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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 →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Paul McCartney’s unreleased recording with John Bonham, St. Vincent to debut 2 new songs on “Record Store Day” and Coldplay to release “Ghost Stories Live” DVD, Album

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via consequenceofsound.net

Two, classic Wings’ albums will be reissued next month: Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound, and the bonus material will include a song that Paul McCartney recorded with late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Continue reading →

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The Districts’ van was broken into…again.

You’ve got to be kidding me. The Districts‘ van was broken into…again…in the same city as last time. The above Instagram (which, yeah, kinda looks like the cover of LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver) is what they found earlier today – a lock cut off from their door. Strand of Oaks also had their van broke in to in St. Louis this year, as did Mineral. Read what The Districts had to say about it after the jump. Continue reading →

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Sam Smith will headline The Liacouras Center in January

Sam Smith | photo via facebook.com/samsmithworld
Sam Smith | photo via facebook.com/samsmithworld

Known for his almost sensual blend of pop, R&B, and soul, British singer/songwriter Sam Smith, will be returning to Philadelphia to play the Liacouras Center on January 13th. Since his meteoric rise to fame in 2012 for his feature in Disclosure’s deep house single “Latch”, Smith has taken the national and international music scene by storm. Continue reading →

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The Ultimate Basement Show: Why Gainesville’s FEST is so important to the Philly DIY scene

Philly's Restorations is headed to Gainesville's FEST for the fifth time, and timed it's new album release around it | photo via restorations.tumblr.com
Philly’s Restorations is headed to Gainesville’s FEST for the fifth time, and timed it’s new album release around it | photo via restorations.tumblr.com

Some musicians route their tours around it. Others plan major releases to coincide with it. Others still will travel thousands of miles to play a one-off show at it, turn right around and head home.

The annual FEST in Gainesville, Florida, has become something of a DIY scene mecca over its 13-year existence. A series of punk concerts housed in a handful of venues over the course of a weekend where, as legend has it, the University of Florida’s football team is always out on an away game, THE FEST – usually written in all-caps, but not for any particular reason – is a huge draw, especially for artists from the Philadelphia region. Continue reading →