Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1:29 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
(L-R) Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men perform during 'FOX & Friends' All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on June 20, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

The city that gave R&B legends Boyz II Men their start welcomes them back in true Philly fashion.

During halftime of this weekend’s Eagles game, the smooth-singing group will bring their harmonies to Lincoln Financial Field. Fans unable to make it to Sunday’s game can stream the performance live on Philadelphia Eagles.com or on the Eagles’ mobile app.

The group will reportedly perform a medley, packed with songs spanning their entire 20-plus year career.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 2:17 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Adam Granduciel and The War on Drugs rehearse, clockwise from left: Dave Hartley (bass); Robbie Bennett (keyboards); Adam Granduciel (vocals, guitar); Anthony Lamarca (guitar); and Charlie Hall (drums). TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer

The latest trend in music isn’t infusing R&B elements with your guitar licks or adding a bass drop to the chorus but getting in beefs with other bands.

Whether it be almost everyone dissing One Direction, or Taylor Swift’s recent alluded revelation that she and Katy Perry are “straight up enemies,” if you’re melodically inclined, the claws come out easier.

The latest guitar-laden feud comes from Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Philadelphia’s own The War on Drugs.

POSTED: Monday, October 6, 2014, 11:35 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Luke Pritchard from The Kooks performs at Eurockeennes Music Festival on June 29, 2012 in Belfort, France. (Getty Images)

Like a fine wine, The Kooks have released records that tend to get better with age, to grow on you.

Throughout their history, the Brits have erred on the side of caution when it came to crafting an ear-catching hook: From breakout single “Naïve,” the jangly guitar-driven stunner, to “Junk of the Heart (Happy),” a simple and sweet dedication of affection and title track from their 2011 release, the U.K. band has relied on prominent guitar riffs supporting Luke Pritchard’s unmistakable yearning, sometimes howling vocals.

The 29-year-old singer and guitarist turned the expected on its head when he and the rest of the band enlisted the help of a virtually unknown hip-hop producer, Inflo, for their fourth full-length album Listen, released Sept. 8.

POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 2:58 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Tokyo Police Club are playing a free show at the TLA tonight. (Photo via Facebook)

Yahoo!’s On the Road series, an initiative bringing big-name bands and musicians to various cities in conjunction with local colleges, makes a stop in Philly tonight with Canadian alt-poppers Tokyo Police Club.

The On the Road crew has been hanging out at Temple University today with their tech and live performance setup for the students but have made their way over to the TLA where interested concertgoers can score free tickets to the show tonight at 8 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11:15 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Neil Diamond performs during A Capitol Fourth 2013 Independence Day Concert on the west lawn of the US Capitol on July 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor (Getty Images for Capital Concert)

There’s something so therapeutic in singing “Sweet Caroline” at the top of your lungs. You know this deep down in your soul. Now you can put a date on when the sing-along can leave the comfort of your car, kitchen, shower, karaoke bar, sporting event, etc. and into a live music venue.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond announced a 29-date tour for early 2015 with two local stops, including the excursion’s kickoff date, Friday, Feb. 27 at Allentown’s PPL Park (N. 7th and Hamilton Streets). Diamond comes through Philadelphia on Sunday, March 15 to the Wells Fargo Center (3601 S. Broad St.).

Tickets for both shows will be available at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, through the venues’ respective ticketing websites. Citi cardmembers can get access to presale tickets on Monday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.

POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:13 PM
Musician Wynton Marsalis performs at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano (Getty Images)

From local players to national stars, the Kimmel Center’s (300 S. Broad St.) 2014-2015 jazz season features lots of great free and ticketed performances with improv jams, new work development, and swinging shows. Longtime jazz listeners and newbies alike can take in the sounds and groove along.

It’s never too early for a little hot jazz. Three- to five-year-olds can take part in an interactive concert on Saturday, Oct. 4 with Drew Nugent, singer and multi-instrumentalist of Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society. For an hour, starting at 11 a.m., tots can get their hands on some instruments and dance along as a part of the PNC Grow Up Great series at the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza Stage. These free sessions continue throughout the season with vocalist Shakera Jones on Saturday, Nov. 1 and pianist and composer Lucas Brown on Saturday, Dec. 6. All concerts begin at 11 a.m., if you were wondering.

Eleven-time Grammy nominee (and one-time winner!) vocalist Kurt Elling brings his project “PassionWorld,” comprising tunes about love and loss — like Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me” and French stunner “La Vie en Rose” — to the Perelman Theater stage on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:58 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Comedian Aziz Ansari performs at TPAC Jackson Hall during the Bud Light Presents Wild West Comedy Festival - Aziz Ansari on May 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Getty Images for Bud Light)

What are you doing this weekend?

How about laughing it up with Parks and Recreation star and all around funny man Aziz Ansari?

Aziz is bringing his huge arena tour to Philly's Wells Fargo Center on Friday, September 26 and we're giving you the chance to see him live.


POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 9:48 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Musical group Weezer performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Weezer’s taking it "back to the shack," so to speak, for their next bout of tour dates. Announcing a short series of small club stops in which the power-chord fueled band plays their upcoming ninth album, “Everything Will Be Alright in the End” (out Oct. 7) from front to back, Weezer will make their Philly pit stop on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Trocadero (1003 Arch St.).  

Tickets hit the market at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Though tickets are slated for $65 a pop, there’s no doubt those die-hard Weezer fans will scoop them up in a hot second — especially with the anticipation building behind this latest LP.

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