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POSTED: Friday, April 12, 2013, 11:12 AM
Robert Glasper ( (John Rogers for NPR/

The nominees for best R&B album at the 2013 Grammy awards included some boldfaced names, including R. Kelly, Anthony Hamilton, Tyrese and Tamia. The well-deserving surprise winner, however, was jazz pianist Robert Glasper, for Black Radio, his genre-bending set that mixed funk and soul into the a blend stirred by contributors including Eryka Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Mos Def and Philadelphians Bilal and Music Soulchild.

On Sunday, Glasper will do his bit as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts' time machine concept by providing his spin on Stevie Wonder's 1976 masterpiece, Songs In The Key Of Life. His Experiment band will be joined by Hathaway, Stokly Williams and Eric Roberson. It will be a songs-from-and-inspired-by kind of show. Below, check out Glasper's version of Wonder's "Golden Lady," which is not on Key of Life.

Learn more about Glasper here. Details on the Sunday night Kimmel Center show here.

POSTED: Friday, April 12, 2013, 6:17 PM

The Rolling Stones have added a second show to the closing stand of their 50 & Counting tour at the Wells Fargo Center. In addition to June 18, the Stones will also now be playing on 21. Tickets for both shows go on sale through at 10 a.m. on Monday.

To get yourself in the mood to get Stones tickets, which go for as much as $600, pick up a copy of the Sunday Inquirer for my interview with Mick Jagger, whom I talked to this week on the phone from somewhere in the West Indies, where the 69 year old singer was doing pre-tour prep work for 50 & Counting.

Here's a couple grafs that got cut out of the print edition:

POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:26 AM
U.S. singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, right, tour Old Havana as they walk with body guards and a tour guide in Cuba, Thursday, April 4, 2013. R&B's power couple is in Havana on their fifth wedding anniversary. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Jay-Z released a new song called "Open Letter" this morning that's a sort-of musical press conference, an editorial on "the Black CNN," as Chuck D. called rap back in the day.

The Made in America curator is ticked-off about the folderol raised about his weekend trip to Cuba with his wife Beyonce, and also wants to update the world on his plan sell his stake in the Brooklyn Nets so he's allowed to be an agent for NBA players.

In "Open Letter," produced by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, he speaks as a "boy from the hood," who  "got White House clearance" and calls himself "the Bob Dylan of rap music," referencing Dylan's Blood on the Tracks screed "Idiot Wind."

POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 8:15 PM

The line-up for the 2013 Budweiser Made in America festival was announced on Wednesday, one act at a time,  via a Spotify playlist. It started with Nine Inch Nails and ended with Beyonce.

The 36 song Spotify programmed playlist is below. My story about the fest is online here and will be in tomorrow's Inquirer. Two day passes are already on sale at Ticketmaster for American Express cardholders. They'll be available to everybody else next Wednesday.

Previously: Muscle Shoals, Big Star docs highlight XPN Music Film Fest Follow In the Mix on Twitter

POSTED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:44 PM
Twenty Feet From Stardom.

The second annual WXPN Music Film Fest is upon us this weekend.

The series of  screenings kicks off on Thursday night with a screening of Good Ol' Freda, Ryan White's documentary about the Liverpool teenager who became the Beatles secretary, at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theater at 7:30. (Fifth Beatle Larry Kane will introduce the movie.)

Seventeen movies will be showing in all, ranging from Sini Anderson's doc about Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, The Punk Singer,to documentaries about Wilmington guitarist-violinmaker David Bromberg and Oklahoma psych-rock band the Flaming Lips, to Kinshasa Kids, a part-fact part-fiction story about Congolese street kids who form a band, directed by Marc-Henri Wajnberg.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 10:09 AM

Tickets for the Rolling Stones show at the Wells Fargo Center on June 18 - the last tour stop on their '50 and Counting' tour, go on sale next Monday at 10 in the morning through or at 1-800-298-4200.

It'll cost you, to get your 'Satisfaction": The basic price range goes from $150 to $600. (Don't complain! That's over $100 cheaper than the band charged for its top priced ducat during its three show New York-New Jersey run in December.)

There will, however, be some deals available. "Over 1000" seats in the 20,000 capacity hockey arena will go for $85, and the location of those tickets, which will be sold in pairs, will not be revealed until the buyers pick them up the night of the show, with some being "among the best seats in the house," such as the standing stage side area known as the "Tongue Pit," according to a press release.

POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013, 1:55 PM

Jay-Z's Made in America festival will return to Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 of this year.

No details of the lineup for the paid event, which last year was headlined by Jay-Z and Pearl Jam, have yet been announced. The bill be announced on Wednesday at 10 a.m. on music streaming service Spotify.

Previously: RIP, Margaret Thatcher Follow In The Mix on Twitter

POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:08 PM

Former English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died following a stroke on Monday.

The so called Iron Lady, who held office from 1979 to 1990, was arguably as influential on 1980s pop culture as Ronald Reagan, who she came to office eight months before and stayed in power two months longer than.

Punk rock was already in full flower when the Tory leader began dismantling the welfare state and touting free market economics while teaming with her good friend Reagan in Cold War political pursuits, but throughout her time in power Thatcher continually inspired New Wavers, ska bands and pop music makers of all stripes to protest her very existence.

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