Don’t miss Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah at Beyond the Bars benefit at JB’s

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Don’t miss Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah at Beyond the Bars benefit at JB’s

Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | rejibphotography.com

On August 26th, Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah will take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s for not only an amazing and epicly stacked local show, but also as a benefit for the Beyond the Bars organization.

Founded in 2015, Beyond the Bars is a nonprofit with a mission to bring musical instruments and instruction to incarcerated youth in Philadelphia. Since its inception, a press release states that the organization has guided sixty young adults in writing and recording their own music across ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Graham Nash at Philadelphia Folk Festival, RFA at The Barbary

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Graham Nash at Philadelphia Folk Festival, RFA at The Barbary

Graham Nash | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Singer-songwriter icon Graham Nash takes the stage at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford tonight to headline night two of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Last year he released This Path Tonight and toured extensively, playing Free at Noon as well as NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Watch video below and get more information on Folk Fest here.

Over at The Barbary, Philly retro rockers RFA will headline a show in support of their latest project, a movie score / soundtrack to the student short The Girl With The Nose ...

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Julien Baker’s new “Appointments” is a heartbreaker in the best way

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Julien Baker’s new “Appointments” is a heartbreaker in the best way

Julien Baker | photo by Nolan Knight | courtesy of the artist

If you’re in need of an emotion-filled song to listen to this weekend, Julien Baker has got you covered. The Tennessee songwriter has been a favorite of folk and indie crowds alike for quite some time now, and just announced her upcoming sophomore album Turn Out The Lights, due out October 27 on Matador Records. The first single, “Appointments,” is a bit of a heartbreaker, but that doesn’t make us any less excited to hear the rest of this highly anticipated record. And Philly, we’re in luck – ...

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Free At Noon Flashback: The Districts redefine “explosive” at World Cafe Live

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Free At Noon Flashback: The Districts redefine “explosive” at World Cafe Live

The Districts | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

I had long resigned myself to the bittersweet fact that since I’ve always been unlucky in catching The Districts live, the first time I’d finally see them would be in some large, sold out venue given the skyrocketing trajectory of their career and fanbase around the world that will only grow once their newest release Popular Manipulations reaches the ears and hearts of the masses.

Fortunately, this was not the case. A week after the crazy sold out Union Transfer record release show (read our review here) found The Districts ...

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WXPN Presents Music for Monday’s solar eclipse

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WXPN Presents Music for Monday’s solar eclipse

Everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

This week, XPN Morning Show host Kristen Kurtis got us ready for Monday’s solar eclipse with a moon and sun filled Friday morning mixtape. On Monday, they’ll be even more dancing in the dark on XPN.

The total eclipse will start on Aug. 21 at 1:16 p.m. ET in Lincoln Beach, Oregon, ending at 2:48 p.m. ET near Charleston, South Carolina. You can enter in your zip code here to find out exactly when you’ll be able to the solar eclipse. In Philadelphia, you’ll need to ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: McRad at PhilaMOCA, Old Crow Medicine Show at Philadelphia Folk Fest, Dayne Jordan at The Foundry, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: McRad at PhilaMOCA, Old Crow Medicine Show at Philadelphia Folk Fest, Dayne Jordan at The Foundry, and more

Chuck Treese of McRad | photo via facebook.com/McRad-227345644571

Spreading heavy tunes since the eighties, the legend that is Chuck Treese — a drummer, singer, guitarist, skatboarder — will bring his spaced out punk project McRad to PhilaMOCA tonight, alongside Thantophobe and Barnes. Find info on tickets to the show here, and listen to “Weakness” below.

It’s Philly Folk Fest time, and that means Old Crow Medicine Show is here. Catch the bluegrass band at the Martin Guitar Main Stage tonight, as well as a ton of other folky greats. Find more info on the fest schedule here, and listen to ...

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Aug 18 in Music History: The Fab 4 play live together for the first time, The Who release Who Are You

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The Who Who Are You

1937 – The first FM radio station in the US, Boston’s WGTR (now WAAF), is granted its construction permit by the FCC.

1962 – Ringo Starr plays his first gig with The Beatles at the Horticultural Society Dance in Birkenhead, England, with just two hours’ preparation. This is the first appearance of The Beatles as the world would come to know them: John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

1965 – Herman’s Hermits lead singer Peter Noone interviews Elvis Presley in Honolulu, where Elvis is filming his movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style.

1977 – The Police make their live debut as a ...

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Watch Harmony Woods perform “Negro Y Azul” at Bad Dad Productions; see her open at the Church this fall

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Watch Harmony Woods perform “Negro Y Azul” at Bad Dad Productions; see her open at the Church this fall

Harmony Woods performs “Negro Y Azul” | Bad Dad Music | still from video

Sophia Verbilla’s Harmony Woods recently stopped by Bad Dad Music Productions and performed one of my favorites from her insane debut album Nothing Special. You can catch that below.

Titled “Negro Y Azul,” this track is loud and quiet and charged and soothing. Add in the narrative storytelling-type lyrics, and that crazy catchy guitar hook, and there’s a whole lot of feelings to go around.

So many feels, that they’ll go all the way around to First Unitarian Church this fall, when she opens for The World ...

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Just Announced: NPR Music and World Cafe bring The National to Philly, performing entire new album LIVE

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Just Announced: NPR Music and World Cafe bring The National to Philly, performing entire new album LIVE

The National | photo by Graham Macindoe | courtesy of the artist

Over the last two months, excitement for The National’s new album, Sleep Well Beast, has been building as they’ve released three singles and performed a handful of new songs in Paris during a live-streamed Pitchfork concert. Now, WXPN’s World Cafe and NPR Music have just announced a LIVE First Listen performance, happening three days before the album drops, from right here in Philly on September 5th!

World Cafe host, Talia Schlanger, and Bob Boilen of NPR Music will co-host the show, being broadcast live from Union Transfer ...

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Listen to Kyle Pulley of Thin Lips talk Beatles, bass, and producing Philly’s coolest tracks with Dan Drago on 25 O’Clock

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Listen to Kyle Pulley of Thin Lips talk Beatles, bass, and producing Philly’s coolest tracks with Dan Drago on 25 O’Clock

Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

After preparing some tasty frittatas in Drago’s kitchen, Kyle Pulley of Thin Lips joined Dan for an early morning convo for the 80th episode of 25 O’Clock.

The two begin their chat how all chats should start: by paying reverence to the gods that are the Beatles. This transitions into a bemoaning of the stupidly low appreciation for bass players, and the need for negative space in songs — all of which are stances I totally concur with.

Briefly touching upon The Grateful Dead, and the I-don’t-give-a-hoot attitude towards clothing as ...

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Carroll mixes the melancholic and the smooth in saxophone-filled track, “Velvet”

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Carroll mixes the melancholic and the smooth in saxophone-filled track, “Velvet”

Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist

Minneapolis-turned-Philly dwellers Carroll caught our attention last year with their sparkly psych rock vibes in As Far as Sounds Go. Then, back in December, a Shaking Through session hinted at a more somber forthcoming musical route. Now, we’re seeing elements of this melancholic turn come to fruition in Carrol’s new track, “Velvet.”

This slowed-down song swims through hazy, lush textures tinged in gloominess. But at the same time, it’s smooth as heck. A sad kind of sauciness that’s aided by some amazing sax stylings.

Talking with Gold Flake Paint about the ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slaughter Beach, Dog at Johnny Brenda’s, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot and Saddle, plus more

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Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Jake Ewald’s side project Slaughter Beach, Dog has been churning out a ton of material lately. From the Motorcycle.jpg EP to a new single off his upcoming record, to his recent rocking off of socks at this week’s The Key Studio Sessions — there’s a ton of music gold to delve into. Seriously, please feast your ears upon the drawn-out, jam-fest of a performance of “104 Degrees.” It’s just too gosh dang good. And if you’re as taken with these tunes as I am, go see them live tonight at Johnny ...

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#TBTXPN: The Beatles go solo all day on WXPN

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#TBTXPN: The Beatles go solo all day on WXPN

WXPN’s Throwback Thursday series, #TBTXPN, is back this week with a full day of tunes from four guys named John, Paul, George and Ringo.  That’s right – a full day of The Beatles! But not songs that were written by The Beatles, for The Beatles. Instead, XPN will drop the needle on the A sides and the B sides from each one of the Fab Four’s solo records! Who knows, maybe you’ll be amazed at the instant karma you receive after taking a photograph of all things that must pass you tomorrow while listening!

Tune in Thursday, Aug. 17th from ...

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Home Outgrown Presents: Some Shows, a 3-day DIY fest next week

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Home Outgrown Presents: Some Shows, a 3-day DIY fest next week

Three Man Cannon | Photo by Jessica Flynn

Home Outgrown Presents is a Philly DIY promotions group that books some pretty spicy shows. Their latest concoction? A three-day festival packed to the brim with beautifully crunchy basement tunes.

Honestly and descriptively dubbed as “Some Shows: A Fest We Didn’t Know What to Name,” the three-day event gets even better when you take in the stellar fourteen-artist lineup. Three Man Cannon, The Superweaks, and Oso Oso headline each night, while Coping Skills, Caracara, Grayling, Curtis Cooper, and more fill out the bill.

The festival will be taking ...

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Hear Hoots & Hellmouth’s gloriously grand new EP, Uneasy Pieces

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Hear Hoots & Hellmouth’s gloriously grand new EP, Uneasy Pieces

Hoots & Hellmouth | photo courtesy of artist

When local rootsy blues rockers Hoots & Hellmouth released their fourth album In The Trees Where I Can See The Forest last fall, it raised the bar quite high for the four-piece. Their new EP Uneasy Pieces, however, seems to have no problem exceeding those lofty expectations.

The chilling title track opens up the EP with an atmospheric spookiness that just sounds big. Sans the eerie vibes, the rest of the songs follow in the same grand nature as Hoots & Hellmouth are large and in charge of their trademark passionate, lively sound. Single “The Down Part of ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cranes are Flying at Johnny Brenda’s, Lizdelise at Ortlieb’s, Amir Obè at The Troc

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cranes are Flying at Johnny Brenda’s, Lizdelise at Ortlieb’s, Amir Obè at The Troc

Cranes are Flying | via facebook.com/cranesareflying

Philly trio Cranes are Flying mixes up pop-punk and post-rock with a dose of anthemic modern rock on its latest EP, Code Switching, out today. The band has been on the scene since 2009 and celebrates its new record tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with Boy Lawyer, Glenn Matthews and Flat Mary Road. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to the new EP below.

Philly’s lizdelise teased their latest collection of songs this spring with the dreamy and jagged rock ...

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Listen to The War on Drugs high-octane album opener “Up All Night”

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Listen to The War on Drugs high-octane album opener “Up All Night”

The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist

The countdown is on: ten days till Philadelphia space rock jammers The War on Drugs release their fourth long-player, A Deeper Understanding, via Atlantic Records. After several other teaser tracks over the past couple months, the album opener made its way out into the world today, and it is glorious.

A bit choppier and rhythmic than previous outings, “Up All Night” moves at a galloping pace as pianos chime and synthesizers hum, guitars launching the track into the stratosphere along with Adam Granduciel’s wry, Dylanesque vocals. ...

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Listen to Wilco’s new benefit single, “All Lives, You Say?”

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Listen to Wilco’s new benefit single, “All Lives, You Say?”

Wilco | via wilcohq.bandcamp.com

Chicago rockers Wilco responded to the weekend’s unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia with a new song called “All Lives, You Say?”, available for streaming and download on its Bandcamp page. Proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center in the memory of Jeff Tweedy’s father, Robert L. Tweedy.

“My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice,” writes Tweedy. “He used to say ‘If you know better, you can do better.’ America – we know better. We can do better.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Zeshan B at Boot and Saddle, Vivian K at Kung Fu Necktie

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Zeshan B at Boot and Saddle, Vivian K at Kung Fu Necktie

Zeshan B | photo via Ticketfly

Chicago singer-songwriter Zeshan B channels the heartfelt big-band soul of classic artists from the 60s and 70s, particularly Sam Cooke. His album Vetted was released back in April on Minty Fresh Records, and tonight he plays a gig at Boot & Saddle that’s free with RSVP. You can do that right here, and if you need motivation, check out Zeshan B on Colbert performing George Perkins’ “Cryin’ In The Streets,” a Civil Rights Movement-era song written in response to Martin Luther King’s funeral. Recorded late last week, it was his network television debut, and with lyrics ...

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