Friday, July 3, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 12:31 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Philly's own Candice Martello - who goes by Hemming on stage - found success on reality TV. She now has a residency at Ortlieb's in April. (Photo by Peter Murray)

“I don’t even understand how we got on,” Candice Martello said bluntly about her band Omar’s appearance on VH1’s “Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project.”

The Philly punk twosome of singer/guitarist Martello and drummer Nick Fanelli hadn’t submitted themselves for the show, they hadn’t auditioned, and at that point hadn’t expressed any interest in being on reality television. So when the call came … they hung up.

“Nick got a call about it and immediately hung up on them because he thought it was a joke,” Martello said.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 12:19 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are coming to the Mann Center in August. (Getty Images)

A high-caliber night of blues and soul is set for Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Mann Center when Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings hits town.

Tickets are available at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10.

The husband and wife-fronted 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band have been working on their next album, a follow up to the chart-toping Billboard Top Blues Albums’ Made Up Mind

POSTED: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 10:32 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
American blues singer Billie Holiday (1915 - 1959) singing with an orchid in her hair, early 1950s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

On this day 100 years ago, April 7, Elinore Harris was born in Philadelphia General Hospital in West Philadelphia. A century later, Billie Holiday is the first inductee in the Philadelphia Music Alliance’s 2015 Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame class. 

"The Philadelphia Music Alliance wanted to present what we think is a 'perfect' birthday gift to an extraordinary vocalist, Billie Holiday, and announce her induction on her 100th birthday," said Alan Rubens, chairman of the Philadelphia Music Alliance in a press release. 

Lady Day will join the likes of John Coltrane, Jim Croce, Dick Clark, Dizzy Gillespie and many more on the Walk of Fame, located on Broad Street between Walnut Street and Spruce Street.

POSTED: Monday, April 6, 2015, 12:44 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Diplo at the 2014 Mad Decent Block Party in Philadelphia. (Serge Levin /

The festival that got its start as an actual Philadelphia block party — and now travels to 19 North American cities — has announced details for its 2015 incarnation.

Not much has been revealed, but Diplo’s EDM-heavy Mad Decent Block Party will now be held on two days in Philly: Thursday, Aug. 6 and Friday, Aug. 7.

Fan presale will be available at noon on Monday, April 13 for those who RSVP on Facebook and get on the email list (that’s how you’ll get the presale code).

POSTED: Monday, April 6, 2015, 11:08 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Bensalem native Christina Perri teams up with Grammy-winning Colbie Caillat for a co-headlining tour. (Getty Images)

Bensalem native, Christina Perri and singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat want you to join in on their Girls Night Out. The two singers are pairing up for “The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too” tour, making a stop at the Mann Center on Saturday, July 11.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 10.

Perri, famous for her breakthrough hit “Jar of Hearts,” which appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2010, released her sophomore album, Head or Heart, last April and will also be supporting Ed Sheeran on the second leg of his North American tour this fall. 

POSTED: Friday, April 3, 2015, 12:43 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Axis: Sova frontman Brett Sova talks about the band's expanded lineup before their performance on Saturday. (Photo by Brownshoesonly)

The last time Brett Sova played in Philadelphia, he was expecting to be blaring his distorted, psychedelic tunes in an active batting cage. He was wrong.

“Unfortunately, the batting cages were shut off,” said Sova, frontman, guitarist and principle songwriter of Chicago noise outfit Axis: Sova, of playing Everybody Hits with local band Birds of Maya in September.

“Maybe we can make a petition or make some phone calls requesting that the batting cages can be on,” he said. They’ll be taking on the same space this Saturday, April 4. 

POSTED: Friday, April 3, 2015, 10:43 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Cody Simpson is stripping his glossy sound for a more laid-back appeal. He plays World Cafe Live on Sunday. (Photo by Nick Onken)

When most teenagers turn 18, they get the opportunity to vote, can get inked on their own, or might join the military. For Cody Simpson, he cut ties with label Atlantic Records and set out on his own. Independently releasing his upcoming album Free later this year, Simpson is taking the title to heart. 

Having spent much of his formative youth in the spotlight — he burst onto the scene at the tender age of 13 — Simpson’s teenage rebellion is less of an insurgence and more of a submission into adulthood. 

“I’m at a spot in my life where I know what I want," Simpson said. “People are understanding with where my head’s at.”

POSTED: Thursday, April 2, 2015, 10:34 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Enter Shikari are touring behind their latest album, 'The Mindsweep.' (Photo by Tom Martin)

Enter Shikari have always been out to prove a point. Never ones to shy away from political and societal issues, the UK post-hardcore foursome have tackled grand themes concerning everything from nuclear fallout to climate change. Even from their early days playing local youth clubs in their hometown of St. Albans — much to the dismay of local council members who wanted to squelch the DIY music events out of fear of underage alcohol and drug use — the band has always used their music to entertain ideas of revolution.

“From those very local fights, it just kind of opened up our worldview,” said singer and guitarist Rou Reynolds. “We then felt a sort of sense of responsibility.”

That self-imposed responsibility grew into lyrical discussions that weren’t exclusively UK based, either, but ones that reached a broader audience.

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