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POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 9:56 PM
Mavericks members Eddie Perez, Robert Reynolds and Raul Malo perform during The Mavericks Album release concert for there new album " In Time" at The Bowery Ballroom on February 25, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)

The Mavericks broke up in 2004, after the Miami-bred band fronted by Cuban-American crooner Raul Malo had come to the end of a 12 year run in which they scored country hits such as "Oh What A Thrill" and "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" and established themselves as a fantastic live band that stretched out into all sort of pop, soul and Te-Mex directions.

After nine years apart - during which Malo mounted a fruitful solo career - the band got together in expanded form for In Time, an album which, the Inquirer's Nick Cristiano wrote, once again proves the band adept at "weaving a vibrant tapestry of sound that soars gloriously beyond the borders of country music, where they began."

The Mavs have played a number of stellar shows in the Philadelphia area since reforming, and on Thursday they're at the Sun Center amphitheatre in Aston in Delaware County, the Concord Road venue whose impressive summer season also includes a Buddy Guy date this coming Monday. 

POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 9:29 AM

One of the highlights of the outdoor-show-by-the-river summer season at Morgans Pier arrives tonight in the form of Temples, the psychedlic rock band from Kettering, England. Steve Klinge wrote about the band's "deja entendu" '60s throwback sound in last Friday's Inquirer Wkend section.

The show is free if you RSVP and $5 if you don't. Details here. "Keep In The Dark" from the band's Sun Structures debut album is below. Temples will be back in Philadelphia at Union Transfer on October 25th, with rising Lititz, Pa. rockers The Districts opening.

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POSTED: Sunday, August 3, 2014, 9:39 AM
Miley Cyrus belts out her third song of the night at the Wells Fargo Center on August 2, 2014. ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

The song that Miley Cyrus sang on Saturday night while astride a giant hot dog suspended from the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center is called "Someone Else." 

It's the last cut on Bangerz, the 2013 album whose breakout singles "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" were accompanied by outre videos that made her the world's most Googled enfant terrible, the latest pop culture brat whose vulgar antics allegedly signal the end of civilization as we know it. 

When Cyrus sang "I've turned into someone else," on Bangerz, she was surely referring to putting her child star career as Hannah Montana behind her, as well shutting the door on former fiance Liam Hemsworth. But on Saturday in South Philadelphia, the now 21 year old pop provocateur seemed to be alluding to another, ongoing transformation.   

POSTED: Saturday, August 2, 2014, 3:14 PM
Speedy Ortiz.

You could go see Mily Cyrus or Billy or John Legend tonight, or you could seek out something tad more indie: The second and final day of OK Fest, the two day shindig at West Philly underground venue Golden Tea House, comes to a close  with a headlining set by Massachusett's quartet Speedy Ortiz.

Also on tonight's all ages bill, which starts at 7, are Philadelphia's Allison Crutchfield-fronted Swearin', as well as Pile, The Holidays, Hound, Gunk and Pinkwash. The full schedule can be found here.

Speedy Ortiz are named after a character in the Hernandez Bros.' alt-comic series Love & Rockets. Below, watch Sadie Dupuis sing "Tiger Tank," from the band's captivating Paul Q. Kolderie-produced 2013 release Major Arcana.

POSTED: Sunday, July 27, 2014, 12:35 PM
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at the Mann Center on Friday night. (Dan DeLuca)

I didn't bring a notebook with me when I went to see Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at the Mann Center in Fairmouint Park on Friday, since I had written up the band at the Keswick Theatre on an earlier stop on their current tour for Push The Sky Away back in the spring of 2013.

So this wouldn't qualify as an official review. (If it was, I would have made sure to get there in time to see Kurt Vile & the Violators, who I wish I hadn't missed, but I had to have dinner with my mother before heading over to the Mann. Sorry Kurt, Jane DeLuca comes first.)

But back to Nick Cave. Way back in the 1980s and 1990s, when the Australian punk-goth songwriter Cave was in the early stages of what has become a legendary career, I was a Nick Cave skeptic.

POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:11 PM
Nick Cave.

It's a packed summer music weekend.

The WXPN-FM Xponential Festival is happening all weekend in Camden, starting today in Wiggins Park and carrying over to the Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday and Sunday, when Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams, and Beck and Band of Horses headline, respectively.

Steve Klinge's Inquirer Wkend section cover story on the festival is here, with a sidebar on The Hold Steady, who play tonight, here.  A full schedule for the fest can be found on the XPN website. I'm liking the looks of that Saturday afternoon stretch that starts with Nashville songwriter Caitlin Rose and includes Hurray For the Riff Raff, Marah, Strand of Oaks, and Jeremy Messersmith. Below, check out the video for Lewis' Beck-produced "Just One Of The Guys," featuring lots of movie stars in drag. It's from her new album The Voyager, which comes out Tuesday.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:29 PM
Mark Kozolek aka Sun Kil Moon.

Songwriter Mark Kozolek has a two decade career making sadcore or slowcore music with his band the Red House Painters, under his own name, and as Sun Kil Moon.

It's under that rubric that Kozolek recorded Benji, his powerfully emotional, narratively detailed 2014 album that's full of intensely autobiographical artfully rendered drama, ranging from tales of youthful sexual misadventure to the tragic deaths of friends and relatives. By any measure, it's one of the year's best.

Tonight, Sun Kill Moon plays Union Transfer on Spring Garden street. It's "An Evening With," which means there's no opening act. My preview of the show from last Friday's Inquirer Wkend section is here.  "Carissa," from Benji is below. Ticket info is here.

POSTED: Friday, July 11, 2014, 1:06 PM
LeBron James.

For LeBron James, who declared his love for Northeast Ohio today and his intent to return to the shores of Lake Erie to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, here's Randy Newsman's "Burn On":

"Cleveland city of light, city of magic

Cleveland city of light you're calling me

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