Usher is headed out on tour this fall, bringing “The UR Experience” tour to 27 cities across North America. He’ll make his way to Philly on November 11th, with a performance at Wells Fargo Center. You can also catch the multi-talented artist at Boardwalk Hall in AC on November 15th. Both dates will feature support from August Alsina and DJ Cassidy. Grab your tickets now and join him when he makes his way to our area this November!
It has been 3 years since Usher Raymond IV went out on a headlining tour. But things looked promising when Usher recently debuted a new single, “She Came to Give it to You” and performed the track at the MTV VMAs. You catch that performance over here if you haven’t seen it yet. The track features Nicki Minaj with production from Pharrell. It’s the 2nd single off of Usher’s upcoming 8th studio album, UR. (The first single was “Good Kisser” which dropped in May of this year).
The new album was originally slated to be released this month, but just last week Usher told Billboard that he’ll be taking his time with the album and that it “isn’t scheduled anymore.” Usher says, “At the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun. You get in the studio [and] go with how you feel.” In addition to Nicki and Pharrell, the album will also feature guests like Jermaine Dupri, Diplo, Skrillex, Drake, Chris Brown, and Ed Sheeran. Grab your tickets now and seeing everything he has in store this November when he heads out on “The UR Experience.”
Usher @ Wells Fargo
Tuesday, November 11
Show @ 7:30 PM (Doors @ 6:30 PM)
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On October 3rd, you can either head to The Electric factory to see The Airborne Toxic Event. Or you can head over to Union Transfer for The Afghan Whigs.
The rock legends hailing from Cincinnati Ohio have been around since 1986. They evolved out of the grunge movement taking on tones of garage punk and later moving towards a soul sound. They released their first album in 1988, but their major-label debut wouldn’t come until 1993 with their fourth album, Gentlemen.
The band officially disbanded in 2011, with lead singer Greg Dulli claiming that they would never get back together. All of that changed in 2012, when they announced that they would reunite for a slew of major concerts. Their first performance was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Their first concert after reuniting was met with enthusiastic reviews with one concertgoer going on to write, “Regardless of how the surprising reunion of the Afghan Whigs turns out, their show last night at the Bowery Ballroom will go down as the ’90s alt-rock heroes’ gretest concert ever.”
They would go on to release two new records in 2012, the song “See and Don’t See” as well as a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Lovecrimes.” And then at last year’s SXSW we were treated to a surprise performance from Usher. The Afghan Whigs had been billed as the night’s headliners but would eventually become Usher’s “backup band” in what was one of the best performances of the weekend. In April of this year, The Afghan Whigs released their first album in 16 years, Do to the Beast. Head to Union Transfer this October for this must-see event!
The Afghan Whigs @ Union Transfer
Friday, October 3rd
Show @ 8:30 PM (Doors @ 8:00 PM)
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SXSW 2013 is over. This year, we may have outdone ourselves. For our 2013 coverage we reviewed a whopping 89 shows. That’s right, eight of us ran all around Austin for five days until we were all so tired we could barely stand. In this, our sixth time ranking the best acts we saw at SXSW 2013, we were powerfully reminded how the South by Southwest Music Festival is the best collection of music talent on Earth. In 2012 we picked Santigold as Best New Artist. In 2011, it was Odd Future who delivered the eye-opening goods. The Sleepy Sun blew us away in 2010. And in 2009, Akron/Family were the heart-warming center of the universe. This year, reality lived up to the hype and our team universally championed Haim as the best new act. Read more…
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Activision’s E3 Preview Event Blows the Lid Off the STAPLES Center [Eminem, N*E*R*D, Chris Cornell, Maynard James Keenan, Jane's Addiction and more]
Champions of the modern big-budget video game, Activision took over the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles for a preview event of epic proportions. With little signage and indication of exactly what would take place, throngs of lucky invitees piled into Downtown’s STAPLES Center, greeted by the most unusual phenomenon imaginable at the venue–free food and beer at every single corner the building. That’s right, for whatever reason all the typically overpriced, concert junk food and beverages were entirely on the house. As the crowd tried to make sense of the situation, security kept all gates into the main floor blocked. What was unmistakeably Eminem could be heard on the other side of the curtain.
Check out video clips and more after the jump!
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