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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pattern is Movement at Spruce Street Harbor, Drake at Susquehanna Bank Center, Family Vacation at RUBA

Pattern Is Movement
Pattern Is Movement | photo by Mark Schaffer

Spruce Street Harbor Park‘s free summer concert series ends tonight with Pattern is Movement.  The duo of Chris Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux got home from touring with Wye Oak just a couple of weeks ago, supporting their own new self-titled record out on the road.  The album took years to complete and was introduced slowly to fans by way of a listening party mash-up at PhilaMOCA last year, where it was paired with an edited screening of There Will Be Blood.  The electronic / R&B duo will perform alongside Moon Bounce tonight.  More information can be found here.

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The 10 most popular stories on The Key in 2013

1. This is what the punk scene looked like in the 1980s

2. Exclusive Listen: Amos Lee covers “Some Days Are Diamonds” from The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver

3. Album Premiere: Listen to the debut album by Wild Belle, Isles

4. Download Meek Mills’ Dreamchasers 3 mixtape

5. Download a new Drake song, “All Me,” featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean

6. Ballin’ Oates: Wu-Tang and Kanye West meets Hall & Oates

7. My Morning Download: “Recover” by CHVRCHES

8. Listen to J. Cole’s album Born Sinner

9. Gotta Hear Song of The Week: “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

10. Listen back to Helen Leicht’s interview with Paul McCartney

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Review: Drake’s cosmic hitfest at Wells Fargo Center

Photo by Katrina Murray
Photo by Katrina Murray

Drake fans are pretty loyal. Despite the technical difficulties that prevented the October show from happening, there was a big turnout for the December return of October’s own.

Drake’s silhouette emerged amidst the triumphant sounds of “Tuscan Leather” and its first verse which the rapper delivered passionately like a boxer entering the ring, incapable of defeat. The mood remained celebratory as the hitmaker unleashed Take Care favorites “Headlines” and “Crew Love” before returning to “Tuscan Leather”, this time for the third verse. Vulnerability took the forefront when Drake turned to tracks like “Furthest Thing”, “Own It, and “Connect” from Nothing Was the Same.

Then came the party. Drake (aka most sought after rap collaborator) sent the crowd into full frenzy mode with hits he’s been featured on over the past two years including French Montana‘s “Pop That” (complete with graphics of bare-bottomed Betty Boop-like characters and sensual red lighting), DJ Khaled‘s “No New Friends” and “I’m On One”, 2 Chainz‘s “No Lie”, and most recently Migos‘s “Versace”.

The mere presence of Drake’s voice on these tracks and their subsequent instant success attest to his Midas touch on the rap game. As with any Philly hip-hop event, all you have to do is bring out Meek Mill and cue the music to “Dreams And Nightmares” and you’ll feel the venue shake as the crowd roars each and every lyric. Drake did just that and later brought out show opener Miguel (who had an explosive set of his own) and Future to sing the hook to Lil Wayne’s “Love Me,” which features both rappers. Then they letting Future shine on “Same Damn Time” (which resolved suspicions of why it was missing from his earlier solo set).

Photo by Mike Vasilikos

Switching back to introspection and reflection, Drake offered the crowd “Pound Cake” and “The Motion” then took a quick playful break to do “Come Thru” and before ending the segment with “From Time” where he was joined by stunning R&B newcomer Jhene Aiko whose soft, high-pitched vocals dazzled much like her chiffon dress. The screen above the stage (which provided stellar graphics all night) displayed fireworks interspersed with on-stage shots of Aiko who shined solo as the smoke on the stage whisked Drake away for a costume change. To keep the crowd engaged during the break, the DJ spun snippets of old Drake classics such as “Over”, “Up All Night”, and “Miss Me” from Thank Me Later and “Successful”, “Uptown” and the Lil Wayne-assisted “I’m Goin In” from his 2009 breakthrough mix tape So Far Gone.

Drake turned to the gods for “Hold On, We’re Going Home” as he sang the track dressed in white pants and a light blue graphic tank top amidst white smoke and overhead heaven-drawn visuals of white clouds and sunlight. Despite the change in on-stage attire and scenery, he still represented his rise from underdog status on “Worst Behavior” and “The Language”. The rest of the night found Drake using his levitating circular catwalk for a lengthy segment where he gave shout outs to countless fans in the crowd as they eagerly vied for his attention to the sounds of “305 to My City”. He was joined by surprise guest Big Sean on “All Me” before ending his elaborate, upbeat set with the come-up anthem of the year “Started From the Bottom” ending his Would You Like a Tour? in champagne-popping style.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Drake at Wells Fargo Center and Ben Taylor at World Cafe Live at The Queen

Drake | courtesy of the artist

Drake will take to the Wells Fargo Center stage tonight to atone for the last-minute cancellation of October’s show. He recently earned a Best Rap Album Grammy nomination for his platinum-selling third album Nothing Was the Same and is featured on Beyonce’s newly (and unexpectedly) released self-titled LP. The Toronto native told VIBE that he plans to release a few new songs (which he’s been previewing lately on tour) before the new year. Watch Drake on his “Worst Behavior” below and get tickets here.

Drake ~ Worst Behavior from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.

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Watch Drake on his “Worst Behavior” (playing Wells Fargo Center 12/18)

Drake | courtesy of the artist
Drake | courtesy of the artist

Drake isn’t exactly exhibiting bad behavior in his new video, but he’s doing whatever he wants and proves a point. The 10-minute clip begins with Drake’s father, Dennis Graham, recording in a Memphis studio before launching into “Worst Behavior” where he raps along to his son’s rhymes dressed in a white suit surrounded by pink cars. Drake adds more southern hip-hop flare via cameos by Juicy J and Project Pat. The Toronto native is currently on tour in support of his latest album Nothing Was the Same which recently went platinum and will return to Philly for a rescheduled show (the first was cancelled an hour into showtime last month) on December 18th at Wells Fargo Center. Get tickets here.

Drake ~ Worst Behavior from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.

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Miguel played a late night set at Ortlieb’s, Drake postpones show till 12/18

Photo care of Ortlieb’s Instagram | instagram.com/ortliebsphilly

If you live in Philly and were paying attention to Twitter between 8 and 10 p.m. last night, you might have seen a flurry of posts about Drake, who called off his concert at the Wells Fargo Center an hour after the show was scheduled to begin.

Opener Miguel made the best of the bad situation, however, making his way over to Ortlieb’s Lounge in Northern Liberties for an impromptu midnight show. Ortlieb’s is a famously tiny and narrow space, offering a closer and more intimate experience than any other venue the L.A. pop vocalist and songwriter might play, so a group of fans in the know packed the bar area for the show. DJ Suga Shay opened the proceedings, followed by Miguel and his four-piece backing band. Thanks to Kyle Costill of Ortlieb’s for being such a thorough Instagram documentary; check out a short video of the set below.

According to a statement provided to Philly.com, technical issues caused the concert to be postponed to Wednesday, December 18th. All original tickets and parking receipts will be honored.

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Drake debuts a new song, “Too Much,” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (playing Wells Fargo on 10/19)

Screen Shot 2013-09-14 at 4.04.34 PM Our new-album-by-rapper-Drake-watch continues today with another new song from Drizzy’s forthcoming album Nothing Was The Same. Drake debuted “Too Much” last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with singer Sampha. Watch the video below. Tickets for Drake’s show at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, October 19th are here.

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Listen to a new Drake song, “Wu-Tang Forever” (playing Wells Fargo with Miguel and Future on 10/19)

Drake via http://bossip.com/
Drake via http://bossip.com/
Rap superstar Drizzy Drake has a new album, Nothing Was The Same, out on September 24th. Below, listen to a Wu-Tang sampling (It’s Yourz”) new song, “Wu-Tang Forever,” a tribute to the rap legends that Drake uses to position himself as the owner of the rap game himself; “And nowadays when I ask about who got it, they say it’s yours,” raps Drake, referring to himself. Drake plays the Wells Fargo Center with Miguel (who was amazing at Made In America) and Future on Saturday, October 19th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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The Weeknd shares a new video, “Live,” featuring Drake (The Weeknd plays Susquehanna Bank Center on 10/4; Drake at Wells Fargo Center on 10/19)

La Mar C. Taylor/Courtesy of the artist
La Mar C. Taylor/Courtesy of the artist
Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd recently released a new album, Kiss Land and plays the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday, October 4th. Below, watch the new video for “Live” featuring Drake. Go here for tickets to see the The Weeknd. Drake also will be performing in town on Saturday, October 19th at the Wells Fargo Center.