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Citizen Cope brings tenth anniversary Clarence Greenwood Recordings tour to TLA in October

Photo by Danny Clinch
Photo by Danny Clinch

XPN favorite Citizen Cope just announced a fall tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of his second LP, The Clarence Greenwood Recordings, and he will headline The TLA on Tuesday, October 14th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 27th at 10 a.m. via LiveNation. Below, watch Cope perform “Son’s Gonna Rise” from the album at the 2011 XPoNential Music Festival with Gary Clark Jr. backing him up.

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James Mercer and Danger Mouse bring Broken Bells to The Electric Factory in September

Broken Bells | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Broken Bells | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

After a set at this weekend’s Firefly Music Festival, Broken Bells – the collaboration of The Shins’ James Mercer and DJ / producer Danger Mouse – announced they are returning to Philadelphia this fall, headlining the Electric Factory on September 27th. Tickets for the all ages show go on sale this Friday, June 27th, at 10 a.m. Watch their Live on Letterman performance below.

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Movin’ On Up: Dr. Dog will play the Skyline Stage on 9/13, taking The Front Bottoms, Mac De Marco and Hop Along with them

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Dr. Dog rocking the Electric Factory in February | Photo by Noah Silvestry

For the past few albums, Philly rock and roll faves Dr. Dog have staged their hometown shows at the Electric Factory, usually selling the place out and more recently on back-to-back nights. While they’ve really begun to own that room and, as I observed in the winter, craft a friendly and familial atmosphere in what is pretty much a big warehouse, the question lingered in the air: when is the band going to take the next step?

Today, we got that answer: as it’s B-Room tour wraps around the country on another leg, Dr. Dog will headline the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 14th, a setting that couldn’t be more perfect. The capacity is just slightly bigger than the Factory, so it may not be a huge jump, but playing the Skyline is a great gateway to playing the Mann proper – and I can’t wait to see the boys rock (and pack) that house. And also, watching a show in open-air setting in the grove on a breezy late summer Saturday night with the city lights twinkling behind you and Dr. Dog in front of you could not possibly be a more Philly concert. Maybe if the Phanatic showed up again, or The Roots were there, but you get what I’m saying – this is going to be a treat.

Also a treat are the openers: Canadian impresario Mac DeMarco, who cunningly bridges the worlds of lo-fi drum-machine indie / weirdo rock (think Ariel Pink, Animal Collective) with the energy and in-yo-face attitude of mainstream party rock (Andrew W.K.), as well as Jersey’s The Front Bottoms, whose high energy poppy folk-punk is completely infectious and endearing (check out their new Rose EP or their recent Indie Rock Hit Parade session to see). Arrive early, stay late. UPDATE: Holy smokes the first opener is actually amazing Philly art punks Hop Along according to the flyer on Dr. Dog’s Twitter. Freaking out over here.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 27th, at 10 a.m. Listen to music from each of the artists below.

 

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WXPN Welcomes BANKS back to Philly in the Fall, will play Union Transfer

Photo of BANKS at Underground Arts by Cameron Pollack
Photo of BANKS at Underground Arts by Cameron Pollack

After her recent performance at Underground Arts earlier this month, we’re excited to announce that BANKS will return to Philadelphia on September 27th to play Union Transfer. Fresh off excellent sets at Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo, the sultry songstress will continue her tour throughout the summer just in time for her album, Goddess, to be released on September 9th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Listen to her most recent single “Drowning” below.

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Ruby the Hatchet signs with Tee Pee Records

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2 days ago, Philly psych-rockers Ruby the Hatchet took to Instagram to announce the exciting news that they signed a record deal with Tee Pee Records.  “We are proud to announce that we’re joining the @teepeerecords fam!” they exclaim in the caption.  Tee Pee also seemed pretty stoked about the deal, posting a photo of lead vocalist Jillian Taylor signing their contract (at a bar!), to their Facebook page. 

