May 29--INGRID MICHAELSON
If there are any faults with singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson -- and there aren't many -- it's that her wonderful pop songs might be almost too precious.
Her 2007 platinum breakthrough "The Way I Am" was saccharine with unfettered love. "Be OK" from 2008 professes to be a broken singer closing doors, but its chirpy "you'll save me" delivery says otherwise. "Maybe" from 2009 is the most optimistic breakup song you'll ever hear.
That may have changed with Michaelson's new hit, "Girls Chase Boys." It's about as perfect a pop song as you can get: insanely catchy, cleverly biting and honest all at the same time. Precious, but not too precious.
-- 8 p.m. Friday, with Storyman and Sugar + The Hi-Lows, Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St., Philadelphia. Tickets: $30, http://www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
THE ROOTS PICNIC
The annual Roots Picnic at Philadelphia'sFestival Pier at Penn's Landing always has an intriguing lineup, and this year's seventh edition is flat-out good.
Philadelphia ambient/indie rock band The War on Drugs has its biggest hit yet with the haunting "Red Eyes." Always-intriguing R&B singer Janelle Monae, who made such a splash on fun.'s "We Are Young," is still riding the wave of her Top 5 album "Electric Lady" from last fall.
Then there's Snoop Dogg -- and just the opportunity to see him perform with The Roots is reason enough to go. Of course, so is having The Roots as the house band.
-- 1 p.m. Saturday, with The Roots, Snoop Dogg, The War On Drugs, Janelle Monae, Action Bronson, Araabmuzik, A$AP Ferg, Jhene Aiko, Biz Markie, Rudimental, Bad Rabbits, Chill Moody and Roman Gianarthur, Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia. Tickets: $50, http://www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Three months before Motley Crue comes to Allentown Fair for a date on its farewell tour, the group's singer Vince Neil will play a solo show at a Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs.
The Crue kicks off what it is saying will be its final tour July 2 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Before that, a new release says, Neil's solo show includes all the band's hits, such as "Home Sweet Home," "Girls, Girls, Girls," "Dr. Feelgood" and more.
Neil has released three solo albums, the most recent of which was 2010's "Tattoos & Tequila." This show may provide a look at what his life after Motley Crue will be like.
-- 8 p.m. Saturday, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. Tickets: $35, http://www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
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