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A first look inside The Queen Theater, now operated by Live Nation

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Chris Buccini of Buccini/Pollin Group | photo by Joe Del Tufo | http://moonloopphoto.com

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.

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PHOTOS: George Clinton at Ardmore Music Hall

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren | http://www.koofibi.com

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.

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Just Announced: LORDE to headline Wells Fargo Center next April

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Lorde | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

I hope you’ve already bought your 2018 planner, because here’s a date you’ll want to pencil in: LORDE will headline the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, April 2nd. The announcement comes alongside the release of the New Zealand pop star’s sophomore LP Melodrama, which follows up her 2013 debut Pure Heroine. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 23rd and will be available on the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch “Green Light” from Melodrama , Lorde’s new album, out now. Continue reading →

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Slowdive extend tour, announce Union Transfer show in November

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

UK shoegazers Slowdive bypassed Philadelphia on the spring leg of their Slowdive tour, but they couldn’t leave us out of the fun completely. Announcing another run of dates for the fall, the recently-reunited outfit will bring their new record to Union Transfer on November 15th. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale this Friday, June 16th and will be available on the XPN Concert Calendar

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Tegan and Sara announce 10th anniversary tour of The Con, playing the Tower Theatre this fall

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Tegan and Sara | Photo by John Vettese

Tegan and Sara have announced a run of dates in celebration of the 10th anniversary The Con, the 2007 record that has become a highlight of the band’s discography and a beloved fan favorite. Featuring intimate acoustic performances, the tour stops at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby on November 10th.

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Worriers sign to SideOneDummy for new LP, share lead single “Future Me”

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Worriers | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Recent Philly transplants Worriers dropped some hints about a new album back in April when they talked with The Key’s Rob Huff, saying it wouldn’t be long before we could hear the new songs. Well, the time has finally come – today brings the LP’s lead single along with the exciting and well-deserved announcement that the punk outfit has signed to SideOneDummy Records.

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Deer Tick announce two new records, playing Union Transfer in December

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Deer Tick | photo via band’s Facebook page

If you were at the Non-COMM Music Meeting last month, you got some insider information that Deer Tick would be releasing new material this fall. News went public last week when the band announced not one but two (!) new albums, both set to drop on September 15th via Partisan Records, and today they’re piling on a Twice Is Nice Tour that stops at Union Transfer on December 1st.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Girlpool at Union Transfer, Dawes at The Fillmore, Zeek Burst at Warmdaddy’s and more…

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Girlpool | photo by Kacie Tomita | courtesy of the artist

Girlpool headline Union Transfer tonight with support from friends Ian Sweet and Lexie. The duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad expanded their minimalist sound to include drums on last month’s Powerplant, a move that emphasizes their always-resonant sharing of vulnerability with even more dynamics. Watch “It Gets More Blue” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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