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Archive: April, 2013

POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:13 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

LONDON (AP) — The director of award-winning film "Senna" is making a documentary about the late soul singer Amy Winehouse.

Focus Features International says the movie will feature unseen archive footage to tell the story of the art and life of the musician, who died at age 27 in London in 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning.

The Winehouse family said in a statement Thursday that it had been approached with many documentary proposals, but "Senna" director Asif Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees presented a vision that would "look at Amy's story sensitively, honestly and without sensationalizing her."

POSTED: Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:10 AM

Hometown heroes Kurt Vile & the Violators play a free at noon show at the World Cafe Live on Friday.

I've got a feature story with the hirsute Philadelphia rocker running in the Sunday Inquirer A & E section this weekend, from an interview I did with him a few weeks back. That's when I took the picture of him hanging out by the mural that doubles as the Wakin On A Pretty Daze album cover, which is at Front & Master Street, and is the work of Steve Powers, otherwise known as ESPO.

Check out a video about the making of the mural below and also the TV commercial for the very good Wakin, which features the single "Never Run Away" and Vile's dancing daughter Awilda.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:53 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Yung Lean photographed with his favorite drink.

Or, that we known of. He calls himself Yung Lean and for some reason, the internet is really interested in him–and it's obvious why. He's white, he's young, he's from the Södermalm district of Stockholm and he's a total mystery.

Lean fits the mold of the eccentric, Tumblr-generation of musical weirdos like Lil B and Riff Raff–the type that are willing to do, say, wear, rap about anything to grab the spotlight. With song titles like "OREOMILKSHAKE" and "Ginseng Strip 2002", does this little dude deserve your attention?

VICE recently got wind of Yung Lean and decided to have a chat via Skype to find out if he was the real deal. In the interview, Lean talks about 16-year-old things like drinking Hennessy, having his own rap collective, being on probation and twerking for the rest of his life instead of going to college.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 2:18 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Singer Beyonce performs on her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013" at the Ziggo Dome on Monday, April 22, 2013 in Amsterdam. Beyonce is wearing a custom hand beaded peplum one-piece by Ralph & Russo with shoes by Stuart Wieztman. (Photo by Yosra El-Essawy (Invision for Parkwood Entertainm)

Are you as pumped as we are to see the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour?

Queen Bey has already kicked off the first week of her tour and the reviews report that it's a show-stopping performance. From crazy costume changes to spectacular visual productions, this is one for the books.

If you're as curious as I am, check out the recently released teaser trailer that gives fans a taste of what they can expect from Mrs. Carter.

POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013, 5:21 PM

Early Monday morning, Woodstock legend and folk artist, Richie Havens, died of a heart attack at the age of 72.

Havens was best known for his soulful rhythmic guitar style and influenced many of today’s modern musicians. He also covered a number of hits from the Beatles and Bob Dylan. His last record Nobody Left to Crown was released in 2008.

A statement from the family: "While his family greatly appreciates that Richie’s many fans are also mourning this loss, they do ask for privacy during this difficult time."

POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013, 4:24 PM

It ain't summer if you ain't looking forward to the always epic, ever growing Mad Decent Block Party!

Once residing on the humble blocks of Philly's 12th & Spring Garden–the original home of Diplo's Mad Decent studio–the block party has grown from a local event to a traveling musical showcase in half a decade.

This year, the block party with take place in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 27th at Penn's Landing. Unlike previous years, you'll need to pay to get in and early bird tickets are now available for $20 (will increase to $30).

POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013, 10:09 AM

When you think of Boston, you can't help but think of Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys. They've written countless hits inspired by their beloved city so it only seemed right for them to give back at a time where their city needed it the most.

Almost immediately after the Boston marathon explosions, the band began selling a "For Boston" shirt in their online store with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the victims and family. Within the first 15 hours of the sale going live, they raised $65,000 and hit the $100,000 mark soon after.

You can still buy the shirt here.

POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013, 5:25 PM

Bob Dylan announced on his website on Sunday that he's hitting the road this summer with his own traveling Rolling Thunder-like revue called the Americanarama Festival of Music, and featuring a pair of marquee special guests.

Wilco and My Morning Jacket will join Dylan on the tour, which kicks off June 26 in West Palm Beach, Florida and comes to the Susquehanna Bank Center on July 28. In Camden, the show will presented as part of the WXPN-FM Xponential Music Festival, which will be going on all weekend at Wiggins Park and the Susq, where The Lumineers and Dr. Dog will play Saturday night.

On some Americanarama dates, Richard Thompson will accompany the powerhouse troika, but in Camden we'll get Texas hard country tunesmith Ryan Bingham instead. 

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