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Josh Olmstead: “People Can Change, and Great Divides Can be Bridged.”

Source: Jump Philly

The Josh Olmstead Band will play the Peacock Room at Philadelphia Brewing Company on Sunday, celebrating the decade since they released their debut album, Charms. We hung out with the guys the other day at their rehearsal space at The Sound Gallery Studios. And we spoke to Josh about the project and what he’s been doing […]Josh Olmstead: “People Can Change, and Great Divides Can be Bridged.”

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Just Announced: John Prine will be joined by Kurt Vile at Merriam Theater this April

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Just Announced: John Prine will be joined by Kurt Vile at Merriam Theater this April

John Prine | photo by John Kurc | courtesy of artist

Not only will legend John Prine grace the Merriam Theater this spring, he’ll also bring Philly hero Kurt Vile along for the wise ‘n folky party on April 14th.

This year, Prine released a songbook titled John Prine Beyond Words through his own independent label, Oh Boy Records, which featured selected songs from Prine’s catalogue and the stories behind them. Kurt Vile has been rocking his incredible tour with Courtney Barnett, which recently brought an intimate-feeling gig to Philly at Tower Theatre.

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Just Announced: John Prine will be joined by Kurt Vile at Merriam Theater this April

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Just Announced: John Prine will be joined by Kurt Vile at Merriam Theater this April

John Prine | photo by John Kurc | courtesy of artist

Not only will legend John Prine grace the Merriam Theater this spring, he’ll also bring Philly hero Kurt Vile along for the wise ‘n folky party on April 14th.

This year, Prine released a songbook titled John Prine Beyond Words through his own independent label, Oh Boy Records, which featured selected songs from Prine’s catalogue and the stories behind them. Kurt Vile has been rocking his incredible tour with Courtney Barnett, which recently brought an intimate-feeling gig to Philly at Tower Theatre.

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Just Announced: Brandi Carlile brings new album to Merriam Theater this April

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Just Announced: Brandi Carlile brings new album to Merriam Theater this April

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjen | courtesy of artist

Brandi Carlile gifted us with so many heartfelt folk gems in her last record, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, that following it up seems like an incredibly hefty feat. However, one listen from her recent single “The Joke” washes away any doubt that this new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, will be just as beautifully powerful.

Out on February 16th via Elektra Records, Carlile will also be out on the road to support the record. This will bring the magnetic and inspiring storyteller to Philly by ways of Merriam ...

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Just Announced: Japanese Breakfast continues their Philly takeover with a headlining gig at Union Transfer

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Just Announced: Japanese Breakfast continues their Philly takeover with a headlining gig at Union Transfer

Japanese Breakfast | photo by Galea McGregor for WXPN

It’s been quite a year for indie darling Japanese Breakfast. But, I mean, when you release a record as amazing as Soft Sounds from Another Planet, it only makes sense that everyone everywhere’s going to want a chance to see a live performance of said record.

So although Michelle Zauner’s earnest, electro-ambient pop tunes have been sounding off at all corners of the earth for a while now (she and the crew are currently sharing her songs with the Eastern side of the planet with an Asia / Australia ...

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Bleachers @ The Fillmore with Bishop Briggs and Amy Shark.

Source: Jump Philly

Text and images by Alicia Kay. The Bleachers‘ concert at The Fillmore began with an appearance from the adorable Australian singer/songwriter Amy Shark. She joked that she’s far from home but when the Bleachers call you up to open for them, you immediately hop on a plane to the States. Shark performed singles such as […]Bleachers @ The Fillmore with Bishop Briggs and Amy Shark.

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Funksgiving: Nik Greeley and the Operators @ MilkBoy with West End Blend.

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Text and images by Chip Frenette. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? For Nik Greeley and the Operators, it’s funk. And they served it up at MilkBoy  non Friday. After a day of fighting for $99 flat screens, followed by devouring leftover-turkey sandwiches, the funk faithful found their way to the Chestnut Street club. […]Funksgiving: Nik Greeley and the Operators @ MilkBoy with West End Blend.

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Pinegrove’s Evan Stephens Hall apologizes for sexual misconduct, cancels tour

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Pinegrove’s Evan Stephens Hall apologizes for sexual misconduct, cancels tour

Pinegrove | photo by Lauren Rosier for WXPN

Evan Stephens Hall, frontperson of New Jersey indie rock band Pinegrove, posted a lengthy message on the band’s Facebook page today addressing accusations of sexual misconduct and apologizing for his behavior. “I’m so sorry. i have never felt remorse like this before,” he writes. “I will think about how i could have been better in this situation for as long as i live.”

Hall also announced that Pinegrove, which amassed a devoted cult following since debuting in 2010 and reached their mainstream breakthrough with 2016’s Cardinal, was cancelling its U.S. ...

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Deadfellow: “I’m Just Looking for a Little More Balance.”

Source: Jump Philly

Deadfellow will headline Johnny Brenda’s on Black Friday. We caught up with the man behind the music, Hayden Sammak, and talked about the world, the difficulties of being an artist in the modern era and the inspiration behind his music. It’s been a few months since we last spoke with you. How’s life been treating […]Deadfellow: “I’m Just Looking for a Little More Balance.”

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Bully @ The Church with Aye Nako.

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Text by Mike DiGuilmi. Images by Ben Wong. Escaping the frigid cold, attendees arrived at the First Unitarian Church Tuesday evening to see rock band of Nashville origins, Bully, and opening act, Aye Nako. Descending the concrete steps before providing their name in the corridor, ticket holders were welcomed into church’s intimate byob, grungy VIP-esq […]Bully @ The Church with Aye Nako.

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Phoebe Ryan @ The Foundry.

Source: Jump Philly

Text and images by Alicia Kay. New Jersey native Phoebe Ryan kicked off her 2017 fall tour at The Foundry last month. Having written for big names such as Britney Spears and Melanie Martinez, Ryan is a veteran songwriter. She wowed the crowd with her signature electro-pop sound. Beginning with “Mine,” a fan favorite from […]Phoebe Ryan @ The Foundry.

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Just Announced: Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker to play an all-ages and 21+ show at JB’s this March

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Just Announced: Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker to play an all-ages and 21+ show at JB’s this March

Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief | photo by Scott Troyan for WXPN

If you couldn’t attend the Project Pabst fest this past September — and if, like I, you were distraught at missing Big Thief performing in the general vicinity without your presence to soak in the immense beautifulness of it — don’t you fret. You can still experience the soft, lulling magnificence of front woman Adrianne Lenker’s project this March at Johnny Brenda’s.

Slotted to play sans full-band, Lenker’s already delicate songs might just conjure an atmosphere even more intensely intimate as she performs solo. This also means I better be able to hear ...

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The Lawsuits will play their farewell show at Underground Arts on Saturday

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The Lawsuits will play their farewell show at Underground Arts on Saturday

The Lawsuits | photo via artist’s Facebook

It’s with sadness that we share news that Philly rootsy rockers The Lawsuits will be playing their final show next Saturday at Underground Arts. 

The band announced its parting of ways on social media over the weekend, saying they would not be continuing due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Read the full announcement from the band as noted in their Facebook post below:

It is with a heavy heart…. that we must announce, due to unforeseen circumstances our show on 11/11/17 at @undrgroundarts will be our final show as The Lawsuits…

Thank you to everyone ...

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The Dears @ Boot & Saddle.

Source: Jump Philly

Text and images by Ben Wong. The Dears performed  in Philly on Saturday, the last East Coast show for a while for the veteran indie rockers from Montreal. They brought their Times Infinity Volume Two Tour with indie-pop singer Lou Canon as the opener to Boot & Saddle and opened with “Taking it to the […]The Dears @ Boot & Saddle.

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Ninth Floor Mannequin: “Creating Music is the Activity that Gets me out of Bed in the Morning.”

Source: Jump Philly

Jarrod Pedone was hit by a speeding car in Fishtown in 2012, leaving him in a coma for 12 days. The longtime musician and Berklee College of Music graduate lost months of his life recovering, going through speech and occupational therapy to regain his sense of self. Making music became his own therapy. He started […]Ninth Floor Mannequin: “Creating Music is the Activity that Gets me out of Bed in the Morning.”

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Just Announced: Foo Fighters to jam this July at BB&T Pavilion

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Just Announced: Foo Fighters to jam this July at BB&T Pavilion

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/

In the two years since the Foo Fighters took over the Susquehanna Bank Center, the venue became the BB&T Pavilion, Dave Grohl kept being awesome, and the never-aging rockers put out a new record, titled Concrete and Gold.

Now, they’re coming back to the Philly region and the BB&T on July 7th. This time around, Grohl will be completely cast-less, crutch-less, and without a throne hindering him in any way, so it’s bound to be an even bigger rager than their last Philly stop.

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Chill Moody is heading out on tour this fall

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Chill Moody is heading out on tour this fall

Chill Moody | Photo by: ellencm.com | ellencm.com

West Philly fave Chill Moody just announced a short run of tour dates starting at the end of October and taking him along the east coast.

If he’s new to you, all good: Moody is a talented MC equipped with a sleek voice, smart punch lines, and a very catchy flow. His last full-length project was 2015’s TV Made Me Do It, but he’s been releasing a steady stream of singles in the couple years since, and his live band of late has been fantastic — opening for Low Cut Connie at Union ...

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Just Announced: tUnE-yArDs will bring their chaotic pop to Boot and Saddle this November

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Just Announced: tUnE-yArDs will bring their chaotic pop to Boot and Saddle this November

tUnE-yArDs | Photo By Holly Andres

Merrill Garbus’s project, tUnE-yArDs, is bringing her experimental pop chaos back on the road for a few small venue tour stops. Thankfully, one of those visits includes Philly, in which tUnE-yArDs will be paying a visit to Boot & Saddle this November.

And double good news, you can expect to hear new tunes from the band as well, as learned through a statement on tUnE-yArDs’ website, along with the comment that they’re coming to “venues so intimate we may spit on you…”

Come by Boot & Saddle on November 6th to prove / disprove this spit-distance theory and to jam ...

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Just Announced: Run the Jewels and Mitski join Lorde’s April show at Wells Fargo

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Just Announced: Run the Jewels and Mitski join Lorde’s April show at Wells Fargo

Lorde | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN // Run The Jewels | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN // Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Teenage strange-pop superstar Lorde is coming to Wells Fargo this April 2nd, which is some pretty flippin’ cool stuff on its own. But nope, someone must’ve said, we must make it even more wildly awesome. And then they casually added Run the Jewels and Mitski to the bill to completely rock the socks off of all the people.

I know it’s strange to hear good news nowadays, but this is a ...

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Strand of Oaks, Cayetana and More @ World Cafe Live for the Philly Music Fest.

Source: Jump Philly

Video by Cady Elliott. Images by G.W. Miller III. The inaugural Philly Music Fest happened last weekend at World Cafe Live, with hundreds of people experiencing the likes of Strand of Oaks (below), Cayetana, Ceramic Animal, Ivy Sole, New Sound Brass, Pine Barons, Skull Eclipses and more … all under one roof. For those in […]Strand of Oaks, Cayetana and More @ World Cafe Live for the Philly Music Fest.

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Just Announced: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds to flock to Merriam Theater this February

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Just Announced: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds to flock to Merriam Theater this February

Noel Gallagher | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Soon enough, birds will flying home for the winter. And by home, I mean Philly. And by birds, I mean Noel Gallagher’s 2010-started project, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Okay, yes I too cringed at that long stretch of word play, but you get the picture.

Anywho, the past Oasis member will be bringing his crew to Merriam Theater on February 13th. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 10 AM; grab those here, and listen to “Ballad Of The Mighty I” below.

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Get a look inside Live Nation’s renovations Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House

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Get a look inside Live Nation’s renovations Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House

The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House in 1937 | via Curbed

Earlier this year, Live Nation signed a contract to lease the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House on 858 N. Broad Street in order to renovate it and turn it into their next big concert venue. With construction well underway, the historic theater is set to reopen as early as the end of 2018, and last week the folks at Curbed Philly got an inside look at the new venue.

The Met has been considered all types of venues  – everything from a movie theater to a circus to, most recently, a church. ...

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The War on Drugs @ The Dell Music Center with Land Of Talk.

Source: Jump Philly

  Images by Natalie Piserchio. The War on Drugs, which released their newest album last month, performed al fresco last night at The Dell Music Center as part of former Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin‘s Make The World Better foundation. Proceeds from the event will go toward assisting children, families and parks in the city. Land […]The War on Drugs @ The Dell Music Center with Land Of Talk.

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Esperanza Spalding @ SoFar Sounds/Amnesty International with Shamir and Maitland.

Source: Jump Philly

Text by Maya Winneg. Images by Abi Raymaker.  Esperanza Spalding, Shamir and Maitland shared their talents in a Rittenhouse Square home Wednesday night as a part of the global “Give a Home” concert series to raise money supporting refugees and the efforts of Amnesty International. SoFar Sounds, an organization that hosts secret house shows in locations around […]Esperanza Spalding @ SoFar Sounds/Amnesty International with Shamir and Maitland.

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Philly Music Fest: “This is a Call to the Philadelphia Music Scene to Rally Around This.”

Source: Jump Philly

This weekend, Greg Seltzer, an attorney at Ballard Spahr, is launching Philly Music Fest, a two-day celebration of Philly music, beer, food and art at World Cafe Live. Among the acts will be Strand of Oaks, Cayetana, Steve Gunn, Work Drugs, Eric Slick, Deadfellow, Pine Barons, Cheerleader, Shannen Moser, New Sound Brass Band and many […]Philly Music Fest: “This is a Call to the Philadelphia Music Scene to Rally Around This.”

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