XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Creep City” by Jake Shears

Jake Shears | Photo by Raphael Chatelain

Jake Shears, the lead singer of Scissor Sisters, recently debuted his first solo song, “Creep City.”

Billboard reported that in an e-mail to his fans, Shears said: “The world is upside down right now. In the thick of it, I feel that we still need tunes that make us smile, that make us wanna sing and dance like fools,” and he described the new song as a “pretty theatrical jam, with quite a few twists and turns.” Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Scissor Sisters, Coldplay, and the West Philadelphia Orchestra

Scissor Sisters play the Electric Factory tonight along with support by rapper Rye Rye and DJ Robert Drake. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available here for $27.

Coldplay is headlining the first of two nights at Wells Fargo Center tonight in support of their latest album, Mylo Xyloto, along with openers Robyn and Wolf Gang. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $46.50 to $96.50 and can be purchased here. Check out the video for Coldplay’s “Princess of China” featuring Rihanna off of their recent album.

The West Philadelphia Orchestra is hosting a reprise of their infamous Balkan Dance Parties in honor of the release of their CD, The West Philadelphia Orchestra: Live at Tritone. The 21+ event at Underground Arts starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover at the door. Listen to a track off the new album below.


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.