Morning Roundup 8/26/10: On the crucial importance of service charges

  • Paste Magazine takes a look at Ticketology, the brand-new blog brought to you by Ticketmaster (boo! hiss!) for the sole purpose of explaining why the online ticket service slams its customers with so many ridiculous fees and charges. As Paste’s Bonnie Stiernberg points out, “The first post kicks off with the following nugget: ‘We get it – you don’t like service fees. You don’t like them mostly because you don’t understand what the heck they are for.'” Sounds like Ticketmaster doesn’t get it after all: We don’t give a good god damn what all the extra charges are for—we just don’t want to shell out an additional $23 in convenience and delivery fees on top of the $195 ticket cost to see Aerosmith perform at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. (Then again, we don’t really want to see Aerosmith in the first place…)
  • The Deli talks to Terrible Things’ Fred Mascherino about the band’s self-titled debut—a concept album inspired by the fires that devastated the steel-mill town of Coatesville, where he grew up. (The record-release show is Friday, August 27, at First Unitarian Church.)
  • The Deli also makes mention of Dangerous Ponies’ performance tonight at World Cafe Live, which is the first in a series of shows presented by QueerChannel Philly (with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Attic Youth Center).
  • Make Major Moves can’t believe that tomorrow’s “Free At Noon” performance by Scissor Sisters at World Cafe Live isn’t sold out. Neither can we! What the hell? RSVP here.