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Just Announced: World Cafe 25 x Philadelphia Film Society 25 weekend film festival

Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon in Singlers | photo courtesy of Philadelphia Film Society
Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon in Singlers | photo courtesy of Philadelphia Film Society

It’s the World Cafe’s 25th anniversary and it’s the Philadelphia Film Society’s 25th anniversary and we’ve got a pretty cool way of celebrating – a weekend of classic music films, dancing and singing at the Prince Theater at 1412 Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Poetry” by Ray Davies

Ray Davies | photo by Steve Gullick | courtesy of the artist
Ray Davies | photo by Steve Gullick | courtesy of the artist

Kinks front man Ray Davies returns with a new album, Americana, on April 21st. The 15 song collection is an autobiographical work, chronicling the role America has played in Davies’ life. For the album he enlisted the help of The Jayhawks as his backing band. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Show You The Way” by Thundercat

Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist
Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist

Last week California bassist Thundercat announced his new album Drunk, the followup to 2015’s The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam. The 20 song collection includes contributions from Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar, and on “Show You the Way,” Thundercat invited Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins in on the soulful, smooth rock song. Continue reading →

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R.I.P. Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks

Butch Trucks at the Atlanta Pop Festival, 1970 | photo by David Chamberlain via allmanbrothersband.com

Butch Trucks, the founding drummer of southern rock icons Allman Brothers Band, has died. Rolling Stone reported his passing, confirmed by Page Stallings, Trucks’ booking agent; the cause of his death is currently unknown. He was 69 years old.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1947, Trucks co-founded The Allman Brothers with Gregg and Duane Allman in 1968, along with guitarist Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley on bass, and fellow drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson. Continue reading →