thus far,” says DeQuincy Coleman-McRae, otherwise known as “Moosh,” from local hip-hop OCD: Moosh & Twist. 

POSTED: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 12:41 PM
Singer/Songwriter Miranda Lambert headlines Country Thunder USA - Day 2 on July 25, 2014 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)

Miranda Lambert works the same thematic turf about growing up and growing older in rural America as her (almost entirely male) competitors atop the country charts. She just does it way better than they do.

The Texas songwriter’s show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Friday wasn’t perfect. She did falter during “Over You,” a banal power ballad that does not play to her strengths, and “Automatic,” an admittedly catchy weak link on her formidable new album Platinum that goes in for an easy nostalgia that Lambert is usually too tough minded to fall for.

But other than that, Lambert’s hour and half show before an amphitheater full of thoroughly stoked country fans was a model of consistency and intelligence.

POSTED: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 4:40 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Host Drake performs onstage during the 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Rapper Drake has picked up eight nominations for this year's BET Hip-Hop Awards.

The Canadian star took home four trophies last year, including the People's Champ Award - and this time he has the opportunity to double up.

His nominations include Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year and Hustler of the Year, and he's also up for the People's Champ Award again.

POSTED: Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:46 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Comedian Hannibal Buress speaks onstage at Hilarity for Charity NYC Cocktail Party at The Jane Hotel on April 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok (Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)

Fresh off his Funny or Die Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival performance slot (in which he hilariously performed his entire set in a jumper proudly displaying his own face at the Camden, N.J. show), stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress is taking his act to the road again for a nationwide tour.

Buress, who’s had numerous stand-up television specials and has appeared on NBC’s “30 Rock” and Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” brings the “Comedy Camisado Tour” to the Trocadero Theatre (1003 Arch St.) for two back-to-back performances — an 8 p.m. show and a 10:30 p.m. show — on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Both performances are all ages and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. 

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 3:51 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs on NBC's "Today" at the NBC's TODAY Show on September 1, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth (Getty Images)

Not only does Maroon 5 sing a sweet, poppy, funky tune about "Maps", they’ll be making their way across one for the upcoming North American leg of their world tour, kicking off in 2015.

In support of their latest album “V,” Adam Levine and company will stop in Philly on Monday, March 9, at the Wells Fargo Center, bringing along MAGIC! and Rozzi Crane for support.

Our fingers are crossed that fan favorites “This Love” and “She Will Be Loved” make it onto the set list.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 1:52 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singer Usher performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis (Getty Images)

Three years is a long time. It just so happens that’s the amount of time it’s been since Grammy-winning R&B star Usher’s been on a headlining tour.

He breaks the dry spell by bringing his sultry vocals and signature dance moves to the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, Nov. 11 for The UR Experience Tour, ahead of the release of his eighth album. The good news continues: The tour makes another local stop on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Both dates will feature support from August Alsina and DJ Cassidy.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. for both the Philadelphia and Atlantic City dates.

POSTED: Sunday, August 31, 2014, 11:12 PM

The final two acts on the Parkway on Sunday night were Dutch superstar DJ Tiësto and Southern arena rockers Kings Of Leon.

The former let loose with a hyper-adrenalized set that kicked off, naturally, with his triumphant techno race up “Rocky” and remixes of John Legend and Icona Pop songs, accompanied by a flashy light show.

The Kings of Leon took the stage at 10:45 — 75 minutes after their scheduled arrival — starting off their festival closing performance with singer Caleb Followill belting out “Supersoaker” from last year’s Mechanical Bull in his buzz-saw voice.

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