2017 Fall Music Roundup

What do Fergie, Sam Smith, Kelly Clarkson, U2, St Vincent, Kaskade, The Killers, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani and Sia all have in common? 

They’re all fighting for the top spot on your fall music playlists. 

Happy streaming! 

Fergie/Double Dutchess Hard to believe, but it’s been eleven years since Ms. Fergie served us with her chart destroying debut solo set, The Dutchess. But thanks to some crazy big beats (“Hungry,” “Like It Ain’t Nothin,” “You Already Know,” the electric, “Tension”), A-list guest stars (Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Y.G.) and the fact that is nowhere to be found on the project, it’s like the former BEP/Wild Orchid front-diva never left us. Of course, shit does get a little real throughout the “Glamorous” owner’s sophomore set thanks to her recent split from Josh Duhamel, so get ready to grab those tissues when mid-tempo grooves “Life Goes On,” Love is Blind,” “A Little Work” and the rocked out “Love is Pain” take over your love-scorned life. Streaming Now

The Killers/Wonderful Wonderful   Whether on the trippy title track, the ramped up “Run For Cover,” the disco-ey, “The Calling,” or the life ready album closer, “Have All the Songs Been Written?,” make no mistake, Brandon Flowers and his killer Killers band mates are back in full force. In fact, it’s hard to believe that it’s been five long years since their set, Battle Room, as it certainly doesn’t sound that way at all. Welcome back, boys. Streaming Now

Demi Lovato/Tell Me You Love Me We all know that Ms. Lovato can sing (see:everything she’s ever recorded), but according to a recent tea with EW, her much anticipated new studio set is the album that proves that she can really, really sang. “I wanted to make sure that this album showcased my voice,” spilled Lovato to the mag about the new record, which is also taking the former Camp Rock diva into a more R&B laced territory thanks to producers Warren “Oak” Felder (Alessia Cara) and John Hill(Santigold). So, who’s ready to scream some new Demi grooves at the top of their lungs this fall? Like you’re not doing that with “Sorry Not Sorry” already. Streaming Now 

Shania Twain/Now It’s been fifteen years since Ms. Twain got us all Up!, but the iconic songstress is back and more than fired up on her much, much, much anticipated new set. Recent album cuts, “We Got Something They Don’t,” “Swingin’ With Eyes Closed” and “Life’s About to Get Good,” don’t just showcase a true country music legend that’s still got it, but it makes us realize just how much we truly needed some brand spankin’ new Ms. Shania in our headphones. Go on, girl…Who needs Mutt, anyway? Streaming Now 

Gwen Stefani/You Make it Feel Like Christmas It’s Ms. Stefani’s very first Christmas album…need we say more? Absolutely not. Streaming Now 

P!nk/Beautiful Trauma Does this one really need an explanation? Welcome back, Ms. Moore. The five years since Let’s Talk About Love has been way too long..but we’re ready to hear whatever you have to say–and chances are it will be wildly relevant–on your much, much anticipated seventh studio set. Streaming Now 

St. Vincent/Masseduction  You would think the pressure would be high for Ms. St. Vincent (real name..Annie Clark) in recording the follow-up to her 2014 stand out self-titled set, but according to EW, the deep diva had a grand time in creating a batch of ’80s inspired numbers with red-hot producer Jack Antoniff (Lorde, Taylor) while creating a fresh plethora of those bangin’ beats that only she knows how to deliver. “I wanted it to be all programmed beats, and I wanted it to have a lot of pedal steel,” she spilled,” I love the sound of pedal steel-it’s the sound of heartbreak.” Sigh…this should be good and most likely one of the hottest, yet chilled out releases of the fall.  Streaming Now 

Kelly Clarkson/Meaning of Life  If you listen and watch the video for “Love So Soft,” Ms. Clarkson’s lead single to her upcoming eighth (!!) studio album, you may notice that she’s having a really, really good time, both creatively and personally . That’s not to say she hasn’t been having fun serving us hit-after-hit (you know them..all) over the past fifteen years since she won American Idol, but due to a recent and very public battle with her former label, RCA, the “Since You’ve Been Gone” diva has migrated to a much happier place…Atlantic Records. And this time, Clarkson’s got lots of creative control and has created a funkier, jazzier sound that will no doubt take her still oh, so powerful to soaring new heights, especially on the Whitney-esque ballad, “I Don’t Think About You,” the brassed up, “Whole Lotta Woman” and the sultry, “Slow Jam.” Oct. 27th can’t get here fast enough. 

