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Free At Noon Flashback: Mason Porter Band Here to Celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday

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Mason Porter | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Today, legendary music icon Bob Dylan, is celebrating his 75th birthday, so WXPN and World Cafe Live welcomed the Mason Porter to play a special Free At Noon tribute concert in honor of Dylan’s birthday. These Philadelphia bluegrass guys kicked off their set with a Dylan classic, “Political World”.

Mason Porter covered a variety of different Dylan songs during their set, including “Precious Angel”, “Just Like A Woman”, and “Meet Me In The Morning. The band even paused in the middle of their set to sing “Happy Birthday” to Dylan; the entire crowd joined in to sing along. Continue reading →

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Photos: Modern Baseball preview Holy Ghost at Long in the Tooth

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Modern Baseball In-store Concert | photo by John Vettese

The day before they released Holy Ghost, Modern Baseball played an in-store set at Long in the Tooth for people who pre-ordered the new LP. The set consisted of most of the new record, plus older songs like “Your Graduation” and “Fine, Great.” The Key’s John Vettese was on hand to capture the event on film, snapping shots of the band setting up for the session, fans browsing for records, MoBo frontman Brendan Lukens taking selfies and signing autographs, and of course people singing along. Modern Baseball headline The Fillmore‘s main stage on June 26th; tickets and information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Bob Mehr brings Replacements bio Trouble Boys to Manayunk for reading and live music with Dave Hause

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The Replacements | photo by Paul Cohen

Main Street Music is hosting a jam-packed Replacements celebration on Friday, June 3rd in honor of author Bob Mehr’s new Trouble Boys biography. The music critic and MOJO Magazine correspondent will stop by the Manayunk record shop to give a reading and lead a discussion about the alt-rock pioneers, while local musicians Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and Frank Brown (Travel Lanes) will give the event a true Replacements vibe.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop at Union Transfer, Palehound at PhilaMOCA, The Milk Carton Kids at Strand Capitol

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Singers and songwriters Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop bring their collaborative LP Love Letter for Hire to Philly tonight for a headlining show at Union Transfer. Last week, they dazzled the crowd at XPN’s NonCOMM-vention. Listen to their set here, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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#XPNDylanDay: 40 plus bands to celebrate the genius of Bob Dylan tonight at Rembrandt’s

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Tonight at Rembrandt’s, 41 bands will be paying homage to the great songwriter Bob Dylan, in celebration of his 75th birthday. The 10th annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash will be hosted by Jon Houlon and Kenn Kweder, and will feature a special guest appearance by Gene Shay, former Folk Show host on WXPN and Philadelphia Folk Festival MC. Shay was the first person to bring Dylan to Philadelphia to perform for the first time in 1963 at the Ethical Society. Continue reading →

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Car Seat Headrest continue the conversation by bringing their Noise Machine to Underground Arts

Car Seat Headrest | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Car Seat Headrest | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It had only been two days since Car Seat Headrest last played in Philadelphia. Back on Friday, the four piece band fronted by indie-rock wunderkind Will Toledo was introduced by David Dye at NonCOMM (before which Dye said, “I had to play rock-paper-scissors with Bob Boilen to introduce these guys, and I won”). While it was still a great set filled with, as fellow Key writer Joe Bloss put it, “youthful lyrics and mind-numbing guitar shredding,” it was still only four songs, all of which came from the newly released and sarcastically cathartic Teens of Denial (check out K. Ross Hoffman’s great album review for the Key here). The band’s appearance at Underground Arts on Sunday night gave them the chance to expound on their Teens of Denial stuff, while also dive into louder and more fleshed-out versions of Toledo’s early Bandcamp material as well. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Southern Culture on the Skids at World Cafe Live, Todd Rundgren at Sellersville Theater, Joe Jack Talcum at Kung Fu Necktie

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Southern Culture on the Skids will play World Cafe Live tonight. The Chapel Hill, NC trio has been rockin’ since 1983, and just last year released a remix EP with the B-52’s Fred Schneider. In 2013, they re-recorded the classic 1994 album Ditch Diggin’. Catch its title track below, as performed in 2005. Then head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and info on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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Explosions In The Sky light up The Fillmore for a sold-out instrumental show

photo by Rachel Del Sordo
photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Explosions in the Sky were welcomed by a sold out crowd to The Fillmore Philadelphia on Friday night. It was the bands first show in the city in five years. They are currently on tour in support of their latest album The Wilderness, their first full length release since 2011. The Austin instrumental band captivated audiences with both new and old material. Check out photos from the show below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Tindall Tribute at Underground Arts, Live From The Lot at Ardmore Music Hall, You Won’t at Boot and Saddle, and more…

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T.J. Tindall | Photo by Steve Acito | courtesy of the artist

Legendary Philly funk and soul guitarist TJ Tindall, who played on classic hits such as the O’Jays’ “Backstabbers” and the Trammps’ “Disco Inferno,” passed away back in January, and tonight Underground Arts will be holding a tribute concert in memory of one of the creators of the “Philadelphia Sound.” Performing at the tribute show will be Duke Williams & The Extremes, Freebo, and many more. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Music for the People: Porchfest takes root in West Philadelphia

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Porchfest organizers Owen Lyman-Schmidt, Ross Hoffman and Abe Taber in West Philadelphia | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Owen Lyman-Schmidt first learned about Porchfest by accident.

His band Driftwood Soldier was touring through New England when he got a message from a promoter in Somerville, Massachusetts. Their show was accidentally double-booked; it was the same day as something called Porchfest and the gig had to be called off. Lyman-Schmidt’s reaction: what the heck is Porchfest?

The promoter assured him that, don’t worry, we can still get you a gig that day as part of the event. And when Driftwood Soldier rolled into to town, what they found took them by surprise.

“It was amazing, we’d never seen anything like it before,” remembers Lyman-Schmidt. “We were just hanging out in the neighborhood beforehand and there were all of these crowds of people walking by. We were like ‘whats going on?’ And everyone was like ‘Don’t you know? It’s Porchfest! Isn’t that why you’re here?'”

The band played a show to a backyard filled with total strangers, people who just showed up because Porchfest was going on. Their reaction was simultaneously bowled away and ambitious. We need to bring this back to West Philly, they thought. We’ve got much better porches. Continue reading →