Sunday, November 29, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 10:31 AM
Ho99o9 - pronounced "horror" - are a rare breed of performer. They'll perform in Philly for the first time this week. (Courtesy photo)

TheOGM, one half of freak-rap duo Ho99o9, wants to make sure that one thing’s certain: He wears the wedding dress.  

The Newark, N.J. born, now-L.A.-based twosome, who pronounce their whacky name “horror,” are intense in their live presentation — moshing, back flips, thrashing, climbing, costumes. It’s very hardcore punk reminiscent. In the midst of all the passion and fervor, theOGM was confused for his partner in crime, Eaddy, who was identified as being the one in the matrimonial outfit in a bit of press.

But now he’s out to set the record straight.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 11:22 AM
DJ Tom Seraph (Photo via Facebook)

Philadelphia DJ Tom Seraph — born Thomas J. Hugues III and known onstage as Seraph — died unexpectedly on Oct. 23. He was 33.

The self-taught DJ began spinning in 1996 and frequently performed in Philly. His genres included drum and bass, tech step and jungle. He performed with other drum and bass artists, such as Andy C, Chase & Status and DJ Fresh. Among the many drum and bass parties he spearheaded in Philadelphia, Hugues was known for Bedlam at Fluid Nightclub, which closed in 2013.

Hugues was one of the original founding members of Defcon, an artist management and talent booking organization for DJs and producers, and was affiliated with events promotion group Local 13 Productions. Hugues also worked with his father at C&H Mechanical in Clayton, N.J.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 10:04 AM
Carrie Underwood performs on NBC's "Today" at the Rockefeller Plaza on October 23, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Get ready to see Carrie Underwood like never before. The country mega-star has just announced her first tour “in-the-round,” boasting a complete 360-experience. “The Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round” will bring the large-scale campfire experience to the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, Feb. 22 and Allentown’s PPL Center on Saturday, March 19.

Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. Super eager fans can score a pre-sale code upon buying Underwood’s new album through her web store. 

Touring behind her fifth release Storyteller, out just last Friday, Underwood will be supported by singer Easton Corbin and family duo The Swon Brothers. 

POSTED: Monday, October 26, 2015, 3:18 PM
Philly rapper GrandeMarshall's upcoming album is due out on Nov. 20. (Photo by Desean Ragland)

Fool’s Gold Records rapper GrandeMarshall has been plugging his upcoming album My Brother’s Keeper for over a year now, releasing tracks since last summer. The only thing missing was a release date.

My Brother’s Keeper now has an official release date — November 20 — and shiny new single to go along with it.

The North Philly rapper released “Never Change,” a confident, humming track today via The Fader boasting his authenticity as an artist and a human. Give it a listen below.

POSTED: Monday, October 26, 2015, 10:31 AM
Brad Paisley performs onstage at The Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum All For The Hall New York Benefit Concert at PlayStation Theater on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)

If it seems like it was just a few weeks ago the summer festival season had waned, it’s because it had. Alas, it’s time to look forward to next year already with the lineup announcement of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival. The second-annual fest, taking place at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway — the same place where Firefly Music Festival is held (and organized by the same folks, too) — will run from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26.

Headliners include Brad Paisley, Sam Hunt and Eric Church. Other notables like Hank Williams Jr., Emmylou Harris, Jason Isbell, Martina McBride, Ashley Monroe, The Band Perry and Lee Bride are also on the bill. Check out the whole lineup though.

Tickets are on sale Friday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. for three-day general admission passes as well as RV, tent and “Corral Club” (an air-conditioned tent) camping ticketing options. 

POSTED: Friday, October 23, 2015, 12:29 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

A lot of artists try to create a specific atmosphere at their shows. Whether it's contrived or not, their most loyal fans will still rock to the rhythm, bopping up and down in a sea of robotic-looking arms.

On Thursday night, Chicago-bred Chance the Rapper took the Electric Factory stage and created a concert vibe of his own, only the “Family Matters” tour atmosphere wasn’t insincere. It was inescapable.

Up-and-coming “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. and “What A Time To Be Alive” producer Metro Boomin’ couldn’t make the show in time because of an issue at the Canadian border. Chance, real name Chancelor Bennett, didn’t allow that snafu to dampen the mood of his performance. It quickly became clear it was as much about loving him as it was about loving yourself.

POSTED: Friday, October 23, 2015, 11:15 AM
Nero find themselves at an interesting intersection between live band and DJ-based act. (Photo by Derek Bremner)

There’s something about working in a bass-thumping club environment that makes escaping to nature rather cathartic. Daniel Stephens of British electronic group Nero and his band mates Alana Watson and Joe Ray took advantage of a day off in Aspen by escaping to the hills, retreating to the opposite setting in which their music is usually played. 

“It’s nice to take a break from the dark and dystopian to go and spend some time with nature,” Stephens said after his brush with the outdoors. The next day he’d be back at it, headlining another large club with Nero, bringing their larger-than-life, dynamic house to scale. Philly gets a taste on Saturday at the Electric Factory.

Their live production, like debut album Welcome Reality, released in 2011, has sustained the trio the entirety of their career, spurring hit after hit, tour after tour, festival after festival. A fan-dubbed concept album, Welcome Reality brought audiences into the Nero world, a sci-fi-inspired sound (the group’s favorite film is Blade Runner) with heavy techno beats. It even won them a Grammy for “Promises,” an original with a remix with Skrillex.

POSTED: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 10:57 AM
Yellowcard team up with New Found Glory for a nostalgia-fueled co-headlining tour. (Photo by Katie Hovland)

Ryan Key knows he’s in the midst of something special.

“This is the biggest 1+1=3 tours we’ve been a part of,” the front man of seasoned pop-punk outfit Yellowcard said. They’re on a co-headlining tour with another veteran act, New Found Glory, making the dreams of early 2000s teens come true. Along with Scranton rockers Tigers Jaw, the tour comes to the Electric Factory tomorrow. 

However nostalgic the music of these two bands may be, this is no nostalgia tour. Both groups have continued to make music — Yellowcard’s latest, Lift A Sail was released last year — and the tunes of pop punk’s past have consistently held up. Just walk into any bar’s “Emo Night” and you’re bound to hear “Ocean Avenue,” Yellowcard’s triumphant and optimistic 2003 breakthrough off of the album of the same name, also boasting the well-known hit “Only One.” Too good to be left alone, the LP was revisited in 2013 for an acoustic re-working celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

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