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Sowing Seeds with the charismatic TV On the Radio at Union Transfer

TV On the Radio | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | htmichellemontgomeryphotography.com
TV On the Radio | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | htmichellemontgomeryphotography.com

Brooklyn-based indie icons TV On The Radio played their first Philly show since 2011 in front of a sold-out Union Transfer on Monday night. The band was touring in support of its fifth studio album, Seeds, which was just released on Monday, and most of the audience couldn’t contain their excitement as they heard some of the new songs for the first time ever during the live set, including recent singles “Happy Idiot” and “Careful You.” Throughout the show, they also played a mix of songs off their previous LPs and their debut EP. Continue reading →

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Restorations throw a wild hometown party for the release of LP3

Restorations | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Restorations | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

On Saturday night, hard-hitting Philadelphia rock band Restorations throw an enormous party at the First Unitarian Church to celebrate the release of their third full-length album, appropriately titled LP3.  Friends, family and local fans poured into the Church to share in the celebration. Restorations also brought with them some fellow Philadelphia bands to share the stage with them. Continue reading →

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Ben Vaughn will perform in New Hope and New Jersey next month

Ben Vaughn
Ben Vaughn | photo by Greg Gutbezahl

Collingswood, NJ native Ben Vaughn will come back to our neck of the woods for a pair of shows up river around Christmas. The leader of the Ben Vaughn Combo has been writing new material that he’ll hopefully share with fans at John and Peter’s in New Hope on December 26th before traveling thirty minutes down the Delaware River to The Record Collector in Bordentown, NJ on December 27th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Daley at Underground Arts, Philly Sings Philly at The Fire

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

Manchester-based new soul artist Daley performs tonight at Underground Arts. With a heady layering of smooth synthesizers and 80s / 90s R&B vocal stylings, Gareth Daley fits nicely along like-minded artists Autre Ne Veut, Rhye and How to Dress Well. Below, watch “Alone Together,” his 2012 collaboration with Marsha Ambrosius of Floetry, and get tickets and information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Damien Rice brings new record to the Academy of Music on 4/8

Damien Rice
Damien Rice | photo by Lilja Birgisdóttir

Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice has announced a spring tour that brings him to the Academy of Music on April 8th.  Rice, whose songs “Cannonball” and “Volcano” made appearances on the inaugural 885 All Time Greatest Songs Countdown in 2004, releases his third studio record My Favorite Faded Fantasy today.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets at PhilaMOCA, Thee Oh Sees at Underground Arts, Ben Kessler at Tin Angel

Pulp, circa early 90s
Pulp, circa early 90s
Pulp fans unite! The eagerly anticipated 2014 documentary on Jarvis Cocker and Co. – Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets – screens tonight at PhilaMOCA at 7:30 p.m. Known best stateside for their mega-hit “Common People,” the band is revered among British rock aficionados for its brilliant fusion of glam, disco and super-literate lyrics. As a storyteller, Cocker details the lives of the working classes, the artists and the generally sexually starved in vivid detail. Set around Pulp’s 2011 reunion while looking back across its career (which spans the early 80s to the late 90s), this retrospective will be a treat for die-hards and will win over new converts. Information at the PhilaMOCA web page. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Bono’s surgery forces U2 to postpone “Tonight Show” residency, & watch Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello & Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith- aka “New Basement Tapes” perform on Ellen

Bono

Bono has injured his arm an apparent cycling accident in New York’s Central Park which will require surgery to repair, and has forced the postponement of U2′s week-long residency on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stevie Wonder at Wells Fargo Center, Sloan at Boot and Saddle, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys at The Sellersville Theater

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder

Funk / soul legend Stevie Wonder headlines the Wells Fargo Center tonight, performing his landmark 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety. The double-LP is perhaps best known for the infectious hit “Sir Duke,” though it contains a robust selection of deep cuts. Here are five you should listen for tonight. Tickets and info on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Alt-J warmed up the crowd at The Tower Theater

 

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Alt-J | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

It was a bitter cold evening last night in Upper Darby, where many traveled to see the British indie rock group Alt-J on their headlining tour in support of this year’s This Is All Yours. After the global success of their debut An Awesome Wave, which won the Mercury Prize in 2012, the band start getting the rep as “The next Radiohead.” Last night, they definitely lived up to it.

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