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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John Doe at Sellersville Theater, No Sailor at Ortlieb’s and more

John Doe
John Doe | Photo by Jim Harrington | courtesy of the artist

John Nommensen Duchac, better known as John Doe of LA punk legends X, makes his way out east to Sellersville Theater for a performance to celebrate his new record The Westerner. Doe’s expansive career has landed him in all genres of music, as his latest effort describes itself as “psychedelic soul music from the Arizona desert.” The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Noura Mint Seymali brings Mauritanian funk to Crossroads Music this weekend

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Noura Mint Seymali | photo via artist’s website

This Sunday, February 26th, Crossroads Music will welcome Noura Mint Seymali to their West Philly headquarters. The Mauritanian musician is returning to the city in support of her latest album Arbina, a record that bridges the vibrant traditional sounds of her West African and griot heritage and contemporary psych/funk music.

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Just Announced: Juliana Hatfield will bring new Pussycat LP Boot and Saddle in April

Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Veteran singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield will return to the Boot and Saddle stage this April, bringing with her a new LP called Pussycat — her first solo album since 2013’s Wild Animals.

In the time since, she reunited her old band The Juliana Hatfield 3 — which played B&S in March of 2015 — and collaborated with Paul Westerberg on a project called The I Don’t Cares. According to a statementPussycat was inspired by the presidential election. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” Continue reading →

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Norman David and the Eleventet will celebrate 100 shows, two new records at Plays & Players

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Norman David and the Eleventet | photo via Facebook

Near the beginning of a performance by his Eleventet earlier this month at the band’s longtime home base upstairs at Plays and Players, Norman David made a (mostly) solemn pledge. “Whether there’s two or 2,000 of you,” he proclaimed, “we’ll blow your faces off.”

At the moment that David made that vow, the audience was closer in number (maybe even spot on) to the lower limit of that estimate, but David was as good as his word while his band outnumbered the crowd five-to-one and as the room filled in over the course of the evening’s two sets. The Eleventet has faced varying situations over its seven-year tenure at Plays and Players, but David insists that the run has provided an invaluable opportunity to hear his music realized on a regular basis by some of the city’s most talented players.

“The ups and downs are worth it,” he says, “and most often it’s ups.”

Expect the room to be packed on Monday, February 27th, which will be a celebration for David and The Eleventet for several reasons. It will be the 100th performance for the band in its third-floor headquarters, and will mark the release of two new CDs – the studio recording Please Call and the live album Crazy in Philly! – only the second and third releases in the ensembles 35-plus year history.

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Thin Lips, Pinkwash, Trophy Wife and more playing benefit festivals in April

Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Local bands are teaming up for a run of benefit festivals this spring, supporting organizations that are crucial to queer and POC communities. Electrifest: Radical Queer Empowered Healthcare and Wellness expands the fest model to include symposium-style discussions on April 8th and 9th at The Rotunda, while the 4th annual Get Better Fest supports the Trans Assistance Project, Youth Emergency Services, and Women Against Abuse on April 28th at Glittery Gallery, April 29th at the First Unitarian Church, and April 30th at PhilaMOCA.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Moor Mother at Underground Arts, Adam Ant at Keswick Theater, Rusted Root at Sellersville

 

Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly’s Moor Mother constantly challenges her listeners through her vivid lyrical content and genre-bending sound. The same goes for Moor Mother’s newly released track, “This Week (feat. Geng.)” The six minute long experience is an unnerving and ominous artistic portrayal of police brutality towards the black community. Listen below and then catch her hypnotizing performance at Underground Arts tonight. More info on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along will headline night one of XPoNential Music Festival 2017

Wilco| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

The 2017 edition of WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival takes place July 28th through July 30th at Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavillion in Camden, and we are thrilled to bring you the first wave of artist announcements today.

Kicking off the weekend at BB&T on Friday, July 28th will be a set from Wilco, who previously played XPoNential in 2013 and 2012. In the time since, they’ve released two albums — 2015’s left-of-center rock set Star Wars and 2016’s contemplative collection Schmilco — and performed a dazzling set in Philly last summer.

Also headlining on Friday are Conor Oberst, the acclaimed singer-songwriter behind Bright Eyes who releases his new Salutations LP on March 17th via Nonesuch Records, and Hop Along, the killer Philadelphia rock and roll four-piece who wowed us in 2015 with Painted Shut and who we generally love around these parts. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Mirah to headline ACLU Benefit Concert at Bethlehem Library

As much as I love libraries, I can admit that they’re usually not the most hip and happening places around. The Bethlehem Area Public Library and Tape Swap Radio are working to change that and this Friday, February 24th, indie folk pop phenom Mirah will headline an ACLU benefit concert amongst rows of literature in the newly renovated first floor of the Bethlehem Library. Continue reading →

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The 10th annual Roots Picnic features Pharrell, Solange, Noname, Michael Kiwanuka and more

Pharrell Williams | Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images

The annual Roots Picnic has been setting up shop along Penn’s Landing for a solid ten years now, and to celebrate the decade mile-marker, the lineup just announced by Black Thought, Questlove and company is indeed a massive throwdown, set to touch down at The Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 3rd.

For starters, the coveted headlining slot — a classic artist performing a set with The Roots as their backing band — goes to suave hitmaker Pharrell. Dude has no shortage of jams to incorporate, from his production days in The Neptunes and bandleading days in N.E.R.D., to chart-toping collabs with Daft Punk (“Get Lucky”) and solo jams that’ll have the entire family clapping along (“Happy”).

Also towards the top of the bill is Solange, making her second Roots Picnic appearance; she first played in 2013, with the fantastic True EP recently under her belt, and this year she has the massively acclaimed A Seat At The Table — our number two album of 2016Lil Wayne also tops the bill, and will no doubt throw down in a massive way. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tove Lo at Electric Factory, Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, Kool A.D. at Chameleon Club and more

Tove Lo | via windishagency.com

Pop princess Tove Lo is taking over the Electric Factory for an electric performance (heh, get it?) with Phoebe Ryan. She basically owned the Top 40 charts in 2016 with her collabs with Flum, Nick Jonas, and Coldplay, while even charting with her own sexually-charged single “Talking Body”. The Queen of the Clouds’ gig will be all ages, and more information/tickets can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →