Friday, May 29, 2015

Music/Nightlife

Until now, singer-songwriter Miguel may have been best known for his failed leap across the stage at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards - crashing into a fan, who recently sued to help cover her medical bills.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Rolling Stones launched their "Zip Code" North American tour in San Diego on Sunday with more than two hours of music.
In Concert Colonial Theatre 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228. www.thecolonial theatre.com. Livingston Taylor. $22-$32.50. 5/30. 8 pm. Leon Russell. $25-$39.50. 6/4. 8 pm.
Hutch & Kathy Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster are two-thirds of the Portland, Ore., rock band the Thermals, who have been busily releasing sometimes superb, often-politicized punkish albums for more than a decade now, the best of which is 2006's The Body, the Blood, the Machine.
Collaboration always offers surprises, particularly collaboration that employs chance and ambiguity as defining principles. Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, an organization devoted to Arab cultural life, rarely occupies familiar ground, whether in the performances it presents or in those it nurtures.
The sight of double-decker tour buses circling the streets of Center City is hardly uncommon. But this summer, the sound of some of those buses will be unusual indeed. With the Double Decker Music Series, tour guide/sound artist Sebastian Petsu and presenting organization Bowerbird will host five concerts on the open-air upper level of a moving double-decker bus, interspersed with a singular tour of Philadelphia history.
At 24, the cherubic, redheaded Ed Sheeran has shown dexterity as an artist and as a chart-topper, with a blend of folk and soul (occasionally tipped with hip-hop rhythms) with undeniable nods to American culture (example: his tune "The A-Team"). His affiliations further show his flexibility.
As far as chill-wave pop goes, there are a fleeting few artists at the top of the list known for opulent but simple synth-based melodies, dreamily repetitive loops, and heavy-duty FX processing. While chill king Washed Out and glo-fi princes Com Truise and Memory Tapes come to mind, Geographer - New Jersey-born singer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Deni and company - are strong contenders for the hypnagogic pop crown if the devoted fan base at Union Transfer on Friday was any proof.
Two of B.B. King's daughters allege the legendary bluesman, who died May 14 in Las Vegas at 89, was intentionally poisoned.
Icelandic folksters Of Monsters And Men will tour behind the release of their sophomore full length Beneath the Skin with a Philly appearance at the Mann Center this fall.
It's a sunny Friday. Producer and composer RJD2 (real name, Ramble Jon Krohn) is in the midst of packing up. He’s leaving Philadelphia, the city he’s called home for over a decade, and moving back to his native Ohio.
 
The Roots, Billie Holiday make Philly's Walk of Fame