A first look inside The Queen Theater, now operated by Live Nation

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The Queen Theater will begin its new life as a Live Nation venue next month when the doors reopen after a few months of downtime.

Formerly the home of World Cafe Live at the Queen, the historic Wilmington, DE space changed hands with a symbolic “changing of the guard” event earlier this week attended by local government officials and Philly Mardi Gras band The Wild Bohemians, giving members of the press a sneak peek at the newly decorated walls.

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Delaware duo Mean Lady signs to Fat Possum, releasing a 7″ in November (free download)

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Newark-based groove pop outfit Mean Lady are taking a big step forward. Core players Sam Nobles and Katie Dill are moving from releasing their eclectic electronic music through Bandcamp to releasing it through Fat Possum Records. Today the label announced its first single with the band, a bouncy number called “Bop Bop” that will be released as a 7″ on November 6. The track premiered today via Pitchfork; you can download it here. Below, dig into the Mean Lady back catalogue with 2010’s Kid-Friendly EP, and look for two regional appearances from them this fall: at Mojo Main in Newark on Halloween and Spaceboy Clothing in Wilmington on November 17.


Philly Local Philes: The Sky Drops’ “Explain It To Me”

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The psychedelic world of The Sky Drops has been a bit quiet since the Wilmington-based duo released its Making Mountains EP last fall. Turns out they’ve been holed up and writing, writing, writing — such was the report, anyway, when the band announced a rare live show this month. This Saturday, April 21, The Sky Drops play Arden Gild Hall in Arden, DE (just north of Wilmington), and we’re hoping for a set that will showcase a bunch of new tunes. Get tuned up with today’s Philly Local Phile, “Explain It To Me,” a punchy and direct number that opened Making Mountains; it dabbles in the grunge side of the band’s self-styled “gaze-grunge.”