Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Music/Nightlife

That there Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has gotten outer-of-hand faster than you can spell Coachella, which we can't. It's like Woodstock for millionaires.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles epic arrival into the music world. On Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24, the Philadelphia Orchestra is teaming up with the traveling “Classical Mystery Tour” for a symphony show all about Liverpool’s most exciting export.
There’s no denying that “Happy” is one of the most infectious pop hits since “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky” – and what they all have in common is that producer-musician Pharrell Williams had a heavy hand in their creation. But “Happy” is one of the first times we’ve seen the artist step out and be successful in his solo career.
Ed Sheeran is one of pop music’s hottest rising stars, and he's about to make his headlining arena tour debut.
It was a year for beauty. The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes in the arts, announced Monday, included awards for a colossal musical response to nature, a blockbuster novel about art, exquisite poetic architecture, and beautifully told true stories of slaves in the early colonies, Margaret Fuller, and toxic pollution.
Nina Persson is a hitmaker of slick, sparkling, effusive, yet coolly evasive Swedish pop with the Cardigans. She would seem unlikely to turn her material, old and new (the recently released solo album Animal Heart), into soul-filled country jams with a scratchy edge to her usually clean voice. But that's what happened when Persson played World Café Live Sunday night.
In its first two years, the story of the Center City Jazz Festival tended to focus on its precarious financial situation.
Jose James mixes it up. And he's bringing that great mix to World Cafe Live Tuesday evening. His first independent release, 2008's The Dreamer, was filled with sauntering originals and Rahsaan Roland Kirk covers. James also has done collaborations with jazz pianist Junior Mance and drummer Chico Hamilton.
Some Philly-art sceners might remember the glory days of Plastic Little, the mid-2000 ‘gallery rap’ group that delivered catchy hip-hop tunes with a sense of humor.
Musician Billy Joel paid a visit to a New York school on Wednesday to watch pupils perform a special tribute concert based on his music.
An arrest from 2012 has Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill suing the local police department.
 
Watch: Pharrell gets emotional about ‘Happy’ with Oprah