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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Philly Music Fest, Soraia at MilkBoy, Thundercat at Union Transfer

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Philly Music Fest, Soraia at MilkBoy, Thundercat at Union Transfer

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

It’s day two of the inaugural Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live, and Strand of Oaks take the stage for a headlining set. The festival’s eclectic lineup seeks to showcase local musicians and encourage Philadelphians to support our scene. Also performing today are Steve Gunn, Deadfellow, Ivy Sole, Shannen Moser, and lots more. Check out the festival’s website for tickets, set times, and more info. We most recently saw Strand of Oaks rocking the Marina Stage at this year’s XPN Fest; read a recap of ...

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Just Announced: Morrissey will play at The Fillmore this December for his Low in High School tour

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Just Announced: Morrissey will play at The Fillmore this December for his Low in High School tour

Morrissey | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Morrissey has released the dates for his North American tour in support of his upcoming album release of Low in High School. The former Smiths frontman released the first single, “Spent The Day In Bed”, for the new album just three days ago. The Low in High School tour comes to Philly on December 4th at the Fillmore; tickets go on sale September 29th at 10 a.m., more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

 

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Easygoing Vibes, Explosive Force: The War on Drugs makes a powerful homecoming at The Dell for a good cause

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Easygoing Vibes, Explosive Force: The War on Drugs makes a powerful homecoming at The Dell for a good cause

The War on Drugs | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When it was announced that Connor Barwin’s fourth annual Make The World Better Foundation fundraising concert was being held at the Dell Music Center and that The War On Drugs would headline, questions arose. For some, the question was “What the heck is The Dell?” and for those familiar with the city-run venue in Fairmount, the question was “Why The Dell?” The answer to the latter is that the venue is looking to throw in an occasional rock or country band to their normal summer mix of funk, R&B and soul ...

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Listen to the audio of The Clash’s 1979 show at the Walnut Street Theatre

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Listen to the audio of The Clash’s 1979 show at the Walnut Street Theatre

The Clash in Philadelphia | Photo by Todd Heft

English punk rock icons The Clash rolled through Philadelphia on this day in 1979 for a show at Walnut Street Theatre. They were only a few months away from releasing the critically acclaimed London Calling, the record that boasts the legendary photo on the album cover of Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar. This photo has been called one of the greatest in rock and roll history and is almost universally recognized.

The Clash (at least in my opinion) are one of the greatest punk-rock bands to ever exist. Unfortunately, their run was ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at Philly Music Fest, Jay Som at the First Unitarian Church, David Bromberg at Sherman Theater

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at Philly Music Fest, Jay Som at the First Unitarian Church, David Bromberg at Sherman Theater

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

The Philly Music Fest kicks off tonight at World Cafe Live with Cayetana headlining a night of Philly music, from Kississippi to West Philly Orchestra and more. Cayetana’s latest album, New Kind of Normal, is one of the year’s highlights, with the South Philly power trio expanding the range of its sonic palette, from slow burners to charging ragers. Watch the video for “Bus Ticket” below and get tickets and more info on the festival here.

This spring, Bay Area indie rocker Melina Duterte returned with the second ...

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“A Concert for Charlottesville” featuring Dave Matthews Band, The Roots and more will be live-streamed on Tumblr

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“A Concert for Charlottesville” featuring Dave Matthews Band, The Roots and more will be live-streamed on Tumblr

Dave Matthews Band | photo by Doug Interrante

On Sunday September 24th at 6 PM ET, there will be “an evening of music and unity” led by Dave Matthews Band in response to the recent events in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Other artists set to perform at A Concert For Charlottesville include Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Cage the Elephant, and more.

Today comes word that this free benefit show will be live-streamed live-streamed from Tumbler. Bookmark the page, tune in this weekend, and find more info and background about ...

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Angel Olsen adds a second Union Transfer show, announces a rarities and B-sides compilation Phases

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Angel Olsen adds a second Union Transfer show, announces a rarities and B-sides compilation Phases

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Indie rock singer-songwriter fave Angel Olsen just added a second show to her stop at Union Transfer; she’ll perform on December 12th as well as December 13th as an extension to her hefty thirty-date My Woman tour; tickets to the new show are on sale tomorrow at noon.

Olsen is also releasing a rarities album titled Phases on November 10th through Jagjaguwar Records. Phases is a follow-up to Olsen’s highly acclaimed 2016 release MY WOMAN. The compilation will include previously unreleased tracks as well as new tracks “Special” and “Fly on Your Wall”.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The War on Drugs at The Dell Music Center, Full Bush at Kung Fu Necktie, Graham Nash at Sherman Theater

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The War on Drugs at The Dell Music Center, Full Bush at Kung Fu Necktie, Graham Nash at Sherman Theater

The War on Drugs | photo by Emmett Malloy | courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Philly psych rock heroes The War on Drugs will play their first hometown show in two and a half years at the Dell Music Center in support of their fantastic new record, A Deeper Understanding. If that’s not enough reason to get you out to Fairmount Park East on a Thursday night, the concert is a benefit for Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better foundation, which has been rehabbing parks and playground across the city since 2014 — their 2017 project will be announced ...

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Heavy Cream Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Disraeli Gears

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Photo credit to Mike Vechesky.

The Summer of Love isn’t over yet.

Heavy Cream, the definitive tribute to rock music’s original supergroup Cream, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cream’s landmark album Disraeli Gears this Thursday, September 21st at The Vault in Berlin NJ, headquarters of Victor Records. 

Heavy Cream features young prodigies with uncanny abilities to mimic Cream in both look and sound: Billy “The Kid” Thoden as Eric Clapton, Dion Paci as Jack Bruce, and Steve Iannettoni as Ginger Baker. In addition to their mind-blowing musical abilities, the band boasts spec replicas of the famous ‘Fool’ artwork guitars ...

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Young M.A. comes to the Electric Factory with a packed lineup of local openers

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Young M.A. comes to the Electric Factory with a packed lineup of local openers

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Brooklyn MC Young M.A. is set to perform at the Electric Factory on November 16th, and joining her is an impressive lineup of three artists, all of whom from the Philly area: Mir Fontane, Bok Nero, and Joie Kathos.

Young M.A. is on tour following her first commercial album Herstory; Mir Fontane is a unique rapper-singer who blew up from his hit track “Frank Ocean”; Bok Nero is a hard-hitting Philly rapper that has been working with one of Meek Mill’s producers Jahlil Beats; and Joie Kathos is a talented and charismatic rapper / dancer, also from Philly.

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In a sea of infinite content, Arcade Fire holds its own at Wells Fargo Center

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In a sea of infinite content, Arcade Fire holds its own at Wells Fargo Center

Arcade Fire | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

I first got over Arcade Fire more than a decade ago. I guess you could say we peaked early. I was head over heels the first time I saw them, yelping and jumping, clattering countless tom-toms and swapping instruments with abandon. They were crammed onto the stage of a tiny club in Carrboro, NC, where I happened to be passing through on the night before Merge Records’ 15th anniversary festival. (I’d mostly stopped in to check out another new signee to the label, Lou Barlow. According to my blog, the ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Middle Kids at Johnny Brenda’s, Queue at World Cafe Live, John Popper at the Sellersville Theater

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Middle Kids at Johnny Brenda’s, Queue at World Cafe Live, John Popper at the Sellersville Theater

Middle Kids | photo via middlekids.bandcamp.com

Sydney, Australia’s Middle Kids are in the midst of a lengthy tour over here in the States, and tonight they bring their eclectic folk-tinged indie rock to Johnny Brenda’s. The band first made a splash last year with the release of their first two singles, and now they have a self-titled debut EP. If you still need to be convinced of how good the band is, just know that Elton John is a fanBel Heir opens tonight’s show; find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch Middle Kids’ World Cafe session ...

