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Just Announced: Soccer Mommy will play the Church this December

Soccer Mommy
Soccer Mommy | photo by Kelsey Hart | courtesy of the artist

Sophie Allison’s band Soccer Mommy has taken her on some dream tours lately, opening for the likes of Paramore, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, and even Liz Phair. We saw the band here earlier this year for a memorable show with Phoebe Bridgers. But now it’s time for Soccer Mommy to strike out on their own, with a string of headlining tour dates scheduled for this fall (before yet another big time tour supporting Kacey Musgraves in February). Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Kacey Musgraves’ winter tour will make a stop at The Fillmore Philly

Kacey Musgraves | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | www.senialopez.photography

Kacey Musgraves released her album Golden Hour earlier this year, and just wrapped up a tour with Harry Styles. Just a month after gracing the stage at World Cafe Live for Free at Noon, she has just announced the dates for her own headlining Oh, What A World tour. The North American leg includes a visit to Philadelphia on January 18th at The Fillmore. Natalie Prass is opening for her in Philly; supporting acts elsewhere on the tour include Soccer Mommy, and Liza Anne. The charming country star just released a video for her single, “High Horse,” a warm-palette period piece that nods to 70’s disco; watch it below and get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Radiator Hospital crush an outdoor set at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Radiator Hospital | photo by Sam Kesler for WXPN

Continuing Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions for July, Radiator Hospital played an on-point set that garnered attention from the audience as well as passersby, illuminated by a Philly sunset and the park’s neon lights. The four-piece Philadelphia band played through most of their most recent album, Play The Songs You Like, as well as some of their best live songs. The set was relatively brief, but encompassed a decent sample of their discography, entrapping the crowd and potentially earning themselves a few new fans from the pedestrian public. Continue reading →

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Nu-Nu-Nuevofest: Celebrating the Now Sounds of the Latin American Continuum

Dos Santos | photo by Andrea Falcone | courtesy of the artist

Twelve years ago, Philadelphia’s Rahsaan Lucas and Marangeli Mejia-Rabell created the unique and specific curatorial, booking and promotions agency, AfroTaino Productions. Dedicated to both the traditions of the arts-culture of the Latin American continuum, as well as its future-forward movement, Lucas and Mejia-Rabell acted in tandem to offer the local market music beyond the usual commercial Latin fare. You know the drill: J-Lo, Enrique, Pitbull, the top of the charts.

For Afrotaino, it is the alternative to the Latin mainstream that’s fascinating them and their continued audiences; so much so, the pair built up an all-live day long series of events, Nuevofest, that on July 15 at World Café Live with WXPN as its partner (based upon that station’s LatinRootsLive free concert series), marches into its sixth iteration. During the all-day Nuevofest, Afrotaino will present two acts who have never appeared in the U.S. before, let alone Philly: Cuba’s big band neo-traditionalists Orquesta AKOKÁN and Spain’s electronic duo, Delaporte. Also on the Nuevofest Sunday bill is D.C.-based Nicaraguan roots ensemble Elena Y Los Fulanos. San Antonio / Caribbean punks Femina-X, Mexican (by way of Chicago) psychedelic salsa/cumbia band Dos Santos, L.A.-based Colombian beats generators Very Be Careful and progressive Puerto Rican act, ÌFÉ. Along with the WCL event, there are several events at additional venues such as July 17’s La Santa Cecilia show at The Foundry.

“Yes, we start looking for new Latin acts for each Nuevofest the day after the last one is wrapped” said Lucas about finding and preparing his Philly shows. “But we also have artists who can’t fit in one festival that we hold for another.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Andy Shauf adds a PhilaMOCA show to his fall solo tour

Andy Shauf
Andy Shauf | photo by Chris Graham

Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf‘s upcoming solo tour doesn’t begin until November, but tickets are already selling out left and right — which makes sense, because who wouldn’t want to see Shauf, who usually commands stages the size of Union Transfer, play a tiny show at a space like PhilaMOCA with only an acoustic guitar and the promise of new songs? Lucky for us, that dream is about to come true this fall. Continue reading →

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Celebrate Ardmore Music Hall’s 5th anniversary with Ted Leo, The Dead Milkmen and more

Ted Leo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Ardmore Music Hall has hosted so many memorable shows that it’s hard to believe the venue has only been around for five years. This fall, they’ll celebrate in true Ardmore Music Hall style — with nine birthday shows throughout the month of September featuring an eclectic sampling of artists.

The artists in the mix range from familiar Ardmore Music Hall faces to those who will be playing the venue for the first time, with genres spanning punk, jazz, folk, reggae and more. Local indie rock favorite Ted Leo will play a solo show, pianist Holly Bowling will perform classical renditions of Grateful Dead and Phish songs, New Jersey bluegrass outfit Railroad Earth will hit the stage with a banjo in tow, local jazz virtuoso Stanley Clarke will showcase his bass skills, and Philly punk rock legends The Dead Milkmen will tear things up — and those are just a few of the performers scheduled to help Ardmore celebrate. Continue reading →

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#XPNFest set times announced, single day tickets available, Katie Frank replaces Forth Wanderers

photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

The 2018 edition of the XPoNential Music Festival is right around the proverbial bend, and this morning we’ve got a few items of interest for all you music lovers converging on the Camden Waterfront in a couple weeks.

First, the set times have been announced — and while XPNFest, for the most part, does not make you choose between competing sets like so many other summer festivals might, it’s still a helpful detail to plan out your weekend. You can peruse the rundown of who’s playing when at the XPNFest Website, or in the handy dandy graphic at the bottom of this post. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Sheer Mag returns to the First Unitarian Church this fall

Sheer Mag | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Sheer Mag are bringing their gritty 70’s hard rock back home to Philly this October with a performance at First Unitarian Church on October 8th. The band will be supported by Dublin pop rockers The Number Ones.

Sheer Mag have stayed pretty quiet since last year’s debut album Need To Feel Your Love but seeing as that album hasn’t kicked any less ass in the months since its release, rock and rollers of all dispositions would do well to hear it brought to life on the First Unitarian stage. Tickets will be available at R5 productions this Friday, July 13th at 10:00 AM. Continue reading →

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This Just In: Jenny Lewis replaces Glass Animals on Beck’s Festival Pier show

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Jenny Lewis | photo by Rich McKie for WXPN

Well that’s a case study in how you make a bad situation awesome. Oxford indie rockers Glass Animals have dropped off of Beck’s July 20th Festival Pier show (as well as his NYC date at Madison Square Garden) due to unforeseen circumstances, but their replacement is singer-songwiter indie rock queen Jenny Lewis. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Public Image Ltd’s 40th anniversary tour comes to Union Transfer this fall

Public Image Ltd | photo via facebook.com/pilofficial

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Public Image Ltd, the band John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten) formed in 1978 shortly after the Sex Pistols broke up. Their first single, “Public Image,” was released in October of that year, and to commemorate the anniversary PiL will be heading out on a tour this fall, which includes a stop at Union Transfer on October 16. Continue reading →