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Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Fest Set Times Announced

Willie Nelson | photo by James Minchin. Courtesy of the artist.

Curated and headlined by Willie Nelson, the local stop of the event comes to Camden’s BB&T Pavillion this Saturday, September 15th. Its 5th stop of the festival’s tour, Saturday’s lineup features performances by Willie Nelson and son Lukas Nelson, Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass and Particle Kid.  For details on the festival, click here to give a listen to music from the artists on the bill, beginning with Willie Nelson’s latest single “Last Man Standing.”

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Check out Camden’s Outlaw Festival set times below. Continue reading →

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Gang of Youths announces tour with Foo Fighters, headlines Philly stop

Gang of Youths | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | www.senialopez.photography

After a successful run following the release of their 2017 album, Go Father In Lightness, Australian indie rockers Gang of Youths are returning to North America. The first half of the tour includes shows opening for the Foo Fighters, and appearances at California festival Cal Jam and Austin’s ACL Fest. They headline a Philly show at Underground Arts on December 8th. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sep 14. For more info, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Catch a recap of Gang of Youths’ NonCOMM performance here. Continue reading →

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Let’s Get Physical: The Jesus Lizard plays a relentless set at a sold-out Union Transfer

The Jesus Lizard | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

“I CAN SWIM! I CAN’T SWIM! I CAN SWIM! I CAN’T SWIM!”

As he barked the chorus aloud, The Jesus Lizard grinding through a scorching rendition of “Seasick” to the delight of the evening’s attendants at the Union Transfer, vocalist David Yow was the body-surfing engine that could. A stage tech feeding the cord for his microphone into the crowd, Yow was passed along as far as he could go before making his journey back to the rest of his band. That night, it wasn’t the first time Yow found himself writhing atop a sea of roaming hands. It certainly wasn’t the last.

Saturday, September 8th, The Jesus Lizard, one of the most notorious rock bands of the 1990s, performed for a sold-out audience, tearing through reaction-inducing selections from their catalogue to grateful applause or enthusiastic physicality. The third night in a series of shows spurned by an invitation to this year’s Riot Fest, the band’s distinct mix of hostility and coarseness as intact as it ever was, the noise was terrific, the playing was solid, and the theater at hand was captivating to say the least. Continue reading →

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Women of Philly’s rock scene unite for Mistresses of Mayhem at Connie’s Ric Rac

Workhorse 3 | photo by Dan Williams | courtesy of the artist

Longtime Philly rocker and promoter Lisa Flynn, aka Lisa Christ Superstar, is bringing Mistresses of Mayhem—a new festival for women in rock—to Connie’s Ric Rac this November 10th.

The event will highlight women-led rock bands from around Philly. “The show is all about expression”, says Lisa, “We’re excited to present this night of bands that women built. They rock, they write, and their message needs to be heard.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker will bring abysskiss to the Church

Adrianne Lenker | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Adrianne Lenker may be best known as the vocalist and songwriter of Big Thief, but fans of the popular indie band would be remiss to overlook her solo work. The prolific musician will release her next solo album, abysskiss, next month, and while Big Thief will be busy touring this fall, Lenker will tour the new album in early 2019, with a stop at the First Unitarian Church on February 15. Singer-songwriter Luke Temple will open. Continue reading →

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Tigers Jaw presents Otherly Love, a mini festival with a dream lineup from Jeff Rosenstock to Gladie

Tigers Jaw | courtesy of the artist
Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine| courtesy of the artist

Tigers Jaw has been busy over the past year, with the release of spin last June and more recently, the 10-year anniversary tour of their self-titled album. This week, Tigers Jaw added their own mini festival to the agenda: Otherly Love comes to Philadelphia on December 27th at The Fillmore. Continue reading →

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs return in triumphant form to bring the rock to the 215 Block Party

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN

This past weekend, Chicago brewery Goose Island hosted their traveling Block Party at the Electric Factory. The event included reasonably priced food trucks, $3 Goose Island beers (from the 4.5% ABV variety all the way to their fancier fare upwards to 13% ABV) and oh yeah, music! The lineup was a mix of Philly, Chicago, and the return of New York’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The weather in Philly up until this weekend had been like walking around in a warm bath. While it is nice that the humid icky weather finally broke on Friday, having the 215 Block Party outside on an overcast drizzly evening put a slight damper on what was intended to be an end of summer party.   Continue reading →

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Saintseneca gives standout performance at PhilaMOCA

Saintseneca | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

On Friday night, Columbus indie-folk band Saintseneca graced the stage of PhilaMOCA in support of their new album Pillar of Na, which was released on August 31st on Anti-. The band is the brain child of Columbus based musician Zac Little, who uses a verity of unconventional instrumentation to build a sound unlike anything else. Continue reading →