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Free At Noon Flashback: A Philadelphia lunch break with Butch Walker

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Butch Walker | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Georgia native rocker Butch Walker joined the XPN community today, putting on a wonderful Free at Noon show from start to finish. He was joined Suzanne Santo of Honey Honey who sings the harmony vocals on his songs. Walker kicked off his set with the title track off his new album, Stay Gold, which just dropped today on Dangerbird Records. “I’m really proud of this record, even though it doesn’t look like it,” Walker told the crowd before playing “Stay Gold”. Later on in his set, he went on to tell us again just how proud he truly is of this new album. Continue reading →

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Listen to Son Little cover Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper”

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Philly rocker Son Little has been taking things quiet since wrapping up his early summer run with Leon Bridges (and playing a handful of festivals around the country). But if that gives him time and space to get another album out into the world, all the better.

In the meantime, he shared this cover of “State Trooper” from Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. The original is harrowing and howling, with the tone reportedly inspired by the Boss’ love of NYC experimental synthpoppers Suicide. Son Little keeps it minimal, but takes it out of that acoustic zone, adding back some of those electronic textures he’s so good at. It’s his own nervy interpretation of a desperate man on the lam and his fear of encountering the authorities…something that, given recent (and not-so-recent) events, takes on an added layer of poignancy. Continue reading →

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David Crosby is coming to The Keswick; listen to his new song “The City”

David Crosby | photo by Eleanor Stills | via facebook.com/OfficialDavidCrosby

He’s a singer`songwriter icon, snarky Twitter commentator and co-founder of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. This fall, classic rock fave David Crosby is going on tour with a new album in tow, and he swings through the region on December 9th to play Keswick Theater in Glenside. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Weaves / Cayetana at PhilaMOCA, Bonnie Raitt at The Mann, Flightschool at The Foundry and more

Weaves | photo via NPR Music

High-energy Toronto indie rock four piece Weaves wrap up their summer tour with Philly punk favorites Cayetana tonight at PhilaMOCA. Weaves self-titled LP came out earlier this year, while Cayetana is working on the followup to its 2014 debut Nervous Like Me. Find tickets and more information for the all ages show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to Weaves’ recent feature on World Cafe, and watch Cayetana performing “Madame B” during their 2015 Cafe session. Continue reading →

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Listen to Delco Pacers’ new Bazaar Days LP

Delco Pacers | photo by Scott Troyan | via facebook.com/DelcoPacers

Philly rockers Delco Pacers channel the greatness of the rock underground of the 80s and 90s. On their new LP Bazaar Days, released this week via Bandcamp and on cassette, you’ll hear tones of Hüsker Dü, IRS-era R.E.M., Pavement and much more. “Luna” sets the pace (har, har) with a soaring melody and a memorable hook; the husky catharsis of “Yesterday” rides dynamic lows and high into a rumbling crescendo.

Vocalist and guitarist Jonathan Pitts has a wry inflection akin to Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, and his examination of the memory and emotion of suburban malaise will totally connect with anybody who vibes on Finn’s stories of the misfits on the banks of the Mississippi River. Continue reading →

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Watch Reef the Lost Cauze’s new video for “You Know Me Well” from Furious Styles

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Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly rapper Reef the Lost Cauze teamed up with versatile Philly beatmaker DJ Bear One this summer for the Furious Styles LP, released via iTunes last month. It’s hard-hitting, unflinching rap of the sort that people who sing the praises of Run The Jewels might dig…the difference being that Reef has been doing his thing for about a decade longer than RTJ.  Continue reading →

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The Wallace Brothers Band brings country music back to Connie’s this weekend

The Wallace Brothers Band | photo by Lisa Schaefer | courtesy of the artist
The Wallace Brothers Band | photo by Lisa Schaefer | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia roots scene regulars The Wallace Brothers Band threw a pretty sweet party last year at South Street watering hole Bob & Barbaras; they took over the stage for an entire day and filled it up with a lineup of the city’s hardest working Americana artists, Hurricane Hoss to Hezekiah Jones. The event went over so well the Wallaces decided to bring the event back for a second year, and it touches down and Italian Market joint Connie’s Ric Rac this weekend, Saturday August 27th. Continue reading →

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Here’s where you can get an early listen to Wilco’s Schmilco in the Delaware Valley

Wilco’s Schmilco | via Pitchfork

Excitement is high for Wilco‘s new album Schmilco due out September 9 on the band’s own dBPM Records. For fans who can’t wait to hear the record, though — and the teaser single “If I Ever Was a Child” definitely provokes that kind of reaction — the band announced a series of in-store listening parties across the country on Tuesday, September 6th, including two in the Delaware Valley. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sun Ra Arkestra at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Honeytiger at Kung Fu Necktie, The Shondes at Johnny Brenda’s

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Sun Ra Arkestra at Johnny Brendas | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly jazz / space odyssey legends Sun Ra Arkestra play a free show tonight at Spruce Street Harbor Park. If you’ve never experienced this shimmeringly-attired crew’s journey’s into the outer rim, get thee to the river and let this dozen-to-twenty-ish member collective change how you experience music. More information at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →