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WXPN Part Of New Public Radio Effort To Make A Sort Of NPR MTV Online Hybrid

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Once upon a time, at this point before some of you were even born, there was music on MTV. Not just videos, either: Concert movies, live in-studio performances, and so on. But that was a long time ago. Folks in public radio don’t forget, though, and as public radio radio stations increasingly follow NPR’s lead […]

PA Dem Gubernatorial Frontrunners Quizzed On Arts Funding And Surprise! They’re All For It

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The folks at GroundSwell — an awareness project of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance — quizzed the three Democratic frontrunners in the PA governor’s race on all manner of arts funding, from arts in the schools to the highly endangered PA film tax credit. As you might expect, Rob McCord, Allyson Schwartz and Tom Wolf […]

This Evening: NERDS

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

EP 1 by The Interest Group Head On/Pill 12" Picture Disc by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard >>> Lots to do tonight, so take your pick: We raved about ’em a few weeks ago, now see ’em for yourself, as Philly psych-pop throne-inheritors The Interest Group open up for King Gizzard and the Lizard […]

Cira Centre South Will Dwarf Current Cira Centre, Attract Future Tetris Games

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

If O.G. Cira is 29 stories, and nü Cira is 49 stories, how big is that kite? There’s a lot going on over by 30th Street Station, and one of the biggest projects is the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. The tower, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal, will be a “49-story mixed-use tower […]

Dept. Of Meaningless Lists: Suck It, Copenhagen! Philly Is The 11th “Best”/”Smartest” City In The World!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

This is according to the IESE Business School in Spain, doncha know, who crunched the numbers this way: To establish the ranking, researchers studied 135 cities across 55 countries, and based their results on over 50 indicators along 10 different dimensions including governance, public management, urban planning, technology, environment, international outreach, social cohesion, mobility and […]

And Now, Here’s Will Forte’s Incredibly Strange “Jennjamin Franklin” Sketch That Aired On Last Night’s Late Night

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

On last night’s Seth Meyers-hosted Late Night, the former head writer of Saturday Night Live debuted “Second Chance Theater,” where former SNL cast-members will come on the show and act out sketches that never made it to air. Last night’s guest Will Forte, known to many as MacGruber and star of the upcoming Fox show […]

That Barnett Newman Canvas You Liked At The Art Museum Just Sold For $82.4M

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

HOLY MOLY: Last night’s top lot, estimated in the region of $50 million, was Newman’s Black Fire I (1961), a 9½-foot-high work in black pigment on canvas. It nearly doubled his previous auction high of $43.8 million, fetched by Onement VI (1953) at Sotheby’s New York in May 2013. Black Fire I had been on […]

Can We Just Dork Out On The New Fairmount Park Renderings For The Rest Of The Afternoon?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Though it could well take years to implement — one piece calls for just throwing a piece of 76 on stilts, no big whup — the Penn Praxis proposal for a rebooted Fairmount Park is utterly beautiful. And it demands your time and eyeballs. It’s a mix of both common-sense, easy fixes and grand ideas […]

Music Rumblings: Talkin’ On A Poddy Cast

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

“@DrewBledsoe: New album is special. Just finished first listen. Going back for round 2." You're the best Drew! I had your jersey!!! — The War on Drugs (@warondrugsjams) May 13, 2014 >>> Kurt Vile is still riding pretty high on the Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze horse, and just swung by Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast […]

Meet Pink Talking Fish, The “Garbage Plate” Of Cover Bands

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Way up yonder in in Rochester, NY, where it gets very cold and people get very bored, there is a restaurant called Nick Tahou Hots that has become world famous for something called the “garbage plate.” The garbage plate is more or less everything on the menu, thrown on one plate willy-nilly with little regard […]

Show Set In Philly Will Not Be Filmed In Philly, Because Why Would It?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Showrunner Shonda Rhimes, who basically runs ABC now, will have her own night on the network starting this fall. Her very successful Scandal will air at 9pm on Thursday nights, preceded by Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy — which is still on the air — and followed up by Rhimes’ newest show, the Philly-set How to Get […]

A Very Kind Local Soul Has Started A Tumblr That Posts Every Picture Drake Likes On Instagram

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Sometimes, you stumble across a website that you never knew you needed, but is now everything you ever wanted. Photos Drake Liked is not that. It’s just a tumblr, that collects all of the pictures rapper, actor, and excited middle-schooler Drake likes on Instagram, run by Philly-born Eric Emm (half of the band Tanlines). It’s […]

This Evening: Booted

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

>>> Omaha-based band — which for a lot of people is all you need to know — The Faint brings their dancable, 80s-influenced doom-sounds to the Troc tonight, with the support role played by Suuns and Darren Keen. >>> Longtime music scene vets Elbow, playing behind this year’s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything […]

Ronnie Polaneczky Trolls Philly.com Readers So Successfully Comments Get Shut Down; Everybody Wins And Loses

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

We were not surprised when Daily News resident harpy/moral compass Ronnie Polaneczky dipped her toesies into the controversy surrounding local activist/actress Emily Letts’ abortion video, which has gone viral, and declared it “Trollin’ time!” We were even less surprised when she applied decades’ worth of tabloid froth to her lede: I JUST wanna tell my […]

Breathe Easy, Philadelphia: At Long Last, You Have A New Chief Cultural Officer

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Has it really already been the better part of a year since Gary Steuer, the first Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia, headed for Denver? Yes, it has. Since then, the fate of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy — possibly the most important cultural piece in the Nutter administration […]

Here Are The Ballot Questions On Next Week’s Primary Ballot, And What They Actually Mean

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

This time next week, when you go to the polls — and we shouldn’t have to tell you that you should — you will be voting for the primaries for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. representative, state senator if you’re in an even numbered district, and state representative. Additionally, according to our friends at Committee of […]

Lee Daniels, Director of Precious And Lee Daniels’ The Butler To Recieve Lee Daniels’ Award for Artistic Excellence

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Well, actually it’s the Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence: Today, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philly-native and director Lee Daniels will receive the aforementioned award from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia for “his achievements in film and the arts.” Daniels directed Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Precious: Based On The Novel […]

Noontime Nuggetz: Sharon Van Etten, “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Though Van Etten hails from Brooklyn, this clip, just premiered on NPR, is Philly through and through: David Kessler directs, and it’s a tribute to Dr. Shock, and there’s cameos by everyone from Gretchen Lohse to DJ Holly Sue/Snakpak to, oh my God, that’s our editor in the polyester shirt. Holy moly. Van Etten plays […]

City Council Moves To Ban From Center City The Parasite That Claimed Lee’s Hoagie House In Delco

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

We are very sad to report that for the last handful of months, former Place We Can’t Understand/long-lost music store/formerly delicious sandwich spot Lee’s Hoagie House on MacDade Boulevard has been home to a Cash for Gold business. The abandoned, half-burnt former house of all things hoagie was a bummer and an eyesore, but just […]

Obviously Incorrect Survey Says We’re Very Nice On The Roads

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The people at AutoVantage have been lied to. Their 2014 In the Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey “identified Philly as having the eighth most courteous drivers across America’s largest cities.” Back in 2009, Philly was found to be 7th most courteous, or “Most Comfortable Liars.” Rankings were determined by measuring a wide array of driving […]