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Ursula Rucker is My Father’s Daughter in NYC one-woman production

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Ursula Rucker is My Father’s Daughter in NYC one-woman production

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Philadelphia spoken word artist Ursula Rucker is bringing her one-woman performance, My Father’s Daughter, to New York City’s LaMaMa from October 10th through the 15th, and it won’t be a show to miss.

Detailing the life and struggles of mother and how it overlaps into her own, Rucker uses the art of spoken word along with live sound — provided by frequent collaborator Tim Motzer — to tell us her story. The show, presented in conjunction with Daryl Sledge and Rhymes Over Beats, reveals the stark differences of two lives, but also hints at where they could almost be the same. The ...

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s

Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist

Local singer-songwriter Jesse Hale Moore returns to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of his recent debut LP Green End. The R&B-influenced musician is known for his captivating solo sets, and the chill vibes of JB’s should provide the perfect setting to take in the magic. Dark Rooms and Strange Parts open the show. Watch “Leave You Lonely,” from Moore’s recent World Cafe session, below. Find more information on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center, Willie Nelson at BB&T Pavilion

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center, Willie Nelson at BB&T Pavilion

Arcade Fire | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Following the release of Arcade Fire‘s highly anticipated new album Everything Now, the widely-loved indie-rockers-turned-mega-superstars return to play the Wells Fargo Center. Arcade Fire last played the Wells Fargo a little over three years ago — it was their first arena show in Philly and the band’s ambition has only grown since. Read The Key’s review of that show here, arrive early to see XPN Fest alums Preservation Hall Jazz Band open tonight’s show, and get ready for what’s sure to be a memorable experience.

If you’re into country, ...

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Ellen Siberian Tiger distills frustration into dance for the “Grinding My Teeth” video

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Ellen Siberian Tiger distills frustration into dance for the “Grinding My Teeth” video

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPNPhilly trio Ellen Siberian Tiger ended their week by releasing a music video for “Grinding My Teeth.” The self-proclaimed feminist indie rock group began as Ellen Tiberio-Shultz’s solo project in 2009, and eventually evolved into a duet and then a three-piece in 2012. The band prides itself on its use of punk and orchestral influences, and when combined with Tiberio-Shultz’s breathy yet powerful vocals, their overall sound becomes instantly enticing.

“Grinding My Teeth,” found on last year’s Red Blooded Woman EP, is a song of not feeling enough, of that forceful letting go, which ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big Thief at Electric Factory, Sheila E. in Cedar Park, Superfive at World Cafe Live, plus more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big Thief at Electric Factory, Sheila E. in Cedar Park, Superfive at World Cafe Live, plus more

Big Thief | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

It’s been a minute since Big Thief have been to Philly. The Brooklyn folk-rockers-who-can-totally-shred have since followed up their 2016 debut album Masterpiece with the comparatively downbeat and emotional Capacity, and now they’re bringing all your favorite tunes to the Electric Factory as part of the Project Pabst festival. Though it’s definitely worth heading over to the festival just to see Big Thief, other standout performers on the lineup include Speedy Ortiz, Thin Lips, and The Menzingers. More information can be found on Project Pabst’s website ...

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Celebrate a spooktacular Halloween with Hurry and friends

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Celebrate a spooktacular Halloween with Hurry and friends

Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Last year, our friends in Hurry brought us their inaugural Halloween Spectacular — a spooky scary costume-filled show stacked with an amazing Philly lineup — and lucky for us, they’re making it an annual thing. Hurry’s 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular will bring some ghoulishly good Halloween magic to Everybody Hits on Oct. 28, and whether you’re a fan of the holiday or not, it’s sure to be a show you won’t want to miss.

And if you’ve ever dreamed about seeing your favorite local bands in crazy costumes while chowing down on some Halloween ...

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Free at Noon Flashback: SIMO jams their way through intergalactic sonic journey

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Free at Noon Flashback: SIMO jams their way through intergalactic sonic journey

SIMO | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Watching today’s Free at Noon performance, I became puzzlingly entranced by the genre-bending Nashville trio, SIMO.

Part old school rock, part funky psych, part improv lords, SIMO is like if The Black Keys and the Grateful Dead had a musical brainchild. Then — hear me out here — in an unexplained epic tale, that brainchild somehow, some way, got dropped off into outerspace, with only the sonic power of their psychedelic, rootsy jam seshes able to transport them back to their Tennessee abode.

With famed guitarist, JD Simo, as our fearless leader, ...

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Just Announced: Spoon will make a Stroudsburg stop at Sherman Theater this December

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Just Announced: Spoon will make a Stroudsburg stop at Sherman Theater this December

Spoon | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

Spoon absolutely killed it at XPN Fest this summer, but if you weren’t able to make it, not a worry — it seems that the music gods have smiled upon you today.

That’s because new tour dates for the Austin rockstars have been announced, which shows the band will be making a stop at little ole’ Stroudsburg this winter with a show at the Sherman Theater on December 3rd.

Find more details on the show here, and listen to the Hot Thoughts’ track, “Can I Sit Next to You?” below.

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Porchfest is coming to Collingswood this fall, so we talked to the organizers about it

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Porchfest is coming to Collingswood this fall, so we talked to the organizers about it

Heyward Howkins performs at Collingswood Porchfest on September 23 | photo by Kate Harrold | kateharrold.com

It’s a pretty great concept, when you think about it — a day of free concerts, all on porches. A way to bring a community together with music, a way to encourage first-time players while giving venue vets a more intimate experience. After launching in New England six years ago and taking up root in West Philly in 2015, the Porchfest model makes its way across the Ben Franklin Bridge this month for the first Collingswood Porchfest.

Set for Saturday, September 23rd in the small ...

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Opera Philadelphia’s O17 Festival: Shows You Can’t Miss!

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Featured Image by Steve Pisano for Opera Philadelphia

Opera has a long-standing stereotype of being high-brow, inaccessible, and only for certain type of person. The O17 Festival by Opera Philadelphia breaks that stereotype head on. The fest is the first of its kind in Philadelphia, and features seven shows over twelve days–original and modern takes of shows composed and written in the opera style. With diverse plot lines authentic to Philadelphia and modern spins on classic opera, the festival is an homage to the richness of our city’s history and celebration of our diversity and devotion to the arts. The festival ...

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PHOTOS: Shabazz Palaces and Porter Ray at Union Transfer

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PHOTOS: Shabazz Palaces and Porter Ray at Union Transfer

Shabazz Palaces | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

Speaking of artists with ambitious 2017 release schedules, Seattle hip-hop outfit Shabazz Palaces released two records this year via Sub Pop Records: Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and its “monozygotic twin” Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. The group, comprised of Ishmael Butler (aka Butterfly of Digable Planets) and Tendai “Baba” Maraire, stopped by Union Transfer last Thursday night for a multimedia performance in support of the dual release.

They were joined by opener Porter Ray, another Seattle MC, and you can check out scenes from the evening care of photographer Koof Ibi Umoren.

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PHOTOS: Christian Scott at World Cafe Live

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PHOTOS: Christian Scott at World Cafe Live

Christian Scott | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott is in the midst of releasing an ambitious trilogy of albums this year. After the spring’s introductory Ruler Rebel, he returned last month with Diaspora and plans to finish before year’s end with Emancipation Procrastination. His style incorporates modern trap and NOLA bounce with classic jazz approaches; as John Morrison put it in his interview a couple weeks ago, Scott is “reverse-engineering the past ten decades of American popular music, connecting it all back to the roots of the tree, jazz and the blues.”

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Mondo Cozmo finds its calling at Union Transfer

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Mondo Cozmo finds its calling at Union Transfer

Mondo Cozmo | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

After bouncing around in a few bands earlier in life, including Laguardia and Eastern Conference Champions, Bucks County native Josh Ostrander finally found his calling with Mondo Cozmo in 2015 where he and his band began to pick up steam with the first single, “Shine.” Eventually, one great song would eventually turn into ten when the band released its debut album, Plastic Soul, early last month while the band was on tour playing Lollapalooza in Chicago.

All of the songs off this album were performed last night at a homecoming show ...

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