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Throwback Thursday: Dick Clark interviews Robert Hazard on American Bandstand in 1983

Photo via Rolling Stone | http://archive.rollingstone.com/Desktop#/19811126/63
Photo via Rolling Stone | http://archive.rollingstone.com/Desktop#/19811126/63

He wrote “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” and on his own, hometown hero Robert Hazard broke out of the Philly music scene in the early 80s with his incredible live shows anchored by songs like “Escalator of Life” and “Change Reaction.” In 1983 Hazard and his band appeared on American Bandstand, and were interviewed by Dick Clark. Continue reading →

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Philly Music 101: The wild world of Philly’s modern rock scene

A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia's alternative rock scene
A few of the talented artists that make up Philadelphia’s alternative rock scene (Clockwise from top left: Hop Along, Cruisr, DRGN KING, Tutlie, and Vita and the Woolf)

Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.

The complex web of artist that make up Philadelphia’s amazing music scene can be difficult to categorize. Ask any musician, and they probably won’t want to be pigeonholed as purveyors of any single type of music, but sometimes genre communities are an easy step towards understanding and digging deeper into the well-rounded scene that we have today. With that in mind, Philly Music 101 is going to occasionally bring you genre spotlights – with the understanding that labels are of course limiting, and most of our fave musicians work outside the box.

The first segment of our genre spotlight will focus on Philly’s flourishing modern and alternative rock scene that has seen musicians advance their way from rock bar stages to major venues to the pages of Rolling Stone. Continue reading →

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DiPinto: The Philly guitar player’s guitar

Chris DiPinto | Photo by Tom Beck
Chris DiPinto | Photo by Tom Beck

From the opposite side of Girard Avenue, DiPinto Guitars looks just like any other store in Fishtown. You’d never guess it’s somewhat of a tourist destination for many big name guitarists.

“So many famous people have been in here,” says Chris DiPinto, the company’s founder, owner and designer of all DiPinto brand guitars. J Mascis, Richie Havens, and Earl Slick, who played guitar for David Bowie throughout much of his career, are just a few of the names that have patronized DiPinto’s store. A few other big names have stopped by, which DiPinto was less familiar with. “Oasis was in here. After they left somebody told me it was them. And I was like ‘oh, I don’t even know those guys,’” DiPinto says. However, he’ll never forget the phone call from the voice that said “This is Rick Nielsen.”

“You don’t know how many calls I get from friends that are like ‘This is Neil Young,’” explains DiPinto. “And he was like ‘No, this is really Rick Nielsen and I want to come into your shop.’” Continue reading →

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Who should be inducted in the Philly Music Hall of Fame?

Hall & Oates | Photo via http://www.hallandoates.de/material/Credits%20Whole%20Oats.htm
Hall & Oates | Photo by Bryant Hall | via hallandoates.de

Last week on WHYY’s Radio Times, talk show host Marty Moss-Coane gathered several folks to discuss the proposed Philadelphia Music Museum and Hall of Fame. Moss-Coane’s guests were Philly native Greg Harris, co-founder of the Philadelphia Record Exchange, and the current president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland; Dyana Williams, legendary radio personality and president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Recording Academy; and Francis Davis, jazz critic for The Village Voice. Continue reading →

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Travel down Memory Lane with Michaela Majoun

Francis Dunnery and Michaela | Photo by Walt Hug | hugpix.photoshelter.com
Francis Dunnery and Michaela | Photo by Walt Hug | hugpix.photoshelter.com

This morning, longtime XPN host Michaela Majoun takes the mic for her final stint on the morning show. Last month, she announced that she was leaving the airwaves after 26 years. Today, thanks to local photographer Walt Hug (an XPN volunteer), we bring you a gallery of vintage Michaela photos from the early 90s. Check them out after the jump, and leave your wishes for Michaela in the comments. Continue reading →

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The best 25 tweets we’ve seen about the #AwesomeXPN 80s weekend (so far)

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Well, day one of DJ Robert Drake’s Awesome #1 Hits of the 80s Weekend was a total blast. The music was great (and horrendous), the #AwesomeXPN hashtag was poppin and people from around the region (and the country) were weighing in via social media on the best and worst of what we were collectively listening to. Here’s some of the best Twitter action we’ve seen so far. Continue reading →

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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Summer begins, Father’s Day, Make Music Philly Day, and festivals galore!

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What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than in a garden? Neighborhood Gardens Trust celebrates its second annual Community Gardens Day Saturday to underscore the benefits of community gardens and pocket parks. Forty-five gardens are open from 10-3 offering tours, garden work days, music, crafts for the kids, workshops on planting, composting, etc, and experts who can answer gardening questions. Continue reading →

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WXPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Odunde Festival, vintage cars and vintage flea, Flag Fest, and so much more!

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Odunde
Odunde Festival, the largest African-American street festival in the country, celebrates its 40th anniversary Sunday at 23rd and South Streets. Music, dance, crafts, goods and food from the African Diaspora are all part of Odunde which this year has performances by hip-hop legends Kurtis Blow, Chubb Rock, Special Ed and Kwame. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia Takes over Florida’s The FEST…again

themenzingersIt seems that everyone is catching onto the fact that Philadelphia’s music scene is not something to overlook. Even though it takes place in Gainesville, Florida, The FEST seems to be overrun with artists from our city. Last year, we talked to a bunch of local artists about why that is, then took a trip down to Gainesville to experience it for ourselves. This year’s lineup was recently announced, and Philly once again represented heavily in the lineup of over 330, we rounded up a list of must-see locals making the trip to FEST. Continue reading →