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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alison Krauss and David Gray at the Mann Center, Will Hoge at World Cafe Live

Alison Krauss | Photo by Jennifer Brady | harveystreetstudios.com

Alison Krauss and David Gray have teamed up for a co-headlining tour, making a stop tonight at the Mann. Usually seen with her band Union Station, Grammy-winning Krauss recently released a solo album, Windy City, which features a carefully curated collection of classic songs. Free at Noon alum David Gray has 10 studio albums to his name, with an eleventh reportedly on the way next year. Both are incredibly accomplished artists on their own, but this tour brings them together for an especially talent-packed show, the likes of which only come around every so often. Listen to “Gentle On My Mind” from Krauss’s new album below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Julia Rainer’s new LP Spirits

Julia Rainer | photo via juliarainermusic.bandcamp.com

South Philadelphia’s  Julia Rainer has graced us with some hauntingly serene songwriting over the last few years. The singer and guitarist first appeared on the scene with 2011’s EP Noise & Smoke, followed by Now, I’ll Be Free in 2015. Her simple yet sweeping folk-influenced songs have found an interesting home among the widely diverse Philly music scene, a niche but resonant kind of music that has often proven to be just what we needed. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Middle Kids at Johnny Brenda’s, Queue at World Cafe Live, John Popper at the Sellersville Theater

Middle Kids | photo via middlekids.bandcamp.com

Sydney, Australia’s Middle Kids are in the midst of a lengthy tour over here in the States, and tonight they bring their eclectic folk-tinged indie rock to Johnny Brenda’s. The band first made a splash last year with the release of their first two singles, and now they have a self-titled debut EP. If you still need to be convinced of how good the band is, just know that Elton John is a fanBel Heir opens tonight’s show; find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch Middle Kids’ World Cafe session from last year’s Sense Of Place: Sydney. Continue reading →

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Listen to an early stream of Josh Ritter’s Gathering, catch him at Free at Noon this Friday

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

A highly anticipated album suddenly popping up on NPR Music’s First Listen feature is always the most welcome surprise — even more so when it’s the joyful sounds of Josh Ritter. If you’ve been waiting patiently for Ritter’s upcoming ninth studio album Gathering, the wait is over a little bit earlier than we thought. Yes, the album will still be officially released Friday, Sept. 22 via Pytheas Recordings, but until then, you can enjoy a free stream of the Gathering in its entirety over at NPR. Continue reading →

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Watch Ibeyi’s video for “Me Voy” ahead of their November Union Transfer show

Ibeyi | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

French-Cuban duo Ibeyi — made up of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz — can often be found crafting intricate songs full of harmony and rhythm. Sometimes haunting, sometimes dance-worthy, always energetic and full of depth, Ibeyi’s songs have carved out their own unique place in music over the last few years, and their unforgettable artistic style has left us waiting for more. It’s been a few years since Ibeyi brought the sounds of their self-tited debut album to Philadelphia for a captivating show at World Cafe Live, but now the duo returns to town to headline Union Transfer on Nov. 4 with support from theMIND. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s

Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist
Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist

Local singer-songwriter Jesse Hale Moore returns to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of his recent debut LP Green End. The R&B-influenced musician is known for his captivating solo sets, and the chill vibes of JB’s should provide the perfect setting to take in the magic. Dark Rooms and Strange Parts open the show. Watch “Leave You Lonely,” from Moore’s recent World Cafe session, below. Find more information on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease’s mellow new track “Digital Light”

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | photo courtesy of the artist

Native Philadelphian Joey Sweeney has been writing songs and playing music since the 80s. Though he has gone through many iterations (including The Barnabys, The Trouble With Sweeney, and Arctic Splash, as well as solo work), his brand-new project Joey Sweeney & the Neon Grease is already making quite the impact. Neon Grease first appeared on our radar earlier this summer with debut single “Baptized In Vibe,” a song about Sweeney’s upbringing in 1970s Fishtown, followed last month by retro jam “Black Ice.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center, Willie Nelson at BB&T Pavilion, Annachristie Sapphire at Bourbon and Branch

Arcade Fire | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Following the release of Arcade Fire‘s highly anticipated new album Everything Now, the widely-loved indie-rockers-turned-mega-superstars return to play the Wells Fargo Center. Arcade Fire last played the Wells Fargo a little over three years ago — it was their first arena show in Philly and the band’s ambition has only grown since. Read The Key’s review of that show here, arrive early to see XPN Fest alums Preservation Hall Jazz Band open tonight’s show, and get ready for what’s sure to be a memorable experience. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big Thief at Electric Factory, Sheila E. in Cedar Park, Superfive at World Cafe Live, plus more

Big Thief | Photo: Shervin Lainez
Big Thief | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

It’s been a minute since Big Thief have been to Philly. The Brooklyn folk-rockers-who-can-totally-shred have since followed up their 2016 debut album Masterpiece with the comparatively downbeat and emotional Capacity, and now they’re bringing all your favorite tunes to the Electric Factory as part of the Project Pabst festival. Though it’s definitely worth heading over to the festival just to see Big Thief, other standout performers on the lineup include Speedy Ortiz, Thin Lips, and The Menzingers. More information can be found on Project Pabst’s website. Watch Big Thief perform “Paul” for The Key below. Continue reading →

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Celebrate a spooktacular Halloween with Hurry and friends

Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Last year, our friends in Hurry brought us their inaugural Halloween Spectacular — a spooky scary costume-filled show stacked with an amazing Philly lineup — and lucky for us, they’re making it an annual thing. Hurry’s 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular will bring some ghoulishly good Halloween magic to Everybody Hits on Oct. 28, and whether you’re a fan of the holiday or not, it’s sure to be a show you won’t want to miss. Continue reading →