Weezer/Pacific Daydream For their eleventh studio outing (yes, you’re that old), Rivers Cuomo and his “Buddy Holly” boys will not just be giving fans their third Weezer album in four years, but creating a sound that’s part ’90s/part their standout Blue Album. But don’t think it’s one-in-the-same as Cuomo recently told EW that the long-last rock band’s new music has a distinct sound that’s “the Clash playing Pet Sounds.” We’re ready. Oct. 27th

Sam Smith Looking at how lead singles “Too Good at Goodbyes” and the Timbaland produced “Pray” have already taken over our love sick worlds, we’ll all be welcoming the English Breakfast Tea sipping crooner back with open arms when his sophomore set, The Thrill of it All, drops at the top of next month. And of course, with a little tears, too. Nov. 3rd 

Maroon 5 You might want to grab some Botox because it’s been fifteen years since Maroon 5 served us with their blockbuster debut, Songs About Jane. But then again…time really does fly when you’re continuously owning the Billboard charts and a chair on The Voice, right, Mr. Levine? There’s really nothing to say here except that we can expect more catchy hooks, love laced lyrics and a fresh batch of that M5 disco rock sound that we’ve all come to know and love over the years. Admit it…you’ve already listened to “What Lovers Do” like, one-hundred times today. Nov. 3rd 

Taylor Swift/Reputation  Sigh…….here we fucking go….again. (Nov.10th) 

Walk The Moon/What If Nothing Although lead single “One Foot” is a tad bit more laid-back than their 2014 smash, “Shut Up and Dance,” it still gets the job done while getting us more than ready for whatever these boisterous boys from Cincinnati have planned for their fourth studio set. (Nov. 17th) 

U2/Songs of Experience  Not only is this the follow-up to 2014’s excellent Songs of Innocence, but Bono and the boys actually put the record on hold due to the many, many political changes that have taken place recently (know of any?), and rewired the record to keep it all relevant. And if there’s any music act out there who can get the point across on top of some truly loud and explosively classic chords, riffs and rhythms, it’s certainly these Jameson swigging rock legends. December 1st 

 Tove Lo If lead single “Disco Tits” is any indication, Ms. Lo is about to release the greatest fucking album of the year. (TBD) 

Sia  Although there’s little tea to be spilled about the “Cheap Thrills” diva’s upcoming holiday record (no, you’re not hallucinating), we do know that she’s back with her music bestie, Greg Kurstin (“She is unbelievable,” Kurstin spilled to EW recently), to most likely give us an album–and a few present-popping videos–that’ll be guaranteed to lift all of our spirits…especially this year. You might want to add this one to your list..right now. TBA 

Rihanna  Although not officially on the roster, the “Kiss it Better” songstress has been rumored to be working on new tracks, and it has been almost two years since she served us with her electrified Anti set. But in the meantime, another round of “Wild Thoughts” is always a good idea while we anxiously await RiRi’s next music move…because life. 

Also to put on your music “to do” lists this fall…….

Macklemore/Gemini(streaming now)……….Rostam/Half-Light(streaming now)……….Miley Cyrus/Younger Now(Sept. 29th)……Echosmith/Outside a Dream(Sept. 29th)………. Hurts/Desire(Sept. 29th)…….. Liam Gallagher/As You Were(Oct.6th)…….Kelela/Take Me Apart(Oct.6th)…….  Marilyn Manson/Heaven Upside Down(Oct. 6th)……  Same Feldt/Sunrise(streaming now)…….. Jessie James Decker/Southern Girl City Lights(streaming now)…… Robert Plant/Carry Fire(streaming now)…….Beck/Colors(streaming now)……..Margo Price/All American Made(streaming now)……Jessie Ware/Glasshouse(Oct. 20th)………Niall Horan(Oct/TBD)……..Kelsea Ballerini/Unapologetically(Nov. 3rd)……Evanescence/Synthesis(Nov. 10th…….. Mavis Staples/If All I Was Was Black(Nov. 17th)………….Tim McGraw & Faith Hill(Nov.)……Chris Stapleton/From A Room(TBD)……..Wiz Khalifa(TBD)………Bjork/Utopia(TBA)


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2016 Philly Fall Concert Calendar

Get ready, all of you live music fanatics out there (which is pretty much of all of us, isn’t it?)……

Because Norah Jones, Stevie Nicks, Elton John, Goo Goo Dolls, Nina Sky, Tegan & Sara, Capital Cities, Cedric Gervais, Fedde le Grand, Andra Day  and many, many more are on their way to Philly from the time the very first frost/beats drop until the time Mr. Claus comes sliding down the chimney. 

Meaning, get those coins ready and then dive headphones first into Philly Mixtape’s 2016 Fall Concert Calendar. 

Of course, all dates are subject to change, so stay tuned right here for updates, but for now…go and click on any of the links for those tickets. 


Wednesday, October 26th 

Joe Budden/TLA 

Matt Hires/Milkboy 

Dweezil Zappa/Keswick Theatre 

Thursday, October 27th 

Tricky/Underground Arts 

Jamestown Revival/World Cafe Live 

Tyler Walker/Boot & Saddle 

Vibe Street/Coda 

Jamestown Revival/World Cafe Live! 

Peek-a-boo Revue/Franky Bradley’s 

Friday, October 28th 

Trey Songz/Wiz Khalifa/Remy Ma/Wells Fargo Center 

Tiesto/Premier Night Club 

Fedde le Grand/Coda 

Colbie Caillat/Keswick Theatre 

Metro Station/Voltage Lounge 

Patti Labelle/F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts 

The Monkees/Harrah’s Casino 

Saturday, October 29th 

Boys Nouze/Club 174 


Hypothetical/The Barbary 

Glenn Miller Orchestra/Sellersville Theatre 

The Pink Robots/Boot & Saddle 

Suburban Living/Ortliebs 

Sunday. October 30th 

The Morelings/Lucky 13 Pub 

The B-52’s/The Fillmore


It’s Halloween, bitch 

Bad Suns/Union Transfer 

Lecrae/TLA Philly 

Lita Ford/Sellersville Theatre 1894 

Laughs on Philly/Ortliebs 

Tuesday, November 1st 

Grouplove/The Fillmore 

AURORA/Union Transfer 

The Blasters/Kung Fu Necktie 

Flock of Dimes/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday, Nov 2nd 


Suzanne Vega/World Cafe Live 

Trash Talk and Antwon/The Foundry

Royal Canoe/Boot & Saddle 

John D/The Dolphin Tavern 

Thursday, Nov 3rd 

Tegan & Sara/The Fillmore 

Cheap Trick/Penn’s Peak 

Silver Apples/Underground Arts 

Snakehips/Union Transfer 

Scott Tixier/SOUTH 

Hayley Kiyoko & Dizzy Fae/The Foundry 

Friday, Nov 4th 

Daughter/Electric Factory 

Blue Oyster Cult/Penn’s Peak 

Hooters/Keswick Theatre

Kero Kero Bonito/Coda 

Saturday, Nov 5th 

The Fray/Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Capital Cities/TLA

Vanilla Ice/Color Me Badd/Salt N Pepa/Boardwalk Hall 

GRIZ/The Fillmore 

Bingo Players/Haven Night Club 

Kate Faust/Johnny Brenda’s 

Hooters/Keswick Theatre 

Sunday, Nov 6th 

Porches & Girlpool/TLA 

Corb Lund/World Cafe Live 

Thaylobleu/Borbon & Branch 

The White Buffalo/The Foundry 

Monday, Nov 7th 

Seu Jorge/Union Transfer 

Blunt Bangs/Boot & Saddle 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club/The Fillmore 

Dilly Dally/Boot & Saddle 

Tuesday, Nov 8th 


Krispy Kareem/Bourbon & Branch 

Wednesday, Nov 9th 

Calum Scott/The Fillmore 

The Devyl Nellys/Kung Fu Necktie

Mr. Bill/Coda 

Tony Malina/Wildhoney/Kung Fu Necktie 

Weyes Blood/Everybody Hits 

Maxwell/Mary J. Blige/Wells Fargo Center 

Thursday, Nov 10th 

Good Charlotte/The Fillmore 

Bongzilla/Voltage Lounge 

SoMo/The Trocadero 

Broncho/Boot & Saddle 

Valentino Khan/Coda 

Friday, Nov 11th 

Porter Robinson/Madeon/Electric Factory 

Cedric Gervais/Premier Night Club

Peter Cetera/Sugarhouse Casino 


Benjamin Francis Leftwich/Johnny Brenda’s 

Saturday, Nov 12th 

Yellowcard/Electric Factory 

The Band Perry/Tropicana Showroom

Skid Row/Kix/Harrah’s 

Nina Sky/Coda 

Toni Braxton/Caesar’s Palace 

Sunday, Nov 13th 

Fitz and The Tantrums/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Pentatonix/Liacouras Center 

Nicolas Jaar/The TLA 


Monday, Nov 14th 

The Naked & Famous/Union Transfer 

Ingrid Michaelson/The Fillmore 

Russ and Dirty South Joe/The TLA 

Crossed Keys/Boot & Saddle 

Tuesday, Nov 15th 

The Living End/TLA

Honus Honus/Boot & Saddle

Wednesday, Nov 16th 

Andrew W.K./Trinity Center for Urban Life 

Caspian/Uniin Transfer 

The Fray/The Fillmore 

The Heavy Pets/Underground Arts 

Thursday, Nov 17th 

Goo Goo Dolls/Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Elle King/The Fillmore 

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood/TLA 

Mayday/Voltage Lounge 

Olivia Holt/Coda 

Friday, Nov 18th 

The Paper Kites/Underground Arts 


Seven Lions/District N9ne 

Saturday, Nov 19th 

Two Door Cinema Club/The Fillmore 

Evanescence/Harrah’s Casino Hotel

Sunday, Nov 20th 

PartyNextDoor/Jeremih/The Fillmore 

Michael McDonald/The Music Box 

Stevie Nicks/Pretenders/Sands Bethlehem 

Monday, Nov 21st

Laura Cantrell/Boot & Saddle 

Diana Krall/Caesar’s AC 

Tuesday, Nov 22nd 

Jon Bellion/Electric Factory 

K.Flay/The Foundry 

Wednesday, Nov 23rd

Crown the Empire/blessthefall/TLA 

Thursday, Nov 24th…Gobble, gobble! 

Friday, Nov 25th 

Bret Michaels/Electric Factory 

Sweater Beats/The Foundry 

Tom Mackell/The Grape Room 

Saturday, Nov 26th 

Dinosaur Jr./Union Transfer 

A$AP Ferg/TLA Philly 

DJ Daily/Coda

‘Nervo/Haven Nightclub 

Sunday, Nov 27th 

Andrea Day/Union Transfer 

Monday, Nov 28th 

Mike Gordon/Union Transfer 

Tuesday, Nov 29th 

Lizzo/The Foundry 

Fruit Bats/Underground Arts 

Wednesday, Nov 30th 

Space Jesus/Coda 

Diana/Boot & Saddle 

Thursday, Dec 1st 

Five Finger Death Punch/Shinedown/Wells Fargo Center 

Donovan/Keswick Theatre  

Friday, Dec 2nd 

Norah Jones/Academy of Music 

Saturday, Dec 3rd 

Michael Bolton/Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino 

Sunday, Dec 4th 

Dave Koz/Scottish Rite Auditorium 

Art Garfunkel/Keswick Theatre 

Monday, Dec 5th 

Robin Eubanks/University of the Arts 

Tuesday, Dec 6th 

Handsome Ghost/World Cafe Live 

Wednesday, Dec 7th

MO/Union Transfer 

Shy Girls/Boot & Saddle 

Thursday, Dec 8th 

Cole Swindell/The Fillmore 

Twin Peaks/Union Transfer 

Edwin McCain/World Cafe Live 

Friday, Dec 9th 

Jai Wolf/Union Transfer 

Saturday, Dec 10th 

Bouncing Souls/Union Transfer 

Kenny G/Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino 

Sunday, Dec 11th 

Tory Lanez/The Trocadero 

Monday, Dec 12th 

Rhett Miller/World Cafe Live 

Tuesday, Dec 13th 

You Won’t/Johnny Brenda’s 

Wednesday, Dec 14th 

Manheim Steamroller/Sands Bethlehem Center 

Thursday, Dec 15th 

Pink Martini/Keswick Theatre 

Friday, Dec 16th 

The Struts/TLA 

Slander/The Fillmore 

Saturday, Dec 17th 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Wells Fargo Center 

Sunday, Dec 18th 

Eamonn Mccrystal/The Kimmel Center 

Monday, Dec 19th 

Philly Rising Open Stage/World Cafe Live 

Tuesday, Dec 20th 

Blue Roots/Washington House Restaurant 






















Groove of the Day/Janet/Missy/Carly/”Son of a Gun(I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)

Picture it…the music from fall 2001…Britney was making us a slave for that Britney life…..Gwen Stefani and her No Doubt crew were keepin’ it Rock Steady…..we were still all in love with Incubus’ Brandon Boyd and Ms. Janet Jackson was continuing to serve with the third single from her multi platinum All for You record, “Son of a Gun.” 

While the original version featured just Janet and Ms. Carly Simon adding her undeniable vocal flair from her 1972 chart smash, “You’re So Vain,” for the single release, the one-and-only Missy!!! was added to the mix to give it a little extra werk. While the remix only managed to grab the number twenty-eight slot on the Billboard Hot 100, its accompanying music video truly was–and still is–something to remember. 

Directed by music video mastermind, Francis Lawrence (pretty much every one of your favorite early ’00s music videos..and The Hunger Games) the clip features Ms. J, those abs, a “Get Ur Freak On” styled Missy (you know…) and a gaggle of spooky-wooky (AHS fever, anyone?) backup dancers who create all kinds of shenanigans inside an ultra-boujie hotel for the swine in question who dared cheat on our beloved Janet and put a stupid bitch all up in that beach house. 

Bliss. Now, watch this. You’ll be glad you did. 

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