On Tour in Philly:
February 10-11: Wu-Tang Clan at the Electric Factory
February 16: Common at the House of Blues, Atlantic City
March 4: Belle & Sebastian and the New Pornographers at the Electric Factory
April 6: Coldplay at the Wachovia Center
Albums to be Released:
Belle & Sebastian -- The Life Pursuit, February 7
After having teamed up with producer Trevor Horn (Tatu) for 2003's Dear Catastrophe Waitress, the band returns to its usual producer, Tony Hoffer, for this much-anticipated album, which is said to have a '70s influence.
The Flaming Lips -- At War With the Mystics, April 4
It's been four years since Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots gave college students everywhere a wet dream. However, the band has certainly kept busy, playing back-up for Beck on his 2002 tour and being filmed for the documentary Fearless Freaks.
The Fugees -- title TBD, Spring
Not including 2003's Greatest Hits, the Fugees haven't put out an album since 1996. Apparently, the band has reconciled its many differences and has jumped on the reunion bandwagon.
Arcade Fire -- title and date TBD
Funeral, one of the best and most-talked about albums of 2004, thrust this Canadian band into the limelight. After touring and impressing audiences everywhere, Arcade Fire has a lot riding on its sophomore effort.
The Shins -- title TBD, Summer
Garden State-mania popularized Chutes too Narrow, which was released in 2003, well before the movie came out. Now, everyone and their mother awaits the band's third album to add to their playlists.