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55 photos from TWOB Fest

Grower ft. Ruben Polo, founder of TWOB Fest | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Grower ft. Ruben Polo, organizer of TWOB Fest | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Last weekend, TWOB Fest celebrated Philly’s thriving basement show scene with three days of concerts at West Philly house venues Moonbase Nix, The Sack Hole and Michael Jordan, and Fishtown punk club The Barbary. Among the artists on the bill were local favorites like By Surprise and Marietta, touring artists like Laura Stevenson, The Sidekicks and Hotelier, hundreds of fans and a ton of energy. Continue reading →

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Five must-see artists at Made In America

Photo via facebook.com/actuallygrimes
Photo via facebook.com/actuallygrimes

As the Made In America fast approaches this weekend, one might feel a bit overwhelmed with the enormous amount of musical options to check out. Don’t feel stressed – we’re here to help! Here are our pics for five must-see performances this weekend, whether you’re catching the festival in person or streaming it on the MIA website. These artists are sure to keep the crowd buzzing well after their set ends. Continue reading →

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Couldn’t get tickets for Spoon’s sold-out Labor Day Free at Noon? Watch XPN’s video webcast of the show.

SPOON FREE AT NOON

In honor of Labor Day next Monday, WXPN added a bonus Free At Noon with Spoon to celebrate! Yay! However, the event sold out within an hour of us announcing it on Friday. (Boooo!) But just because the RVSPs are closed doesn’t mean it’s impossible to for you to kick back on your day off and watch Britt Daniel and his band rock out. Continue reading →

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Jersey’s Johnny Miles returns to rock on the new Everything is Contageous

The inner sleeve of Johnny Miles'
The inner sleeve of Johnny Miles’ Everything is Contageous

After a subdued turn on the 2012 album Lost Treasure Found, singer-songwriter Johnny Miles returns to the amplified, rock-out sound that first caught our ear on his latest record, Everything is Contageous. The album – available now as streaming audio on Miles’ website – was recorded in a living room on a laptop with Philly production luminary Ross Bellenoit. Continue reading →

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Wave Radio, RFA take top honors at Beta Hi-Fi Philly

Wave Radio performing at Wave Radio, RFA take top prizes at Beta Hi-Fi Philly
Wave Radio | Photo by John Vettese

For the ninth year running, World Cafe Live in Philly hosted its annual Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival last week, with top honors going to cinematic indie trio Wave Radio and garage rock four-piece RFA in last night’s finals.

As I do every year, last night I sat on the judges’ panel of the final round, alongside Jennifer Logue of Rock On Philly and Christianna LaBuz of World Cafe Live at The Queen. It’s always a great way to take in a cross section of up-and-coming musicians from our region. Last night we got quite the range, from haunting Australia-born singer-songwriter Elspeth Tremblay, the funky and charismatic Nalani & Sarina, the country-infused Allie Carroll and the poppy Valerie Broussard. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Thumpers at Johnny Brenda’s

Thumpers | photo via facebook.com/thumpersthumpers
Thumpers | photo via facebook.com/thumpersthumpers

Thumpers is an indie pop duo from London, England, whose high-energy performances are sure to get you dancing. The band is currently on the road in America promoting their debut album, Galore, which has garnered pleasing reviews from outlets such as AllMusic and Under the Radar. Tickets for the 21+ show are available here. Continue reading →

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Keeping rock n’ roll alive with The Strypes at Union Transfer

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The Strypes | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Since their inception, people have told me time and time again that rock ’n roll is in no way dead, and The Strypes were the principal thing keeping it alive.

Saying I was skeptical doesn’t cut it; I was in no way convinced that an Irish four piece consisting of guys the exact same age as me could save rock n’ roll in the way people told me they were. This past Wednesday, I got to see for myself, and I can safely report that rock is in no way dead, and The Strypes are why. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: El Caribefunk at The Clubhouse, Major Van Winkle at North Star Bar and Beta Hi Fi Finals at World Cafe Live

El Caribefunk | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
El Caribefunk | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Tonight’s concert picks start off with the energetic funkers El Caribefunk, who headlines The Clubhouse in South Philly. The eclectic Colombian band – which blends funk, samba, reggae and more – has been in residence at The Clubhouse all summer, and played tremendous sets at Love Park, Musikfest and most recently Philadelphia Folk Festival. Ticket information for the show can be found here, but first check out this awesome music video from the band. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robbie Basho tribute ft. Daniel Bachman, Arborea at Johnny Brenda’s, Can You Canoe at World Cafe Live at the Queen, and Up the Chain at Tin Angel

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Arborea | photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Johnny Brenda’s will help raise money for the documentary-in-progress, Voice Of The Eagle: The Enigma Of Robbie Basho, a study of the late and influential steel guitar player and composer. Performers will include Daniel Bachman, a fingerpicking folk guitar player who is a master of the six strings, along with Arborea, a husband and wife duo from Maine, Check out Daniel Bachman’s amazing NPR Tiny Desk performance below. Tickets for the show can be purchased here. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Selwyn Birchwood electrifies his last Philly stop

Selwyn Birchwood at WXPN's Free at Noon Concert. 8/22/14 | Photo credit: Rich McKie
Selwyn Birchwood at WXPN’s Free at Noon Concert. 8/22/14 | Photo credit: Rich McKie

Florida blues man Selwyn Birchwood and his crew are in the midst of the tour for their album Don’t Call No Ambulance, released in June on Alligator Records. Birchwood and the band held nothing back in their Free At Noon show this afternoon; after playing the Sellersville Theater last night, the musicians’ fresh energy during this performance brought to life the deep blues sound that saturates the album. Continue reading →