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Ra Ra Riot shows The Fillmore that less is more

Ra Ra Riot | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | <a href=https://brotherlylost.com/ target="_blank">brotherlylost.com</a>
Ra Ra Riot | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

With so few members and such a bold sound, Ra Ra Riot once again proves that less is more. The Syracuse natives performed this past Friday at The Fillmore, opening for Young The Giant for the Home of the Strange Tour.

The six-piece ensemble opened with fan favorite “Too Too Fast” from their first album, The Rhumb Line; its combination of synth-heavy dance breaks and dramatic lighting teased glimpses of the band while directing the crowds’ focus on the sound. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Kristin Hersh will play Tin Angel this December

Kristin Hersh | via facebook.com/strangeangels

Acclaimed author, singer, songwriter and indie rocker Kristin Hersh is going on a fall tour in support of her latest album / book, Wyatt at the Coyote Palace. [UPDATE: Listen to a song from it here.] The month-long run brings the frontwoman of Throwing Muses and 50 Ft. Wave to the Tin Angel in Philadelphia on Thursday, December 15th. Tickets for the 21+ show are $20 and go on sale Friday, September 23rd at 10 a.m. via the venue’s website. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lush at Union Transfer, Dylan Jane at Burlap and Bean, The Peace Creeps at PhilaMOCA and more

Lush
Lush | Photo by Gabriel Green | courtesy of the artist

Okay, Brit rock fans, it’s crunch time. Union Transfer reports that as of this morning, there are fewer than 100 tickets remaining for the long awaited reunion appearance from Lush, who play their first Philly show in two decades tonight. Whether you’re an old head more committed to the brooding tones of Spooky, or a slightly younger old head who prefers the glorious pop of Lovelife — or if you’re completely missed out on these influential shoegaze-adjacent icons the first time around and want to immerse yourself in the whole of their catalog — tonight’s gig is not one to miss. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians celebrate homecoming with Second Annual Audience Appreciation Concert

Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians | courtesy of the artist
Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians | courtesy of the artists

On Tuesday, October 4th, musicians from the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra will mark their triumphant return with some brotherly love of their own. After months on the road touring both stateside and abroad, they will perform across the Philadelphia and New Jersey area in twenty free musical events. Fourteen of these events will take place in public performance spaces and feature the musicians playing in groups of varying size and configuration. Continue reading →

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Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh fosters community with The Village Open Mic series

Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh | courtesy of The Village of Arts and Humanities
Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh | courtesy of the artist

Beginning Thursday, September 29th, Ghanaian artist Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh will continue his monthly open-mic series in Ile Ife Park. The series comes as part of his SPACES residency at the Village of Arts and Humanities, an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of young artists in North Philadelphia communities. Combining music, dance, and poetry, the event will also include featured performers EmyneYA and The Means, as well as food & drink from local chefs. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Allison Weiss at Boot and Saddle, Lee “Scratch” Perry at World Cafe Live, Matthew Sweet at Sellersville Theater

Allison Weiss
Allison Weiss | photo courtesy of the artist

An awesome lady of L.A. indie rock, Allison Weiss released her terrific third LP New Love last October on SideOneDummy. Coming out when it did, the record was sadly overlooked in the year-end wrapups of blogoland, but Weiss has been making up for it by taking New Love and all its hooky goodness on the road for the better part of 2016. Tonight she headlines Boot and Saddle. Even better: Thin Lips open. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Dove and The Wolf and Hand Habits will play an Out of Town Films show at the FU Chapel

The Dove and The Wolf
The Dove and The Wolf | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Indie outfit The Dove and the Wolf has fast become one of our favorites on the local scene over here at Key HQ. The Philly-via-Paris band led by Paloma Gill and Lou Hayat-Camard released its latest EP of serpentine space-folk earlier this year; I Don’t Know What to Feel is aching and immersive, and the band has been playing a lot around town in support of it. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: River Whyless at Union Transfer

River Whyless | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN
River Whyless | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN

Asheville, North Carolina four-piece River Whyless puts a contemporary spin on Appalachian bluegrass tradition, blending indie songwriter sensibilities with fiddle, footstomps and acoustic picking. The band just released its latest LP We All the Light, and delivered a knockout set at Philadelphia Folk Festival. It plays Union Transfer tonight, opening for Blind Pilot. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. River Whyless caught up with World Cafe twice this year; watch a video from their Sense of Place: Asheville session below, and listen to their more recent performance and interview with David Dye, via NPR Music. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Trombone Short will play Wells Fargo Center

Red Hot Chili Peppers | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Hold on to your seats, people — it might get funky.

California-till-they-die alternative rock heroes Red Hot Chili Peppers just announced a major headlining show in Philadelphia on February 12th, 2017 at the Wells Fargo Center. The band’s latest LP, The Getaway, came out back in June, and their tour in support of it has them joined by the ever-entertaining Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: K.T. Tunstall at the TLA, Ill Fated Natives at The Fire, Needle Points at Johnny Brenda’s

K.T. Tunstall | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
K.T. Tunstall | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Scottish singer-songwriter K.T. Tunstall returns this year with her latest LP Kin, and headlines The TLA tonight in support of it. Watch the video for “Maybe It’s A Good Thing” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →