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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ruby The Hatchet at Johnny Brenda’s, Brainfest at the Ukie Club, Rhett Miller at Tellus 360

Ruby the Hatchet | photo by Mike Petzinger | via facebook.com/rubythehatchet

It’s record release day for Jersey’s Ruby The Hatchet. The psych-rock outfit will be celebrating their latest LP Planetary Space Child with a headlining spot at Johnny Brenda’s, supported by Heavy Temple and Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells. The release is just what you’d expect from a name like that: expansive, psychedelic, and untamed. Stream Planetary Space Child below and snag your tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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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 back in Philadelphia to perform for XPN’s Free At Noon series at the smaller, more intimate World Cafe Live. It appeared that the rareness of this opportunity was not lost on fans, as the line stretched up the stairs and out onto the sidewalk long before doors opened and filled the venue to capacity by the ten-minute mark. Continue reading →

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jill Scott and more feature in Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame Class of 2017

Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Music Alliance

The Philadelphia Music Alliance has announced this year’s inductees for the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame, and 2017 is all about soul. From Jill Scott to McFadden & Whitehead to Sister Sledge, the honorees come from different decades and genres but all have made significant contributions in music and Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Listen to The War On Drugs’ new single “Pain” from A Deeper Understanding

The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist
The War on Drugs | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist

Ahead of the upcoming August 25th release of their fourth studio album A Deeper Understanding, The War On Drugs have released a slew of singles that have already raised the bar from their excellent 2014 record Lost in the Dream, and the recent release of “Pain” is no exception. Spanning the epic “Thinking of a Place” to poppy “Holding On” to slow-burning “Strangest Thing,” the Philadelphia outfit has shown that while they definitely remain inside their indie space-rock box that box has gotten much, much bigger. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Jade Jackson performs her first (ever) encore

Jade Jackson | Photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Jade Jackson makes me want to invest in a good pair of cowboy boots and try (for the umpteenth time) to get into country music. The singer-songwriter from California brought her twangy, rocking tunes to World Cafe for XPN’s Free At Noon series today, and from her command of the stage and strong presence I never would have guessed that this was a performer on just her first national tour. Continue reading →

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Check out the sleek, suave new single from Work Drugs, “Magic in the Night”

Work Drugs — covered in trademark haze

Philly’s Work Drugs are gearing up to drop a new record on August 11th, and with Tuesday’s release of single “Magic in the Night” you can now listen to seven of the eleven tracks in advance of Flaunt The Imperfection‘s proper release.

Work Drugs made this record last fall in Puerto Rico, as the story goes, and the timing definitely shows up in the themes (if you recall, last fall there was a small thing about the election of the current president), but this new single seems to learn more towards the apolitical spectrum of Flaunt the Imperfection tracks. Continue reading →

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Resilient is better than ever on its new album How to Peach

Resilient | via facebook.com/ResilientTheBand

As Drive By Truckers wrapped up the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday, Resilient premiered their new album How to Peach back in Philadelphia at The Barbary after dropping it on Bandcamp earlier in the day.

The Philadelphia rock four-piece released its debut, Imagining Things, last summer, and they’ve been a consistent name in the local show scene since. Last week they were featured along with Honeytiger and The Vernes at The Key’s Philly Music Showcase, the first of a series hosted at MilkBoy. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Wonder Years to play a stripped-down set at TLA

The Wonder Years | photo courtesy of Big Picture Media

It’s been too long, The Wonder Years. The Philadelphia pop-punk band last performed in Philadelphia at the Fillmore for a sold out hometown show in November, and today they have announced the date of their triumphant return. In a nice twist, the six-piece will not be moving up to a larger venue but rather will be playing a stripped-down acoustic set at the Theatre of Living Arts on October 6th as part of a quick run of intimate dates to accompany the acoustic EP Burst and Decay. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastian at Mann Center, Pine Barons at PhilaMOCA, GrandeMarshall at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Belle And Sebastian
Belle And Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær

A Belle and Sebastian performnce is reason enough to head out to the Mann Center on any night, but throw in Andrew Bird and Porches to the lineup and you’ve got an unmissable show on your hands. The Scottish seven-piece’s last record was 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and they have a new album promised later in 2017 on Matador. Listen to the new single “We Were Beautiful” that the group dropped over the weekend, and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →