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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tygaton at Ortlieb’s, Anderson East at World Cafe Live, David Bowie Tribute at The Fire

Tygaton
Tygaton | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia space-rock band Tygaton will be at Ortlieb’s tonight. The band blends classic rock dramatics and new-age instrumentation with hints of krautrock and psychedelia. Also at the show will be Dreambook and Woven In. The show is 21+ and costs $10. More information here. Continue reading →

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Le1f will bring Riot Boi to Union Transfer in April

Le1f | Photo courtesy of the artist
Le1f | Photo courtesy of the artist

New York hip hop artist Le1f has announced a tour in support of last year’s debut Riot Boi with a stop at Union Transfer on April 13th. The much-anticipated LP came after Khalif Diouf released a string of popular mixtapes and EPs, giving a louder voice to his politically- and socially-minded songs that were inspired by artists like M.I.A.

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First Time’s The Charm returns to PhilaMOCA this summer; registration opens February 25th

Littler
Littler | Photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a band, here’s your chance: registration for First Time’s the Charm, a concert that features musicians who have never been in a band before or who are playing a new instrument, opens on February 25th.

The festival was held for the first time in 2013 at PhilaMOCA, and it was a resounding success — a number of bands were formed that are still active in the Philly scene, including Littler, who just released a catchy new single “Slippery.” Continue reading →

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A screening of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis with live organ accompaniment sounds like a delightful way to spend a Saturday

A scene from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis | via YouTube

This is just too cool to overlook: this month, the folks at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will screen the dystopian sci-fi silent film classic Metropolis with a live organ accompaniment.

Directed by Fritz Lang and released in 1927, the film was wildly influential in more ways than you can imagine: in the music world, eclectic pop star Janelle Monáe made thematic reference to it on her first two releases. Madonna’s “Express Yourself” video with its various factory settings were a direct homage to the film. Reverberations of Metropolis‘ groundbreaking design can be felt in the fashion as well as other moments in modern cinema, from Blade Runner to BatmanContinue reading →

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Philly punk favorites Plow United will play Philamoca in May

Plow United | Photo by Isaac Turner | courtesy of the artist
Plow United | Photo by Isaac Turner | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia Rock City, take note: regional punk faves Plow United are coming to PhilaMOCA on Saturday, May 21st.

In its late 90s heyday, the band played numerous shows around Philly and the east coast, putting out two records (Plow United and Goodnight Sellout!) before disbanding in 1998. Back by popular demand, the band (consisting of Brian McGee, Sean Rule, and Joel Tannenbaum) got back together in 2011 to play sporadic gigs and release more music here and there. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bad Bad Hats at Johnny Brenda’s, Hemming at The Fire, Baio at Coda and more…

Bad Bad Hats
Bad Bad Hats | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

World Cafe alums Bad Bad Hats play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The indie rockers showed host David Dye around their hometown of Minneapolis, MN last year for a Sense of Place feature and recorded a session in support of their debut LP Psychic Reader. Check out a video of “Midway” recorded live for World Cafe below, revisit their full feature here and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show with Hey Marseilles here.

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Koji announces show at The Church, releases political “Keeping Count”

Koji | photo by Mitch Wojcik | courtesy of the artist
Koji | photo by Mitch Wojcik | courtesy of the artist

Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Koji has just announced a new tour, including a date at the First Unitarian Church on March 26th.

Koji has also dropped his new politically charged single, “Keeping Count,” just in time for the Democratic Debate tonight. Inspired by other political musicians such as Joe Strummer and Pete Seeger, the calming yet passionate acoustic track features lyrics such as “laughing off my confusion” and “I believe that you and me could be doing so much better”. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jane Siberry at Tin Angel, Pell at The Barbary

Jane Siberry
Jane Siberry | courtesy of the artist

Long-running Canadian singer-songwriter Jane Siberry will debut her new album Ulysses’ Purse for Philadelphia fans tonight with a headlining gig at The Tin Angel. At the same time as she teases that it may be her last proper record – following a career that’s seen her move in step with Suzanne Vega, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Kristin Hersh – she also called it the album “more universal recording, meant for a wider audience” in an interview with The Key’s K. Ross Hoffman. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Revisit “One More Colour” below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Philly legends Hall & Oates to headline the BB&T Pavilion in July

Hall and Oates | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

Nostalgic Philadelphians, rejoice! Philly legends Hall & Oates are coming home — well, technically Camden, but close enough — for a show at the BB&T Pavilion on July 10th. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo can’t seem to get enough of their hometown as of late, having just played the grand opening at the Fillmore in October.

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Good Old War, Gabriel Garzón-Montano and The Morelings will play WXPN’s Red Bull SoundSelect show on 3/17

Good Old War | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com
Good Old War | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

It’s been a minute since we’ve thrown a proper party with the Red Bull Sound Select folks, and we’re super excited to return to their series of gigs this winter with the XPN-curated showcase on Thursday, March 17th, featuring an acoustic set from folk-pop faves Good Old War, the stirring electronic soul of Gabriel Garzón-Montano and blissed-out psychedelia from Philadelphia’s The Morelings.

The show takes place in The Foundry at The Fillmore Philly and is $3 when you RSVP here, so do that right now, and read more about the artists below. Continue reading →