By Matthew Nadu

Finally a break in the heat.

No not the weather, but the feud between Philly natives Meek Mill and the pastor that has bashed the rapper for his blasphemous terminology of words like “Amen” and “church” to describe party like situations in his latest hit “Amen.”

Meek used words like “church” as alternative meanings for phrases meaning “the truth” offending some and creating a whole new terminology for others.

In the light of the Philly rappers vocabulary this weekend’s local music lineup is downright sick.

From July 20-22 several destinations in the Philadelphia area will be packed with some of music and pop culture’s biggest names.

Here are our top three destinations:

3. HQ NightClub at Revel, Atlantic City, NJ

If you want to party, this is A.C.’s newest hot spot. Seriously, you have to see this place to believe it. This weekend all food and gambling aside, the brand new 40,000 square-foot venue will feature three of the country’s hottest DJ’s including Manufactured Superstars, Cedric Gervais and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano pounding today’s best house, funk and hit music amidst a laser show that would give even Barney Stinson a heart attack. All shows start at 10PM, leaving plenty of time to recuperate. Did we mention the party goes til 4AM? Yeah, that’s right.


2. WXPN 2012 XPoNential Music Festival, Camden, NJ

This 3-day festival hosted by UPenn’s own radio station has done Indie music right. Friday night straight into Sunday evening bands like Wilco, Counting Crows and Field Report will be rocking out at both venues. Single day and 3-day passes are still available. As WXPN continues to lead the way for Philly’s indie music, their concerts get better and better. Don’t miss out on this year’s summer smash because “it’s a long December…”


1. Firefly Festival, Dover, DE

CW fans sit down for this one. This may quite possibly be the greatest collaboration of artists ever assembled.

CW soundtrack favorites such as the Black Keys, Death Cab for Cutie, The Killers, Lupe Fiasco, Modest Mouse, OK GO, Cake, Silversun Pickups, The Wallflowers and one of the most talented and fast growing bands Young the Giant, will blow you away in yet another 3-day festival. Oh yeah, Philly fav John Legend will also be jamming out in this “Bonnaroo who?” East Coast blockbuster event. Miss this and well there’s always iTunes.



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