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POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 1:00 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Sam Smith performs in concert at United Palace Theater on September 18, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Hitting the mainstream music scene hard this past year was English singer Sam Smith. The 22-year old first graced our earbuds after being featured on electronic duo Disclosure’s “Latch” in late 2012 and it was love at first soulful note.

North American audiences can revel in the heartbreak and passion when Smith embarks on tour early next year, kicking off in Atlanta. The “In The Lonely Hour” tour makes a stop at Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center on Tuesday, Jan. 13 — a pretty big step up, since the last time he came through these parts, it was to play the uber-intimate Boot & Saddle.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:49 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift attends the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)

LOS ANGELES ( - "Out of the Woods" had a rather Swift trajectory to the top of the iTunes chart.

Taylor Swift's new single, co-written by fun.'s Jack Antonoff, hit the top of the iTunes chart within hours of its release on midnight on Monday. Swift announced last month that her upcoming album "1989" would be her first pop album, and "Out of the Woods," the second single off the album, is heavy with synthesizers and very clearly in the genre.

Swift now claims the top two spots on the iTunes chart, with "Shake It Off" at No. 2. "Shake It Off" was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.

POSTED: Friday, October 10, 2014, 10:42 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform during the Who Cares Benefit For Teen Cancer America Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rick Diamond (Getty Images)

Usually when someone hits 50, their family throws them a huge surprise party at a semi-fancy suburban Italian restaurant. Not The Who, though.

“The Who Hits 50!” tour, marking the momentous 50-year anniversary of the band’s existence, will stop at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, May 17, 2015 for the spring leg of the tour and will circle back again Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, the last date of the tour.

They come in promotion of their latest greatest hits record (out Monday, Oct. 27), playing legendary hits (“My Generation,” “Who Are You”), the band’s favorite picks, and some newer material, like the recently released “Be Lucky.”

POSTED: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:43 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
R&B singer Jeremih attends BET's Rip The Runway 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 29, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

SPEC, the Social Planning and Events Committee at The University of Pennsylvania, has booked rapper and R&B star Jeremih to perform at a SPEC-TRUM concert, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian.

SPEC-TRUM, an organization within SPEC, focuses on minority representation.

The “Birthday Sex” and more recently “Don’t Tell ‘Em” singer will perform at The Rotunda, 40th and Walnut, on Thursday, Oct. 23.

POSTED: Thursday, October 9, 2014, 11:13 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac pose on stage on NBC's "Today" at the NBC's TODAY Show on October 9, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Noam Galai (Getty Images)

The “On With The Show” tour continues onward for Fleetwood Mac. Currently on the road with the all-star lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, the legends announced additional dates to the already momentous (having sold out two shows at NYC’s Madison Square Garden) tour.

Of the 28-date additions, beginning Jan. 16 in St. Paul, Fleetwood and Co. will return to the area on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

Be the first to get tickets when they go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20.

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 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.

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