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Dessa plays to the fans at a sold-out World Cafe Live

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Dessa plays to the fans at a sold-out World Cafe Live

Dessa | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN

I had a chance to speak to Dessa before her show at World Cafe Live on Thursday night, and in my moment of terrible small talk, I mentioned how uncomfortable I sometimes feel at venues like the upstairs. It is a stage that is barely elevated, with direct crowd access, and I know I’m blocking people (I’m 6’2”). I always try to be mindful of that, and move off to the side/back after a song or two, to get out of the way.  Color me surprised when Dessa stopped the show, ...

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Free At Noon Flashback: Dhani Harrison’s guitar doesn’t weep, it wails

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Free At Noon Flashback: Dhani Harrison’s guitar doesn’t weep, it wails

Dhani Harrison | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

A slice (of a slice) of Beatlemania descended upon 31st and Walnut on this pleasantly frigid Friday as the crowd that had lined the street shed their layers and traded in coffees for beers, fortunate to be among the few to have secured a spot at a show that had sold out days before. Nothing less could be expected for Dhani Harrison, and this boundless enthusiasm never wavered during his Free At Noon set – the applause heard after each song was near equivalent to what another band might expect to earn ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grizzly Bear at The Fillmore, Habib Koité at World Café Live, Taxes at Connie’s Ric Rac

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grizzly Bear at The Fillmore, Habib Koité at World Café Live, Taxes at Connie’s Ric Rac

Grizzly Bear | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Following the release of their new LP Painted Ruins, widely acclaimed indie rock act Grizzly Bear will make a stop at The Fillmore tonight. The band spent two years working on the highly anticipated new album, which is their first release since 2012’s Shields. Find more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Mourning Sound” below. 

Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most celebrated musicians, coming from a long line of traditional troubadours. He’ll make an appearance at World Café Live downstairs tonight, ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cool Moon at Lava Space, Worriers at Johnny Brenda’s, The Hooters at Keswick Theater, and a whole bunch more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cool Moon at Lava Space, Worriers at Johnny Brenda’s, The Hooters at Keswick Theater, and a whole bunch more

Cool Moon | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Houston’s Cool Moon is passing through Philly tonight at West Philly’s Lava Space. Helmed by frontwoman Andrea Lisi — who was the lead singer of the early aughties’ DIY D.C. power trio, Del Cielo — this new trio still rocks just as hard. Find more info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, then stream their latest album Postparty Depression on Spotify below.

Philly punks Worriers released their new album Survival Pop a month back, which features such jams as singles “Gaslight” and “The Possibility.” Celebrating ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Harmony Woods at Everybody Hits, Curtis Harding at World Cafe Live, Aster More at Boot & Saddle

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Harmony Woods at Everybody Hits, Curtis Harding at World Cafe Live, Aster More at Boot & Saddle

Harmony Woods | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

If you missed Harmony Woods on the big stage opening for Modern Baseball a few weeks ago, you can still catch them tonight at Everybody Hits. The project of Philadelphia’s Sofia Verbilla, Harmony Woods has been making strides this year following the release of Nothing Special. Verbilla and band joined us for a Folkadelphia + Key Studio session a few months ago, listen below and read The Key’s feature on Harmony Woods hereSave Face, Secret Stuff and Brackish also play tonight; find more information ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Union Transfer, Latin Roots Live at World Cafe Live, Caroline Rose at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Union Transfer, Latin Roots Live at World Cafe Live, Caroline Rose at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

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

The day is finally here, folks. It’s time to cry our eyes out to Julien Baker at Union Transfer. The Tennessee songwriter released her second LP Turn Out The Lights a few days ago, and if you haven’t had it’s stunningly sad songs on repeat, you’re missing out. Baker has enlisted an incredibly talent-filled lineup of supporting acts for this tour; you’ll want to arrive early to catch Half Waif and Petal. Watch the video for “Appointments” below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar ...

