Friday, July 3, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 12:48 PM
Purple, a high-octane gritty rock trio from Texas, will play a free show at Ortlieb's on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

“There are a group of dudes in this world who are intimidated by pretty women musicians who are good at their instrument,” Hanna Brewer says. She’s probably had this discussion before. “I think they’re like intimidated and they get pissed about it.”

Regardless of gender, there’s a lot to Brewer that may incite intimidation. First off, she sings and mans the drum kit in Beaumont, Texas party rock trio Purple, an impressive physical feat. She’ll perform topless, in nothing but a decorated bra when they play Ortlieb’s this Thursday. She tells tour stories about getting come-ons from both men and women and having alcohol-fueled clawing matches with her band mates, Taylor Busby and Tyler Smith. She’s unabashed in sharing details about a hallucinogenic trip on DMT, sonically mapped in a six-minute, ripping song of the same name.

“I went to another world. It was insane,” she said. “I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t move. And as soon as it wore off, I was like ‘Let's write a song!' I felt so crazy.”

POSTED: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 11:22 AM
Meek Mill attends Roc Nation and Three Six Zero Pre-GRAMMY Brunch 2015 at Private Residence on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for PUMA)

Surprise! Meek Mill’s sophomore album Dreams Worth More Than Money will be available on Monday, June 29. The North Philly rapper revealed the LP’s release date via Twitter Tuesday night as well as the track list for the album, now available for pre-order on iTunes. (All pre-orders come with a download of the album’s first single, “Check.”)

Meek actually did offer a bit of insight on when the follow up to 2012’s Dreams and Nightmares would hit the market. Earlier this month during his set at Hot 97 Summer Jam, Meek announced DWMTM would be coming this month, though not when specifically.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 5:42 PM
MKTO and Zella Day are slated to perform at this year's 4th of July Jam. (Getty Images)

Two young pop acts have been added to the performance roster at this year’s 4th of July Jam. The annual free concert on the parkway — this year headlined by The Roots, Miguel and Jennifer Nettles — will see the addition of pop-hip hop duo MKTO and ethereal singer-songwriter Zella Day.

The crowning moment of the weeklong Wawa Welcome America celebration, the 4th of July Jam begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Eakins Oval and will be followed with an epic fireworks show.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 3:02 PM
Ryan Peak, Chad Kroeger and Daniel Adair from the band Nickelback performs at iHeartRadio Theater on November 18, 2014 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Heartbreaking news, really.

A band with a notoriously superior reputation has announced the cancellation of the remainder of their summer tour. Following the cancellation of shows over the weekend, Nickelback have been forced to call off the rest of their North American tour due to singer Chad Kroeger’s recent diagnosis of a vocal box cyst. His upcoming surgery will put an end to their summer plans.

That means anyone planning to attend Saturday, Aug. 8’s show in Hershey and Saturday, Aug. 22’s Susquehanna Bank Center concert now have a free schedule on those days.

POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:21 PM
US rapper Mos Def, touring under the name Yasiin Bey, performs on stage during the Nice Jazz Festival on July 12, 2014 in Nice, southeastern France. (VALERY HACHE (AFP/Getty Images)

The hip-hop artist formerly known as Mos Def, Yasiin Bey, is set to headline a rare U.S. appearance — in Philly nonetheless — this summer.   

Heading to Union Transfer on Saturday, July 25, Bey will perform during his Summer Recess concert, an event specifically for the Philly crowd focusing on top-notch hip-hop. It gets better: North Philly native Freeway will host the night. 

Tickets for the 21-plus show are available starting at noon on Monday, June 22. 

POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2015, 11:44 AM
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Rod Stewart performs during the launch of his two-year residency "Rod Stewart: The Hits." at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace August 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller (Getty Images)

For the past nine years, John DeBella and 102.9 WMGK have been raising money to support the Veterans Multi-Service Center, a Philadelphia non-profit that aids veterans, through their annual Radiothon. This year’s fundraiser raked in a whopping $192,000, thanks in large part to Rod Stewart.

Mirroring his last year’s surprise donation, the rocker made another $10,000 contribution during DeBella’s live broadcast from the National Constitution Center on Friday.

Other donors included DeBella’s wife Lisa, Delaware Valley University, Fred Beans Lincoln, Jiffy Lube and more. 

POSTED: Friday, June 19, 2015, 11:19 AM
Superheaven come to Voltage Lounge for an album release show on Sunday. (Courtesy photo)

Superheaven don’t believe in all the bells and whistles. They write their music, they perform their music, and that’s about it. Co-front man, guitarist and one of the band’s principal songwriters Taylor Madison doesn’t chalk it up to much more than that. He’s a straightforward guy who’d rather write songs about inner turmoil or family strife than sappy songs about girls and will call out those he finds insincere.

“We’ve burned a lot of bridges with a lot of people and a lot of bands that we thought weren’t genuine,” he said pointedly. “We never do anything because we think ‘Oh our peers didn’t like this,’ and ‘Let’s do what people seem to like for the next album.’ I don’t write lyrics like that so I’m not going to write them just because people like that. I think we’re maybe a little more real then some bands.”

It’s a part of what make the Doylestown band, formerly known as Daylight, so authentic. They’ve got no one to please but themselves. But they’ll aim to impress an audience this Sunday for a record release show at Voltage Lounge.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 1:40 PM
Katy Harris and Chris Eisenmann said "I do" in front of Lincoln Financial Field on Friday before the Taylor Swift concert. (Rocco Avallone /

Katy Harris got out of her brother’s SUV on Friday, June 12 in an elaborate getup. She arrived at Lincoln Financial Field at promptly 4:30 p.m. not only in preparation to see her favorite musician — Taylor Swift — perform, but to marry her fiance, Chris Eisenmann. So naturally, she was wearing a wedding dress.

It was a plan two weeks in the making. Harris was crafting their costumes for the 1989 Tour (the couple sees T. Swizzle every two years) when she thought of her still-unused wedding dress. The couple’s nuptials, originally planned for Dec. 13, 2014 — Taylor’s 25th birthday — had been postponed. Harris figured she’d put the dress to good use for the concert ... by getting married before it.

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