Category Archives: Philadelphia

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Amanda X at Boot and Saddle, Madalean Gauze at Johnny Brenda’s, R. Ring at Everybody Hits and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Amanda X at Boot and Saddle, Madalean Gauze at Johnny Brenda’s, R. Ring at Everybody Hits and more

Amanda X | photo courtesy of the artist

Kensington power punk trio Amanda X will bring their high-energy tunes to Boot and Saddle tonight. Comprised of Cat Park on lead guitar, Melissa Brain on drums and Kat Bean on bass, the group doles out hooky guitar riffs, bumping drum grooves and memorable melody lines. This summer, they will release their second full album later this summer, Giant, and based on opening track “Exquisite,” they keep up with their tendency toward dance-able guitar licks, passionate vocal work and well-crafted melodies. Check out the song below and show details at the XPN ...

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ellen Siberian Tiger

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ellen Siberian Tiger
The Key Studio Sessions: Ellen Siberian Tiger
The Key Studio Sessions: Ellen Siberian Tiger
The Key Studio Sessions: Ellen Siberian Tiger
The Key Studio Sessions: Ellen Siberian Tiger
The Key Studio Sessions: Ellen Siberian Tiger
Many facets make up Ellen Tiberio-Shultz’s musical personality.

There’s the teenager from State College, cutting her teeth on folk and blues-inspired songwriting but discouraged by the dude-centricity of the local open mic scene. There’s the grad of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, studious and cerebral, with predilections for askew guitar licks and unconventional arrangements that draw unashamedly from the prog world (and the classical genres that inspired it). And then there’s the working Philadelphia musician who cuts loose with power trio fuzz and feminist punk rock.

With all these disparate elements in play, her band Ellen Siberian Tiger — possibly ...

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Cayetana will take Philly friends Hemming out on tour this fall

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Cayetana will take Philly friends Hemming out on tour this fall

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com


Philly punk faves Cayetana released a kickass record this year called New Kind of Normal, and they’re currently out on the road opening for Waxahatchee in support of it. When that run of dates is done, the band just announced a fall headlining run, bringing Philly’s Hemming along for the ride.

The two projects are longtime friends; you can hear Hemming leader Candice Martello in the chorus of shouting voices on Cayetana’s “Grumpy’s” (a feat reprised at the New Kind of Normal release show, seen in the photo ...

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A taste of South Philly – in the middle of nowhere

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

Mike “Big Mike” Stasiunas, from 21st and Mifflin, has owned the Forksville General Store in Sullivan County, Pa. since 1999. He also hosts a raucous dinner show every Saturday night, where he cracks jokes and plays music with his local musicians, including his daughter, Michele

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Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies in LA at 41

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said. He was 41.

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Watch Palm go Gorillaz in their new “Shadow Experts” Music Video

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Watch Palm go Gorillaz in their new “Shadow Experts” Music Video

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

In June, Philadelphia’s Palm released a new EP Shadow Experts to follow their debut full-length Trading Basics, proving that they are still thinking outside the box (like, way outside the box).

The experimental indie pop group turns away from all mainstream convention in the creation of their sound, and with today’s release of the music video for Shadow Experts‘ title track it appears that their visuals don’t fall too far from the song-tree (sorry).

The “Shadow Experts” video features the foursome in Gorillaz-like 3D animation, roaming around a sometimes desert, sometimes beach, ...

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Alex G announces new headlining tour dates and an opening spot with Fleet Foxes

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Alex G announces new headlining tour dates and an opening spot with Fleet Foxes

Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

On July 17th, the Fleet Foxes Instagram account posted an announcement that they had added several artists to their upcoming US tour: (Sandy) Alex G in the Northeast, Natalie Prass in the Northwest, Bedouine in the Southwest, and Nap Eyes in the Midwest in addition to the already-billed Animal Collective and Beach House.

For a good 24 hours, information on this news was nowhere else to be found, save the account (likely run by frontman Robin Pecknold) answering direct fan inquiries in the comments section. Either way, ...

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Drink The Districts’ Popular Manipulations at Johnny Brenda’s to Benefit Beyond the Bars

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Drink The Districts’ Popular Manipulations at Johnny Brenda’s to Benefit Beyond the Bars

The Districts | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

The Districts‘ highly-anticipated upcoming record Popular Manipulations is due August 11th, and now you can drink it too. The indie rockers have teamed up with Crime and Punishment Brewing to create the Popular Manipulations IPL, and the first keg will be tapped on Monday, July 31st at Johnny Brenda’s. The Districts themselves will be the event’s DJs, taking over the Fishtown venue to spin an all-vinyl, four-hour happy hour set – the perfect way to cap off a weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival.

