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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.

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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Foundry, LP at World Cafe Live, RFA at PhilaMOCA

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Foundry, LP at World Cafe Live, RFA at PhilaMOCA

Gabriel Garzón-Montano | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano brings his dynamic debut LP Jardin to The Foundry tonight. The Brooklyn neo-R&B artist stopped by World Cafe to talk about the record with host Talia Schlanger recently, recounting his big break with Lenny Kravitz, the plethora of fruit and plant references in his lyrics, and his family’s musical history. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch “Crawl” below.

Los Angeles artist LP headlines World Cafe Live tonight in support of last year’s Lost on You effort. After breaking through with her song ...

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: The Go Rounds at World Cafe Live

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: The Go Rounds at World Cafe Live

The Go Rounds | photo via artist’s Facebook

Kalamazoo quartet The Go Rounds headline World Cafe Live tonight. Heavyweights in the Michigan scene, the band is currently on tour in support of last year’s I Promise I Won’t Get Hurt EP. The band’s pop-fueled rock is quirky and bright one moment, somber and atmospheric the next, exhibiting a stylistic breadth that pulls inspiration from psych pop, country, folk and more. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Hezekiah Jones can be found here. Watch “Shock n Awe” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down at World Cafe Live, Valley Exit at Johnny Brenda’s, Lady Parts at PhilaMOCA

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down at World Cafe Live, Valley Exit at Johnny Brenda’s, Lady Parts at PhilaMOCA

Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down | photo via artist’s Facebook

Los Angeles musician Miles Mosley brings The West Coast Get Down to World Cafe Live tonight. Known for playing upright bass as well as for his work with pop stars like Christina Aguilera and Kamasi Washington, Mosley is currently on tour to support his new Uprising LP – a collection of eclectic funk / R&B / jazz / rock songs that defy conventional music boundaries. Watch a live clip of “Abraham” below and pick up tickets for the show here.

Ubiquitous Philly record producer Jeff Zeigler brings his ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at Ardmore Music Hall, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live, Telyscopes at The Barbary, and more

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at Ardmore Music Hall, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live, Telyscopes at The Barbary, and more

Macy Gray | via facebook.com/macygrayslife

Macy Gray‘s back, folks. And she’s not slowing down one bit.  After releasing the jazz-infused album, Stripped, back in September, Gray continues to show her endless talents with a recent single “White Man.” While also being an insanely catchy, dance-able tune, the single also serves as a socially-conscious, empowering anthem. Don’t miss Macy Gray perform this and classics alike at The Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Find more info on tickets here, and watch the inspiring video for “White Man” below.

Longtime Philly folk fave, Chris Kasper, is throwing a record release party tonight at World Cafe Live ...

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NonCOMM Recap: The Dream Syndicate show that fuzz-guitars still reign supreme

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NonCOMM Recap: The Dream Syndicate show that fuzz-guitars still reign supreme

The Dream Syndicate | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Iconic indie rockers The Dream Syndicate gave the crowd a taste of exactly what was to await them from the very first chord of their NonCOMM night three set: utterly crunchy, fuzzed-out guitar jams.

It’s been thirty years since the band’s 1988 album Ghost Stories, but it seems like they picked up right where they left off. Don’t believe me? Tell that to guitarist, Jason Victor, who leapt right onto the tables in front of the stage during the band’s second song — strumming the heck out of his guitar amongst ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mirah at Boot & Saddle, Sea Offs at The Barbary, Rhiannon Giddens at World Cafe Live

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mirah at Boot & Saddle, Sea Offs at The Barbary, Rhiannon Giddens at World Cafe Live

Mirah | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia-born musician Mirah returns to her hometown for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. She brings with her a catalog of effervescent pop jems, like those found on 2014’s Changing Light – her most recent release. Watch “No Direction Home” from that LP below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

Sea Offs wrap up a PA weekender at The Barbary tonight. The duo of primary songwriters/performers Olivia Price and Rashmit Arora turned up in an Items Tagged Philadelphia feature a few weeks ago, catching The Key’s attention ...

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Best Weekend Ever: Take Your Mom Out!

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Featured photo of The 1975 by Ruby Mora.

 

It’s Mother’s Day Weekend! Make sure to be nice to your mothers and make choices they would approve of as you go out and enjoy yourself!

Best Weekend Ever: Take Your Mom Out!

 

Thursday 5/11:

 

 

Pond from Australia are bringing to Johnny Brenda’s, and the show is sold out. The psychedelic band is selling out shows across the country. Their latest album The Weather was released last week through Marathon Artists, with tremendous reviews. Enjoy the show, ticket holders!

 

Alex Napping will be performing at PhilaMOCA on Thursday night. The pop quartet formed in ...

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Free at Noon Flashback: Chris Kasper charms with folk traveller vibes at World Cafe Live

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Free at Noon Flashback: Chris Kasper charms with folk traveller vibes at World Cafe Live

Chris Kasper | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

“I heard people lost their relationship with the Earth the day we started wearing shoes.”

It was sentiments such as this that local folk fave Chris Kasper speckled throughout his performance this past rainy Friday afternoon in Philly. Though Kasper has been a staple and steady figure in the local folk scene for over a decade now, it’s hard to believe that he’s not some sort of wandering vagabond — endlessly traveling across the country with nothing but good vibes and a guitar strapped to his back.

It’s this kind of laid-back, desert folk traveller, ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: La Misa Negra at World Cafe Live, My Son Bison at Bourbon & Branch

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: La Misa Negra at World Cafe Live, My Son Bison at Bourbon & Branch

La Misa Negra | photo by Andrew Zhou | courtesy of the artist

Oakland Latin fusion outfit La Misa Negra wrap up an east coast tour at World Cafe Live tonight. Blending traditional cumbia and Afro-Colombian dance music with contemporary energy and flair, the octet knows how to bring the party whever they go. Watch “Misa de Medianoche” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

My Son Bison continue a month-long residency at Bourbon & Branch tonight. The experimental folk band are reportedly trying out some new material at the weekly concerts as they prep to ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: La Misa Negra at World Cafe Live, My Son Bison at Bourbon & Branch

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: La Misa Negra at World Cafe Live, My Son Bison at Bourbon & Branch

La Misa Negra | photo by Andrew Zhou | courtesy of the artist

Oakland Latin fusion outfit La Misa Negra wrap up an east coast tour at World Cafe Live tonight. Blending traditional cumbia and Afro-Colombian dance music with contemporary energy and flair, the octet knows how to bring the party whever they go. Watch “Misa de Medianoche” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

My Son Bison continue a month-long residency at Bourbon & Branch tonight. The experimental folk band are reportedly trying out some new material at the weekly concerts as they prep to ...

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La Misa Negra bring a Latin fusion dance party to World Cafe Live next week

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La Misa Negra bring a Latin fusion dance party to World Cafe Live next week

La Misa Negra | photo by Andrew Zhou | courtesy of the artist

Bay Area big band La Misa Negra are an unstoppable force at their live shows. Horns blare, syncopated percussion set the groove, and vocalist Diana Trujillo leads the crowd through an intoxicating fusion of cumbia and Afro-Colombian dance music.

The octet will bring the party to World Cafe Live on Monday, May 8th, wrapping up an east coast tour before heading back to sunny California. Formed in 2011, the 1950s and 1960s inspired songs of La Misa Negra take on new life as traditions meld with contemporary sounds, ...

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