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Free At Noon Flashback: Nick Hakim, soul machine, introduces himself to World Cafe Live

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Free At Noon Flashback: Nick Hakim, soul machine, introduces himself to World Cafe Live

Nick Hakim | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Sensual funkiness: a combination of words I’d never expect to throw together but that fully encapsulates the sound of Nick Hakim and his four-piece backing band during today’s Free At Noon performance. The New York-based artist released his debut full-length Green Twins in May and wrapped up a US headlining tour in Seattle on Tuesday, and beginning next week he can be found opening for Fleet Foxes during the European leg of their Crack-Up tour.

Nick Hakim’s sound immediately calls for comparisons to James Blake, Moses Sumney, and even the latest iteration of Bon ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sammus at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hezekiah Jones at Underground Arts, Beach Fossils at The Church, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sammus at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Hezekiah Jones at Underground Arts, Beach Fossils at The Church, and more

Sammus | from the “Qualified” music video

Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo wowed us as the unapologetically herself beat-maker / spoken-word-style lyricist Sammus, at her recent Folk_KEY-delphia Studio Session. Tonight, she’ll no doubt do the same at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for tonight’s Afrofuturist Affair Costume Ball, which is organized by Black Quantum Futurism and presented as part of Philadelphia Assembled. The night will also feature performances by Moor MotherKing Britt / Fhloston ParadigmMovaKween, and :3LON; along with tarot card reading, body paintings, mask making, a fashion show, and a ton more. Find additional info on ...

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Free At Noon Flashback: Rostam delivers expansive experience with Half-Light

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Free At Noon Flashback: Rostam delivers expansive experience with Half-Light

Rostam | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Rostam Batmanglij released his debut LP Half-Light on September 15th, and to say that it was a long time coming is a definite understatement. It was six years ago this month that Rostam’s first solo track – and now Half-Light track – “Wood” was released on Soundcloud, as his band Vampire Weekend recorded their chart-topping Modern Vampires of the City. 

The years since have seen Rostam leave Vampire Weekend in 2016 to pursue solo work, produce tracks on a number of records for genre-spanning artists from Solange to Carly Rae Jepson to Hamilton Leithauser, and all ...

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

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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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Free At Noon Flashback: Josh Ritter celebrates his new Gathering at World Cafe Live

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Free At Noon Flashback: Josh Ritter celebrates his new Gathering at World Cafe Live

Josh Ritter | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Friday was a big day for Josh Ritter: it marked the official release of his ninth studio album Gathering following 2015’s excellent Sermon on the Rocks, and he and the Royal City Band were able to bring their foot-stomping, fast-talking tunes to World Cafe Live before flying to Minneapolis to kick off the record’s tour.

The singer-songwriter has long been a favorite of XPN and its members, and the crowd that had been steadily lining up outside quickly filled the venue to capacity in anticipation of his triumphant return. As one of the ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Union Transfer, Ms. Lauryn Hill at BB&T, Bastille at The Fillmore, plus more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Union Transfer, Ms. Lauryn Hill at BB&T, Bastille at The Fillmore, plus more

Ted Leo | photo courtesy of the artist

Ted Leo is back and bringing his trusty crew, the Pharmacists, with him to Union Transfer tonight. This past week, Leo smashed his seven year hiatus with the new record, The Hanging Tree, which was funded through the generosity of his fans via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Watch his latest video for “Can’t Go Back,” below, then find info on tonight’s show here.

It’s been nineteen years since Ms. Lauryn Hill released her classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. But tonight, the legend will be spinning her poetic verses with ...

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More Than Jake: Jake Clemons goes beyond what you think you know of Fear + Love

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More Than Jake: Jake Clemons goes beyond what you think you know of Fear + Love

Jake Clemons | photo courtesy of the artist

Calling from a solo tour stop in Montreal, saxophonist-singer Jake Clemons offered up a smart and pleasant, conversation and a humble man’s attitude when it came to being a guy you (think) you know from brand-name family ties, literal and figurative. Soft-spoken and easy to laugh, Clemons seemed pleased to open up about the studied songwriting process and the emotional connections to the songs on his new album, Fear + Love, a record he’ll pull form at World Café Live this Wednesday September 13.

