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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Rhett Miller at the Sellersville Theater

Rhett Miller
Rhett Miller | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

XPN welcomes Rhett Miller to the Sellersville Theater tonight. The Old 97′s frontman sold out his show the last time he was in Philly, putting on a true-to-form solid set of fan favorites and rarities. His latest record, The Dreamer, was released in 2012 and preceded an XPN Fest appearance. Check out a video of “Singular Girl” from that set below and pick up tickets for tonight’s concert here.

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Catching up with G Love before his March shows at the TLA

via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

G Love has been a staple of the Philadelphia music scene for what seems like forever, with his first album, G. Love and Special Sauce, coming out nearly 21 years ago. But G. (born Garrett Dutton) never stopped making music and is back to the old touring grind this March with an extensive U.S. tour, which includes two stops in Philly at South Street’s Theater of the Living Arts, to promote his newest album, Sugar.

But this year’s Sugar Blues Tour is just the latest in G. Love’s storied music career; he’s basically toured nonstop over the course of the past 20 years, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. In this interview for The Key, G. talks about his band hitting the drinking age, the return of original bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and the grind that’s necessary to stay relevant in the music business. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Juliana Hatfield at Boot & Saddle, Justin Townes Earle at Sellersville Theater, Mitski at Union Transfer

Juliana Hatfield
Juliana Hatfield Three | photo by Johnny Anguish

The Juliana Hatfield Three headline the first of two nights at Boot & Saddle tonight. Returning to the original line-up from the early nineties, the band released its first record in over two decades with this year’s Whatever, My Love. The current tour, though, is billed as a celebration of the 21st anniversary of Become What You Are and has the group performing their seminal debut in its entirety. Pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here (tomorrow night is already sold-out) and watch their video for the classic “Spin the Bottle” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Shay Tribute with Janis Ian and more at First Unitarian Church, Future Punx at Boot & Saddle, Honeyblood at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Janis Ian
Tom Paxton and Janis Ian | photo via www.janisian.com

This afternoon at the First Unitarian Church friends and fans celebrate the 80th birthday and recent retirement of Gene Shay. David Dye hosts performances by Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, John Flynn and more while proceeds from the event benefit the Sing Out! foundation for the preservation and support of folk music. Read more about Gene Shay’s decades behind the Folk Show mic here and get more information about the concert here.

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Good Old War, Young Statues, The Early November to play NJ’s Pinelands Music Festival

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

The inaugural Pinelands Music Festival brings a collection of Philly indie rock favorites to Millville in South Jersey on August 15. The event, announced this week, features acoustic pop trio Good Old War – who will be re-joined by founding drummer Tim Arnold and is set to release an album this summer. The bill also includes Young Statues, Locals and The Early November from Hammonton, New Jersey. Continue reading →

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Glocca Morra’s farewell tour ends at First Unitarian Church with Clique, Marge and more

Glocca Morra | via facebook.com/gloccamorraband
Glocca Morra | via facebook.com/gloccamorraband

Glocca Morra has remained pretty dormant the past two years, beside two short tours with Owls and Joyce Manor. Back in November, they publicly announced that they were disbanding, a hard-hitting moment for much of the Philly music scene. But it was something to be expected as well, with Glocca Morra members starting or joining new bands like Spirit of the Beehive, Dogs on Acid and Ghost Gum.

This week, Glocca Morra officially announced their farewell tour, which spans two weeks in May and ends at the First Unitarian Church on May 30. Continue reading →

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Matt O’Donnell started a cover band and they’re playing the Phoenixville Molly Maguire’s tonight

Matt O'Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodennelltv
Matt O’Donnell | photo courtesy of facebook.com/mattodonnelltv

You’ll probably recognize Matt O’Donnell either from Channel 6 as the co-anchor of 6ABC’s Morning News, or from XPN’s many blog posts mentioning him. But behind that clean-cut made-for-TV-face is actually a stone-cold rocker and metalhead waiting to be unleashed. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paul Gless Group at Ortlieb’s, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live, Up the Chain at MilkBoy and more

Paul Gless | via paulgiessmusic.com
Paul Gless | via paulgiessmusic.com

Bringing back some of the jazz history of the newly-remodeled Ortlieb’s, evocative Philly trumpet player Paul Gless plays a set tonight with his eight-piece band. His music ranges from interpretations of songs he heard growing up in a Unitarian Universalist church and emotive, introspective compositions. Outside of this group, Gless’ work has pushed the boundaries of what jazz can be, incorporating electronic textures and synthesizer sounds, and his trumpet playing has scored independent short films – including the surreal Des Images Clairesby Tailor Wilcox, where the score has a sultry Hollywood jazz vibe. Joining the Paul Gless Group tonight is Tom Moon’s Ensemble Novo. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Dice Raw’s hip-hop musical The Last Jimmy will show at the Prince Theater next month

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

After the death of the Prince Theater’s board chairman and chief fundraiser, Herb Lotman, it seemed that the theater would be closing its doors for good. But next month, the Prince will be showcasing a new hip-hop musical, “THE LAST JIMMY!”

Created by local rapper and Roots affiliate Dice Raw, it is based on his socially-charged Jimmy’s Back mixtape, which is a call-to-arms against mass incarceration. The mixtape and musical were inspired by Dr. Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, a study of race and the American prison system.  Continue reading →