If you weren’t already convinced ...

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Watch a super-serious Strand of Oaks cover Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love”

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Watch a super-serious Strand of Oaks cover Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love”

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Everybody has their own routine to get ready for work. Timothy Showalter’s just might be a little different (OK, a lot different) compared to the rest.

Before a show earlier this week in Athens, Georgia, Strand of Oaks posted a video of Showalter and some of the crew warming up their pipes with a cover of Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love.” The camera work and black-and-white editing add an entirely new level of entertainment value. Every few seconds brings a new surprise twist to this captivating and inspirational film. Watch ...

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Wax Future: “All We Really Want is a Connection.”

Source: Jump Philly

Text and images by Chip Frenette. Heavy metal guitar, samples, hip hop beats and bubble machines are just the beginning of the experience that is Wax Future live, on stage. Working the way through their summer tour with three dates left, the Manayunk-based act, Wax Future, recently opened up day two on the office stage […]Wax Future: “All We Really Want is a Connection.”

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Kendrick Lamar brings his intimate dance with good and evil to the stadium

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ELEMENT.

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In the fall of 2015, following the release of his critically-acclaimed, platinum-selling album To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar announced that he would bypass the round of huge, multi-city touring that would customarily follow such a successful project. While the decision to forgo a large stadium tour in the wake of Butterfly would have struck many as a misstep, the move was perfect.

Instead, Kendrick hit the road with a mini-tour, “Kunta’s Groove Sessions,” a quick and dirty, eight-city jaunt which found ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jill Scott at Sands Bethlehem, Hardwork Movement at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Rosali and the Middlemen at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jill Scott at Sands Bethlehem, Hardwork Movement at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Rosali and the Middlemen at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Jill Scott | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Philly soul queen Jill Scott brings her 2017 summer tour to the Sands Bethlehem arena tonight. After building her name in Philly’s Black Lily open mic scene in the late 90s — and writing the hook for The Roots’ immortal “You Got Me,” and touring with them in the late 90s — Scott stepped to center stage with 2000 with Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Volume 1. The record was universally acclaimed, and holds up to this day; I had it in heavy rotation earlier this week, just because, ...

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#TBTXPN: Oasis, Blur and the second British Invasion

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#TBTXPN: Oasis, Blur and the second British Invasion

When you think of the words “British Invasion,” you probably think of the 1960s and The Beatles and Stones. Maybe The Kinks.

But music from Great Britain continued making an impact in the states in the decades that ensued, flourishing in the 80s and coming to a peak once again with the Britpop scene of the early 90s. This week on #TBTXPN, we’re exploring that “second British invasion,” from the glossy synthpop of The Eurythmics and the sneering glam of Billy Idol to the stadium rock rivalry of Oasis and Blur. 

Tune in Thursday, July 20th, starting at 6 a.m. and ...

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A funny thing happened around XPN HQ this week involving…horses.

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I like to think that WXPN is a pretty fun place to work. Beyond the music, that is; beyond the studio sessions, Free at Noon concerts, etc. etc. Beyond all of that, the office atmosphere itself is inviting and positive.

We got an illustration of that on Monday morning when a number of my coworkers returned from their weekend — or, in Talia Schlanger’s case, from vacation — to discover animal ...

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Surprise! Camp Cope needs no notice before last-minute Troc Balcony gig

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Surprise! Camp Cope needs no notice before last-minute Troc Balcony gig

Camp Cope | photo by Joe Bloss of WXPN

When I woke up yesterday, my plans for the evening were about the same as most Tuesday nights so far this summer: Go to work, leave around nine and get home in time to watch the Phillies lose. Then I saw the news that Melbourne, Australia’s best punk rockers, Camp Cope, were headlining a last-minute gig at the Trocadero Balcony — last night. If the punk rock gods were kind enough, I maybe had a chance to make it in time for Camp Cope’s set, the last of a ...

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Listen to Digable Planets recorded live at Ardmore Music Hall

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Listen to Digable Planets recorded live at Ardmore Music Hall

via digableplanets.bandcamp.com

It’s been almost exactly a year since hip-hop staples Digable Planets  performed a sold out gig at Ardmore Music Hall, launching their reunion tour in the process. The band recorded their 15-song set and recetly released it as their first live album.

