Monday, August 31, 2015

POSTED: Monday, August 17, 2015, 4:07 PM

Stevie Wonder showed up on a stage on Dilworth Plaza on the west side of City Hall just after three o'clock on a sweltering Philadelphia day.

After warming up with a few instrumental selections before the highly excitable crowd gathered to see him, he took a few minutes to explain what he was doing there.

"Hello, Philadelphia, I'm so happy to be here," said the 65-year-old musical genius, who had just arrived from Washington, D.C., on a whirlwind tour to announce the final 20-city leg of his tour for the 1976 album Songs in The Key of Life. He'll play the Wells Fargo Center in south Philadelphia on Oct. 7.

POSTED: Monday, August 17, 2015, 3:58 PM
Rascal Flatts trio - singing cousins Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus and vocalist and guitarist Joe Don Rooney - will hit the Atlantic City beach. (TODD OWYOUNG)

It’s not every day that one of country music’s biggest names comes to the Atlantic City beach for an oceanside performance. On Thursday, Rascal Flatts is going to do just that. After Sunday’s successful Maroon 5 concert — also on the beach — the Grammy-winning trio are gearing up to bring their decade-plus career to a place it’s quite literally never been before. 

“We’ve never played outdoors in Atlantic City ever,” said guitarist Joe Don Rooney.

To mark the occasion — and to help build excitement for Thursday’s sandy fete — we’re giving you the lowdown on what to expect when Rascal Flatts take on the Jersey Shore. 

POSTED: Monday, August 17, 2015, 10:51 AM
Surprise! Stevie Wonder will be in Philly this afternoon. (MIKE COPPOLA / Getty Images)

Stay calm. Or don’t. But definitely plan to take your lunch break a little late today. 

Stevie Wonder is coming to Dilworth Park (1 S. 15th St.) this afternoon for a free, surprise concert at 3 p.m.

Touting the fall leg of his Songs In The Key of Life Tour, which will mark the final live U.S. tour performances, the Grammy winner will perform two to three songs, announce a Philadelphia tour date, and take questions.   

POSTED: Friday, August 14, 2015, 2:45 PM
President Barack Obama addresses American University's School of International Service in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. (Getty Images)

The time has come: President Obama is now on Spotify. The White House released two Commander In Chief-curated playlists on the streaming service, perfect for the vacationing Obama’s summer day and evening tastes, and he’s apparently got a thing for Philadelphia music makers.

Between the 20 songs on each playlist, four artists with Philly roots make an appearance. On the daytime playlist, rock ‘n’ rollers Low Cut Connie’s ode to South Philly, “Boozophilia,” and UPenn alum John Legend’s Green Light” made the cut.

POSTED: Friday, August 14, 2015, 12:29 PM
Having never played music together before, the members of Ne-Hi formed when a friend asked them to score his film. (Photo by Xavier Juarez)

When four Chicago musicians — singers and guitarists Alex Otake and Jason Balla, bassist James Weir and drummer Mikey Wells, gathered to play music together for the first time — they had one task at hand: to score a friend’s film.

That plan didn’t pan out as well as the filmmaker had hoped.

The byproduct, though, ended up being a serendipitous surprise for those four guys, who now make jangly, surf-punk under the name Ne-Hi. They’re taking the act on the road, performing at Boot & Saddle on Saturday. 

POSTED: Friday, August 14, 2015, 12:26 PM
A Lutheran church at the corner of Roxborough and Ridge Avenues will become the new home base for the Philadelphia Folksong Society. (Image via Google Street View)

Like the few dozen former places of worship that have been converted into alternative spaces — like apartments and offices — over the last 10 years, a retired Lutheran church in Roxborough is getting a makeover.

The Philadelphia Folksong Society announced at last night’s Folk Festival opener that they’d be revamping the church into their new home base, according to The Key. The goal is to double the size of the currently 100-person-capacity room for live performances. The church will also be the go-to spot for all of PFS’s music classes and community programming.

The Folksong Society currently operates out of a space in Mount Airy.

POSTED: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 11:01 AM
LVL Up, who just released a three-song EP, will support Basement at Union Transfer on Friday. (Photo by Andrew Piccone)

LVL UP are ready to make a grand statement: They really, really like Missoula, Mont. So much so that bassist and vocalist Nick Corbo can no longer keep silent: “For all of the bands out there, and music promoters out there, and booking agents and stuff, Missoula, Mont. is wildly better than the alternative in this area.” 

Maybe “really, really like” is an understatement.

The Brooklyn-based foursome was calling in while coming off of a post-show high, enamored with their first-time visit in the college town.

POSTED: Monday, August 3, 2015, 11:11 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
A screenshot from West Philly rapper Marv Mark's music video for "Paula Deen." (YouTube)

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When West Philly rapper Marv Mack released his video for “Paula Deen,” a project two years in the making that dropped last month, he had no idea it’d get as much buzz as it did.

“I just knew I wasn’t the only person that felt the way I felt,” Marv Mack said.

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