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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brian Wilson at the Mann Center, Sondre Lerche at Boot and Saddle

Brian Wilson | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Brian Wilson | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Legendary Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson performs tonight at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. With a 2014 album called No Pier Pressure and a recent biopic called Love & Mercy, the 73-year-old Wilson hit the road with a stellar backing band to perform new songs as well as classics from all across his career. His set at NonCOMM back in May was an incredible trip down memory lane and it was only a half-hour long Free at Noon; expect tonight’s show at the Mann to be much bigger and filled with feeling. Rodriguez opens the show; get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jamaaladeen Tacuma at World Cafe Live, Mike Gordon at Union Transfer, Worriers at Boot and Saddle and more

Jamaaladeen Tacuma | Photo via facebook.com/JamaaladeenTacuma
Jamaaladeen Tacuma | Photo via facebook.com/JamaaladeenTacuma

Prolific Philadelphia bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma makes an appearance at World Cafe Live tonight, sharing the stage with Saxofour. He got his start almost 40 years ago in the Prime Time ensemble with jazz great Ornette Coleman, and released a string of boundary-pushing solo albums in the 80s and 90s that abstractly dabbled in a variety of styles, from abstract free jazz to funk. In the late aughts he teamed up with guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour and drummer G. Calvin Weston in the trio Free Form Funky Freqs. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Rhett Miller’s video for the upbeat “Most in the Summertime”

 

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

Old 97s charismatic frontman Rhett Miller just released a music video for his song “Most in the Summertime” off new solo album The Traveller. It features Miller as the focal point while the scene around him changes from park to bar to bed and back again (look out for a cameo by Nicole Atkins, too!). The song is catchy and has that same Old 97′s energy we know and love. Continue reading →

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10 songs that will make DJ Robert Drake’s #AwesomeXPN 80s weekend, um, awesome

Don't tell me you won't be singing along to every word of Madonna's "Like A Prayer"
Don’t tell me you won’t be singing along to every word of Madonna’s “Like A Prayer”

This weekend, WXPN’s DJ Robert Drake is celebrating the music of the 80s in a big way. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and continuing at 10 a.m. Sunday, Drake will host the #AwesomeXPN 80s weekend, a marathon playback of every single number one hit from 1980 to 1989. While you might be inclined to think “total dance party” – and while there are totally danceable songs on his playlist – the mix might just surprise you. There are songs that hold up as bona fide classics, songs that have aged more (shall we say) comically, and many songs that are a little bit of both. Like this one. If you want to peek at the playlist, well, there’s Wikipedia for that. Or you can just tune in and be surprised. Either way, here is a roundup of ten songs I cannot wait to hear on the XPN airwaves this weekend. Continue reading →

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With two albums out this summer, Wavves will visit the TLA in September

Wavves | Photo by John Vettese
Wavves | Photo by John Vettese

San Diego punk rockers Wavves have announced a fall tour, which includes a stop at the TLA on September 30th. The tour is in support of two albums the Nathan Williams-led four piece plan to release this summer: one an untitled fifth studio album, and the other a collaboration album with Cleveland punk band Cloud Nothings titled No Life for Me. The show at the TLA will feature supporting acts Twin Peaks and Steep Leans. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Sermon! at Summerfest, Tigers Jaw at the First Unitarian Church, Fuel at Sands Bethlehem and more

The Sermon | Photo by John Vettese

The Key’s Waterfront Sessions continue tonight with a free concert at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest by West Chester jazz eight-piece The Sermon!, who we last saw kicking off the day at the Center City Jazz Fest in April. The band moves deftly through classic funk, R&B and soul motifs, anchored by James McLaughlin’s evocative organ playing. Joining them is the Josh Laurence Quintet, comprised of various members of the Fresh Cut Orchestra. More information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jessica Pratt at Boot and Saddle, The Lawsuits at Pastorius Park, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer and more

Jessica Pratt | Photo bu Colby Droscher | Courtesy of the artist
Jessica Pratt | Photo bu Colby Droscher | Courtesy of the artist

California singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt will take your breath away. Born in San Francisco, based in LA, Pratt’s minimal guitar meditations are easily comparable to Nick Drake and Karen Dalton. But even if you’re not familiar with those nuggets of 70s folk, Pratt’s music is still affecting. Her sophomore album On Your Own Love Again was released in January via Drag City Records and Pratt appears at Boot and Saddle tonight with XPN Artist to Watch Ryley Walker. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →