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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The hardworking guys and gals of Hardwork Movement continue to shine and grind. It’s been a busy summer for this hip-hop super-band. They rocked the stages at festivals like Firefly and the XPoNential Music Fest, opened for a few guys in a rap group called “Wu-Tang” and was a part of the Spruce Street Harbor […]
Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
The Philly Music Fest is fast approaching. In just two weeks, a heaping of Philly’s most talented will descend upon World Cafe Live. In preparation for this event, we now have a trusted set time schedule.
And prepare we must, because there’s a whole lot of awesome local bands at this thing. I mean, the lineup’s more stacked than a can of Pringles.
It’s the worst when you fall in love with a band after you just saw them at a festival, so if you aren’t hip to all of the ...
Del the Funky Homosapien hits Philly on Thursday, performing at CODA with Richie Cunning. Del has been on the scene since the early 90s. His cousin, Ice Cube, helped release his debut solo album. He blew up in the early 2000s after collaborating with Gorillaz. And Del has been making thought-provoking music ever since. […]
I’m quite a sucker for crunchy guitars and ambient soundscapes. On their own, these two stylings are swell. But when combined, the result becomes supremely swell.
New Philly outfit Caracara demonstrated through their debut singles “Revelatory” and “Glacier” that they’ve earned this supremely swell title, so I’ve been pumped for more tunes from the W.C. Lindsay and Square Peg Round Hole brainchild ever since.
Today, the band has at last shared news of an upcoming debut album, Summer Megalith, by ways of a beautifully filmed teaser trailer shot by CJ Harvey. The record ...
Jersey pop punks The Front Bottoms have a delightful surprise to share on this fine morrow. It comes in the form of shiny new tunes — more specifically — an upcoming album titled Going Grey, which will be out on October 13th via Fueled By Ramen.
But WAIT, there’s more. They also have a single for you to fill your ear holes with right this second, a video for said single, and the secure knowledge that there is a Philly show to attend in the fall. So considerate, these two.
The Roots and Pharrell at The Roots Picnic | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Two hundred and sixty three songs. The Roots have written and recorded 263 songs for their next album. Now, after we all take a moment to stare blankly in confused awe for a few seconds, I think this is the part where we plebeians who are not The Roots go and bow in grace and honor to the musical wizards that they are.
Earlier this week, Questlove talked with HipHopDX about the band’s upcoming album, tentatively titled End Game, in which he shared news of the current ...
Philly-bred, Nashville-living, sardonic rock ‘n roller Ron Gallo is making his way back home this fall with announcement of a First Unitarian Church show on November 21st.
Since the February release of his incredible record, Heavy Meta, Gallo and crew have been touring extensively — wowing various festivals, Europe (yep, just the collective whole of the continent,) and Non-COMM back in May, with their intense and critically self-aware jams. And soon enough, they’ll be bringing these catchy existential riffs for a hometown show along with support from Seattle’s Naked Giants.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Music Alliance
The Philadelphia Music Alliance has announced this year’s inductees for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, and 2017 is all about soul. From Jill Scott to McFadden & Whitehead to Sister Sledge, the honorees come from different decades and genres but all have made significant contributions in music and Philadelphia.
“The 2017 honorees represent powerhouse vocals, signature anthems, soulful vibes, and production firsts within the R&B, pop and rock genres, with an emphasis on powerful and decorated women in music,” said PMA vice chair Mia Tinari, in a statement.
Kamasi Washington | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
LA-based jazz master, Kamasi Washington, will be bringing his stylish, forward-thinking saxophone jams to Union Transfer this November. In addition, he’s announced a date for the release of his new EP, Harmony of Difference, which is set for September 29th via Young Turks.
Washington already wowed us back in April with his Harmony of Difference track, “Truth.” This 14 minute long tune takes listeners on a moving, lively, epic journey — filled with moments of highs and lows until its grand, heavenly choir finale.
It’s been a minute since the original trio of Good Old War played a show together in Philadelphia. On Thursday at World Cafe Live, Tim Arnold will perform with Keith Goodwin and Dan Schwartz for the first time in Philly since Tim left the band in 2014 to start a family in Georgia and deal […]
Garbage, the 90s hit-making group, will take the stage tonight at The Mann Center with Blondie, the legendary rock/punk/new wave band. So, we caught up with Garbage’s lead singer, Shirley Manson, and talked about the role of the artist in the bizarre world we live in today, and why Garbage won’t make shiny, happy music. […]
XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo | deltufophotography.com
I’m going to run you through a sad little timeline, folks. It’s a devastating tale of woe involving me, Pinegrove, and the lack of my presence at their shows. Like I said, sadness.
I admit I am far late in the Pinegrove cult game, and for that I am sorry. However, I found myself entrenched in it over the later half of this year. I had coveted tickets to their epic show at First Unitarian Church, and even had a chance to watch their live session for World Cafe. ...
If you miss Beach Slang at Made in America in September, you can catch them upon their return from their fall tour, when they headline the TLA on December 2. If you want a pair of tickets, email us at freeJUMPstuff@gmail.com (put “Beach Slang” in the subject line and your full name in the content box). […]
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 […]
Iconic indie band The Breeders are set to shatter a three year touring hiatus with their long-awaited recent announcement of fall dates. Beginning with gigs in the UK, the Kim Deal-fronted group will make their to Philly with a show at Union Transfer on November 6th.
The band has kept fans eagerly awaiting new material since their 2008 release of Mountain Battles, so hopefully this break back into the scene also means new tunes are approaching.
Find info on tickets to the Union Transfer show over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the full list of dates below, ...
Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist
If you were already super pumped for the Manchester Orchestra show this fall after catching its Free At Noon Concert, then you might want to sit down for this news. Not only will the Atlanta five-piece’s soaring sounds echo through The Fillmore in October, but they’ll be joined by Scranton duo, Tigers Jaw, and St. Louis post-rock outfit, Foxing. Holy emotional angst-fest.
Tigers Jaw has been on tour supporting their album, Spin, which recently drew a packed show at Union Transfer. Next month,they’ll ...
Melodic indie synth-duo, Cults, have been a away for a while. To make up for it, they’ve just hit us with all of the good news. Like all of it. For a triple whammy of blessings, the Cults announced 1) a shiny new album titled Offering, 2) a fall show at Johnny Brenda’s, and 3) shared the title track single, “Offering.”
The new single is heavy on the shimmery, synth vibes — piled with layers upon layers of background 8-bit fuzz, with Madaline Folin’s pure, ethereal vocals slicing through the static psych atmosphere.
Philly celebrated Kevin Hart‘s 38th birthday yesterday with a party in front of Max’s Cheesesteaks on Erie Avenue, about a block away from where the comedian grew up. Mural Arts painted his likeness on the side of the building, enshrining the hometown hero who is said to be the highest paid comedian in the world […]
BalletX begins their summer series next Wednesday, featuring three pieces, including two world premieres. Choreographer Jodie Gates, a former principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet, returns to Philadelphia with a brand new piece. The music for the performance was created by Ryan Lott of the electronic trio Son Lux. Matthew Neenan, who co-founded BalletX with Christine Cox in […]
Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist
If you can’t wait until July 14th to hear Sheer Mag‘s debut full-length album (we’ve been waiting for three years, that seems quite long enough) you’re in luck – Need to Feel Your Love joins the long list of highly anticipated albums that have been released via NPR’s First Listen series, giving fans a chance to hear the album in its entirety one week before its scheduled release date. Including the two lead singles “Just Can’t Get Enough” and the title track “Need to Feel Your Love,” the 12-track ...