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POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:56 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Haim plays "Made in America Festival" in Philadelphia, 2013. (Photo: Colin Kerrigan /

Festival season is just around the corner, and we know folks in the Philadelphia region are very excited for the third annual Budweiser Made in America Festival, happening this Labor Day weekend, August 30-31

Live Nation has just announced that presale tickets are available today (Monday). Early-bird two-day passes are just $99.50 (plus fees) when you use the password “BMIA2014” – click here to get your tickets now.

The lineup for this year's festival is forthcoming. Check out last year's coverage of Made in America.

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:20 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Rapper Meek Mill performs onstage at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2013, presented by Play GIG-IT, at Barclays Center on November 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

An arrest from 2012 has Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill suing the local police department.

On the evening of Halloween, Philly cops pulled Mill over at 11th and Girard Streets because they claimed that the smell of weed was lingering from his car. The musician says that he was ultimately cuffed for not allowing authorities to search the vehicle. During that time, the rapper was supposed to be getting on a private jet, which cost $22,000, headed to Atlanta for a party that he was being paid $39,000 to make an appearance. According to a complaint, cops took photos of the hip hop star, while he was in custody, and posted them to Instagram and several other social media sites. Mill was released nine hours later, the following day, after not being charged for any criminal activity. 

In addition to missing the event and losing money, the arrest cost him a major deal with Puma. The lifestyle brand had originally offered Meek a $2 million deal, but because of the negative publicity surrounding the Halloween arrest, they cut it down to less than half of original offer, which came out to be $650,000.

POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:04 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Twins Christa (left) and Julia (right) Rodriguez. Julia has started a Twitter campaign to get Miley Cyrus to visit her cancer-stricken sister. (Courtesy photo)

It began with one tweet to Miley Cyrus on Sunday from 18-year-old Upper Merion High School student Julia Rodriguez:

@iamjuliarod: @mileycyrus My twin sister has been diagnosed recently for a second time with Hodgkins Lymphoma, which is a type of Cancer. She is 18 years old, super smart, funny, beautiful, loves to dance, sing, rap, and is a HUGE Miley Cyrus fan from the beginning.

We are supposed to go to the Bangerz concert on April 22nd in Philly but because of the timing of her chemo treatments, she is unable to attend the concert that she has been looking forward to for a long time. (She receives her treatments at CHOP in Philly)

POSTED: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:06 AM
Blake Shelton will perform in Atlantic City this summer. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Country music star and frequently victorious leader of The Voice, Blake Shelton will play a free concert on the free beach in Atlantic City, NJ on Thursday, July 31st.  

The concert is jointly presented by the Atlantic City Alliance and DO AC as a part of their “DO AC” campaign centered around entertainment on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Live Nation is producing the show. Jimmy Buffet headlined this free concert last summer on the free beach in front of the newly opened Margaritaville at Resorts.  Over 50,000 concertgoers attended.

Shelton has won the Country Music Award for “Male Vocalist of the year” for the last four years. He also holds the record for most consecutive No. 1’s on the country airplay charts for “Doin’ What She Likes.” Shelton has been married to country singer Miranda Lambert since 2011.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:07 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 13, 2013 in New York City. The band announced their North American tour on April 8. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)

Aerosmith announced their North American tour, "Let Rock Rule," the way any self-respecting, legendary rock band would: by tagging up the West Coast with their logo.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will accompany Aerosmith on the tour which kicks off in New York on Thursday, July 10.

"Let Rock Rule" makes a stop in Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, August 31.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 4:00 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Girl Talk and Freeway release new EP "Broken Ankles"

Philly rapper Freeway teamed with Pittsburgh’s Girl Talk months back for a new collaborative project that has brought some refreshing new attention to both musicians.

Freeway is a former Def-Jam prodigy and Girl Talk reached peak fame when he became a leading pioneer in the mid-2000s for his seamless mash-ups records. While both have continued to make music and tour, they’ve remained quieter within the music world, until now.

Broken Ankles is the duo’s debut EP, available today as a free download. The record also features guest vocals from Waka Flock Flame, Young Chris, and Jadakiss. This album is a follow up with Girl Talk's 2010 LP All Day.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 3:16 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Tegan Quin (L) and Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara perform at Y100's Pre-Show at the Jingle Ball Village on the plaza at the BB&T Center on December 20, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano (Getty Images for Clear Channel)

Singer-songwriting sister duo Tegan and Sara have just joined the lineup for Yuengling’s new Summer Concert Series in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at SteelStacks venue.

Just last month, the summer long music festival announced that the inaugural showcase would feature Modest Mouse on May 21. Tegan and Sara will be the headliners show number two on Jun. 23.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Apr. 9 at 10 a.m. 

POSTED: Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 11:59 AM

When J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness hit the big screen in April 2013, it quickly became the highest grossing Star Trek film in history. Now, the film is making a reappearance in Philadelphia—though, this time at the Mann with a little live orchestration help from the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Conducted by David Newman, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s addition to Star Trek Into Darkness is happening Thursday, July 31 at 8:00 pm. It is an all ages show, and fellow Trekkies can grab tickets for it here starting Friday—$75 for Golden Circle, $14.50 for lawn. 

Created by famed Hollywood composer Michael Giacchino, the Star Trek Into Darkness score is actually considerably darker than the 2009 Star Trek music, which Giacchino also composed. Additionally, it is the first score of any Star Trek venture to include piano in the score since 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The same goes for the score’s inclusion of a choir singing entirely in traditional Klingon.

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