It’s a double header of still-vital rock and roll pioneers at The Mann Center tonight with Blondie and Garbage. In the 70s and early 80s, Debbie Harry and her bandmates bridged downtown New York punk rock with the dance-driven international New Wave scene, and wrote a massive amount of hits in the process; in the 90s, Shirley Manson brought a bold dose of glam and pop sensibilities to the dreary grunge landscape. Thing is, neither band is resting on its laurels or going through the nostalgia motions. Blondie and Garbage have both released albums of new material in the past year that stand strongly alongside their work from 20 (and 40) years ago — Pollinator, from the former, totally rips, as Harry and the band proved at NonCOMM this year, and Strange Little Birds is Garbage at its most vulnerable and honest but still kicks out driving anthems. Watch videos for “Long Time” and “Empty” below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
We were colossally bummed when Philly power pop trio Hurry was bumped from the XPoNential Music Festival Friday lineup this year as we hunkered down for an apocalyptic rain storm that never came. Thankfully we don’t have to wait too long to see them in action again; the band is at Everybody Hits on Girard Avenue tonight with like minded West Virginians Rozwell Kid. Tickets and more information on the all-ages show can be found here.
Speaking of Philly power trios, Amanda X is gearing up to release its latest LP, Giantherethe XPN Concert Calendar, and plays a headlining gig tonight at Ortlieb’s. The album is out August 24th and is a benefit for Women Against Abuse; more information on that , more on the show at . Listen to “Exquisite” below.
Amanda X, Blondie, Everybody Hits Philadelphia, Garbage, Hurry, Ortlieb's, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts