Singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill on tour this summer, and her July 13th stop at The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing featured not only a full set of songs from the iconic album, but also a stacked roster of guests to open the show.
Below, check out scenes from the concert — including performances from Tierra Whack, Jo Mersa Marley, Busta Rhymes and M.I.A.. Continue reading →
When iconic singer/rapper Ms. Lauryn Hillannounced her upcoming tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, it seemed too good to be true. She’ll be playing the classic album in full, but if that isn’t reason enough to attend, we now know the opening acts for the Philly stop on the tour, happening at Festival Pier on July 13.
Two well-loved and long-running rappers are lined up for the show — Busta Rhymes, who recentlyappeared at the Firefly Music Festival for the second consecutive year, and M.I.A., whose last album was 2016’s AIM. Also in the mix is reggae artist Jo Mersa Marley (who just happens to bethe grandson of Bob Marley). But perhaps the most exciting part of this announcement is the addition of a local act — Philly-based hip hop artist Tierra Whack. She released a new visual album, Whack World, last month, and recently appeared at Roots Picnic and Firefly. Continue reading →
A day with a new (Sandy) Alex G song is a happy day. So happy day to you all, because there’s a new one called “fay” that Giannascoli low-key uploaded to his personal YouTube account last night. Continue reading →
After a quiet year and change, Philly rock five-piece Dr. Dog is back with a new single, a new album on the way and a tour that has the band headlining Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 23rd; Philly house show scene favorite (Sandy) Alex G opens the night.
The new single from the band’s forthcoming tenth album Critical Equation, out on Thirty Tigers on April 27th, marks a surprising first impression from the band; “Listening In” is dark, it’s pensive, unrelentingly so. As I wrote on NPR Music’s Songs We Love this morning, “It’s the moment of realization just before emotional trauma hits home; it’s a sadness so profound that it can’t be spun into a lighthearted song.” Continue reading →
Remember that scene in The Office where there’s a fire in the office and Michael Scott is yelling at everyone to “stay f*cking calm”? Well, we’re trying.
The legendary Philly pop / soul hitmakers Hall and Oates are coming back to Philly this summer to headline their personally curated (and aptly named) HOAGIENATION Festival. Taking place on May 27th at Festival Pier, the festival is a “celebration of everything Philly”, from an array of multi-genre performances from Tears for Fears, G Love & Special Sauce, Son Little, Allen Stone, Marah, Kandace Springs, Vivian Green, and more to “Philly-centric food offerings, craft beer, and spirits.” Continue reading →
Buenas Tardes indeed: Legendary New Hope funk-folk duo Ween reunited back in November, and their subsequent tour has added a stop in Philly this summer – August 21st at Festival Pier.
Gene, Dean, and the rest of the band will be bringing the jams from almost two decades of sporadic yet prolific work: Chocolate and Cheese, 12 Golden Country Greats, Pure Guava, and GodWeenSatan: The Oneness are only the beginning. Ween are the kings of weird and they are back to reclaim their throne, Boognish and all. Continue reading →
An expanded world tour for Deftones includes an August 6th show at Festival Pier. The California metal band will release its eighth studio record Gore next week, which features lead single “Prayers/Triangles.” Along with follow-up single “Doomed User,” the track is on the subtler end of alternative metal with exceptionally smooth production and spacey instrumentation. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Refused go on sale Friday, April 1st and will be available here. Listen to “Prayers/Triangles” below.
Outlaw state of mind: Country rock fugitive Chris Stapleton, who just snagged a bunch of Grammys last month for his terrific album Traveller, has just been added to the Jason Isbell gig at Festival Pier on June 17th.
What had already looked to be a solid night of singer-songwriter madness (Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls had already been announced as support) has morphed into what is most likely to be mini-festival of epic acoustic-rock proportions. Continue reading →
Yes, the Pope is coming this weekend. Many people are leaving town for a long-weekend vacation but if you’re staying put, you may be happy to know that things will be business as usual for many Philly area venues, including the ones below.
WXPN welcomes Dr. Dog to the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem tonight. The band is coming off of a four-night run of their stage show SWAMP (IS ON), an interactive collaboration with Pig Iron Theater Company for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Tonight’s show returns Dr. Dog to their traditional role as concert musicians, though you can be sure it will still be an off-the-wall and imaginative night of music. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch the band perform “Broken Heart” below.
It’s been 36 years since the the Pontiff has graced our city. While many are excited for this historic event, there are just as many — if not more — who are either planning to hole themselves up in their home or flee Philly for more the burbs or the shore. Don’t worry, though. For those braving the Papal lockdown, there are still plenty of concerts in the Philly area to help you momentarily escape the bedlam of the weekend.
Today we’ll give you a rundown of what’s still going on, beginning with what’s happening in Philly proper. Continue reading →