The Key: Quick first question. Can you ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: West Philadelphia Orchestra at Spruce Street Harbor Park, MH the Verb’s Vibe House at South Bowl, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: West Philadelphia Orchestra at Spruce Street Harbor Park, MH the Verb’s Vibe House at South Bowl, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

West Philadelphia Orchestra are this week’s featured headliner at Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions. The mammoth sized crew will be rocking two sets of their horn-heavy Balkan dance. Check out info for the show on the Facebook event page, and watch their Tiny Desk Concert entry below.

MH the Verb will be hosting the “electronic jam session” called Vibe House at South Bowl tonight, along with GR Stone, Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble, Attic Tapes, and more for some electro covers, mash-ups, and of course, jams. Find more ...

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Why Henry Jamison Will Be Your New Favorite Singer-Songwriter

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All photos credit to Patrick McCormack 

Henry Jamison speaks from his soul. Sure, singer-songwriters are a dime a dozen these days, but Jamison’s songwriting stands out from the rest. In his upcoming debut full-length record, The Wilds, Jamison shares unique, visual details in his lyrics that are reminiscent of the British Romantic Period in poetry. Considering his ancestors include George Frederick Root (one of the most popular songwriters of the Civil War era) and the 14th Century British poet John Gower, there might be something intuitive to his songwriting abilities. 

Jamison, who writes all of his lyrics, claims is ...

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Tremellow’s new track “Look Up” is a folky, outerspace sonic adventure

Tremellow’s new track “Look Up” is a folky, outerspace sonic adventure

Tremellow | photo via artist’s Bandcamp

When Keith Abrams isn’t rocking out as frontman for Pine Barons, or helping to produce other legendary albums (i.e. The Districts Popular Manipulations,) he gets strange and experimentally lo-fi as his side-project, Tremellow. From all the recent and much deserved hooplah of Pine Barons’ and The Districts’ new releases, it’s crazy that Abrams has time to let alone breathe. But here he is, releasing a new Tremellow track — which is unsurprisingly a total jam.

Titled “Look Up,” the song is an amalgamation of a whole lot of sounds that work oddly, yet perfectly, together. Beginning with a spooky eighties synth atmosphere speckled with 8-bit beeps, integral banjo plucks easily slice through the song to add an earnest folk essence. Then there’s also the super typical element of what sounds like warped alien choruses singing off in the distance, and an overall indie pop feel reminiscent of Bleachers.

Listen to this wonderful concoction for yourself below. Although there aren’t currently any shows on the horizon for Tremellow, you can catch Abrams with Pine Barons at the PHL Music and Arts fest on September 23rd. Tickets and info can be found here.

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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Get details on Hiss Golden Messenger’s Hallelujah, Anyhow LP, see them at World Cafe Live

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Get details on Hiss Golden Messenger’s Hallelujah, Anyhow LP, see them at World Cafe Live

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Vibey Americana outfit Hiss Golden Messenger shared the new track, “Standing in the Doorway” last month, and now he’s one-upping that gift by announcing a fall tour and new album titled, Hallelujah Anyhow — which will be out on September 22nd via Merge Records.

Hallelujah Anyhow will breathe as a hopeful ten-song journey that travels both the light and dark sides to the spectrum of life. Frontman M.C. Taylor offers in a press release:

“I see the dark clouds. I was designed to see them. They’re the same clouds of fear and destruction ...

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Free at Noon Flashback: Waxahatchee brings Out in the Storm to life

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Free at Noon Flashback: Waxahatchee brings Out in the Storm to life

Waxahatchee at WXPN’s Free At Noon Concert on 7/14/17 | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The relentless summer rain was no deterrent for the crowd that turned up en masse at World Cafe this afternoon, and for good reason: today is all about Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee. Her excellent fourth record Out in the Storm dropped today on Merge Records, the full band performed for WXPN’s Free At Noon, frontwoman Katie Crutchfield will be a guest DJ on John Vettese’s show What’s the Frequency at 7 p.m., and the day caps off when Waxahatchee plays a hometown show at Union Transfer with Cayetana and Snail ...