In the record, available for streaming and download on Bandcamp, you can hear MCs Doodlebug, Butterfly and Ladybug spit rhymes with just as much energy as they did 20 years ago; the crowd goes wild just from hearing their introductions.

Doodlebug, AKA Craig Irving, seemed psyched to be back onstage in his hometown of Philly, and the trio played ...

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Listen to Digable Planets recorded live at Ardmore Music Hall

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Listen to Digable Planets recorded live at Ardmore Music Hall

via digableplanets.bandcamp.com

It’s been almost exactly a year since hip-hop staples Digable Planets  performed a sold out gig at Ardmore Music Hall, launching their reunion tour in the process. The band recorded their 15-song set and recetly released it as their first live album.

In the record, available for streaming and download on Bandcamp, you can hear MCs Doodlebug, Butterfly and Ladybug spit rhymes with just as much energy as they did 20 years ago; the crowd goes wild just from hearing their introductions.

Doodlebug, AKA Craig Irving, seemed psyched to be back onstage in his hometown of Philly, and the trio played ...

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Seven bands from the Philly DIY underground you need to hear right now

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Seven bands from the Philly DIY underground you need to hear right now

Ursula | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly is one of those cities (the only city?!) that’s able to contain, harness, and release the unbridled energy of hardcore punk and strange outsider indie rock in the form of four impactful spring festivals and still have enough left to keep the summer righteously shredded.

We came together for Electrifest (queer POC experimental music fest centering LGBT health concerns), Get Better Fest (queerpunk fest put on by the folks at Get Better Records), Break Free Fest (an event centering black and brown hardcore acts) and of course, Philly Shreds (a showcase ...

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PREMIERE: Fine Motor reflects on change and transition in its debut LP

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PREMIERE: Fine Motor reflects on change and transition in its debut LP

Fine Motor | photo courtesy of the artist

Casey Bell and Dan Morse, also known as Fine Motor, are readying their debut full-length album, a self-titled project that they began in Philly and took to their new home in Reno, Nevada.

“The album is a product of transition,” says Morse over e-mail. “feeling initially uprooted but then finding a supportive community in Reno. Also, we should point out that both Reno and Philly are gritty, underdog cities. While the weather couldn’t be any more different, the vibe is strangely similar and similarly strange.”

The punk riffs of one of the duo’s previous ...

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Sir Sly and SHAED exude fun with a packed crowd at The Fillmore’s Foundry

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Sir Sly and SHAED exude fun with a packed crowd at The Fillmore’s Foundry

Sir Sly | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN

Los Angeles’ Sir Sly make their kind of infectious indie-pop-rock so well that it was no surprise to walk in to The Foundry a bit early only to be confronted by a crowd of dedicated fans pushed up against the stage. Make no mistake: their music appeals to the sing-along set, and they know every word. The all ages show left little room for stragglers, and the trio themselves did the best they could to exude fun energy across the limited stage size. Vocalist Landon Jacobs carries himself with a swagger ...

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Listen to Queen of Jeans cover Gwen Stefani’s “Cool” on Sophia Coppola film cover comp

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Listen to Queen of Jeans cover Gwen Stefani’s “Cool” on Sophia Coppola film cover comp

Queen of Jeans | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

The music featured in filmmaker Sophia Coppola’s films always have a major purpose. These carefully-selected songs work with the scenes rather than just sitting idly atop them. In tribute to Coppola’s musical reverence, indie label Superfan 99 have released a cover compilation of songs that have found new homes in Coppola films throughout the years.

Included in the 14 reworked tracks is Philly’s own Queen of Jeans, who took on the Gwen Stefani track, “Cool,” which is featured in Coppola’s Somewhere. Queen of Jeans’ rendition of the Stefani ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kendrick Lamar at Wells Fargo Center, Ages and Ages at Johnny Brenda’s

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kendrick Lamar at Wells Fargo Center, Ages and Ages at Johnny Brenda’s

Kendrick Lamar | album cover via artist’s Facebook page

It’s Kendrick Lamar, people. I think that’s all that needs to be said in persuasion of the hip-hop king’s Wells Fargo Center show tonight. Not only will Kendrick be performing his acclaimed album DAMN., he’ll also be joined by a solid lineup of Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.. So be there or be square. Check out the latest video release from the album for “ELEMENT” below and get tickets and more information here.


Ages and Ages are a quirky, upbeat, positive Americana bunch from Portland. But tonight, you can catch them at ...

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