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Watch Double Decker Music Series vol. 3, featuring Noun and Rat Catching

Double Decker Music Series
Marissa Paternoster | photo by Bob Sweeney

This month’s Double Decker Music Series featured performances by Noun (Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females) and Rat Catching.  As the intimate audience rode around Philadelphia on the top level of an open-air tour bus, the musicians provided an alternative soundtrack to the historical sights.

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Watch Philly’s Evening Magazine explain The Grateful Dead to viewers in 1979

Segment title screen. Love the Star Wars font.
Segment title screen. Love the Star Wars font.

By 1979, The Grateful Dead was closing in on a decade and a half of recording and touring, were headlining arenas on the regular, and the non-countercultural media was becoming reasonably certain that Jerry and the boys were, you know, not just a fad. Enter Evening Magazine, a television news features program that aired locally on CBS-3; they caught up with the Dead and their devout Deadheads at The Spectrum in this segment that aired on November 6, 1979. Continue reading →

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The Beatles, live at Convention Hall in Philly, September 2, 1964

The Beatles perform at Convention Hall in Philadelphia on September 2, 1964 | Photo via hylitradio.com
The Beatles perform at Convention Hall in Philadelphia on September 2, 1964 | Photo via hylitradio.com

This year marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ initial trip to our side of the pond and their first ever North American tour. If you didn’t know this, you must have been in hibernation back in February. The 1964 summer tour would eventually include an unlikely stop in Philadelphia on September 2 that almost didn’t happen. Thanks to a relentless Philly rock n’ roll radio personality and some tricky planning, it did. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Made in America, sold in Longs Park, Labor Day parade…and more!

kings of leon shot for nme magazine, location elms lester painting roomsKings of Leon are the final performers in a music filled weekend on the Parkway as Jay Z brings his Made In America Festival to Philadelphia for the third time Saturday and Sunday (and this year to Los Angeles for the first time).  The three music stages present diverse genres and bands that include Mayer Hawthorne, The National, Spoon, Pharell Williams, Kanye West and area talent like The Menzingers  There are beer gardens, food trucks, and merch booths galore, and XPN staffers are covering the fest here on The Key. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Art furniture, comedy, Ukrainian culture, and more!

 

courtesy of UASC Tryzub
courtesy of UASC Tryzub

The 23rd Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival is Sunday in Horsham. This cultural celebration is complete with Ukrainian dishes, beers and baked goods. In addition, four main acts are set to play on stage, including a Ukrainian violinist, a colorful and acrobatic dance act, an electronic band that infuses traditional Ukrainian music, and the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, known for their melding of Ukrainian dance and world culture. A social Ukrainian dance called Zabava is going to be featured on stage after the main show while traditional and modern Ukrainian music is performed in the background. Continue reading →

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Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase brings a sweet end to the season with Mock Suns and more

Kandy Kane Productions Presents: Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase
Kandy Kane Productions Presents: Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase

As the end of the season approaches (insert appropriate cries as you reach for socks to keep wearing your Birkenstocks through the fall), quite a few Philly music groups are putting together their own ode to summertime vibes. One we’re particularly excited about is Kandy Kane Productions Philly Summer Sonic Rock Showcase, which will take place next Friday, August 29th, at The Rotunda on Walnut Street. The line-up includes a pretty boss round-up of local mainstays: Old Scratch, Dead Tenors, Senium, Mock Suns, Kind of Creatures, Village and Snoozer. Doors for the showcase open at 6:30 and festivities will rave on til 1 AM. $5 tickets for the event are available at the door. Below, you can check out some tunes from a few of the artists featured on the bill. Continue reading →

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West Philly drummer Justin Faulkner brings Community Unity Music Festival to Clark Park

Justin Faulkner and his family organized West Philly's first Community Unity Festival, slated for Sunday. | Photo by Shaun Brady
Justin Faulkner and his family organized West Philly’s first Community Unity Festival, slated for Sunday. | Photo by Shaun Brady

Growing up in the Cedar Park section of West Philly, Justin Faulkner spent so much time with his nearby cousins that they felt more like brothers. So it hit particularly hard when one of those cousins fell victim to gun violence, killed just outside West Philadelphia High School when Faulkner was in his early teens. Not long after, another cousin met the same fate, followed by several of Faulkner’s childhood friends. Continue reading →

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…The culture of India & the Caribbean…Pancakes, Booze and Art…and so much more!

courtesy of http://www.mccannteam.com/join-the-celebration-indias-independence-day-at-penns-landing/
courtesy of http://www.mccannteam.com/join-the-celebration-indias-independence-day-at-penns-landing/

Penn’s Landing hosts two free cultural celebrations this weekend.  Saturday’s 21st Festival of India at the Great Plaza is sponsored annually by the Council of Indian Organizations to celebrate India’s Independence Day and bring her art, music, dance, and cuisine to the shore of the Delaware River.

Sunday’s Caribbean Festival is in its 28th year, and brings the offerings of 14 Caribbean islands to the Great Plaza:  reggae, roots international beat, hip-hop, steel band and gospel music…poetry…island skits and dances… a marketplace of Caribbean fashions, souvenirs, arts and crafts… and an African/Caribbean children’s village. Continue reading →

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The Taney Dragons Little League baseball champs share their walk up songs

Photo courtesy of: http://www.taneybaseball.com/
Photo courtesy of: http://www.taneybaseball.com/

Here at XPN we’re all pretty excited for Philly’s Taney Dragons Little League baseball team who are playing in the Mid-Atlantic regional championship game against Delaware tonight at 6PM. The game will be on EPSN 2. Taney is one win away, and will be the qualifying game to play in the Little League baseball World Series in Williamsport.

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UPDATE: Tanney won the Mid-Atlantic championship game, 8-0! Now moving onto the opening round of the Series at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, PA, their first game is on Friday Aug 15th at 3pm. Full schedule here

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One of the players on the little league baseball team is Tai Shanahan, the son of WXPN’s Associate General Manager Quyen Shanahan. Taney has gotten some fantastic press in their exciting march towards the little league championship game. Continue reading →

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Listen to a rare recording of The Delfonics and Billy Stewart from a live concert at West Philly’s Nixon Theatre

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Music journalist and Philly native, Mr. C – the host of Mr. C’s Soul Spectacular internet radio show, as well as a historian and record crate digger – has hipped us to an amazing live recording of a show at Philly’s Nixon Theatre featuring soul singer Billy Stewart and Philly’s The Delfonics. Stewart performed his classic “Summertime” and The Delfonics sang “You’ve Been Untrue,” a side they recorded early in their career on Cameo Records.

The Nixon Theatre, built in 1910, stood tall at 52nd and Market Streets until it was demolished in 1984. Continue reading →