Preview of summer music scene in Philly

By Megan Kutulis
April 30, 2009

An iPod playlist is a beautiful thing. They come in handy when you’re trying to find the motivation to burn off those extra five pounds or when you’re feeling scorned by your latest former love interest.

Nothing can make you feel better than finding the perfect song to suit your mood. And no matter what variety of playlists you have saved on your iPod, there’s always the quintessential summer mix. And while it might sound good through that statistically iPod adapter, all your favorite Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews songs sound a lot better live.

Without further ado, The Loquitur presents every concert you need to know about to make the beginning of your summer way better than returning to your job at Rita’s and finding a cheap place down the shore for a mere two days.

If you find yourself newly obsessed with the country music you once condemned, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are playing at the Wachovia Center, and feel be free to wear cowboy boots, no explanation needed. Or you could always bring out your inner diva with Beyonce.

Gentlemen take note: there will probably be plenty of single ladies.

Maybe you aren’t in the mood to sit back and be the audience after a years’ worth of sitting in the classroom listening to the professor drone on about European history. If not, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

Drexel University hosts stand up and improv acts for aspiring musicians, comedians and other performers. So if you and the band are trying to gain a little bit of local fame, head to the city and be sure to bring out your dedicated fans. Also, the show is local for some Cabrini students-a definite plus.

And for those of you looking for a little humor after a school year full of stress and academics, cult favorite Dane Cook will be back in Philadelphia with material from his new comedy album “Isolated INcident”. Anyone who’s ever heard the Kool Aid Man sketch or Cook’s tribute to the Transformers is definitely not going to be able to pass this up.

To find more concerts playing in Philadelphia or in your hometown this summer, check out MySpace. Sure, it’s the Facebook for pre-pubescent eighth graders, but you can look up artists’ shows and even get hold of some new tracks by underground musicians.

No matter what concert you choose, remember that you want to make this a summer to remember. The best way to start is outside, under the summer sky, beer in hand-scratch that soda in hand, and your favorite song playin live.

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