Earlier this week Bob Bumbera reported on Jeff Tweedy‘s solo record during the XPN Morning Show, sharing a video of the Wilco frontman performing album cut “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” on Late Night With Seth Myers. Yes, you already know that Wilco classic and yes it is appearing on Together At Last – that’s because the new effort, out today, features a number of Tweedy favorites, from main projects and side projects, done in an intimate, acoustic style.
Between songs from Danny Black‘s new solo effort and recent Firefly performers Hardwork Movement there’s a sampling of faces from many corners of the regional music community on the new Discover Local Music Spotify playlist curated by WXPN. This is the first iteration of the playlist, which features emerging acts and old favorites alike, and it will be updated and added to regularly as we spotlight the best new music from Philly, Lancaster, the Lehigh Valley, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Jo Kusy turned in a new record last week, following up last year’s Wild Violets with the self-produced songs on No One Else. The Far-Out Fangtooth guitarist tends to explore the subtler, dreamier side of psych rock on his solo material, making No One Else a great lazy summer day soundtrack.
Scranton’s Tigers Jaw make their highly anticipated appearance at Union Transfer tonight. Touring in support of this year’s spin, the duo recently filmed a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music; watch that set below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show with Saintseneca and Smidley here.
Continuing their stacked summer show line-up, Spruce Street Harbor Park welcomes soulful singer/songwriter Donn T to the waterfront tonight. The local musician released her sophomore effort Flight of the Donn T in 2015, the first entry on her own D Tone Victorious label and a great display of electro-R&B. More information for the free concert with Little Strike can be found here. Watch the “Last Breath” Questlove Remix (Donn’s brother) below.
A few weeks after sharing news of his forthcoming sophomore LP New Magic, Son Little has announced a North American tour that stops in Philly for a two-night hometown run at Boot & Saddle on September 29th and 30th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 23rd and will be available on the XPN Concert Calendar.
We had a feeling guitarist Chris Forsyth was in the studio late last year, and today we get some details about the outcome of those sessions via NPR. Along with a thoughtful interview about engaging with the world rather than trying to escape from it through music, the Philadelphian shared a new composition called “Dreaming In the Non-Dream” that acts as lead single and title track to his forthcoming Solar Motel Band effort.
The Queen Theater will begin its new life as a Live Nation venue next month when the doors reopen after a few months of downtime.
Formerly the home of World Cafe Live at the Queen, the historic Wilmington, DE space changed hands with a symbolic “changing of the guard” event earlier this week attended by local government officials and Philly Mardi Gras band The Wild Bohemians, giving members of the press a sneak peek at the newly decorated walls.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic played a sold out show on Thursday, June 8th at the Ardmore Music Hall, a venue that’s becoming a regular tour stop for the legendary funk outfit. Though Clinton’s last record was 2008’s George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love, news has been swirling that a new album will drop sometime this year. The live show is still the true P-Funk experience though – At 75 years old, Clinton is as charming and engaging as ever, backed by a band that includes his granddaughters / music duo Kandy Apple Redd on vocals. The Key’s Koof Ibi Umoren was on hand to photograph the performance – check out his gallery of Clinton and opening act Kung Fu below.