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Halloween Weekend: a spooky poster guide for cover sets, tribute shows and more

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Bands and venues all over the city are dusting off the cobwebs and getting into the Halloween spirit for cover sets, tribute sets and all-out, mischief-inducing fun.  Below (and above) you’ll find a round-up of flyers for some of the weekend’s best holiday offerings, which include appearances by “The Rolling Stones,” “The Cure” and “Hall & Oates.”  Click the posters for more information on each show and for a full line-up of weekend concerts visit the XPN Concert Calendar here.

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The Stray Birds celebrate Best Medicine with intimate show at World Cafe Live

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The Stray Birds | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last Thursday, music fans flocked to World Cafe Live to witness the record release show of a very special feather — The Stray Birds. The trio out of Lancaster cracked open their just-released Best Medicine and strutted their Americana for a highly appreciative audience.

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The Fleeting Ends announce Milkboy residency and new single “Can’t Say No”

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The Fleeting Ends | photo by Emily Morgan | www.emilymorganphotography.com

Upper Darby-based trio The Fleeting Ends have announced that they will be unveiling new music to the crowds as they take over Milkboy Philly every Wednesday in November. The rockers created a buzz after the release of their full-length album Our Eyes Are Peeled back in March 2013, which led to fan-favorite set at the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival.

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Allman Brothers Band plays final show at Beacon Theater, New film-doc shows how music helps dementia patients, & Watch Ingrid Michaelson’s video for “Afterlife”

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Karsten Moran for The New York Times

The Allman Brothers Band concert, this past Tuesday night at the Beacon Theater in New York City, was most likely the last in the band’s remarkable 45 year history. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Damned at The TLA, Will Sparks at District N9ne, Philly Tapes Philly at Ortlieb’s

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The Damned | photo via www.officialdamned.com/gallery

English rockers The Damned bring their Hallow-East tour to The TLA tonight.  Formed in 1976, the influential punk rock stalwarts are credited with leading the punk crusade by releasing the genre’s first single and LP.  In 2008 The Damned released their most recent effort So, Who’s Paranoid?, a record that plays more towards the band’s 1980s gothic heyday than its 70s punk roots.  Listen to The Damned’s first single, “New Rose,” below and pick up tickets here.

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Mural Arts Program to unveil new ASpire mural on Saturday

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ASpire mural at 21st and Ellsworth Streets | photo via www.muralarts.org

On Saturday, November 1st the Mural Arts Program will unveil a new mural at 21st and Ellsworth Streets.  The art piece, created by Ernel Martinez, is called ASpire and is dedicated to the late Dr. Shawn L. White.  The event will bring Mural Arts Month to a close with a street festival featuring music, food and vendors while honoring one of the cities most devoted activists.

UPDATE: Due to the rainy weather predicted for November 1, the ASpire mural dedication has been postponed. Mural Arts hope’s you can join them on Saturday, November 8.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angus and Julia Stone at Union Transfer, David Bazan at the First Unitarian Church, Todd Rundgren at the Keswick Theater

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia Stone | photo courtesy of the artists

Australian brother-sister act Angus and Julia Stone make an appearance at Union Transfer tonight.  The duo teamed up again for this year’s self-titled LP, following a handful of solo efforts that were released after 2010′s critically acclaimed Down the Way.  While primarily an acoustic folk project, the Stones approach their songs from a blues angle.  Watch their video for “A Heartbreak” below and pick up tickets here.

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