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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darlingside at Long’s Park, Laura Mvula at Union Transfer, Honey Radar at Ortlieb’s

Darlingside | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN
Darlingside | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN

The four-part harmonies and folksy pop songs of Darlingside return to the area this evening; the band plays a free concert tonight at Long’s Park in Lancaster, and if their recent appearances at Philadelphia Folk Fest and XPoNential Fest are any indication, all of Central PA better turn out. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.  Listen to their World Cafe session below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Carsie Blanton at Boot and Saddle, Jody Watley at Wells Fargo Center, El Caribefunk at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Carsie Blanton | Photo by: Bobby Bonsey Photography
Carsie Blanton | Photo by: Bobby Bonsey Photography

Onetime Philadelphian Carsie Blanton returns north from New Orleans this weekend with a new album, So Ferocious, in tow. Tonight she headlines Boot and Saddle; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch a music video for “Vim and Vigor” below and read K. Ross Hoffman’s interview with Carsie here. Continue reading →

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Bummed that Josh Ritter got rained out at XPoNential? Don’t miss him in Hershey.

Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Josh Ritter | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

One of the only disappointments of that deluge on day two of this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival — aside from the momentary sogginess, of course — was that Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band were unable to reschedule their River Stage set for later in the weekend. Many of you were bummed. Many of us were bummed. Hell, I’m sure Josh and the band were bummed. Which is why it’s great to see that he’ll be moving back through the area this autumn.

Ritter and the band will appear on Wednesday, October 5th at the Hershey Theatre with Jason Isbell. Tickets are available now, more information can be found here. Ritter’s Sermon On The Rocks came out last fall, and it’s very good. Below, watch him perform the insanely catchy “Getting Ready to Get Down” on CBS This Morning – Saturday. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: A Philadelphia lunch break with Butch Walker

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Butch Walker | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Georgia native rocker Butch Walker joined the XPN community today, putting on a wonderful Free at Noon show from start to finish. He was joined Suzanne Santo of Honey Honey who sings the harmony vocals on his songs. Walker kicked off his set with the title track off his new album, Stay Gold, which just dropped today on Dangerbird Records. “I’m really proud of this record, even though it doesn’t look like it,” Walker told the crowd before playing “Stay Gold”. Later on in his set, he went on to tell us again just how proud he truly is of this new album. Continue reading →

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David Crosby is coming to The Keswick; listen to his new song “The City”

David Crosby | photo by Eleanor Stills | via facebook.com/OfficialDavidCrosby

He’s a singer`songwriter icon, snarky Twitter commentator and co-founder of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. This fall, classic rock fave David Crosby is going on tour with a new album in tow, and he swings through the region on December 9th to play Keswick Theater in Glenside. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Weaves / Cayetana at PhilaMOCA, Bonnie Raitt at The Mann, Flightschool at The Foundry and more

Weaves | photo via NPR Music

High-energy Toronto indie rock four piece Weaves wrap up their summer tour with Philly punk favorites Cayetana tonight at PhilaMOCA. Weaves self-titled LP came out earlier this year, while Cayetana is working on the followup to its 2014 debut Nervous Like Me. Find tickets and more information for the all ages show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to Weaves’ recent feature on World Cafe, and watch Cayetana performing “Madame B” during their 2015 Cafe session. Continue reading →

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The Wallace Brothers Band brings country music back to Connie’s this weekend

The Wallace Brothers Band | photo by Lisa Schaefer | courtesy of the artist
The Wallace Brothers Band | photo by Lisa Schaefer | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia roots scene regulars The Wallace Brothers Band threw a pretty sweet party last year at South Street watering hole Bob & Barbaras; they took over the stage for an entire day and filled it up with a lineup of the city’s hardest working Americana artists, Hurricane Hoss to Hezekiah Jones. The event went over so well the Wallaces decided to bring the event back for a second year, and it touches down and Italian Market joint Connie’s Ric Rac this weekend, Saturday August 27th. Continue reading →

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Here’s where you can get an early listen to Wilco’s Schmilco in the Delaware Valley

Wilco’s Schmilco | via Pitchfork

Excitement is high for Wilco‘s new album Schmilco due out September 9 on the band’s own dBPM Records. For fans who can’t wait to hear the record, though — and the teaser single “If I Ever Was a Child” definitely provokes that kind of reaction — the band announced a series of in-store listening parties across the country on Tuesday, September 6th, including two in the Delaware Valley. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sun Ra Arkestra at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Honeytiger at Kung Fu Necktie, The Shondes at Johnny Brenda’s

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Sun Ra Arkestra at Johnny Brendas | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly jazz / space odyssey legends Sun Ra Arkestra play a free show tonight at Spruce Street Harbor Park. If you’ve never experienced this shimmeringly-attired crew’s journey’s into the outer rim, get thee to the river and let this dozen-to-twenty-ish member collective change how you experience music. More information at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →