Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez digs deeper at Boot and Saddle

Matthew Logan Vasquez | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN |
Matthew Logan Vasquez | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN |

On Tuesday night, Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez made a stop at Philadelphia’s Boot and Saddle, performing material from his new album Solicitor Returns. The new collection dives into a harder rock and roll aesthetic and is crafted with manic instrumentals. The album is also comprised of a few ballads that have a strong way of hypnotizing you, “Bound To Her,” being one of them.

Vasquez’s new music really seems to dig a little deeper, and that showed watching his solo performance at the Boot. The singer songwriter played his wailing hit “Maria,” telling the crowd it was a story about the devil. Later in the set we heard an energetic singalong of “Halfcoalt.” Vasquez even brought us back to his Middle Brother days performing the super group’s hit “Blue Eyes.” The night closed with a bunch of shirtless men moshing to the the tortured “Everything I Do Is Out,” Vasquez proving that he continues to be a prolific songwriter with his gritty rock anthems. Continue reading →


Beyonce adds a second date at The Linc, which is awesome since I can’t stop listening to Lemonade

Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Since the visual album dropped two weeks ago, and the album-album followed in short order, pop icon Beyonce‘s latest opus Lemonade has quickly ascended to the top of my regular music listening.

Its twelve tracks cover a remarkable amount of territory, from gospel to country to badass rock and roll to experimental electronic, and fitting them into my day somewhere has become something of a ritual. And it’s looking like the binge won’t stop any time soon – Bey just added a second Philly date to her Formation World Tour. She’ll be at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, September 29th, according to Brooklyn Vegan. Tickets are on sale Friday, May 13th at 10 a.m. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Basecamp at MilkBoy, Elison Jackson at Ortlieb’s, Mastodon at the Electric Factory and more…

Basecamp | Photo by Dylan Reyes | courtesy of the artist

Basecamp headline this month’s Communion Residency at MilkBoy. The Nashville electronic trio released their sophomore EP Greater Than last year, leading with the smoothly chopped single “Watch My Back.” Listen to that track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ showcase here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kate Faust at Tellus 360, Simo at Sellersville Theater

Kate Faust
Kate Faust | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN |

After wowing us once again at Key Fest a couple of weeks ago, Kate Faust takes her talent to Tellus 360 in Lancaster tonight. The versatile musician has been mining the depths of soulful electro-pop lately, a perfect example of which is her recent cover of Radiohead’s “All I Need” in collaboration with Aphra” Check it out below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here.

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Santigold throws the ultimate homecoming party at the TLA

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Santigold | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN |

Santigold’s Sunday night performance was the ultimate homecoming for the 39-year-old singer and songwriter.

“I have been to so many shows here,” the Mount Airy native told the sold-out crowd at the TLA. “It looked so much bigger in here then, maybe because I was smaller.”

The show opened with a 20 minute set from Brooklyn rapper DonMonique. Between performing songs like “Chrome Heater” and “Pilates,” the rapper made sure to represent the borough of BK, by rapping along to classic tunes from Notorious B.I.G. and Lil Kim.

Santigold took to the stage around 9:30, beginning her set with old favorites “You’ll Find a Way” and “L.E.S. Artistes” from her self-titled 2008 album. The crowd, who ranged from fresh-faced tweens to middle-aged men, sang along to every word; at one point during her set, Santigold remarked on how many people in the audience were long standing fans. Continue reading →


Stop The Presses: Hop Along and Waxahatchee to headline Connor Barwin’s 3rd annual Make The World Better Benefit at Union Transfer

Hop Along | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Hop Along | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to “enriching the lives of Philadelphia’s youth by providing safe and fun places for artistic and athletic development,” just announced the line-up for their 3rd annual fundraiser…and it’s a fantastic Philly double-hitter of Waxahatchee and Hop Along. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joseph at Tin Angel, Killiam Shakespeare at Johnny Brenda’s, Matthew Logan Vazquez at Boot & Saddle

Joseph | photo courtesy of the artist

Oregon sister trio Joseph play the Tin Angel tonight. Family heritage runs deep in the band’s indentity; they borrow the name Joseph from their Grandfather, as well as from a town in their native state where they spent time camping as kids. The group’s debut album will be out this year on ATO; get a taste of their jaw-dropping harmonies in the video for “Honest” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Garbage will headline The Fillmore in July

Garbage | photo courtesy of the artist

In the past six months, modern rock icons Garbage celebrated the 20th anniversary of their iconic self-titled debut album and wrapped up recording of their sixth LP, Strange Little Birds. Today, the band announced a string of summer tour dates, including a stop at The Fillmore in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 30th. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: M. Ward at Union Transfer & John Hiatt at Sellersville Theater

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M. Ward | photo courtesy of the artist

Prolific songwriter and She & Him guitarist M. Ward released his new solo album, the classically catchy More Rain, earlier this month, and tonight he will be performing at Union Transfer. Opening the show will be NAF (Nice As Fuck), the supergroup featuring Jenny Lewis, Erika Spring, and Tennessee Thomas. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Santigold at the TLA, Japanese Breakfast at World Cafe Live, The City and I at Boot & Saddle

Santigold for WXPN| Photo by John Vettese

Santigold brings her latest LP 99¢ to the TLA tonight. The Philly native gave an outstanding performance at last year’s Made In America Festival, complete with live band and dancers. It’s safe to say that tonight’s show will be equally mesmerizing, no matter what Santi has planned. Check out “Chasing Shadows” below and pick up tickets here.

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