Monday, December 29, 2014

Music/Nightlife

Experimental jam band Lotus has never really played by conventional rules. Possessing a strange but purposeful mix of funk, jam, ska, electronic and punk, Lotus writes tunes that appeal to a wide range of audiences, and have been doing so for over a decade. After spending 2014 largely off the road, the band, located in both Denver and Philly, tour behind its most recent release, "Gilded Age," in early 2015.
Hot-shot Philadelphia guitarist Joe Jordan and his prog-metal band the Experiment (JJX) are playing as part of WMMR/Jaxon's Local Shots Mistletoe Jam tonight. The gig will be as bittersweet as his upcoming 2015 album, Lemonade.
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 that 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."
Just how many "Do You Hear What I Hears" do you want to hear? One more, at least.
New Year's with J.S. Bach and Susan Graham. For the classical crowd, there's no justification for getting hammered with all the other party animals on New Year's Eve. Choral Arts Philadelphia performs Bach's Christmas Oratorio - the composer never seemed
Aretha Franklin's powerhouse version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" became her 100th single to hit the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart when it came out in October. Recently, it also hit No. 1 on the Dance Club chart.
Casinos Borgata Hotel & Casino 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000. www.theborgata.com. Tiesto. $79.50-$89.50. 12/28. 10 pm. Harrah's Atlantic City 777 Harrah's Blvd., Atlantic City; 800-342-7724. www.harrahsresort.com. New Year's Eve at the Pool After Dark. $50-$75. 12/31. 8 pm.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (sssss) Friday night chill, knowing the good times begin Saturday morning when you become a major force for the next few days. Others are clearly attracted and let you know. Can you diplomatically handle more than one person at one time? This weekend will tell. Enjoy your time.
In Concert Arden Gild Hall 2126 the Highway, Wilmington; 302-475-3126. www.ardenclub.com. The Spring Standards. $17-$20. 12/26. 8 pm.
Rebirth Brass Band The Rebirth Brass Band is so essential to the fabric of musical life in New Orleans that it seemed only logical that this was the first music heard in the first episode of David Simon's post-Katrina HBO dramatic series Treme. Of course,
Concussions drove Ben Utecht out of pro football five years ago.