Tuesday, March 3, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 5:19 PM
Violet Chachki. (Photo by Brandon Voss)

The seventh season of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" officially returns to LOGO Monday, March 2. But before the queens start their engines, they are going cross-country on a fabulous tour of America.

Thankfully for Philadelphia fans of the popular franchise, the queens are bringing their tour right here to the City of Brotherly Love. We had the opportunity to chat with three of next season’s competitors before they come to The Trocadero Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Mrs. Kasha Davis grew up in Taylor, Pennsylvania, right outside of Scranton.  “Just like all the gay boys in Scranton back in the '70s and '80s, I grew up and got married to a woman. Basically, she was a size 12 and I am more like a 16, so it didn’t work out,” she told me during one of three interviews I had with the Season 7 queens.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 10:43 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Once a member of bands throughout her entire career, Springtime Carnivore's Greta Morgan sets out on her own. (Photo by Eddie O'Keefe)

The first time you listen to Springtime Carnivore, there’s an almost déjà vu sensation. Yes, there’s the sunny, aged pop that sounds straight from the ‘60s — which is enough to evoke a feeling of nostalgia — but through the haze and sweetness comes a voice that you swear you must’ve heard before.

Because you probably have. Whether you fell into the early-to-mid-2000s wave of poppy alternative or the soaked in the SoCal sun indie of the latter part of the decade, Greta Morgan’s vocals have, at one point or another, come through your headphones.

While her first two musical projects — The Hush Sound and Gold Motel — were full-band affairs, Morgan flies solo for the first time in Springtime Carnivore, self-recording, producing and playing almost all instruments on her self-titled debut.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 3:25 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Former Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson. (TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images)

In am-I-hearing-that-correctly news, neo-disco dance artist Skylar Spence (formerly Saint Pepsi), sampled the famous Allen Iverson “practice” press conference speech in a new track, aptly named “Practice.”

Featuring the former 76er’s 2002 rant over glossy dance beats, “Practice” is the first single from D.C./Brooklyn label Carpark Record’s 16th anniversary compilation release, with all previously unreleased tracks’ themes centering around basketball. (Seriously. Song titles include “Dylan and Chong Playing Basketball” from Teen and “Space Jam” from Toro Y Moi.) 

This could just be Broad Street Run playlist-worthy. We’re talking about practice, man. 

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 2:39 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
J Cole performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 6, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Breaking down his “Forest Hills Drive” tour in three “acts,” J. Cole announced the lineup for the third leg of the tour, coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Friday, July 31. 

The rapper teams up with Big Sean, YG and Jeremih (who was previously slated to join Kid Ink and Dej Loaf on the Scream Nation: The Reintroduction tour but has since bowed out) for a large-venue tour that will also see the group playing Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center.

Presale tickets will be available starting 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, while general sale will begin at noon on Friday, Feb. 27.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 1:53 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Ryan Adams performs during the Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Ceremony at the South Lawn of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 14, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover)

Currently overseas for his European tour, Ryan Adams announced an additional tour date to his spring tour, Tuesday, May 12 at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Del. 

Following a bit of a shocker that Adams won’t be heading to Dover for Firefly, this date, on sale Friday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m., seemingly makes up for his absence. If you’re itching to jump the gun, presale begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 using the password PAXAM.

The last time the songwriter came to town, the night hit a bit of a speed bump, with Adams stopping the show to address an audience member who reportedly utilized flash photography, upsetting the rocker’s Meniere’s disease.

POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 11:40 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Actor/comedian Kevin Hart attends 'The Wedding Ringer' Screening in Miami at Regal South Beach on January 8, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Allied-THA)

It’s hard to avoid Kevin Hart lately. You could go to the movies and see him in The Wedding Ringer. You could turn on your TV and see him face-to-face with Mo’ne Davis on the basketball court during the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game or hosting the impending Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber. You could browse Instagram and see the latest joke-fueled tiff with the comedian throwing shade at Drake and Meek Mill. But for the Philly native, the comedy is where it’s at.

Fresh on the heels of the record-breaking tour announcement bringing Hart to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, Aug. 30 — a show that will make him the only comedian to headline an NFL stadium — the funnyman spared a few minutes to share his excitement and shed some light on an early-career fowl.

Philly.com: Hey, Kevin. How are you?

POSTED: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 10:30 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Rappers Kendrick Lamar (left), J. Cole (center) and Joey Bada$$ (right). (Getty Images)

Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated forthcoming album is going to scream “Power to the people.”

“We’ve always talked to our people,” Terrance Martin, the man who produced Lamar’s new single, “The Blacker the Berry,” told Billboard. “Now it looks a bit bigger because [Kendrick] has such a bigger platform now.”

In the surprise track, which dropped Monday, Feb. 9, Lamar simultaneously addresses institutionalized racism, African tribal wars, and gang wars in the streets of Compton.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 3:20 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Kings of Leon's Anthony Caleb Followill performs during Made In America 2014 on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

While it might not seem like it, festival season is fast approaching. Following the lineup announcements of Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball and Hangout Fest, Dover, Del.’s Firefly Music Festival has a roster of artists prepped to play The Woodlands of Dover International Raceway for 2015’s festival: Thursday, June 18 through Sunday, June 21. 

Lineup performers include:
The Kooks
Charli XCX
Gary Clark Jr.
Citizen Cope
Spoon
Walk the Moon
Logic
Odesza
AWOLNATION
Matt & Kim
Zedd
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Bastille
Clean Bandit
Cage the Elephant
The Chainsmokers
Dirty Heads
Broods
Snoop Dogg
Kygo
Chiddy Bang
Sublime with Rome
Run the Jewels
Manchester Orchestra
Kings of Leon
Hozier
Modest Mouse
Cold War Kids
Empire of the Sun
Kid Cudi
Morrissey
The Killers
Tove Lo
Steve Aoki
Foster the People
Tycho
Big Data
DJ Mustard
Sturgill Simpson
Sylvan Esso
Jungle
Benjamin Booker
The White Panda
Echosmith
Lettuce
Ryn Weaver
Betty Who
Glass Animals
Zola Jesus
RJD2
How To Dress Well
Alison Wonderland
Bahamas
Vacationer
Fences
Bad Suns
Cheerleader
And a whole lot more

According to the lineup video, over additional 75 artists will be included, including the final headliner.

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