Over the last two months, excitement for The National’s new album, Sleep Well Beast, has been building as they’ve released three singles and performed a handful of new songs in Paris during a live-streamed Pitchfork concert. Now, WXPN’s World Cafe and NPR Music have just announced a LIVE First Listen performance, happening three days before the album drops, from right here in Philly on September 5th!Continue reading →
WXPN’s Throwback Thursday series, #TBTXPN, is back this week with a full day of tunes from four guys named John, Paul, George and Ringo. That’s right – a full day of The Beatles! But not songs that were written by Beatles, for The Beatles. Instead, XPN will drop the needle on the A sides and the B sides from each one of the Fab Four’s solo records! Who knows, maybe you’ll be amazed at the instant karma you receive after taking a photograph of all things that must pass you while listening! Continue reading →
If it’s good enough for Bob Dylan, it’s sure as heck good enough for us. In an interview on his own website, the legendary singer/songwriter listed Imelda May‘s new record in the same breath as Iggy Pop, Valerie June and The Stereophonics – and boy do we understand why.
The Dublin-born singer took us on a musical and emotional roller coaster ride at today’s WXPN Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe Live. Though her complete 7 piece band preceded her stage entrance, May started off her set with “Call Me” – a peaceful song, with only a lightly strummed guitar complimenting her quiet voice. Sitting on a stool under a single spotlight, you could hear a pin drop in the room — perhaps leading many to expect a laid-back show on this rainy Friday afternoon — but Imelda soon showed she had much more up her sleeve.Continue reading →
A sad day for Southern rock and roll. Yesterday the news broke that one of the genre’s most influential artists, Gregg Allman, has passed away. NPR reported, “Allman’s manager, Michael Lehman, told NPR News Allman had suffered a recurrence of liver cancer five years ago, and died from complications of the disease.”
Allman passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at his home near Savannah, Georgia. An official statement on the southern rocker’s website included:
“Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.
“Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, ‘I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.’
The Folk Fest Gods can only keep the rain away for so long, but that didn’t stop Sunday’s performers and fans from having an incredible day at Fest. Here’s some highlights from the day.
Driftwood Soldier (photo above) played a set on the campground’s Front Porch Stage during a slight downpour; the crowd watched huddled under two tarps. Set rocked.
Two long-running gospel groups, The McCrary Sisters and The Fairfield Four teamed up as the gospel supergroup, Rock My Soul. High energy set, had a lot of people (including Folk Show host Ian Zolitor) on their feet and dancing. Continue reading →
Day two at the 55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Fest went off without a hitch. From local band Deer Scout performing on the Camp Stage to Anderson East joining The Lone Bellow on the Martin Guitar Main Stage – incredible performances were happening all day long across the 80 acre, Old Pool Farm. Continue reading →
All the way from West Africa, Bombino is back at SXSW after this incredible guitarist found a worldwide audience after the release of his Dan Auerbach-produced record Nomad. This desert-blues rocker now has a follow-up, Azel, coming April 1. Watch Bombino perform “Akhar Zaman (This Moment)” and “Emé” at SXSW’s Radio Day Stage in these clips taken from the live video webcast on VuHaus.
Flying in all the way from Bath, England, the retro soul and psychedelic funk band, The Heavy was third to hit the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW in Austin, TX today. You might just want to check out The band’s new album, Hurt & The Merciless, out April 1 after watching the energy in these live performances! Cut from the live video webcast on VuHaus, watch The Heavy perform “What Happened To The Love” and “The Apology”.
For the first time in over two decades, the Philadelphia Music Alliance hosted a evening gala to celebrate its newest inductees at the new Fillmore last night. Earlier in the day a ceremony was held to unveil their plaques, Hollywood Walk of Fame-style, in the Broad Street sidewalk along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts on Broad Street. The gala, however, was a chance for some of the biggest names in Philly music history to fix up and look sharp to personally honor the new inductees. Continue reading →
Jonatha Brooke stopped by the Women’s Music Hour with WXPN’s Michaela Majoun on Friday to discuss and play a couple of songs from her one-woman show, My Mother Has 4 Noses, which runs at People’s Light and Theater in Malvern from June 17-28. Continue reading →