Mile High House will host benefit show for Temple University’s Literary and Arts Magazine

Seoul Delhi
Seoul Delhi | photo via Facebook

Philly DIY space Mile High House is hosting a benefit show to raise money for Hyphen - Temple University’s Literary and Arts magazine. On April 10, DelCo indie punks Uncle/Father Oscar will be playing new jams off their recent split with Sister City. Other bands to check out on the bill are Temple / Drexel band Water Polo, jazzy alternative rockers Seoul Delhi, and Everything I Lack, who released their debut EP last month. The show starts at 8 and is $3; you can find more information about the benefit show on the Facebook event page. Continue reading →


XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Shut Up And Dance, Kids Corner Music Festival, Travel and Adventure Show, Wine Week–and spring!

unnamedMetropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA) is in its 25th year of providing meals free of charge to folks with serious illnesses, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week.  How do they do it?  In part with a lot of volunteer help. And also with the great assistance of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, who for the 23rd year are raising money for MANNA with a gala evening of short works of dance created in their spare time.  Shut Up & Dance Saturday at the Forrest Theater promises another dazzling performance with a pre-show cocktail reception and after show dance party, and it’s one of MANNA’s main sources of income.  XPN’s Michaela Majoun hosts.
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Predicting the fate of SXSW artists, one weird band name at a time

Yes, there's a band called How I Quit Crack, and they look like this, and they will probably get arrested at SXSW (so predicts XPN's Dan Reed) | photo via the artist's official Facebook page
Yes, there’s a band called How I Quit Crack, and they look like this, and they will probably get arrested at SXSW (so predicts XPN’s Dan Reed) | photo via the artist’s official Facebook page

No. I am not going to SXSW.

Just so you know what I’m talking about, SXSW is the South By Southwest Music Festival is a yearly event held in Austin, Texas. It’s the largest gathering of its’ kind, with over 2,000 artists performing in over 100 venues. It has grown exponentially over the years, and it now includes a film and interactive component as well. Over 20,000 registrants are expected this year.

But I’m not going.

This time of year, I get asked that question (“Hey, are you going to SXSW?”) about 50 times daily. It’s the “thing” to ask people if you are in the music promotion business, I guess.

But, no, I’m not going.

That being said, I almost wish I was going this year because THE DAMNED are playing, and I would like to see my punk heroes try to tear things up in their late 50′s.

I love to look at the names of the bands playing SXSW every year. A lot of them I know, but most of them are new bands, trying to get some kind of foothold and attention amongst the throng of thousands of would-be Bonos or Kanyes or GaGas navigating the dusty Austin streets.

Here is a list of my favorite band names playing SXSW shows this year, along with a brief description of what I think they should sound like (or how their SXSW experience will go), given their band name. If you are going to SXSW, please report back to me if you see any of the following groups. Thank you. Continue reading →


Five Years of Philly DIY: A musician’s perspective

Party Photographers at The Ox in 2010 | Photo by John Vettese
Party Photographers at The Ox in 2010 | Photo by John Vettese

In the wake of West Philly’s celebrated Golden Tea House closing its doors this winter, I’m torn between nostalgia and the hope that it’s not some trend of unconventional, all-ages venues throwing in the towel. In my heart of hearts I know that every time a DIY venue shuts down a demon gets it’s bat-wings or something, and there will be five more to take its place in a year or so. I hope so, anyway.

An intense show at the dearly departed Terrordome | photo via

This article will reminisce about the show houses that, in my opinion as a lowly musician, have dominated the Philly DIY “scene” the past four or five years. May this also be a rallying call to any person out there thinking about doing something similar: do it!

Get a PA, book a few bands to play in your kitchen or basement, make a rad flyer, invite everyone you know. You’ll be so happy you did, and if you just keep at it, this city will support you and you can eventually become as awesome (or more so) than the places in this article. GO! Continue reading →


When Worlds Collide: Comcast SportsNet reporters Reuben Frank and Sarah Baicker talk about new music and Free at Noon

Reuben Frank and Sarah Baicker in the CSN Studio | Photo courtesy of  Sarah Baicker
Reuben Frank and Sarah Baicker in the CSN Studio | Photo courtesy of Sarah Baicker

XPN’s Free at Noon series has become a hot commodity since its inception ten years ago, and in that time, the free weekly music series has developed many regulars – two of whom you might already be familiar with if your TV is regularly tuned to the Eagles and Flyers on Comcast SportsNet.

Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Reuben Frank and Philadelphia Flyers Beat Writer Sarah Baicker are frequently in the house at World Cafe Live, catching each week’s performance and sharing their reaction – positive and negative – on social media. They sat down to talk with The Key about the music they’ve been listening to lately, who has the best and worst music taste in the Comcast SportsNet Newsroom and their all-time favorite Free at Noons. Continue reading →


WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Some classics restaged, loads of visual art, and Daylight Savings Time!

swan-lake-in-philadelphiaSwan Lake is arguably the world’s most renowned ballet.  Pennsylvania Ballet has revived Christopher Wheeldon’s production from 2004 which was commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Ballet and went on to sell out performances at the Edinburgh Festival.  This is a million dollar production with sets inspired by the paintings of Edgar Degas.  At the Academy Of Music through March 15th. Continue reading →


The best tweets (so far) from the High’s In The 70′s Number One #solidgoldxpn hits weekend


This weekend WXPN’s Dan Reed has been playing all the number one Billboard pop hits of the Seventies. Below, sample of the comments on twitter. You can follow the conversation on twitter @wxpfm #solidgoldxpn.

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XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…The Flower Show is here, can warmer weather be far behind?


The 187th annual Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world’s oldest and still its largest indoor flower show! This year the theme is Celebrate the Movies;  expect to see Disney movies interpreted florally. The black tie gala Friday evening is the first of many special events.  The show runs through March 8th and proceeds help support the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program, which feeds some 1,200 families a week during the growing season, and other community initiatives.

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