Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hiss Golden Messenger at World Cafe Live, Kweku Collins at Johnny Brenda’s, Wolf Alice at The Trocadero, and more

Hiss Golden Messenger | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

The ever-changing personnel and spectrum of recordings from Hiss Golden Messenger is anchored by the uber-talented compositional abilities of band leader M.C. Taylor. The Durham, North Carolina resident, whose instantly recognizable voice straddles Bob Dylan and Jim James, maintained his high level of songwriting and acoustic indie rock on Hiss Golden Messenger’s 2017 project Hallelujah Anyhow. Taylor writes of religious questioning, homesickness, and unexpected love on the new album with a bluesy conviction driving the project along. World Cafe Live hosts Taylor and Hiss Golden Messenger tonight, and the set is sure to impress. Pick up tickets quick from the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vagabon at the First Unitarian Church, Steady Hands at Johnny Brenda’s, and Steep Canyon Rangers at Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Vagabon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

2017 has been nothing short of a breakout year for Laetitia Tamko, the New York multi-instrumentalist better known as Vagabon. Their second full-length project, Infinite Worlds, was released in February and met with significant acclaim. Vagabon’s unique tenor voice is mellifluous and versitle; on Infinite Worlds, Tamko shows her indie punk chops as well as a knack for stirringly beautiful acoustic rock. From album to album, it seems like Tamko has gained even more confidence in her playing, production and lyrical content, which leads to more complete work and a dynamic genre-bending style. Vagabon plays the First Unitarian Church tonight alongside New York indie rock outfit Cende and the brainy punk group Radiator Hospital. Consult the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets to go see this stacked lineup. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jay-Z at Wells Fargo Center, Liz de Lise at Ortlieb’s, Deer Tick at Union Transfer, and more

Jay-Z | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

H.O.V. takes the Wells Fargo Center stage for his next installment of his 4:44 world tour. The Brooklyn rap icon’s 13th LP is a monumental work, showing how Jay-Z is continually willing to challenge himself artistically and go outside of his comfort zone. The initial stops of the tour have been met with rave reviews, so consult the XPN Concert Calendar for more info and tickets. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Passion Pit brings their new record to The Fillmore in January

Passion Pit | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Truly talented electro-pop groups come few and far between these days, but Passion Pit provides some hope for the genre with their gorgeous vocals and contagious sound. The band, headed up by singer and songwriter Michael Angelakos, released their fourth full length project Tremendous Sea Of Love, earlier this year and today announced a tour to go with it. Continue reading →


Palm delivers an inverted take on rock with their new single “Dog Milk”

Palm | photo by Dylan Pearce | courtesy of the artist

While everyone else uses drums and bass as the standard rhythm section, Palm opts to flip the script, using vocals and guitar as the primary time-keeping instruments. The Philly based group is in a league of their own in the genre of experimental rock because they do it pretty darn well. Following up on “Pearly,” the first single for their upcoming album Rock Island (out February 9th via Carpark Records), Palm just dropped their second single “Dog Milk” on SoundCloud. Continue reading →


Just Announced: California crooner Miguel brings his new record to The Fillmore in March

Miguel | Photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

After dropping Wildheart in 2016, which led to a slew of Grammy nominations and much critical acclaim, Miguel is gearing up to release his next project War & Leisure on December 1st. In the last month, the Los Angeles native has put out two killer singles in “Pineapple Skies” and “Come Through And Chill” to build some anticipation for the upcoming album after an almost two year hiatus from commercial releases. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Benjamin Clementine will play the TLA in January

In epic fashion, UK award winning composer, vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Benjamin Clementine returns to the music world with I Tell A Fly. It is rare that we see an album that covers so many eras of music as I Tell A Fly does; Clementine shows off his knowledge of baroque harpsichord sonatas, chant-based compositions, and orchestral techniques all the while staying in the present and incorporating modern rock drumming and standard pop chords in major keys. I Tell A Fly is a musical history lesson in essence as well as a compelling statement on cultural displacement and the importance of individuality.

Starting in late January, Clementine takes his music to the masses, kicking off his North American Tour for I Tell A Fly. The tour comes to Philly on January 29th at the Theatre of Living Arts. Continue reading →


Lil Uzi Vert continues his rock star reign with a revamped edition of Luv Is Rage 2 and a Liacouras Center show

Lil Uzi Vert | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Lil Uzi Vert | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

2017 has been a record-breaking year for North Philly rap star Lil Uzi Vert. Before releasing the full length Luv Is Rage 2, Uzi’s “XO TOUR Llif3” went quadruple-platinum, breaking multiple records for streaming numbers and hard-copy sales. Luv Is Rage 2 also recently went gold after debuting at #1 on the Billboard 100. Uzi is now a certified rock star and lives his life to fit the part. And just when we thought he was taking a break from releasing new music, he gifted us four new songs on the deluxe version of Luv Is Rage 2: “Skirr Skir”, “Loaded”, “Diamonds All On My Wrist,” and “20 Min.” Continue reading →


MH the Verb and Buscrates blast off with a new interstellar project Afronaut

MH the Verb | via

Thought-provoking rapper MH the Verb — who splits his time between Philly and the West Coast these days — has returned with an intriguing 11 track multi-media project entitled Afronaut. The album, which he first teased with a music video this summer, follows a fictional black sci-fi hero who travels from the future to warn the world about all the problems we are headings towards. Afronaut is a calculated and conceptually challenging album because it delves into many different realms of society: racism, domestic violence, politics, and more. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Downtown Boys at Underground Arts, Grandchildren youth music benefit at Boot & Saddle, Bishop Briggs at The Fillmore, and more

downtown boys
Downtown Boys | photo courtesy of the band


Led by feminist activist and vocalist Emma Goldman, Downtown Boys is a hard-hitting punk-rock group hailing from Providence, Rhode Island. The group controls the stage tonight at Underground Arts for the next stop on tour in support of its 2017 record Cost of Living, released this summer on Sub Pop. Listen to it below and check out the show by picking up tickets here. Continue reading →