WXPN’s Robert Drake will dig into Philly 80s new wave scene on Land Of The Lost

Previewing some retro #PhillyLocal music for tomorrow’s trip into the #LOTL @wxpnfm 7-11pm (Thx JQ!)

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What was the Philly music scene like in the 80s? Well, it was quite spectacular. if you don’t believe me, then ask someone who was in the middle of it, not only as a fan but also as a DJ on XPN when he first took the airwaves (with me) in the mid-80s. Continue reading →


MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch Dawes perform on David Letterman, Grateful Dead’s last concerts will be on pay-per-view, & Bonnaroo reveals schedule.

“Dawes is pretty much all you need in a rock ‘n’ roll band.”

The words of David Letterman in regards to one of his favorite bands, Dawes who performed on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Watch Dawes (who will perform at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru) sing “Things Happen” from their forthcoming 4th album, “All your Favorite Bands,” due out in June. Continue reading →


Initial Philadelphia Folk Festival 2015 lineup includes Arlo Guthrie, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Shakey Graves

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The initial wave of Philadelphia Folk Festival 2015 artists was announced today, and it includes an appearance by folk scene legend Arlo Guthrie, performing for the 50th anniversary of his album (and song) Alice’s Restaurant.

Also appearing are Kansas City mother-son duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Austin troubadour Shakey Graves, and Colombian ensemble El Caribefunk, who made a splash at last year’s Folk Festival during their summer residency in Philadelphia. Local Brazilian-dance troupe PhillyBloco and Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap are on tap as well. Continue reading →


10 Coachella acts we can’t wait to see in Philly


This year’s Coachella festival in sunny southern California boasted an attendance of around 100,000.  Those of us wishing we were in that crowd shouldn’t be too bummed, though: many of the festival’s premier performers are scheduled to make the rounds on the east coast this summer and fall. As the festival’s second weekend winds down, here’s a look at ten Coachella performers we’re excited to see take the stage in Philadelphia. Continue reading →