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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Christopher Paul Stelling at World Cafe Live

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Christopher Paul Stelling | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

After making a splash opening for Ben Harper this spring, Florida-born, NY-based and otherwise nomadic troubadour Christopher Paul Stelling returns to Philly tonight on a solo tour to headline World Cafe Live. He’s been hard at work on the road in support of Labor Against Waste, which came out last summer on Anti- Records. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Catch Tommy Conwell, Ben Arnold, Rosemary Fiki and more at the Roxborough Solstice Music Festival

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Ben Arnold | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

With the summer solstice less than a month away, our days are about as lengthy and bright as they get. And there’s no better way to spend the extra sunlight than with some grub, drinks, and live music. On Saturday, June 11th, the Roxborough Solstice Music Festival will provide just that. Starting at noon, they’ll have 10 musical acts, food trucks, a beer garden, craft vendors, and local businesses at Gorgas Park on Ridge Ave in Philly. Continue reading →

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Smooth as silk: Listen to “Roll,” the new single from Work Drugs

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Philly smooth-fi yachtrockers and summer popsters Work Drugs have released another single from their forthcoming LP. It’s the fourth song to come from the band this year, keeping them busy since the release of Louisa last August. But unlike the previous single “Summer ’92 (Forever Forever),” this latest track deviates from the summery vibe that Work Drugs so often emits. Continue reading →

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Oxymorrons playing Boot & Saddle with Dewey Decible on May 31st

Photo sent by publicist; Chrissy Borsellino of Right Angle PR
Oxymorrons | Photo by Yves Vagery

The New York based Oxymorrons are one of those bands whose musical sound is hard to pin down, which, is a great thing. Formed by Queens brothers K.I. and Deee, they’re fans of all kinds of music, and they distill it down to a singular voice on their own original music. Formed in 2008, you’ll hear elements of hip-hop, rock, and alternative music in their music. Continue reading →

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Stream Those People’s new EP Human Robot

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Those People | photo by Philly’s Music Makers Portrait Project | courtesy of the band

Local rockers Those People celebrate the release of Human Robot at World Cafe Live on June 4th, a follow-up to 2014’s Be Careful What You Wish For. The six-piece has always had a very open, jigsaw-like sound but they kick it up a notch on the new collection, which was recorded last fall at Milkboy Studios.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RJD2 at Union Transfer, Pink Slip Daddy at Boot and Saddle and more

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RJD2 | Photo by Benny Mistak | courtesy of the artist

RJD2 moved back to his native Ohio from Philly recently, but with over a decade of local music making under his belt, we will always welcome RJD2 with open arms as an honorary Philadelphian. Tonight he headlines Union Transfer in support of his new album Dame Fortune, which you can listen to in full below. It mixes his trademark slick grooves with proggy surprises and a cavalcade of guest vocalists. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here.

Read our interview with RJD2.

Philly goth-punk trio Psychic Teens headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight to celebrate the release of their new record Nerve, which has undeniable hints of Bauhaus and Joy Division and other dark / heave bits of awesome. They recently released a music video for “Everything,” which is depicts a kids’ birthday party with them acting as the entertainment – it’s pretty awesome, and you can watch below. Tickets and more information to the JBs show tonight can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Hopelessly devoted to rocking: Courtney Barnett at the Electric Factory

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Aussie singer-songwriter/guitarist Courtney Barnett and her band rocked it out out the Electric Factory on Thursday night. Barnett is currently touring in support of her critically-acclaimed 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. With multiple festival set appearances, a recent debut performance on SNL’s season finale and a Grammy nomination, Barnett has had quite a busy year since her last performance in Philly at last year’s XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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Strong emotions felt during an intimate Rogue Wave concert at Johnny Brenda’s

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Rogue Wave | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

“There but for the grace of God…” Words that could potentially apply to a wide variety of situations, but quite often in music it is the luck of the draw that splits who makes it big time and who never makes it at all. That was the old days at least, these days there is a solid middle ground, a place where working musicians can thrive, make a living, and build a passionate, rabidly loyal fanbase, even if it’s just a stroke of luck that kept them from selling out theaters. Continue reading →