Experimental harpist Brandee Younger will kick off Ars Nova’s 2018 season at Johnny Brenda’s

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Experimental harpist Brandee Younger will kick off Ars Nova’s 2018 season at Johnny Brenda’s

Brandee Younger | photo by Jatiphoto | via brandee.bandcamp.com

Opening for local experimental jazz / rock band Desertion Trio (on their album release party night, nonetheless), New York’s Brandee Younger is certain to deliver a cordial opening set to kick off the celebration this February. Having performed with modern legends ranging from Lauryn Hill to Common, The Roots to Ravi Coltrane, and more recently appearing on NPR’s Tiny Desk series with Moses Sumney, it is clear that Younger has established herself as one of the best harpists in the modern Jazz and R&B scenes – but this wasn’t always ...

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Jazz Adams, Marisa Dabice, Sadie DuPuis, and Andrea Jacome are Shifting the Gaze at this years Women in Music panel

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Jazz Adams, Marisa Dabice, Sadie DuPuis, and Andrea Jacome are Shifting the Gaze at this years Women in Music panel

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Shifting the Gaze: Women in Music is back for its third year at Kelly Writers House this Wednesday. An event panel series founded and curated by music writer, photographer, filmmaker, and U Penn senior, Amanda Silberling, Shifting the Gaze was created in order to “explore the intersectional challenges that women and other marginalized people face in the music industry.”

While last year’s installment featured punk icon, Alice Bag, this year’s boasts the four Philly-dwelling rockstars, Jazz AdamsMarisa DapiceSadie Dupuis, and Andrea Jacome, who will lead ...

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Rejoyce! (Sandy) Alex G shared a new DSU-sounding track called “fay”

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Rejoyce! (Sandy) Alex G shared a new DSU-sounding track called “fay”

Alex G | Photo by Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

A day with a new (Sandy) Alex G song is a happy day. So happy day to you all, because there’s a new one called “fay” that Giannascoli low-key uploaded to his personal YouTube account last night.

I say “new” in the most relative of terms, because there’s really no telling when this track was made. With music media a flutter on piecing together what this calculated and mysterious move means, I’m going to join in the hoopla and guess that sharing this track was just a fun and random outlet ...

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Brandi Carlile narrates life of a “Sugartooth” in latest single

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Brandi Carlile narrates life of a “Sugartooth” in latest single

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist

The best is yet to come for Washington State singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. Garnering a devote folk following with her sophomore LP, 2007’s The Story, Carlile topped the charts with the title track. Now, Carlile plans to release the follow-up full length to her 2015 Grammy-nominated album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. “Sugartooth” is the third single from that forthcoming album, By The Way, I Forgive You, out February 16 on Elektra Records.

Starting off the song in an unhurried manner, Carlile sets the stage narrating the aches and pains ...

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Experiencing the lows and highs of Philly’s Noél Scales in her Beautiful Bad project

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Experiencing the lows and highs of Philly’s Noél Scales in her Beautiful Bad project

Noel Scales | photo by Phil Meyer | courtesy of the artist

Being an artist sometimes means being open and vulnerable about yourself, which may explain why a plethora of them, like Erykah Badu, are sensitive about their shit. But having the courage to open up to the public allows the world to see their perspectives and truths, whether you share them or not — and Philadelphia’s own Noél Scales is no different.

Since the age of 10, the young singer has been exposed to music from the late icon Prince, well respected art programs in the city such as  ...

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Jan 19 in Music History: The Beatles begin recording “A Day in the Life,” The Pretenders release their debut album

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Jan 19 in Music History: The Beatles begin recording “A Day in the Life,” The Pretenders release their debut album
1934 – Laurens Hammond files for a patent for the pipeless organ with the tonewheel generator. The patent is granted on April 24.

 

1957 – Johnny Cash appears on national TV for the first time when he performs on The Jackie Gleason Show.
1967 – The Beatles began recording “A Day In The Life” at Abbey Road studios London, recording four takes of the new song. According to Lennon, the inspiration for the first two verses was the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune who had crashed his Lotus Elan on December 18, 1966 ...

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If Something Is On Fire, Maybe It Needs To Be: Philly saxophonist Keir Neuringer on distilling a troubled world into turbulent jazz

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If Something Is On Fire, Maybe It Needs To Be: Philly saxophonist Keir Neuringer on distilling a troubled world into turbulent jazz

Keir Neuringer | photo by Peter Gannushkin | courtesy of the artist

The moment you hear Keir Neuringer‘s alto-saxophone vibrating through an art museum — the warm tones bouncing off of avant garde sculptures — and watch those tones solidify into zoetropic color and immerse themselves into Muhal Richard Abrams collages, the only thing that seems to make sense, in the moment, is that you’re watching a reinterpretation of jazz.

It’s with his decidedly experimental (and experiential) band Irreversible Entanglements (featuring Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother, on poetic vocals) and his crashy, noise ‘n blues and equally experimental/experiential outfit ...

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A Place to Bury Strangers on the cover of The Deli’s NYC / NAMM Issue 2018!

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A Place to Bury Strangers on the cover of The Deli's NYC / NAMM Issue 2018!
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Hello good music diggers!

The Winter 2018 issue of The Deli NYC (our 53rd!) is now available for you to read online, here!

This is also the first NAMM issue of The Deli, since a week from today we’ll be at the Californian musical instrument convention with a huge booth full of guitar ...

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Eric Slick explores 70s blue-eyed soul in his new single “Hesitation”

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Eric Slick explores 70s blue-eyed soul in his new single “Hesitation”

Eric Slick| Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

It’s been a big news week for Philadelphia’s Eric Slick. Not only did his full-time band, Dr. Dog, announce their tenth LP with a brilliant brooder of a single, Eric’s solo project had a nice showing as well with the new song “Hesitation.”

The song, which is part of Amazon’s Love Me Not Valentine’s Day playlist due out on February 9, thumps and grooves in a 70s blue-eyed soul sway (think Seals and Crofts). As Slick told the folks over at Brooklyn Vegan:

This song is my ...

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Music, Modern Art and More: Get to know Philly’s hip-hop renaissance man Ronniere Spacely

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Music, Modern Art and More: Get to know Philly’s hip-hop renaissance man Ronniere Spacely

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In a world of multihyphenates, Philly based MC / producer / multi-instrumentalist / visual artist, Ronniere Spacely effectively straddles disparate worlds of music, film and modern art. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, and a dedicated acolyte of Virginia production duo The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo), Spacely absorbed the heavy-hitting, melodic and harmonically rich aesthetic of his hometown heroes into his own music.

He poured these influences into his recent self-released Uncle Lahk Jaw mixtape and his self-shot and produced short film Yo Bro, a lo-fi, experimental musing on love, infatuation and music. A striking ...

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Sire Records founder Seymour Stein talks with Dan & Dan about his legendary career, from signing The Ramones, Madonna, and The Smiths, to upcoming auction and more

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Sire Records founder Seymour Stein talks with Dan & Dan about his legendary career, from signing The Ramones, Madonna, and The Smiths, to upcoming auction and more

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Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC!

For their 70th podcast, Dan & Dan welcome Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and founder of Sire Records, Seymour Stein to the show! Seymour shares stories about signing Depeche Mode, Madonna, The Smiths, Ice T and more. Plus, he talks about his connections to Philadelphia and offers his thoughts about the streaming music economy.

Seymour is also participating in a Rock and Roll Memorabilia ...

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Pre-order Live at the World Cafe Volume 43 featuring The Districts, Maggie Rogers, The War on Drugs, Waxahatchee and more

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Pre-order Live at the World Cafe Volume 43 featuring The Districts, Maggie Rogers, The War on Drugs, Waxahatchee and more

Live at the World Cafe Volume 43

The latest compilation of live performances from NPR’s World Cafe is available this spring to XPN members — and it’s a fantastic collection.

Ranging from rock and folk vets Bob WeirLittle Steven & The Disciples of Soul, and Suzanne Vega to new voices Maggie Rogers, Sweet Spirit, and Phoebe Bridgers, Philly rooted artists The DistrictsThe War on Drugs, and Waxahatchee, Live at the World Cafe Vol. 43 is an expansive release.

Existing XPN members can get a copy of the CD for an additional donation ...

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Just Announced: Dead & Co. will headline two nights at BB&T Pavilion in June

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Just Announced: Dead & Co. will headline two nights at BB&T Pavilion in June

Dead & Company | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir will once again team up with guitarist John Mayer for a round of Dead & Company summer tour dates. Kicking off in Mansfield, Massachusetts in May, the run comes to Camden, New Jersey for two nights on June 1 and June 2 at the BB&T Pavilion. 

Tickets are on sale Friday, January 26th at 10 a.m., more information will be available at the XPN Concert Calendar.


Just Announced: Dead & Co. will headline two nights at BB&T Pavilion in June

Tour Dates
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YACHT: Looking to Make Some New Philadelphia Memories Tonight at Johnny Brenda’s

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“We always describe ourselves as, ‘danceable grunge,’” Claire Evans tells me, laughing, after I tell her that “Look Alive” reminds me of, “a synth pop appropriation of ‘90s alt rock balladry, like a synth pop take on a Luscious Jackson ballad.”  “I can’t wait to tell Jona that, he loves Luscious Jackson,” she replies. Claire L. Evans and Jona Bechtolt are best known as YACHT, the band that balances hyper-danceable beats with admirably lofty (and well-researched) cultural theory.  Claire tells me that a friend described their latest single, “Shame,” as, “suburban lawn K-pop,” which they found equally charming.  We’re discussing ...

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The Decemberists are back to the future with their synth-y new single “Severed” and a Mann Center gig this June

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The Decemberists are back to the future with their synth-y new single “Severed” and a Mann Center gig this June

The Decemberists | photo courtesy of artist

The Decemberists’ rich and earthy folk music always lingers with a sense of the past, but it was their recent offshoot project, Offa Rex, that quite literally time travelled back to the way olden days by solely performing traditional English folk songs with guest singer, Olivia Chaney. Now, the band is time traveling again — only this time, to the future.

With the release of their new single “Severed,” we hear the results of working with new producer, John Congelton (St. Vincent, Lana Del Ray, The Districts) for a unique mix of ...

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Just Announced: Get ready to be blown away by Bishop Briggs this May at Union Transfer

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Just Announced: Get ready to be blown away by Bishop Briggs this May at Union Transfer

Bishop Briggs at Firefly 2016 | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Bishop Briggs — the insanely talented, hearty-voiced alien-like pixie — last stopped by Philly a few months back as the opener for Bleachers. This May, she and her arresting, hypnotic vocals will rightfully shine as headliner for a gig at Union Transfer.

As Brigg’s wildfire hit, “River,” catapulted the artist to fame last year, she’s supported the hype with equally addicting songs, including the dark and raspy, Gospel-touched, electro bopping tracks, “Wild Horses,” “Be Your Love,” and the recent single, “Dreams,” which you can listen to below. ...

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Just Announced: Waxahatchee, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and Bedouine are somehow all on the same insane bill this April

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Just Announced: Waxahatchee, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and Bedouine are somehow all on the same insane bill this April

Waxahatchee | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Okay, Union Transfer, we see you. One of Philly’s fave venues just announced a bill for April 16th featuring the powerhouse, inspiring, invincible storytellers, Waxahatchee, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Bedouine. All three. Geez oh man, what a steal.

For an incredible mix of singer-wongwriter / rock your socks off vibes, Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee and the Alynda Lee Segarra-led, Hurray for the Riff Raff, will be sharing the headlining slot. Bedouine, the freshly acclaimed solo project of Azniv Korkejian — one of the current class of #NPRSlingshot artists ...

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Just Announced: The Head and the Heart, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will bring double dose of folk to Philly this June

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Just Announced: The Head and the Heart, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will bring double dose of folk to Philly this June

The Head and The Heart | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

My forever loves, otherwise known as the soulful, folky beauts, The Head and the Heart, are coming back to town this June at The Mann’s Skyline Stage. For an extra dose of good news, the family-like crew will be sharing the bill with rootsy rockers, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, for a short co-headlining tour early this summer.

The Head and The Heart have been touring their 2016 album, Signs of Light, for a bit now, so if you haven’t yet had a chance to see it ...

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The Week Ahead: The Districts, Curtis Cooper, Flobots, Lana Del Rey and more

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The Week Ahead: The Districts, Curtis Cooper, Flobots, Lana Del Rey and more

Curtis Cooper | photo by Abigail Townsend Photography | courtesy of the artist

16 shows over five days. Hip-hop to house jams, noisepop to jazz-pop, house shows to arenas, benefits and more…we’ve got quite the variety of selections for your concertgoing guide this week. Dig in below, beginning with a couple options for tonight. 


Wednesday 1/17: Telepathic at Space 1026

Philly DIY scene vets Sarah Everton and Rob Garcia have impressed us in recent years with their noisepop trio Telepathic, which last fall released the fuzzy and frenetic Self Check Out LP on Third Uncle Records. Tonight the band hits ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Mavis Staples perform live on Kimmel for MLK Day, see the “video likeness” of Prince onstage in April in Minneapolis

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Mavis Staples perform live on Kimmel for MLK Day, see the “video likeness” of Prince onstage in April in Minneapolis

Mavis Staples | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Mavis Staples was the musical guest on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! for Martin Luther King Day. Watch the legendary singer perform an emotional live version of “Build a Bridge.”

Mavis Staples will be performing at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival following the release of her latest album If All I Was Was Black, which was written and produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

A special concert & event featuring a “video likeness” of Prince is being planned for April 21st in Minneapolis. The show, featuring Prince’s video likeness, ...

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Now Hear This: New music by Miguel, Baths, Karl Blau, Phoebe Bridgers, Little Mazarn, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and more

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Now Hear This: New music by Miguel, Baths, Karl Blau, Phoebe Bridgers, Little Mazarn, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and more

Phoebe Bridgers | Photo by Frank Ockenfels | via Dead Oceans

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

Happy 2018! The year’s off to a great start, musically speaking, with much to look forward to on the horizon (including some heavy-hitters poised to return – The Breeders, David Byrne, Superchunk and Jack White among them) and a surprising number of strong releases already out in the world, a mere two weeks into the year. Plus the local concert calendar is already heating up, possibly more than ...

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