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Archive: September, 2013

POSTED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 10:58 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Justin Timberlake performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2013 at the o2 Arena in London. (Photo by (John Marshall/Invision/AP)

Justin Timberlake announced on Tuesday that he will be playing not one but two shows in many large cities previously announce for his “20/20 Experience World Tour” including Philadelphia.

In addition to his previously announce date at the Wells Fargo Center for Sunday, November 10, Timberlake will be returning with his “20/20 Experience World Tour” on Tuesday, February 25 at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets for the new date will go on sale Monday, September 30 at 10 a.m. local time. 

Fans should visit thetennesseekids.justintimberlake.com to register for the fan club and receive a special code to access the pre-sale. A pre-sale for MasterCard cardholders will also begin on September 25 at 10 a.m. local time.  Tickets for the Wells Fargo Center concert will be available at ComcastTIX.com, Wells Fargo Center Box Office, or by-phone at 800-298-4200.

POSTED: Monday, September 23, 2013, 12:27 PM

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will be in Philly in the beginning hours of Friday (12:01 p.m. to be exact) to introduce the concert film, "Metallica Through the Never."

Trujillo will be at the AMC Franklin Mills to preview the new IMAX movie that is a hybrid concert-fiction saga. Interspersed with live performances are scenes of roadie Trip (Dane DeHaan, "Chronicle," the upcoming
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), who is sent on a seemingly routine mission that turns surreal. I haven't seen it but, judging from the description, I'm thinking it's got "Song Remains the Same" vibe to it. The film was directed by Nimród Antal ("Predators").

The movie officially hits theaters on Friday, September 27. Click here to buy tickets to the Trujillo event.

POSTED: Sunday, September 22, 2013, 12:56 PM

Pet Shop Boys play the Mann Center in Fairmount Park on Sunday evening, in support of their energetic new Electric and last year's more becalmed Elysium.

One afternoon last week, I chatted on the phone with Neil Tennant before he and silent partner Chris Lowe played the first of their two sold out shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York. That interview was published in Friday Inquirer Weekend section and can be found here.

The 59 year old Pets mouthpiece, who was a pop critic for Smash Hits magazine lo those many years ago, had lots to say about many other things that couldn't be included in that story due to space limitations, including the provenance of the band's 1987 song about canine companionship and loneliness "I Want A Dog." No, he's never owned a chihuauhua. "But I did have a friend who said 'I want a dog. A chihuahua. I've only got a small flat.' That tells you all you need to know about my songwriting process."

Pet Shop Boys bring their Electric tour to the Mann Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

POSTED: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 11:12 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Selena Gomez, shown here at the MTV Video Music Awards, was denied a visa to perform in Russia.

Selena Gomez was forced to cancel a concert tour through eastern Europe after the Russian government denied her request for a visa. It is believed that Gomez’s support for gay marriage could be the reason behind the ban in Russia, where a controversial new law forbids "propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships" to minors.

The “Come and Get It” singer, and on-again-off-again girlfriend of Justin Bieber, apparently fell victim to a strict new visa process enacted after Lady Gaga and Madonna spoke out in favor of gay rights in Russia last year.

POSTED: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:56 AM
The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society plays all of "Tusk" at Johnny Brenda's.

Fleetwood Mac obsessed Philly band The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society are playing the 1979 double LP Tusk in its entirety at Johnny Brenda's tonight. 

Listen to drummer Patrick Berkery and he'll tell you the follow-up to 1977's mega-selling Rumours is "the most punk-rock soft rock album of all time." Over on The Key, Berkery and Charlie Hall wax poetic about their ardent affection for the band. Together with pictured bandmates Birdie Busch, Tony Goddess, Eliza Hardy Jones and Dave Hartley, TLBAS will also play a bunch of other Mac tunes.

"Tusk," with the University of Southern California marching band, is below. Show details here. Dave Hill opens.

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (Original Video) by newcanadian
POSTED: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:40 AM
Wendell Holmes and Popsy Dixon at the Ardmore Music Hall, September 20, 2013. (Photo by (Dan DeLuca)

The Ardmore Music Hall opened on Friday night, with blues-gospel-country trio The Holmes Brothers the first act to grace the stage at the storied space on Lancaster Avenue on the Main Line.

Expect the 600 capacity standing venue to be packed on Saturday when The Hooters headline, no doubt drawing many of the former denizens of the 1980s and early 1990s Ardmore club the 23 East, who also showed up Friday for blue eyed soul act The Billy Price Band. The horn heavy act, who played the room frequently back in the day, followed the Holmes Bros.

The room is a more than welcome addition to the starved for legitimate live music Main Line. No telling whether guitarist-keyboard plater Wendell Holmes (on the left), falsetto voiced drummer Popsy Dixon (to his right) and bass player Sherman Holmes (not pictured) were thinking about that when they did their call and response routine during "Jesus On The Mainline," in which the song's title is answered with "Tell him what you want!." But on Frifay night, anyway, it seemed like most of the suburbanites in the room would have responded that they really wanted was a spiffy new music club a few dozen steps from the Ardmore train station where they could greet each other and say: 'Seems like old times."

POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2013, 2:09 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
M.I.A. performs with Madonna and Nicki Minaj during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

It’s been over a year since M.I.A. graced America’s television screens for the 2012 Superbowl halftime show alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj.

During Madonna’s performance of  “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” – a collaborative song with M.I.A. and Minaj – the Sri Lankan rapper didn’t leave her notorious badass attitude at the door. When the camera closed up to M.I.A. during the end of her part, the musician unapologetically flipped the middle finger as she mouthed “I don’t give a sh*t.”

Sure, Maya was totally uncomfortable in that scenario – an event like the Superbowl, performing a sugary-pop song like that, goes against everything she preaches in her music. But unfortunately she really pissed off not NBC, not the FCC, but the NFL. According to the Hollywood Reporter, in the original signed contract, M.I.A. agreed to uphold the wholesome values of the NFL brand, which includes not flipping the bird.

POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2013, 12:17 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Anderson Cooper 360

Philadelphia-based group Man Man has just released their wondrous new album, On Oni Pond. The band is known for it’s clashing of eccentric sounds and grizzly German beer hall-like chants with fable-like themes.

A song off their latest caught the ears of one handsome white-haired CNN news anchor named Anderson Cooper. During Thursday night's airing of Anderson Cooper 360º, Cooper profiled one of the band’s songs in his “RidicuList” segment. 

“Tonight I want to introduce you to the musical stylings of a band called Man Man,“ he said. “And there’s one song in particular on the new record that caught our attention – it’s called ‘End Boss.’ Let’s all take a listen and I’ll be with you in just a moment.”

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