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at World Cafe Live

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at World Cafe Live

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Ahead of their upcoming fourth LP The Echo of Pleasure, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is touring though the US with friends Beverly and Ablebody. The indie pop band has released two lead singles, the aptly dance-y “When I Dance With You” and the sincere, serious “Anymore,” both extremely excellent singles that make the wait for the September 1st release of The Echo of Pleasure feel that much longer. Catch The Pains of Being Pure at Heart tonight at World ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts, Sistahs Attune at World Cafe Live

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts, Sistahs Attune at World Cafe Live

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese

We’ve long moved past the band’s slightly concerning name and it’s time you do to – it is in no way indicative of the quality of their music. Diarrhea Planet have been around for a few years now, and every time the Nashville six-piece comes through Philadelphia it is a night of face-melting rock and roll. Diarrhea Planet will be at Underground Arts tonight along with Nashville tourmates Daddy Issues and Philly’s own Hound. Check the XPN Concert Calendar for more info on the 21+ show.

Tonight at World Cafe Live will be an ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live, Joan Shelley at Boot and Saddle

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live, Joan Shelley at Boot and Saddle

Robert Glasper | Photo courtesy of the artist

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper brings his quartet of experimental jazz instrumentation with hip-hop (and a little bit of everything else) undertones to World Cafe Live tonight. The quartet’s album Black Radio won the 2013 Grammy for Best R&B Album, several tracks featuring Philly’s own Bilal. They are currently touring following last year’s ArtScience. For more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar.

Kentucky singer-songwriter Joan Shelley was last on the XPN radar when she recorded a session for Folkadelphia just before the release of her 2015 record Over and EvenTwo ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Greg Sover at World Cafe Live, Joshua Stamper and Crossing Choir at Crane Arts

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Greg Sover at World Cafe Live, Joshua Stamper and Crossing Choir at Crane Arts

Greg Sover | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Philly rocker Greg Sover will be tearing it up at World Cafe Live tonight, where he’ll debut a new song called “My City.”  Serving as a tribute to our wonderful dwelling of brotherly love, the song features a variety of Philly artists as well as vocal talent from children at the North Light Community Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit North Light, so the night just got even better. Find info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to his cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine” below.

Local chamber choir, ...

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Hear Harmony Woods’ stripped-down cover of Three Man Cannon’s “Bleed”

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Hear Harmony Woods’ stripped-down cover of Three Man Cannon’s “Bleed”

Harmony Woods | photo by Emily Dubin | via artist’s Facebook page

Just when we thought Friday was awesome enough on its own, Harmony Woods released a cover of Three Man Cannon’s song “Bleed” on Bandcamp — giving us all new reasons to be thankful.

The cover strips down the TMC slow-jam into a solo acoustic rendition. Switching between bittersweet finger-picking and powerfully-packed strums, Harmony Woods’ take retains the song’s emotion — taking it to a new level of melancholy with its sense of isolation.

Harmony Woods will be playing at Space 1026 on June 16th, and later this summer at the XPN Welcomes: ...

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Best Weekend Ever: The Killers, Dawes, Girlpool

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Featured photo by Brittany Salerno

 

This weekend looks perfectly sunny and the temperature is going up again to make the outdoor shows and parties that much better! Check out our selection of shows with many options so you don’t have to look much further for an exciting weekend!

 

Best Weekend Ever: The Killers, Dawes, Girlpool

 

Thursday 6/8:

Bluesy rock singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys graces Philly with his performance at World Cafe Live. In April, he released his 15th solo album 14 Steps To Harlem and at 73 years old still manages to put out good music. His cover of his friend Lou Reed’s “ ...

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