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Just Announced: Project Pabst Philly lineup feat. The Menzingers, Peaches, Big Thief, Speedy Ortiz, and more

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Project Pabst was so kind as to include Philly in last year’s expansive move to become a four-city festival installment — along with Denver, Portland, and Atlanta — and they’re back at it again this summer on September 16th at the Electric Factory. The lineup for this Philly edition was just announced, and it features a big, hearty heaping of good tunes. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s next #tbtXPN Throwback Thursday: Destinations


It’s time again for #tbtXPN Throwback Thursday on XPN. All summer long every Thursday, XPN DJ’s have been throwing it back to a year, an idea, a musical concept. So far, we’ve thrown it back to 1967, Number #1 and Number #2 Billboard Hot 100 hits, and Musical Shadows (cover songs and their originals). Next up – Destinations – cities, States, places, maybe even a trip to Dizz Knee Land. Join us starting at Thursday, June 27th at 6 a.m. with Kristen Kurtis on the XPN Morning Show. #tbtXPN: We’ll take you there. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: St. Vincent to make fall Philly stop at Electric Factory

St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Theatrical indie rocker and guitar god Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is returning to Philly this fall with a show at Electric Factory on November 28th.
Clark’s been up to some pretty cool gigs since her self-titled album in 2014. From designing her own signature guitars, to recently making her horror film directorial debut with her film The Birthday Party, which is featured on the female-led anthology, XX — Clark has been mighty busy. But not too busy to make new tunes, which is reported to be currently underway.

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Pine Barons announce new LP The Acchin Book, share trippy rocker “Telescope”

Pine Barons | photo via Consequence of Sound

It’s official – Pine Barons have at last set a date and a name for the release of their long-time-coming follow up record to 2013’s Pine Barons. Mark your calendars for August 4th, when the five-piece group of indie rockers from Southern New Jersey will debut The Acchin Book after dropping hints and vague timelines for what feels like forever.

The lead single “Alliterate Breed” came last fall in the form of a trippy music video, but the band has been largely quiet in terms of new music since then save frontman Keith Abrams’ project Tremellow and bassist Shane Hower’s solo project Everyone released last month. In conjunction with the official record announcement the band has released a second single via Consequence of Sound. Continue reading →

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile made a record together, are touring together, playing the Tower Theater in November

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile | photo by Danny Cohen | courtesy of the artist

This is just too much good news in one shot, so we’ll do our best to keep our excitement in check.

Remember that story this spring about Philly’s Kurt Vile being spotted in Melbourne’s Newmarket Studio with Courtney Barnett? Yeah, well they weren’t just tracking a one-off single or doing some for-funsies collab…it was part of a full record they recorded together.

Better still: they’re taking the album on tour together across north America this fall.

And they’ve an all-star group of players, or what Vile is terming “A cookin’ band and an intercontinental country duo for the ages-minus the country.” The band will be a revolving cast of Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts) They’re calling themselves The Sea Lice.

Oh, and they’re playing The Tower Theater in Upper Darby on Friday, November 3rd. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 9th, at 10 a.m. More info at the XPN Concert Calendar. (Phew.) Continue reading →

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VuHaus and NPR Music announce new collaboration to champion emerging artists

Emerging artists will get a big boost into the music scene in the coming year, thanks to a new collaboration announced by NPR Music and VuHaus at NonCOMM Thursday.

The project will pull nominations from programming staff at the 18 public radio stations participating in the VuHaus video network — including founding stations WXPN, WFUV, KCRW, KUTX and The Bridge — and, from those names, three artists will be identified that the collaborative, in conjunction with NPR Music, will champion in the 2017-18 season. This could mean anything from appearances at station events, on-air interviews and studio sessions, and performances for video series like NPR’s Tiny Desk. Continue reading →

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Classical living room concert series Groupmuse will make its Philly debut this summer

A Groupmuse event in New York | photo courtesy of Groupmuse
A Groupmuse event in New York | photo courtesy of Groupmuse

After taking root in Boston, New York and San Francisco, the classical music house party series Groupmuse is looking to launch in Philadelphia this summer. The event places chamber ensembles in living rooms and other intimate settings, where they perform for small audiences.

As founder Sam Bodkin tells us, the organization is excited to launch in Philadelphia because of the healthy culture of house shows already in place locally, as well as the proximity to the renowned conservatory Curtis Institute of Music, with whom they hope to partner. Continue reading →

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World Cafe Live out, Live Nation in at Wilmington’s Queen Theater

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New Sweden performs at World Cafe Live at the Queen | Photo by Joe Del Tufo

In just over a week, World Cafe Live ends its six-year run at Wilmington’s historic Queen Theater, but the building will remain a live music space under new venue managers Live Nation.

Reported late last week by Ryan Cormier at the Wilmington News Journal, Live Nation signed a ten-year lease with building owners Buccini / Pollin Group, and begins booking this summer with a three-show soft launch. Pop punk vets New Found Glory perform July 12, Ween co-frontman Gene Ween will play a Billy Joel tribute on August 9 and alternative era singer-writer Matthew Sweet performs on September 21st.  Continue reading →

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Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House expected to open doors in 2018

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Artist’s rendering of The Met | photo via AOS Architects

After lighting up the Divine Lorraine last year, developer Eric Blumenfeld has set his sights on the long-shuttered Metropolitan Opera House at Broad and Poplar. Updates about the property have been trickling in since last November, but Philly.com is now reporting that the renovations have a budget of $45 million and an expected completion date of late 2018.

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