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City Winery is coming to Philadelphia

Suzanne Vega at City Winery New York | via facebook.com/citywinerynyc

As renovations continue at what was once the Gallery at Market East, news emerged this week that live music will be in the cards when the space re-opens next year.

City Winery, the restaurant / live music chain that originated in New York City in 2008, will open its seventh satellite venue in the shopping and entertainment complex (which will be called Fashion District Philadelphia) when it opens in September of 2019, the Inquirer reports. Continue reading →

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New venue The Locks will bring singer-songwriters to Manayunk this fall

The team behind The Locks | photo by Michael Bryant for philly.com

The folks who brought us live music at the Tin Angel for over 20 years are about to make their return with a new venue, and they’ve already begun to fill up their calendar of shows through the end of the year. Set to open in September, The Locks is situated on Manayunk’s vibrant Main Street over the Irish pub Sona, The Inquirer reports.

The four men behind the new venue are familiar faces in the Philly music scene: former Tin Angel owner Donal McCoy and booker Larry Goldfarb, plus Richard Kardon and Jesse Lundy of Point Entertainment. Thanks to its location and the niche brand of live music experience it will offer, The Locks seeks to set itself apart from other city and suburban music venues. Continue reading →

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Made In America will remain on the Ben Franklin Parkway, says Philly Mayor’s office

Made In America | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Made In America is remaining in the heart of the Philadelphia. The future of Jay-Z’s annual music festival was in doubt last week, as word got out that the city did not want it located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway beginning in 2019. But following a national backlash, both parties have come to an agreement, announcing today that the festival will remain in place at the foot of the Art Museum Steps. Continue reading →

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Made In America’s future on the Parkway is in question; Jay-Z responds to city’s “eviction” in Inquirer op-ed

Jay-Z | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

While Jay-Z’s seventh annual Made In America music festival is set to bring Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, and Janelle Monae to Philly on Labor Day weekend, this could be the last year the event takes place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Or, depending on how alarmist you want to get about it, in Philly at all.

Yesterday, Danya Henninger of Philly news site Billy Penn reported that MIA 2019 would not be held on the Parkway, attributing the news to an unnamed Philadelphia communications official; this was verified by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Dan DeLuca, who received a statement from deputy communications director Sarah Reyes. Both accounts contained similar reasoning and language: per Reyes in the Inquirer, “When the festival first started, it was intended to provide a unique attraction to the city on the otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend. Over the years, tourism has grown overall, and the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary.”

This, however, came as news to Jay-Z and his partners at both Roc Nation and LiveNation, who organize the festival every year. They learned about the city’s intents though the Billy Penn article, and Jay-Z responded to what he’s termed as an “eviction” with a scathing Inquirer op-ed today. Continue reading →

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Nothing announces new album with a surreal, apocalyptic video for the new “Zero Day”

Nothing
Nothing | photo by Ben Rayner | courtesy of the artist

Philly shoegazers Nothing have announced a new album, Dance on the Blacktop to be released August 24th on Relapse Records. The follow-up to 2016’s Tired of Tomorrow, Dance on the Blacktop sees the band collaborating with noted producer John Agnello (Hop Along, Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to craft “a brave walk into the absurdity.”

Along with the album announcement, Nothing released a video for lead single “Zero Day.” Surreal and apocalyptic, the video is a fitting counterpoint to the metallic funeral march of the music. Watch the video for “Zero Day” below, and check below for the track list and tour dates. Continue reading →

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Bruce Springsteen will perform at the grand reopening of beloved Jersey venue Asbury Lanes

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

On June 18th, the city of Asbury Park will celebrate the grand renovation of its famed Asbury Lanes with a night of live music…and of course Jersey native Bruce Springsteen will be featured in the lineup.

A bowling alley and bar that became a beloved spot to catch punk shows in the Garden State, Asbury Lanes is now officially outfitted as a new music venue, and the celebration (which also features Portugal. The Man) will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. Asbury Lanes has been officially open since Memorial Day Weekend. Continue reading →

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Listen to two new Gorillaz songs, “Humility” and “Lake Zurich,” see them at Wells Fargo Center in October

Gorillaz | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Good news in the Gorillaz-verse! Earlier this week, Gorillaz announced new album The Now Now, the quick follow up to 2017’s Humanz. Today, the virtual band released two new tracks off their 6th studio LP, groovy bop “Lake Zurich” and album opener “Humility,” which features George Benson on guitar and vocals. Along with the two new tracks, the band provided more details on their upcoming album, which is set to release on June 29th. View the full tracklist and album artwork below. Continue reading →

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What has Anthony Green been teasing on Twitter, anyway?

Anthony Green | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Philly modern rock icon Anthony Green is celebrating 10 years of his debut solo record Avalon this summer, along with pals Good Old War and Found Wild. That’s no secret, and he announced the tour a few weeks ago after much fan speculation (Green is a fan of anniversary shows, after all — his band Circa Survive has done two 10-year celebration tours for their first and second albums already). Avalon‘s second stop is right here at home at the TLA on June 30th, following a show in DC the night before.

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If you’ve paid any attention to Green’s social media happenings, he’s been pretty vocal on Twitter about an impending release. He recently recorded a live session at Studio 4 in Conshohocken with acclaimed engineer Will Yip, and apparently that was just the beginning of a very busy summer for Green, and one of two releases he’s been working on. Continue reading →

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Amos Lee is getting personal on his upcoming LP My New Moon

Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

No one is more excited about the release of Philly rooted singer-songwriter Amos Lee’s new LP My New Moon than us here at WXPN. The XPNFest and NonComm veteran will be releasing his seventh studio album on August 31st via Dualtone Records.

The folk/soul rock artist has had a lot of success over the years, with his last record, 2016’s Spirit, debuting at number three on the Billboard Rock. For the upcoming LP, he has taken a more personal approach by molding the collection of tracks to reflect struggles throughout a recent period of his life period of his life. Produced by Tony Berg (who has worked recently with Phoebe Bridgers, and Andrew Bird), My New Moon features a number of collaborators such as Blake Mills, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Ethan Gruska, and more. Continue reading →

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Dave Matthews releases his first single and video from new LP – “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”

Dave Matthews Band | photo by Doug Interrante

Just a week ago, fans were excited to catch their first glimpse at the official tracklist of Dave Matthews Band‘s new LP, Come Tomorrow. But today, they’ve received some ear and eye candy in the release of its first single, “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” – in both streaming and video formats.

The song starts off with a lighthearted guitar riff, paired with Matthews solo voice – but quickly escalates to an anthemic rock tune with the crash and technical drum fills we’ve come to expect from his longtime drummer, Carter Beauford. The video takes it to a whole nother level, bringing the Come Tomorrow album cover to life. You’ll find yourself levitated through a world of flying cities, suspended from balloons of hot air – a la Of Monsters And Men, just without the horned beasts and fire yielding, feather faced ladies! Continue reading →