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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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Michaelapalooza: Sending off XPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun at World Cafe Live

Michaelapalooza | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Michaelapalooza | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

It’s the end of an amazing era; WXPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun will host her final shift on Tuesday, June 30th. Michaela started at WXPN on March 1, 1989. Last night at World Cafe Live, her time on the air and contributions to the Philly music, arts and culture scene were recognized during Michaelapalooza, a two and a half hour outpouring of love for Michaela. Continue reading →

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Imagine Dragons make an explosive return to Wells Fargo Center

Imagine Dragons | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Imagine Dragons | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

What an experience this night was. Pouring rain, deafening music, tons of fog, and even more lasers.

Imagine Dragons is a rock band, pure and simple, and their songwriting and anthemic choruses have shot them to the kingdom of Top 40 and the tip top of the Billboard 200 with seemingly immense ease. Rock they do; lead vocalist Dan Reynold’s energy was constant and extremely high throughout his entire set, through the most elated and moody of songs. However, at times the band did seem like it would more be aptly named “Dan Reynolds” and friends; there were several points where Dan was the only one lit on stage, even though Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman, and Ben McKee were carrying considerable amounts of weight also, providing vocal harmonies too high for most men their age to reach and guitar/bass battles aplenty.

The night was chock full of highlights, as you’d expect at a concert of this enormity. Continue reading →

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Firefly 2015 in pictures

Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

This time last week, thousands of music fans were packing up their tents just outside the Dover International Speedway and making their way home from this year’s Firefly Music Festival. Over four days, we caught amazing performances by Cage the Elephant, Zella Day, Run the Jewels, Paul McCartney, Foster the People, Spoon, Hozier, Steve Aoki and many more (with a bit of rain in the mix). Click below for some highlights and a full Firefly 2015 photo gallery. Continue reading →

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Crashing: Oldermost and Sam Amidon bring quiet thunder to World Cafe Live

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

I wasn’t sure I’d make it to the show on Tuesday night. My whole house was shaking from the thunder, and the lighting left little to the imagination as to the state of affairs beyond the confines of my four walls. But luckily, the violent stormfront passed quickly, and I was able to leave for the show right on time. Little did I know that Oldermost and Sam Amidon would bring their own, different kind of storm to World Cafe Live, that night. Continue reading →

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Confidence and Soul: Ibeyi brings their commanding show to World Cafe Live

Ibeyi | Photo by Cameron Pollack | http://cameronpollack.500px.com/
Ibeyi | Photo by Cameron Pollack | http://cameronpollack.500px.com/

I have seen no duo in my admittedly brief history of concert going more commanding of a crowd, more loving of groove, and with more infectious, intricate songwriting than Ibeyi. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi ooze confidence and soul, constantly singing and smiling through the set, at each other and at the audience. Continue reading →

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Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy on Jack McCarthy’s walking tour

Philly Jazz
The Royal Theater | photo by Jennifer Brady | www.behance.net/JennBrady

Philadelphia International Records was never particularly tied to Philly’s jazz scene. Still, historian Jack McCarthy made it a point to stop at the legendary soul label’s Broad Street home when leading tours about the city’s jazz history. In part, that’s because many local jazz musicians picked up session work there when it housed the Cameo-Parkway label. And in part, it’s simply because it was so integral to local music history.

In April, when McCarthy led his inaugural “Exploring the Philly Jazz Legacy” tour, he showed tourists the Philadelphia International Records building itself; a month later, he showed his next group a block-long hole in the ground surrounded by a chain-link fence. In coming months, he’ll be showing tourists a photo of the now-demolished building while standing in front of a new 47-story hotel and condo tower. That story is indicative of the history of Philly jazz, where so many of the music’s former homes have been erased from the ever-changing landscape.

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Go Team! Connor Barwin’s benefit show helps Make the World Better

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“We are just so pleased to be here to announce our undying loyalty to the Philadelphia Eagles, tonight,” one of the members of Parquet Courts said, late on Saturday evening. Even though the evening’s festivities were being hosted by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, #sports took a backseat to help make the world better. Continue reading →