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POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 11:08 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Canadian rock outfit Sloan plays Boot and Saddle on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Missing Piece Group)

Despite releasing 11 albums over two decades, Sloan's music features a timelessness where you're not really sure what year it came out in. Although their methods have skewed more independent than collaborative, they've managed to keep a good thing going since the early '90s. Though when it came to their latest effort, the four members of the Canadian alt-rock outfit — Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott — each decided to do their own thing.

“I don’t think the goal was to be cohesive,” said Patrick Pentland, one-fourth of the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter extraordinaire group playing Boot and Saddle on Sunday, Nov. 16, said of Commonwealth, released on Sept. 9. “I think the goal was to have four people present what they want. It sort of defeats the purpose of doing four separate EPs or records.”

Commonwealth is an impressive double album designed to give each member a moment in the spotlight, each song on the respective member’s portion of the album effortlessly bleeding into one another. The release is essentially a series of four EPs in which each guy has independently written and recorded his quarter of the album, over its 15 songs and 58 minutes (the last track being an impressive near 18 minutes).

POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014, 1:09 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Azealia Banks performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Getty Images)

“I’m so tired of all this drama,” Azealia says.

She finally showed up: Miss Azealia Banks, Yung Rapunxel herself has her very own full-length debut album. 

Broke With Expensive Taste has been delayed for over two years. Between then and now, she begged to be dropped from Universal Records, called indie veterans The Stone Roses words I do not say aloud, and canned a planned collaboration with the English music duo, Disclosure, because they were  “rude” in an interview.   

POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014, 11:32 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 26: Big Sean in Oakland, CA performs for 16,000 students and educators at the first We Day California at ORACLE Arena on March 26, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings (Getty Images for Free The Childr)

How’s this for a viewing party? On Thursday, Nov. 13, Coors Light is throwing an exclusive 76ers game screening — for a limited number of guests — with live hosting appearances and meet-and-greet opportunities from hip-hop artists Big Sean and Curren$y, in a top-secret location.

While the event is totally free, an RSVP is mandatory — and you can only add your name to the list during a one-hour window today at noon. Remember, this is first come, first serve, and spots will go quickly.

Once you’ve RSVP'd, all registered attendees will receive a confirmation email with the event’s location on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The only details available as of now is that the bash will take place in Philadelphia at 7 p.m.

POSTED: Friday, November 7, 2014, 2:47 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
"Friends and Fam" with Matthew Law featuring special guest DJ Lil' Dave of the Illvibe Collective at Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday July 19, 2014. ( Tim Blackwell / )

On any given night, you can find a handful of DJ-fueled dance parties in Philadelphia. From The Dolphin Tavern — which has been hosting members of Animal Collective for a fall residency — to the Barbary, Kung Fu Necktie, and Soundgarden Hall, it doesn’t take much to get a blistering bass fix.

Mixing old school with new school comes a new fixture to the bustling Philly nightlife scene: Motown on Mondays.

Since 2009, a collective of DJs have dedicated their Monday nights to remixing and interpreting Motown hits into dance floor anthems at clubs all across the United States, and now they make their way to Silk City Diner, Bar and Lounge (435 Spring Garden St.) on Monday, Nov. 10.

POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:58 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Waxahatchee will play two headlining shows at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel as well as provide opening support for Jenny Lewis at Union Transfer next week. (Photo by Ryan Russell)

When a quick trip home to Alabama sidelined Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield from tour rehearsals a few weeks before departing on a small tour, she didn’t seem too concerned.

“I’m actually in Alabama right now. I had a last-minute trip here, so I’m not really preparing for tour,” she said. “I’m going to get home, prepare for tour, and go.”

This week saw the singer embarking on a short “solo” batch of headlining dates which will include stops at the First Unitarian Church’s Side Chapel for two (5 p.m. and 8 p.m.) sold-out shows on Sunday, Nov. 9 before returning on Tuesday, Nov. 11 to open for Jenny Lewis at Union Transfer — also sold out.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 11:39 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Recording artist Meghan Trainor 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)

Meghan Trainor, the 20-year-old body-empowering “All About That Bass” singer brings her multi-platinum hit — and more — to audiences across North America for “That Bass Tour,” making her headlining debut in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 11 at the TLA.

Trainor, who just released new single “Lips Are Movin’” from her upcoming major label debut Title, brings along Australian family pop act Sheppard as openers.

General sale tickets will be available at noon on Saturday, Nov. 8; presale is set for Wednesday, Nov. 5.

POSTED: Monday, November 3, 2014, 12:37 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Singer Taylor Swift performs onstage during CBS Radio's We Can Survive at the Hollywood Bowl (presented by 5 Hour Energy) on October 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)

In a seemingly “swift” decision, Taylor Swift’s entire catalogue has been pulled from music streaming service Spotify.

According to a statement issued on Spotify’s website, the company “hopes she’ll change her mind.”

This news comes after the notable slight in Spotify gaining access to 1989, Swift’s most recent release.

POSTED: Monday, November 3, 2014, 12:02 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Linkin Park return to the area early next year, playing Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. (Photo by Brandon Cox)

Fresh off the heels of a powerhouse summer tour with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI, Linkin Park are prepping to hit the road again for “The Hunting Party Tour,” bringing along Rise Against and Of Mice and Men.

Coming to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Friday, Jan. 23, the rockers are touring in support of their sixth release this summer, “The Hunting Party.”

Look for tickets at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 — or earlier for Linkin Park fan club members

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