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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl: Philadelphia Film Festival, Design Philadelphia, Mural Arts Month are all in full swing!

This film, titled I Am Big Bird, screens at the Philly Film Festival.
This film, titled I Am Big Bird, screens at the Philly Film Festival. courtesy of Philadelphia Film Festival

The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival runs through October 26th and promises you will “see something you’ll never forget.”  There are movies from around the world, including indie films and Oscar submissions, animated shorts, and several movies about music…and there are celebrity guests, parties, awards and more.  David Lynch’s films Mulholland Drive and Wild at Heart are shown in conjunction with the current exhibition of his work at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Venues are around Center City, and for the first time in the suburbs at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Continue reading →

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Watch Young Chris show brotherly love at last week’s TLA show

Young Chris at the TLA
Young Chris at the TLA

It’s safe to say that Philly’s Young Chris had South Street on lock this past Thursday. The veteran rapper made his city proud by giving an amazing performance at the TLA and packed the house full of fans who were anxious to hear the MC play their favorites: “North of Death,” “Never Die,” “Don’t Play” and more. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joan Shelley at Random Tea Room, Jeffrey Lewis at Boot and Saddle, and Lil Dicky at The TLA

Photo via Joan Shelley Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joan-Shelley/125626087477374?sk=timeline)
Photo via facebook.com/pages/Joan-Shelley/125626087477374

Kentucky folk singer and songwriter Joan Shelley will play a Folkadelphia-presents show at Random Tea Room this evening. After drawing a crowd in her native town of Louisville, Shelley’s sound reminiscent of Joni Mitchell quickly caught the attention of folk fans and indie fans alike. She was recently praised by World Cafe’s David Dye, who relished in her sound off her latest album, Electric Ursa, which was released last month. Dye called it “a quiet, intimate record that reflects Shelley’s knowledge of folk history.” You can get tickets and information about tonight’s show by visiting the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch her perform “Electric Ursa” below. Continue reading →

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Check out photos and video from Boyz II Men’s intimate SiriusXM Taping at CAPA

Boyz II Men at CAPA | Photo by Sameer Rao
Boyz II Men at CAPA | Photo by Sameer Rao

The thought, 20 years ago, of Boyz II Men and Nirvana having anything to do with one another might have paralyzed the pop world with fear and anger. But in front of a small audience at Philadelphia’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (where the RnB legends famously formed while students), members Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris felt no hesitation or weight of historical genre divides when they ripped into an impromptu, largely comical version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Continue reading →

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Flying Lotus brings You’re Dead to life at the Tower Theater

Flying Lotus | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Flying Lotus | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

“Ladies and gentleman, I regret to inform you that you’re already dead.”

These were the opening words of Steven Ellison—aka Flying Lotus—to the crowd at Upper Darby’s Tower Theater, as he stood shrouded behind a prism-like projector screen that could almost pass for a bullhorn. He followed that statement with a swift salvo of beats that sounded anything but dead, certainly never dull. Continue reading →

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Marketa Irglova and friends perform a magical show at World Cafe Live

Marketa Irglova
Marketa Irglova | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

This past Sunday World Café Live played host to an international call-to-the-soul in the form of Marketa Irglova and her music of the spirit, body and mind. With members ranging from the Czech Republic (Irglova herself), Iran, Israel and the U.S. and a sound driven by keyboard and harmonies, it was a calm, ruminative way to spend a fall night.

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RiverCity Festival puts on a grand block party with Matt Pond, The Lawsuits and more

RiverCity Festival
Fishtown RiverCity Festival | photo by Matthew Shaver

It was a bad weekend for weather, but quite a good one for neighborhood parties.  The Fishtown RiverCity Festival was a grand collection of local merchants, food, beer, and entertainment.  Levee Drivers, Katie Barbato, Pine Barons, Ginger Coyle, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, The Lawsuits, and Matt Pond all braved the dreary (and often chilly) weather to bring the funk, folk, rock, and blues.  There was also a delicious assortment of beverages from Neshaminy Creek, 2nd Story Brewing Co., Saint Benjamin, Homebrew Outlet, and Philadelphia Brewing Co.  So, a block (park?) party the way it should be.  Check out photos below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spelling Reform at Ortlieb’s, Ought at Johnny Brenda’s, Com Truise at First Unitarian Church

Spelling Reform
Spelling Reform | photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie rockers Spelling Reform continue a month-long residency at Ortlieb’s tonight with help from Ashley Cubbler and Luke Pigott.  Stylizing each show as a tribute to a different band, tonight’s event will honor the songs of Wilco.  Spelling Reform sprung up earlier this year out of several other Philadelphia bands, including The Quelle Source and Monday Appreciation Society.  You can listen to their debut single “Together Apart” below.  More information for the free 21+ show can be found here.

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Catching up with Jersey punk staples Lifetime at The Stone Pony

LIfetime | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
LIfetime | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

While many bands are preparing for their trip to the THE FEST, the annual DIY scene gathering in Gainesville, Florida, the East Coast is blessed with a slew of great punk shows, as bands tour down to the event, or play warm-up shows in advance of their sets at FEST. One of those shows this year came from the locally adored Jersey punk favorites Lifetime, who headlined the Brooklyn Vegan-sponsered rager at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Alongside Lifetime were up and comers Lemuria, the classic Jersey straight edge crew Mouthpiece, and reunited West Chester favorites Spraynard rounding out the lineup. Continue reading →

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Help end world poverty with Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and Moosh & Twist this weekend at The Piazza

Photo via OCD: Moosh & Twist Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/teamocd/)
Photo via OCD: Moosh & Twist Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/teamocd/)

Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, LP and Philly’s OCD: Moosh and Twist have all come together to put on an enticing show for a good cause this weekend at the Piazza at Schmidt’s.  The free, 21+ event kicks off the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit and is part of a series of free concerts held by Global Citizen Nights.

Yep, I said it. You can see all of these big-ticket artists for free this weekend. Some big names in a such small venue, right? Well, the aim of these shows is to involve major artists with intimate concerts to join the movement to end severe poverty by 2030. Continue reading →