Monday, December 22, 2014


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
The season twinkles with tradition, but secular celebrations also light up cold, dark December nights. Put the gift-wrapping on hold for a night or two: This extended holiday weekend is meant for weirdness.
When Lost Tape Collective - a New Jersey-based label fueled by the sound of power pop-punk - holds its holiday showcase, it reveals the hidden charms and Christmas cheer of raging bands such as Tiny Moving Parts, Front Porch Step, State Champs, Light Years, and I Call Fives. Mostly, though, this holiday party shows off the good taste and fast-and-furious musicality of the band who function as the bosses of Lost Tape Collective, a band named Man Overboard.
The latest music festival to call Dover, Del. home is the newly announced Big Barrel Country Music Festival, a three-day fest held at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway — the same locale as the Firefly Music Festival. The inaugural event will run from June 26-28, less than a week after Firefly’s romp: June 18-21.
NEW YORK (AP) - In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna released six songs Saturday on iTunes and various streaming services.