It’s time to look forward to the excitement that a new year brings, and this includes a whole slew of concerts. The year’s hottest acts are sure to sizzle off some of that frostbite and get you ready for the summer.
Lady Gaga
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 336-3600

Price: from $80
When: Feb. 19, 2013 and Feb. 20, 2013

With two dates scheduled at the Wells Fargo Center, Lady Gaga is sure to draw huge crowds of “Little Monsters” this year. Formerly known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the superstar transforms into her alter ego, Lady Gaga, when she hits the stage. With grinding dance beats and numerous pop hits, this American singer and songwriter puts on a show that will awe. Be ready to see some amazing outfits, lighting, vocals and strange little creations everywhere.

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Coheed and Cambria
Electric Factory
421 N. 7th St.
hiladelphia, PA 19123
(215) 627-1332

Price: from $70
When: March 11, 2013

Sometimes you need a little classical music, sometimes it’s heavy metal. And sometimes you need a crooning voice injected into both genres. Coheed and Cambria does just that. “Cambria” comes from the classical name of Wales, while “Coheed” has roots in Old Welsh and means “from the root country or territory.” The name itself is all over the place, much like this eclectic band. Though it’s not really for mainstream consumption, this group lends its own brand of musical brilliance to create a truly unique sound.

Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 336-3600

Price: from $60
When: March 14, 2013

Neither you nor Chris Brown can keep a good woman down! This Barbadian R&B recording artist is like a phoenix rising out of the ashes for her 2013 tour. She first broke into the music scene in the U.S. at the age of 16 under record producer Evan Rogers’ wing, and her upward progression continues to astound globally. As soon as Def Jam Recordings heard her, Jay-Z snatched her up, and here she is, touring in all her alluring glory.

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Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 336-3600

Price: from $193
When: March 17, 2013

Since this Pittsburgh native busted onto the music scene, boys and girls have fawned over her punk vibe and outspoken attitude. Back on tour with her new album, “The Truth About Love,” Pink goes through her on again, off again relationship with her beau and delivers her trademark angst and punk pop for the masses. Always in rockin’ shape and boasting lots of colorful clothes and lyrics, this may be the show to see at the Wells Fargo Center this year.

Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran
Lincoln Financial Field
1020 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 339-6700

Price: from $90
When: July 20, 2013

It is almost impossible to miss Taylor Swift nowadays. She’s plastered all over fashion magazines, has multiple product placement modeling ads and is maturing into a lovely pop-country belle, and teaming up with Ed Sheeran only furthers her appeal. Catch Swift’s Southern charm in Philly this summer.

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