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Tonight’s Concert Picks: GoGo Morrow at The TLA, Restorations at Melodies Cafe, Kate Faust at Ortlieb’s and more

GoGoMorrow | Photo via facebook.com/GoGoMorrow
GoGoMorrow | Photo via facebook.com/GoGoMorrow
Philly pop artist GoGo Morrow has had a busy 2014, touring, recording, working as a music community ambassador on the PHL Live project, and this fall dropping her latest single, “Replay.” Tonight she headlines the TLA on South Street, the site of a high-energy set she played last year. Watch that show in its entirety below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s GoGo experience at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Winter solstice bonfire, General Washington’s winter camp, FrostFest and more, seasonal and otherwise

bonfire-notes-and-queries-001[1]The winter solstice is Sunday and on Friday Manayunk celebrates with the Solstice Fire festival. It starts just after sunset with a show of live birds of prey, a dance performance, and storytelling at Canal View Park…and ends with throwing sticks adorned with wishes for the new year into a bonfire.  It’s free but you need to register for the wishing sticks. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nicole Atkins at World Cafe Live, The Guild’s Holiday Show at Kung Fu Necktie, Alright Junior at MilkBoy

Nicole Atkins | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Nicole Atkins | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins brings her holiday throwdown to World Cafe Live tonight. Though she’s never released a Christmas album proper over the course of her 12-year career, she frequently mixes in seasonal favorites during her December sets. With music from this year’s acclaimed Slow Phaser in the mix, its sure to be a particularly festive night. Get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Red Fang at the Electric Factory, Justin Timberlake at Wells Fargo Center

Red Fang | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Red Fang | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Portland metallurgists Red Fang play first at the Opeth / In Flames show tonight at the Electric Factory tonight, but they’re easily the most exciting part of the bill. The band does crushing, riff-oriented progressive metal, and does it right. Their third release, Whales and Leeches, got a deluxe edition released this year via Relapse Records, and our Matthew Shaver recently featured them in The Key’s occasional Load in to Load Out series. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the adventurous animated video for “Crows in Swine.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chris Pureka at Boot and Saddle, Chalk and the Beige Americans at The Fire

Chris Pureka | Photo via facebook.com/ChrisPureka
Chris Pureka | Photo via facebook.com/ChrisPureka

Emerging from the musically fertile Northampton singer-songwriter scene, Chris Pureka comes to Philly tonight to headline Boot and Saddle. Following her critically acclaimed 2010 album How I Learned to See In The Dark - co-produced by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs – Pureka released the moving Chimera II EP in last year, a collection of covers, live performances and originals. Continue reading →

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Robert Drake’s Christmas Countdown: The Roches perform Christmas classic “Hallelujah” live

The Roaches
The Roaches

It’s just 9 days ‘til The Night Before on XPN … and to help get us prepared for 24 hours of yours truly, I present to you a unique holiday song each day! There are just a dozen or so MUST-HAVE recent Christmas CDs and one is We Three Kings by The Roches. Filled with beautiful harmonies and unique takes on classic songs – but nothing beats when The Roches perform “Hallelujah.” Fact is, they’ve been singing it for 40 years and, in 1979 at the behest of Paul Simon, The Roches were asked to perform it coast-to-coast on NBC’s Saturday Night Live … the rest is history.

Here they are just before that big break, performing the song that would put them on the radar – during the fall of 1978 at the Capitol Theare in Passaic, NJ.

Be sure to join me for my 22nd annual edition of The Night Before on XPN; 24 hours of me and my eclectic collection of seasonal sounds – midnight to midnight on the 24th day of December … only on WXPN.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert DeLong at Boot and Saddle, Fhloston Paradigm at Johnny Brenda’s

Robert DeLonge | Photo by John Vettese
Robert DeLonge | Photo by John Vettese

Pacific Northwestern EDM favorite Robert DeLong makes a return to Philly tonight at Boot and Saddle. Crafting a variety of alluring beats and textures, DeLong also makes an engaging frontman. He’s not the sort of DJ to holler at you between bass drops from behind an LED wall, he steps to the front of the stage, works the crowd with a quirky, Spike Jonze-ish persona, and pulls a few unique tricks from up his sleeve – like using old video game controllers to modify and modulate his songs. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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All Grown Up: Modern Baseball comes of age at the TLA

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Well, they finally went and did the damn thing. Modern Baseball sold out. Sold out The TLA, that is. On Thursday night, the loveable West Philly punks headlined an absolutely stacked lineup of bands and defended pop punk, hard. The evening was marked with smiles, tears and even some special guests, and the homeboys clearly enjoyed working their largest hometown crowd to date.

The evening kicked off with several quick sets from four up-and-coming bands who share the scene with Modern Baseball, and know how to rock the stage almost as well. First up was Boston’s Somos, whipping through a quick set of tunes from their debut LP Temple of Plenty. While their set was solid, it also didn’t have much in the way of memorable moments, and was quickly overshadowed—for me, at least—by the bands who followed them up on the bill. Continue reading →

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Robert Drake’s Christmas Countdown: Ilene Weiss sings her unique holiday song “Tree”

Ilene Weiss

 

It’s just 10 days ‘til The Night Before on XPN … and to help get us prepared for 24 hours of yours truly, I present to you a unique holiday song each day! There’s been songs of angels, Santa, snow and presents … but rarely do you hear a song sung from the perspective of the Christmas Tree. I give you Ilene Weiss and her unique holiday song “Tree.”

Be sure to join me for my 22nd annual edition of The Night Before on XPN; 24 hours of me and my eclectic collection of seasonal sounds – midnight to midnight on the 24th day of December … only on WXPN.

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