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POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 1:53 PM
Musician Jared Swilley from Black Lips performs during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 25, 2008 in Indio, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner (Getty Images)

Where you’ll find us this week!

Friday, April 18: The Black Lips

According to Facebook, The Black Lips have been a band for 15 years. Yet ask the guys themselves, and they’ll tell you it’s been just five. “You’re not a real band until you’ve been a band for 10 years,” explains singer/guitarist Cole Alexander to Red Bull Music. It’s true they’ve come a long way. The first time I saw the Lips live (at Johnny Brenda’s, in 2009), I almost died. It was sweaty, packed, and mid-way through, a massive, 300 lb. man stage-dove directly on top of me (for reference, I’m 5’1½” and generally described as “small”). In the early days, crazy antics were what the band was known for—moshing and crowd-surfing, public urination, all-out brawls. They were, at one time, banned from Canada. Yet somewhere along the line, they cleaned up just enough to casually become one of the best punk bands currently active. Their seventh full-length, Underneath the Rainbow (out last month on Vice Records) is a solid offering of garage-punk jangle, with a few surprises—like the Beatles-y rattle of opener “Drive-By Buddy,” or the Southern rock groove of “Boys in the Wood”—that show they’re still evolving. They’ll play two shows in Philadelphia this Friday—at XPN’s Free at Noon, alongside new wave icon Boy George (yes, really), then later that night at Union Transfer. Urination NOT expected—although party vibes most certainly are.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:45 AM

Everyone’s favorite rabbit has a packed schedule this week. Get in the Easter spirit with these festive events.

All this week, Springdale Farms in Cherry Hill, NJ is holding Easter hayrides and egg hunts. Monday through Thursday, April 14 to April 17, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. rides are offered and Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 rides are ongoing from 10 a.m. until 4 pm.

All aboard the Easter Bunny Express, where on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 the Easter Bunny will be on board Wilmington & Western Railroad in Wilmington, DE for an hour and a half ride and photos. The rides depart at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on both days.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:37 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
The Classical Mystery Tour, a tribute to the Beatles.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles epic arrival into the music world. On Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24, at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra is teaming up with the traveling “Classical Mystery Tour” for a symphony show all about Liverpool’s most exciting export.

From their earliest sounds all the way through their solo careers, the Orchestra will perform more than two-dozen songs in the style that they were originally recorded.

Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; David John (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals. Martin Herman, who transcribed the musical scores note-for-note from Beatles recordings, will conduct with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:36 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife
Recording artist Ed Sheeran performs onstage during "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter (Getty Images for NARAS)

Ed Sheeran is one of pop music’s hottest rising stars. The 23-year-old British singer-songwriter just made his SNL debut over the weekend, and now he’s just announced his first ever-headlining arena tour that will bring him to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on Monday, September 8.

On sale info for these tickets will be announced soon on

Check out his Pharrell-produced single “Sing” from his forthcoming album x, available June 23.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 12:18 PM
"NSFW" premieres Tuesday at Milkboy.

Working in an office certainly has its perks: free coffee and sticky notes in every color of the rainbow; juicy water cooler gossip; feelings of hard work and accomplishment. And in the case of Ronny Bobrovsky—a fresh-faced worker with a passion for cinematography—other hard things too (and we’re not talking scheduling conflicts). A new hire at American Internet, an online porn distribution company, Bobrovsky must navigate the peaks and umm, “valleys” of the porn biz in NSFW, a new web series premiering this Tuesday, April 15, at Milkboy Philly.

Written and produced by Philadelphia duo Robert Yula (Shopping in the Afterlife) and Marc Cantone (The City and Horses), NSFW features a standout cast, including many of the city’s top improv performers, including Joe Sabatino, Eoin O'Shea, Joel Sumner, Matt Nelson, Jessica Ross, and Tabitha Allen. The all-local crew also features director Edward Matthias, known for his work on 2008 award-winning documentary Pressure Cooker.

The cast and crew will premiereed the series during a free screening party Tuesday night at Milkboy Philly; it will be immediately followed by a dance party with DJ Uncle Carls (because sometimes, the best way to deal with porn-y awkwardness is to dance it out). Check out the trailer below—despite the name, we promise it’s ok to watch at your desk.

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 3:44 PM
Singing your favorite tunes in the shower (or mirror) can get boring at times. Whether you’re the next Bon Jovi, or just want to have some fun, we have picked out some great local spots for you to get in touch with your karaoke soul.
POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014, 3:00 AM

Now that we’re fully immersed in the spring season, it’s time to embrace the outdoors with our four-legged friends, because here at, we believe in finding fun things to do regardless of your species.

Philadelphia boasts fifteen off-leash dog parks throughout the city. Schuylkill River Park has a renovated dog run with separate areas for dogs according to size. Numerous pet-centric events are also set in the park like last Sunday’s “Pup Rally” to help kick off the Philly baseball season. We should also mention that you’ll find biodegradable poop bags as well.

Columbus Square Park’s free fenced in dog park allows pups (a maximum of three per owner) to run wild in South Philly. The park also features tree stumps for your pooch to play on.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 3:28 PM
Feature and short films are screened in Aviator Park as a part of Film al Fresco, a film series highlighting local independent filmmakers. (Photo via The Galleries at Moore)

The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design present the second annual "Film al Fresco," an outdoor summer film series featuring work from local independent filmmakers where viewers will watch winning submissions from narrative and documentary genres.

The free screenings, slated to begin at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.), will be held in Aviator Park—on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—and include delicious eats from local food trucks.

Even if the weather is less than cooperative, the show will go on in Moore’s Stewart Auditorium.

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