Just Announced: Courtney Marie Andrews will join Shakey Graves and The Wild Reeds at The Fillmore next month

Courtney Marie Andrews | photo by Laura E. Partain

Those who were captivated by Courtney Marie Andrews‘ XPN Fest performance need not wait long to see the artist back in town. Andrews has been touring non-stop lately in support of her recent record May Your Kindness Remain, and her lengthy fall tour now includes a stop at The Fillmore opening for Shakey Graves, part of a stacked triple-bill that will give attendees a glimpse of three distinctly different approaches to the contemporary folk/Americana genre. Continue reading →


Catch Kuf Knotz’s new collaborative project with Christine Elise at Johnny Brenda’s later this month

Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise | photo via

Philly native Kuf Knotz has a new project in the works. Paired with classically trained harpist Christine Elise and backed by the Trap Rabbit band, it may seem like an unlikely combination, but their music — right now all we have are some live concert videos, but there’s an album on the way — proves that the joined musical forces are onto something good. Currently on tour, they’ll play Johnny Brenda’s for the first time on August 28, opening for Liniker e os Caramelows. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Tank and the Bangas will be joined by Big Freedia on tour this fall, with a stop at the TLA in October

Tank and the Bangas | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN |

Although we may still be recovering from the unforgettable “vortex of crazy” that was Tank and the Bangas‘ XPN Fest performance, it’s never too soon to welcome them back for another show. Now that we’ve had over a week to catch our breath post-festival, the news of Tank and the Bangas’ return to Philly feels perfectly timed, and their upcoming fall tour couldn’t have a better lineup. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Lemuria will play PhilaMOCA on Halloween

Lemuria | photo via

Tis the season for the announcement of Halloween shows in Philly, and long-running indie pop trio Lemuria is the latest band to join in on the fun. They’ll play PhilaMOCA on the spooky holiday itself, Wednesday, October 31, though there’s no word yet on whether any special shenanigans are planned. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: Erika Wennerstrom re-introduces herself with songs from Sweet Unknown

Erika Wennerstrom | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Each of Erika Wennerstrom‘s long and winding songs has a story behind it, and at today’s Free at Noon performance the musician seemed eager to share them all. Though she may be best known as the frontwoman of Heartless Bastards, Wennerstrom is currently on tour supporting her recently-released first solo album Sweet Unknown, and stopped by World Cafe Live this afternoon to showcase the new tunes. Continue reading →


Soul Songs will explore eastern European klezmer music at the Annenberg Center

Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals | via

A goal of the long-running Philadelphia Folklore Project is to keep the many diverse cultural traditions in our community alive, but through a contemporary lens — and what better way to do that than through music? That’s the idea behind the project’s one-night-only concert at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts this fall, which will explore the centuries-old tradition of Eastern European Jewish folk music, or klezmer. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Thin Lips and Shannen Moser are teaming up for a dual record release show

Thin Lips | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist // Shannen Moser | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Fixtures of the Philly scene Thin Lips and Shannen Moser have a few things in common — not only are they Lame-O Records labelmates, but they both have new records either just-released or forthcoming.

To celebrate the new tunes, the two bands have joined forces for a double record release show at the First Unitarian Church on September 22, with fellow Philadelphians So Totally and Cheer Up lined up as support. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Angel Olsen will bring her solo tour to the First Unitarian Sanctuary next month

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Good news for anyone who was bummed that Angel Olsen‘s upcoming solo tour wasn’t coming to Philly: now the tour is coming to Philly. The newly announced September 27 First Unitarian Church show comes as a tour reroute following the cancellation of Olsen’s Harrisburg show, which would’ve been the same date.

Olsen will play the sanctuary of the Church — and if you want to get an idea of what Angel Olsen singing solo in a church sounds like, theres actually video of that (thanks NPR). Watch below and take note of how the singer’s incredible voice carries through the airy, echoey space. Continue reading →


Just Announced: David Byrne brings American Utopia back for a Mann Center encore

David Byrne | photo by Natalie Piserchio |

You just saw him at #XPNFest, but who can really get enough of David Byrne? If you’re still awestruck by his Friday night headlining set, then this is the news for you — Byrne will bring his American Utopia tour back our way sooner than expected, this time with a show at The Mann Center on September 20. Continue reading →