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Archive: May, 2013

POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 12:22 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

On Saturday, June 22, the English electronic duo, Simian Mobile Disco, will be performing live at Morgan’s Pier for a mere $5.

SMD are hot on the tour trail and just came off of playing Barcelona’s humongous Primavera Sound festival–an event that caters to over 10,000 people. Now compare that to the intimate setting of the Philly waterfront venue. Don’t sleep on grabbing your ticket.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 10:53 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

This summer Courtney Love is embarking on a solo summer tour and has promised a new album titled Died Blonde.

Her summer tour lineup consists of the same crew that backed Hole’s reunion album in 2010: Love, her guitarist Micko Larkin, drummer Scott Lipps, and bassist Shawn Dailey. Though, she’s made it clear that we should no longer refer to them as Hole. She's moving on strictly as a solo act with a backing band. “I do hate doing the oldies though and all the sh** I get for calling it Hole so I’m just going to call it Courtney Love and get on with it,” she wrote on Facebook in December.

While things seem to be in order for the controversial musician’s tour, a recent interview with Bust might say otherwise. Recognizing the lack of female band members, Love took to Craigslist: ‘Band in the style of Hole looking for bassist in the style of Melissa Auf der Maur.’ – she received only one response. So if you're a female rocker who thinks they fit the bill, give her a shout.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 3:24 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Reginae Cater with her father, Lil Wayne.

The daughters of rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman are coming out with a novel next month.

Reginae Cater and Bria Williams’ book Paparazzi Princesses is loosely based off of the teen duo's lives. The fictional story line isn’t hard to guess. It follows characters Kayla Jones and Promise Walker–two teens who have successful parents and feel constant pressure under the spotlight of the media. 

The girls sat down with Teen Vogue where they dished on the book, their dads, what music they like and their plans for summer.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 1:32 PM

The long strained struggle of Russian punk group, Pussy Riot, has been making news headlines for a long time.

In fact, there has been an up rise in news this week concerning imprisoned member Maria Alekhina and her week long hunger strike that resulted in a rushed trip to the hospital.

Three members of the band—Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich—were convicted last year of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" for an impromptu punk protest against Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral and given two-year sentences.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 12:53 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails

Despite the band's touring bassist dropping out, Nine Inch Nails are going full steam ahead.

Frontman Trent Reznor stated yesterday that the group has been secretly recording their new studio album for the last year or so. It's all finished and is looking at an end of year release. This will be NIN's first album since 2008's The Slip.

This summer's festival goers need not to worry about a disbanded group; the band has a confirmed their tour's  lineup that includes Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Robin Finck and Ilan Rubin. They will play Philadelphia's Made In America Festival during Labor Day Weekend. Tickets are available here.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 11:48 AM
Kurt Vile performs with The Violators during the second weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Sunday, April 21, 2013 in Indio, Calif. . (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

The free summer concert series, hosted by City Hall Presents, kicks off this evening with a show by Alô Brasil.

This Philadelphia-based Brazilian band are well-known for their performances around the city. The show kicks off at 5:30 pm tonight at the City Hall Courtyard. 

If you can't make the show tonight, there will be free concerts all summer long every Wednesday night; except for one Friday evening in June. Some of the performances include Kurt Vile, Norwegian Arms, Cheers Elephant and many more.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 11:55 AM
(Artwork by Fred Lozano)

Nearly a decade after Danger Mouse stirred up controversy with his wonderful mashup of Jay-Z's Black Album and The Beatles' self-titled LP (more commonly known as The White Album), someone named Mr. Troublesome has decided to try his hand at the Beatles/rap collaboration game.

Mr. Troublesome has started to test the Beatles mashup waters with What's a Black Beatle?, a project that combines the musical stylings of Yeezy with the time-tested greatness of the Fab Four. The project's name is a callout to a lyric from Ye's "Gorgeous."

While The Grey Album caused quite a bit of controversy (EMI was less than thrilled that Danger Mouse used The Beatles' stuff), it was met with much critical acclaim (7.7 on Pitchfork), which means that Mr. Troublesome has his work cut out for him. Hell, Jay-Z and Paul McCartney have both praised the Danger Mouse project.

On Tuesday, May 28th, the Mr. Troublesome's first such mashup track, "Southside My Dear," became widely available on the Internet. It's a mashup of "Southside" and "Martha My Dear." The forthcoming project is expected to be available later this summer.

Having spent our formative years sticking it to the labels by downloading The Grey Album and driving around listening to the mashup of "Encore" and "Glass Onion," we're a little skeptical about What's a Black Beatle?. But, we do like what we hear so far.

The man behind the project had this to say:

I always felt like Kanye would fit so much with The Beatles. Kanye’s musical deformation to pop music has made him be not just a rapper. He forgets about genres. Kanye has no styles. And the level of composition in rap music never been so elevated since Kanye came around.
I wanna dispense this project. Dont want to make a simple mix.. so it will take time. When you touch The Beatles, it’s hard to make something better than the original versions. I gotta be really meticulous. I can’t stain their legacy. I will make it with the most subtlety possible. Will do it how Ye would make it. Keeping the essence and redefining these legends.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 3:34 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

Undeniably one of the greatest modern rock bands of our time, Queens of the Stone Age are less than a week away from releasing their new album …Like Clockwork.

Lucky for you, iTunes is streaming the entire record now before it becomes available for public purchase on June 4. Music legends like Dave Grohl, Trent Razor and Elton John are just a few of the star-studded names that are confirmed album contributors.

The band will also be performing at Philadelphia’s Made in America Festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway during Labor Day weekend. You can grab tickets for that, here.

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