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Just Announced: Dawes expand tour, playing The Fillmore on 6/10

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Dawes | photo by Clara Balzary | courtesy of the artist

After the surprise live album release of We’re All Gonna Live a couple of weeks ago, Dawes have decided to add on a few more dates to their An Evening With Dawes tour. This means that in addition to the previously announced March 10th date at The Grand Opera House in Delaware, the California outfit will also be making a stop at The Fillmore on June 10th. Tickets and information for the all-ages show will be available via the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch “Roll With the Punches” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Simz at Union Transfer and KT Tunstall at Sellersville Theater

Little Simz | via facebook.com/littlesimz

Britain’s Little Simz brings her area rap to the states as she takes over Union Transfer for the night. She’s sort of London’s Donald Glover, as her insane flow and hype beats are only a part of the talent of the television actor and artist. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found through the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Os Mutantes at The Trocadero, Hackensaw Boys at World Cafe Live

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Os Mutantes | photo via Facebook

Brazilian tropicália outfit Os Mutantes perform at The Trocadero tonight. Formed in 1966, Os Mutantes shows are still joyous occasions, full of the psychedelic sounds and color that first put them on the map after the release of self-titled debut. This tour comes after the 2015 compilation Mande Um Abraço Pra Velha and will feature local musician Mitch Esparza opening. Watch Os Mutantes perform live on French TV below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vagabon at PhilaMOCA, Lil Kim at Santander Arena, Two Piece Fest at First Unitarian Church, and more…

Vagabon | courtesy of the artist
Vagabon | courtesy of the artist

Singer/songwriter/producer/creator Vagabon will headline PhilaMOCA tonight in support of her new record Infinite Worlds. She’ll be joined by recent Philly transplant Shamir and the enchanting Julie Byrne. Find a full write-up of the album here, and listen to lead single “Fear and Force” below. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Bell X1, Vita and the Woolf make a stunning duo at Boot & Saddle

Bell X1 | photo by Joe Del Tufo | moonloopphoto.com

The Bell X1 / Vita and the Woolf tour swung through Philly last night, with Vita getting a strong showing from a hometown crowd in the packed Boot & Saddle. Vita and the Woolf played a strong and especially 80s-infused set, with vocalist Jennifer Pague showing her goth side. They played a strong selection from their excellent forthcoming album Tunnels, due in April. “Brett,” “Qiet,” “Super Ranger” and Mary “have” become live staples, and got the loudest response from the crowd. I could overhear Bell X1 fans comment positively after the Vita set. Big things for this band in 2017, and I look forward to seeing them at Firefly Festival in June. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Bell X1 shares positive vibes and warm smiles with an energetic crowd

BellX1 | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | <a href="http://spotlightviews.com" target="_blank">spotlightviews.com</a>
BellX1 | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com

Although from thousands of miles away, Dublin, Ireland’s Bell X1 seemed right at home on the Free at Noon stage. Both the band and the crowd seemed more than happy to be at an early show, bringing energy and warmth that parallels this beautiful spring weather to World Cafe Live.

Their set started off simple and mellow with just bass, guitars and vocals used to play “Bad Skin.” After the first song, the full band came onstage and added drums, synth and keyboard to the lineup. Lead singer Paul Noonan’s natural talent was showcased by a wide variety of songs, allowing him to switch between controlled/soft and raw/powerful vocals. Keyboardist David Geraghty was also able to show off his beautiful vibrato when he took over lead vocals during the synth accentuated “Secret Life.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ensemble Novo at Paris Bistro, Eliza Hardy Jones at the Art Museum, Indie Pop Prom at the First Unitarian Church

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Ensemble Novo | photo by David Dzubinski | courtesy of the artist

Tom Moon brings his Ensemble Novo to Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill for the second of a three-night Latin jazz run tonight. The local outfit released its balmy Look To the Sky EP last month, following up 2013’s Blue Night debut with six new songs you’ll be able to dance to tonight. More information for the event can be found here; listen to “Vento Bravo” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John Doe at Sellersville Theater, No Sailor at Ortlieb’s and more

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John Doe | Photo by Jim Harrington | courtesy of the artist

John Nommensen Duchac, better known as John Doe of LA punk legends X, makes his way out east to Sellersville Theater for a performance to celebrate his new record The Westerner. Doe’s expansive career has landed him in all genres of music, as his latest effort describes itself as “psychedelic soul music from the Arizona desert.” The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Noura Mint Seymali brings Mauritanian funk to Crossroads Music this weekend

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Noura Mint Seymali | photo via artist’s website

This Sunday, February 26th, Crossroads Music will welcome Noura Mint Seymali to their West Philly headquarters. The Mauritanian musician is returning to the city in support of her latest album Arbina, a record that bridges the vibrant traditional sounds of her West African and griot heritage and contemporary psych/funk music.

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Just Announced: Juliana Hatfield will bring new Pussycat LP Boot and Saddle in April

Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Juliana Hatfield at Boot and Saddle | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Veteran singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield will return to the Boot and Saddle stage this April, bringing with her a new LP called Pussycat — her first solo album since 2013’s Wild Animals.

In the time since, she reunited her old band The Juliana Hatfield 3 — which played B&S in March of 2015 — and collaborated with Paul Westerberg on a project called The I Don’t Cares. According to a statementPussycat was inspired by the presidential election. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” Continue reading →