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Make Music Philly Day returns tomorrow with Sonni Shine, Lazy Eye and more

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Sonni Shine | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

June 21st, the longest day of the year makes for a great opportunity to open your porches, sidewalks, storefronts and yards for local musicians to perform in on and around them. Founded in France back in 1982, the fête is an opportunity to put on free shows by both seasoned and new artists testing their craft. If you’re into checking out what Philly has to offer but don’t know where to start, read through the neighborhood offerings below. And don’t be that guy running around screaming “Freebird” at every musician you see, please. Let’s keep it classy.

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Catch Bruce Springsteen at his reported upcoming Broadway residency

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

New Jersey boy, Bruce Springsteen, is making his Broadway debut this summer at NYC’s Walter Kerr Theatre. Well, sort of. Sans show tunes and musical numbers, Springsteen is reportedly taking up a residency at the Theatre for eight weeks.

As a change in pace from mammoth stadium tours, Rolling Stone states that the two month long gig will feature solo performances taking place five days a week. That’s a whole lotta chances to see Bruce. And with the venue seating to up to 975 fans, this run is going to lend itself to some incredibly intimate sets. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Katie Frank

At a West Philly gig earlier this spring, I watched local indie rock band Major Pursuit cover the Dixie Chicks immortal “Goodbye Earl,” an anthem about abuse, revenge and sisterhood. “If somebody hits you,” the band reasoned, “murder them.”

This is pretty much the aesthetic of the latest batch of songs singer-songwriter Katie Frank has cooked up over the past year. After debuting in 2012 with Covered Bridge Road and really stepping into the spotlight on 2014’s Counting Your Curses, the Elizabethtown native returned this spring with a revved up string of rocked up, honky tonk and blues inspired single about betrayal, scorn, emotional neglect and — in the case of “Through Your Window” — a search for a way out, pistol in hand. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: LORDE to headline Wells Fargo Center next April

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Lorde | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

I hope you’ve already bought your 2018 planner, because here’s a date you’ll want to pencil in: LORDE will headline the Wells Fargo Center on Monday, April 2nd. The announcement comes alongside the release of the New Zealand pop star’s sophomore LP Melodrama, which follows up her 2013 debut Pure Heroine. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 23rd and will be available on the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch “Green Light” from Melodrama , Lorde’s new album, out now. Continue reading →

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Slowdive extend tour, announce Union Transfer show in November

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

UK shoegazers Slowdive bypassed Philadelphia on the spring leg of their Slowdive tour, but they couldn’t leave us out of the fun completely. Announcing another run of dates for the fall, the recently-reunited outfit will bring their new record to Union Transfer on November 15th. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale this Friday, June 16th and will be available on the XPN Concert Calendar

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Tegan and Sara announce 10th anniversary tour of The Con, playing the Tower Theatre this fall

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Tegan and Sara | Photo by John Vettese

Tegan and Sara have announced a run of dates in celebration of the 10th anniversary The Con, the 2007 record that has become a highlight of the band’s discography and a beloved fan favorite. Featuring intimate acoustic performances, the tour stops at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby on November 10th.

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Deer Tick announce two new records, playing Union Transfer in December

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Deer Tick | photo via band’s Facebook page

If you were at the Non-COMM Music Meeting last month, you got some insider information that Deer Tick would be releasing new material this fall. News went public last week when the band announced not one but two (!) new albums, both set to drop on September 15th via Partisan Records, and today they’re piling on a Twice Is Nice Tour that stops at Union Transfer on December 1st.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Kominas at Johnny Brenda’s, Shannen Moser at Union Transfer, Brackish at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

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The Kominas | Photo by Eddie Austin

Philly / Boston punk outfit The Kominas are charged-up social critics wrapped in catchy hooks and high energy. Their most recent full length, 2015’s Stereotype, is essential listening; in the years since, they’ve released a string of thought provoking and funny music videos tackling institutional racism and xenophobia. Tonight, they headline Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown; watch the “See Something Say Something” video below and get tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Head and the Heart return to The Fillmore in September

The Head and the Heart | courtesy of the artist
The Head and the Heart | courtesy of the artist

The struggle between the head and the heart is one we all know too well, but there is no debate this time: when The Head and the Heart come to the Fillmore on September 22nd, the show is a must-see.

The indie-folk group released their third record Signs of Light last year — for me, it was slightly disappointing but nonetheless expansive and complex record. It was also their first album in three years following a bit of time off for the members to reset and the extended absence of co-frontman Josiah Johnson. As a long-time fan, I knew I was going to see their Fillmore show during last year’s tour no matter what I thought of the new album and, let me tell you, it was the right decision (I may or may not have cried at several points throughout the set, but nobody can prove anything). Continue reading →