In just a short time, Sam Smith has become the biggest name in pop music. You can’t turn on the radio these days without hearing one of his songs, or featured appearances. And with good reason. Sam Smith is taking the US by storm with his lovesick lyrics and soulful melodies. And early next year, he’ll head out on a 16-stop tour of North America, hitting spots in the US and Canada. The tour will kick off in Atlanta on January 9th and finish up in Vancouver on February 4th.
And lucky us, we’ll get to see Sam Smith when he hits the stage in Philly on January 13th. Sam Smith is performing at the Liacouras Center, over on Temple’s Campus, which is quickly becoming the go-to spot for hot shows this season. Tickets go on sale this Friday, but do not sleep on this one because it is guaranteed to be a very popular event. If that’s not enough to satisfy your Sam Smith cravings, you can also catch him when he performs at this year’s Jingle Ball, hosted by Q102. That event also features Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, OneRepublic, and others.
Sam Smith’s upcoming tour is named after his mega-successful debut album, In the Lonely Hour. The album debuted at number 1 in the UK and number 2 on the Billboard 200 here in the US. We were lucky enough to hear a bit from the UK crooner back in March at SXSW. He was fabulous then, and his stage presence has presumably only gotten more captivating over these past few months of mainstream performances. His upcoming show at the Liacouras Center is a huge jump in terms of scope for the singer, considering his last performance here in Philly was at the much smaller Boot & Saddle. Not surprisingly, that show sold out. So we’re interested to see how sales do for his upcoming stadium performance. Grab your tickets this Friday and do not miss your chance to see the man who many are dubbing “The Male Adele.”
Sam Smith @ Liacouras Center
Tuesday, January 15
Show @ 7:00 PM (Doors @ 6:00 PM)
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The Many Faces of Paloma
Considering the UK’s affinity for soul and retro singers like Adele, Amy Winehouse and Duffy, it should be no surprise that Paloma Faith is the next. Her newest album, A Perfect Contradiction, is a great mix of retro Motown, pop beats and a powerhouse voice. With the help from collaborators that include producer/singer Pharrell and Raphael Saadiq, Faith creates a reincarnation of the 50s and 60s soul era. Read more…
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It is no secret that the British music scene has always made its way across the Atlantic to invade America. Fresh on the map this year is the ever soulful singer-songwriter Sam Smith. His sweet, humble demeanor emits the most unassuming presence, but his voice is undoubtedly a diamond in the rough. After piercing the MTV VMA’s pre-party at the Avalon on Friday night and the VMA ceremony on Sunday with powerful performances, he made one final stop at the Red Bull Sound Space in Culver City for a mini concert and a fan Q&A before jet setting out of LA. Read more…
Jamie xx, member of London-based band The xx, is coming to Philly this September. He’s headed out on a tour later this summer, kicking things off in San Francisco on August 22nd. Jamie will arrive in Philly for his performance at Union Transfer on September 4th!
He recently released the track “All Under One Roof Raving,” a song which he says was recorded “whilst on the tail end of another year on the road with The xx.” Jamie says he was missing life in London, going through music and videos that reminded him of home. He goes on to say that the track “serves as a reminder, not to take any time for granted at home or away.”
His real name is Jamie Smith and he has been playing music since 2005, when he joined The xx, a group comprised of his old classmates. It wasn’t until 2009, when The xx released their debut album, that he would use the moniker Jamie xx. The album was a success, and Jamie would go on to produce tracks for other artists like Adele, and Florence + The Machine. He also branced out on his own to produce material for himself. In 2011, Jamie xx released We’re New Here a remix album inspired by Gil Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here.
Head to Union Transfer on 9/4 to see what Jamie xx has in store for us!
Jamie xx @ Union Transfer
Thursday, September 4
Show @ 8:30 PM (Doors @ 8:00 PM)
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With the announcement of Youtube’s upcoming new subscription service launch, there has come a great disturbance amongst some Indie Record Labels. These Labels that include XL, Domino, 4AD, and Cooking Vinyl, are refusing to sign an agreement they say is a “highly unfavorable [licensing] agreement.
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We can’t say we really understand what makes a video go viral. The finest minds all agree that it has something to do with cats, but that’s about all we’re going off of. So we can’t guarantee this new video from Jamie xx is going to light the intertubes aflame, but dammit, it should.
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Phase Her In Quickly
It would be so easy for Nicole Atkins to denominate with other artists with whom she has something in common. There’s a throwback element to her deep yet omnipresent vibrato and Phil-Spector-esque arrangements, but she cannot be compared to Adele or even She & Him. Her music has a theatrical element, but she is not as absorbed as Amanda Palmer. There’s an alt-country element, but not quite as overt as Neko Case. Jersey’s Nicole Atkins just is, and what she happens to be. And what she happens to be shines from all sides on her third full-length album, Slow Phaser. Read more…