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September 22, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
'Wisdom's a gift, but you'd trade it for youth," Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend sang on the Skyline Stage of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday. "Age is an honor, but it's still not the truth. " Since releasing its debut album in 2008, Vampire Weekend have fit the definition of a postcollegiate indie-pop band. Famously, the four members met while matriculating at Columbia University. It's likely that the words "Ivy League" have appeared alongside the band's name more than any other act in the history of rock-and-roll.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Chelsea Handler; Nat Faxon; Needtobreathe. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Charles Barkley; Halloween costumes; Rita Ora. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Taylor Lautner; Lior Suchard; Macy Gray. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - TV host David Letterman; Vampire Weekend.  
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June 7, 2010 | By Sam Adams, Inquirer Staff Writer
At music festivals, worlds collide, albeit not always in the most productive ways. Toward the end of the Roots Picnic on Penn's Landing on Saturday night, three hours late, the Virginia hip-hop duo the Clipse finally took to the tented side stage, where a steady stream of fervent admirers filled the room by the end of the first song. Rappers Malice and Pusha T (a.k.a. brothers Gene and Terence Thornton) reeled off songs about the perils and pleasures of the drug trade; the keys in "Keys Open Doors" were not of the notched-metal variety.
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February 7, 2008 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
It hasn't taken forever for Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut to come out. It only seems that way. That's because in the blogosphere, where reputations are made quicker than you can say Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - and where the backlash begins long before a CD hits those anachronisms called record stores - the members of Vampire Weekend have been superstars for an eternity. Or, at least, since last summer. That's when the hype started to hit about the four Columbia University grads who play a sold-out First Unitarian Church tonight.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2010
With the rise of talented egomaniacs like Kanye West and Lil Wayne, rap groups have been in dreadfully short supply. Yet, Philly's Roots Picnic is lucky to have three of the best crews ever in one place this year: menacing siblings Clipse; ubiquitous hometown heroes the Roots, of course; and the three most visible of the Wu-Tang alumni: Method Man, Raekwon, and the wondrous Ghostface Killah. But even the Picnic's non-rap selections this year are unusually rhythmic. The dexterous, rubbery Vampire Weekend headlines this picnic after scoring a No. 1 album, Contra, the way spiritual forebears Talking Heads never did. The Very Best, whose Afropop/Western pop fusion has sampled the film True Romance and M.I.A.
NEWS
June 5, 2010
Music Roots Picnic. Philly is lucky to have three of the best crews ever in one place this year: menacing siblings Clipse; ubiquitous hometown heroes the Roots (below); and the three most visible of the Wu-Tang alumni: Method Man, Raekwon, and the wondrous Ghostface Killah. The dexterous, rubbery Vampire Weekend headlines this picnic after scoring a No. 1 album, Contra. The Very Best will come to life. And let's not forget one-line wonders Das Racist, who will no doubt have all of the Festival Pier shouting, "I'm at the Pizza Hut/I'm at the Taco Bell/I'm at the Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.
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December 2, 2015 | By Brion Shreffler, For The Inquirer
'I wanna empty my calendar days / Let the feeling just spark it / starting a change / being less guarded," Ken Vasoli, the front man of local band Vacationer, declared to begin a show Saturday night at a packed Union Transfer, where their chill rock vibe had more people than usual comfortable with dancing through an entire concert. On "The Wild Life" from Relief , the xylophone notes, keys, trilling guitar, and percussion - alternating between a drum kit and bongos - brought the island feel that's just one part of the band's self-proclaimed nu-hula sound.
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November 14, 2015 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
I can't hide it. I am in love with Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen. It is a deliciously wonderful pop record, with zero filler. It's a fun, buoyant ride from track one ("Run Away With Me") to 15 ("Favorite Colour"). A week from tonight, when she plays the Trocadero, the seemingly unlikely Canadian pop star will turn 30. Her Troc show is one of only five stops on a short East Coast tour she has named after the fourth track on Emotion : "Gimmie Love. " If you miss her Chinatown moment, you can catch her as Frenchy in Fox's live production of Grease , set to air next year.
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August 12, 2015 | By Brion Shreffler, For The Inquirer
Walla Fest is a two-day art, music, and vendor festival that moved to Philly after four years at the Centre Theater in Norristown. Last weekend, it was at PhilaMOCA, a space still gleefully referred to as "the mausoleum. " On day two, Sunday, Norwegian Arms delivered folk-infused pop rock with echoes of acts such as Stornoway, Vampire Weekend, and the dream-pop of Philly band Grubby Little Hands. Norwegian Arms is the project of Sellersville-born Brendan Mulvihill, a.k.a. Keith Birthday, who moved to Brooklyn two years ago after a three-year stint in Philly.
NEWS
September 22, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
'Wisdom's a gift, but you'd trade it for youth," Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend sang on the Skyline Stage of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday. "Age is an honor, but it's still not the truth. " Since releasing its debut album in 2008, Vampire Weekend have fit the definition of a postcollegiate indie-pop band. Famously, the four members met while matriculating at Columbia University. It's likely that the words "Ivy League" have appeared alongside the band's name more than any other act in the history of rock-and-roll.
NEWS
June 21, 2013
FAMILY Philadelphia Triathlon "Tri"-ers from across the country converge on the Schuylkill to run and bike on both sides of the river and swim in it (downstream), too. The Please Touch Museum and the Falls Bridge are good spots to catch the (early-morning) action. Parking at 4231 Avenue of the Republic. Adult triathlons: 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (19.3 miles) and 6:30 a.m. Sunday (31.9 miles). Kids' fun run: 11:45 a.m. tomorrow (100 meters to 1 mile), phillytri.com. Manayunk Arts Festival Annual juried show takes over Main Street.
NEWS
May 27, 2013
Tricky False Idols (Life or Death ***) It's been tricky being Tricky. The British DJ/producer, born Adrian Thaws, made a grand entrance in 1995 with Maxinequaye , his Mercury Prize-winning debut album that mixed dub, hip-hop, and electronica into a dense sound that made other trip-hop acts of the day sound like child's play. His next few records were more than serviceable, but eventually the paranoia that always coursed through his music overwhelmed it, and after a while, Tricky was a forgotten man. He's back on form, however, on False Idols . In place of one-time vocal foil Martina Topley-Bird is lovely- voiced 24-year-old Brit Francesca Belmonte, and other tracks feature guest contributions from Peter Silberman of the Antlers and Nigerian songstress Nneka.
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May 24, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Where Latin music is concerned, Geoffrey Royce Rojas is a prince among men. Seriously. The stage name of the singer, songwriter, and record producer from the Bronx is Prince Royce. At age 24, after having released two records since 2010, he has won acclaim from his first label (he already has an album of hits titled #1's ), gotten honored with the 2013 BMI Latin Songwriter of the Year award, and just got signed to record bachata albums in Spanish through Sony Music Latin, as well as English-language pop albums via RCA Records.
NEWS
March 10, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Let the March music madness begin. More than 2,000 bands will descend on Austin, Texas, this week for the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, the 27th annual music festival and industry confab that is the largest gathering of its kind in the world. SXSW or "South By," as it's increasingly known, also includes a filmfest and a technology conference, both of which began last week in the Lone Star State capital, which is why that pesky #SXSW hashtag already may be trending on your Twitter feed.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Amy Poehler; Kevin Pollak; Ke$ha. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Matt Damon; J.D. McPherson performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Khloe Kardashian Odom; Adam Carolla; Matisyahu performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - TV host David Letterman; Vampire Weekend performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actress Reba McEntire; Richie Sambora performs.
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