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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Allman Brothers Band play final show at Beacon Theater, New documentary shows how music helps dementia patients, & watch Ingrid Michaelson’s video for “Afterlife”

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Karsten Moran for The New York Times

The Allman Brothers Band concert, this past Tuesday night at the Beacon Theater in New York City, was most likely the last in the band’s remarkable 45 year history. Continue reading →

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Hop Along signs to Saddle Creek Records; new album due in spring 2015

Hop Along | Photo by Shervin Lainez
Hop Along | Photo by Shervin Lainez

It’s always exciting to find out good news about our favorite Philly music folks, and today we’re positively stoked to report that Hop Along has inked a deal with venerable indie rock label Saddle Creek Records. The band’s follow up to the outstanding 2012 release Get Disowned – which will be either its second or fourth full-length, depending on whether you count the self-released albums Freshman Year (2005) or Is Something Wrong? (2008) – comes out on the Omaha-based label in spring of 2015. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Cream bassist Jack Bruce mourned, Wilco announces 20th Anniversary releases, and Florence and the Machine perform in the U.S. for 1st time in nearly a year

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vianytimes.com

Tributes are pouring in from the music world in honor of Cream bassist, vocalist & songwriter Jack Bruce, who died Saturday of liver disease at age 71. Most notably from former band mates: Eric Clapton & Ginger Baker. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Listen to Bob Dylan’s unreleased cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Tupelo”, and Martin Scorsese’s documentary on the Grateful Dead to coincide with band’s 50th anniv. next year

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Bob Dylan’s 1967 collaboration with The Band entitled “The Basement Tapes” debuts November 4th. And one of the previously unreleased songs from it, (Dylan’s cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Tupelo Blues”)  has already come out. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: James Brown documentary debuts Monday on HBO, DEVO releases live album, and Led Zeppelin shares remix of “Stairway to Heaven”

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via mickjagger.com

A new documentary on the late, great “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown- “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown”, will debut on HBO this Monday, October 27th @ 9pm. It was produced by Mick Jagger. Read more and watch the trailer after the jump. Continue reading →

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Rock Lititz turning Lititz, PA into “concert capital of the country”

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Rock Lititz Studio | photo via rocklititz.com

Right now Lititz, PA might be best known as the hometown of local favorites The Districts.  But in the coming months the Lancaster suburb will put even larger stamp on the live entertainment world with the recent opening of Rock Lititz Studio.  The rehearsal space (which claims to be the largest of its kind in the world) is the first of several buildings that will form the Rock Lititz concert hub.  With resources to develop all aspects of a large-scale live event production, including lighting, staging and graphics, “the campus will be a one-stop shop for designing and making a show” for some of the world’s largest acts.

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Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie are repping Philly at 2015′s SXSW Music Festival

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Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

The first round of artist announcements for the annual SXSW music festival came out today and Philadelphia is officially on the bill; locally-based outfits Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie will be playing official showcases in Austin. If you’ve never been, the enormous event strives to give independent bands much-needed attention, with last year’s bringing out over 28,000 music industry professionals and supporting over 2,300 acts. For more information on this year’s SXSW music festival, you can visit their official site here. Check out music from Cheerleader and Low Cut Connie after the jump. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: NPR streams Flaming Lips’ “Beatles Tribute Album”…Watch trailer for new, R.E.M documentary and David Bowie and Neil Young have special releases planned for Record Store Day

Wayne Coyne (Photo : Getty/Frazer Harrison)
Wayne Coyne (Photo : Getty/Frazer Harrison)

The Flaming Lips tribute album to the Beatles does not come out until October 28th, but NPR is currently streaming the album in it’s entirety. Continue reading →