Monday, December 22, 2014

Music/Nightlife

Allie Volpe, Colin Kerrigan and Gab Bonghi skim through their most listened-to tracks of 2014 and narrowed it down to their top faves (in playlist form).
In a year that brought us incredible debuts, powerful returns from vets, countless miles toured and strange altercations, 2014 was surely a 12 months worth remembering for local bands. These are just a few who killed it this year.
Nicki Minaj's third proper solo album is an overabundant mess, an occasionally wildly entertaining collection that can't make up its mind what it wants to be. Opening tracks "All Things Go," "I Lied," and "The Crying Game" pr
Sam Smith has been given new reason to celebrate after U.S. sales of his debut album In The Lonely Hour passed the one million mark.
The 14-year wait for D'Angelo's album Black Messiah (RCA ****) ended the night of Dec. 14, with a Beyoncé-esque surprise release. In light of this album's political vibe, it seems Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson was prescient earlier this month, when he called "for musicians and artists alike to push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in."
After three transfixing selections of Scandinavian art-metal before a rapt Electric Factory crowd on Wednesday, Mikael Åkerfeldt, the mustached singer-guitarist-composer for the Swedish band Opeth, delivered some spot-on if understated banter: "As usual, we don't have much to offer other than five middle-aged guys playing rock, dazzling displays of lights, and a good sound."
Roger Stevens, a first-year associate in the labor and employment group of Philadelphia’s Ballard Spahr LLP, has a pretty great side gig: He’s the guitarist for Blind Melon.
Much has been said over the past year about relative newcomers Cheerleader. It usually begins with Chris Duran and Joe Haller making their way to Philadelphia from Connecticut with the hopes of fleshing out the then-twosome into a full-band project — which they did with the addition of Paul Impellizeri, Josh Pannepacker and Carl Bahner.
Sunday Spoonful of sugar Cameron Mackintosh's musical Mary Poppins, based on the classic 1964 Disney film, goes on at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., and continues on a Tuesday-through-Sunday schedule to Jan. 4. Tickets are $20 to $95. Call 215-574-3550.
Friday-Sunday It's a gift Skip the mall and head to the University City Arts League Craft Show for a present that's sure to be unique. The show, featuring jewelry by Mette Jensen, Jennifer Sweda, and Morgan Jamison, pottery by Ken Beidler and Dave "Fatman" Fowler, cerami
NEW YORK (AP) - In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna released six songs Saturday on iTunes and various streaming services.