In April, 2013, Ruby The Hatchet did a Key Studio Session. Listen to the session here, and below, watch the video for “The Angry Mountain.”

Ruby The Hatchet “Paralyzed” from The Angry Mountain on Vimeo.

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Bastille to play Liacouras Center in October

Bastille | Photo by John Vettese
Bastille | Photo by John Vettese

UK pop-rock foursome Bastille just announced the rest of their Bad Blood: The Last Stand US tour dates, which includes a show at the Liacouras Center on Tuesday, October 7th. 2013 was a big year for the band, with hits like “Pompeii” and “Bad Blood,” and an appearance on Saturday Night Live. They recently played Governor’s Ball and are currently touring throughout Europe for the rest of the summer. Find tickets and info for their show here and listen “Things We Lost In The Fire” below.

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Disc Makers: Back in the vinyl business after 15 years

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According to this blog post, Disc Makers, whose main offices are in Pennsauken, New Jersey, are back in the vinyl business after 15 years. This past Thursday, Disc Makers’ CEO Tony van Veen wrote in a blog post on their site:

As of this week, Disc Makers is back selling vinyl record pressing services to independent artists. The rise of vinyl is one of the most improbable stories of the past several years, but it’s real. For each of the past five years, we’ve contemplated whether to get back into the vinyl biz. Every year we thought it was a passing fad. But now, after five years of 35% annual vinyl record sales growth (every year), we’re back to being believers!

Whether it’s nostalgia, or hipsters, or that warm analog sound, vinyl is back with a vengeance! And I think it’s here to stay for a while. So now those old Hamilton presses are cranking again. I can smell that unmistakable smell again, and I experience the tactile, pleasurable feel of sliding that beautiful 12” disc out of its protective paper sleeve.

Returning to the manufacturing equipment the company sold off two decades ago, Disc Makers is now offering high-quality 7 and 12 inch vinyl records in various colors, two different weights, and a variety of record jacket packaging. “It’s not back to the future from our perspective; it’s forward to the past,” says van Veen.

For more of the story, check out the video below.

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Balance and Composure will wrap its fall headlining tour The TLA in October

Balance and Composure | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Balance and Composure | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Doylestown’s Balance and Composure just announced a late summer / early fall headlining tour with Seaheaven and The American Scene that will wrap up with a homecoming show at the TLA on October 4th. (EDIT: While The American Scene is on earlier dates of the tour, Creepoid joins the tour for the latter half, and will play the TLA show.) Tickets go on sale Friday at noon via Live Nation. The heavy emo five-piece released their sophomore album, The Things We Think We’re Missing, last fall and have been touring it hard ever since. They stopped in for an acoustic Key Studio Session in October; check out an acoustic performance of “Reflection” from it below, and download the entire set here.

Balance and Composure “Reflection” – WXPN Key Studio Session from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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The hip-hop concert of the summer is happening August 21st

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The hip-hop concert of the summer is coming to Philly. Drake and Lil Wayne are going out on a 31 city tour with a Philly stop on Thursday, August 21st. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, June 20 at 10am. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, listen to a new song by Drake, and collaboration between Drizzy and Lil Wayne.

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Philadelphia Folk Festival adds Jason Isbell, and World Cafe recording sessions with Sturgill Simpson and Caroline Rose to the lineup

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

The already packed 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival lineup is getting four more additions, including singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who will be a headliner on Sunday night of the festival. A former member of the band Drive-By Truckers, singer-songwriter Isbell has a southern rock, alternative country influenced sound. The festival also added a bonus concert exclusively for All-Festival Camping Ticket holders on Thursday, April 14 — the night before the festival official starts. The concert will be held in the campgrounds and hosted by World Cafe host David Dye. The night will feature bluegrass and country music singer Sturgill Simpson, vintage country songstress Caroline Rose and roots band Parsonfield. For more information about the festival and tickets, go to the Philadelphia Folk Festival website here. Below, listen to Isbell perform “Live Oak” from his Free at Noon concert from August 2013.

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