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Photo Recap: Tigers Jaw, Saintseneca and Smidley packed the Union Transfer

Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Hometown heroes Tigers Jaw returned to Philadelphia Friday night with a packed gig at Union Transfer. The band is touring in support of their latest album Spin which was released May 19th on Black Cement Records. Accompanying Tigers Jaw on this tour is the indie folk band Saintseneca along with Smidley, a new project from Foxing lead singer Conor Murphy. Check out the full photo gallery from the night Continue reading →

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Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock to perform at Verizon Hall

Herbie Hancock | via The Kimmel Center

The legendary Herbie Hancock began as a child prodigy in the 50’s, was sought after by Miles Davis to join his Second Great Quartet in the 60’s, and in the decades since has released 41 studio albums, picked up 14 Grammy awards, and added a star to the Hollywood Walk of Fame while reshaping the landscape of jazz along the way – and these are only the highlights of the highlights. Continue reading →

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Keep up with emerging artists on WXPN’s Discover Local Music playlist, featuring Harmony Woods, OddKidOut and more

Harmony Woods | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Between songs from Danny Black‘s new solo effort and recent Firefly performers Hardwork Movement there’s a sampling of faces from many corners of the regional music community on the new Discover Local Music Spotify playlist curated by WXPN. This is the first iteration of the playlist, which features emerging acts and old favorites alike, and it will be updated and added to regularly as we spotlight the best new music from Philly, Lancaster, the Lehigh Valley, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palm at PhilaMOCA, OhBree at Johnny Brenda’s, Family Volleyball at Ortlieb’s, and more

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

Indie four-piece Palm recently debuted their new “candy-coated dissonance” of an EP, titled Shadow Expert. With wonderfully erratic rhythms, these new tunes are a refreshing beauty to behold. And tonight they’ll be bringing this perfect deconstruction of sound to PhilaMOCA. Find more info on the show here, and stream Shadow Expert below. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: A rollercoaster ride with Imelda May

Imelda May – Free At Noon 6/23/17 | Photo by Rich McKie / WXPN

If it’s good enough for Bob Dylan, it’s sure as heck good enough for us. In an interview on his own website, the legendary singer/songwriter listed Imelda May‘s new record in the same breath as Iggy Pop, Valerie June and The Stereophonics – and boy do we understand why.

The Dublin-born singer took us on a musical and emotional roller coaster ride at today’s WXPN Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe Live. Though her complete 7 piece band preceded her stage entrance, May started off her set with “Call Me” – a peaceful song, with only a lightly strummed guitar complimenting her quiet voice. Sitting on a stool under a single spotlight, you could hear a pin drop in the room — perhaps leading many to expect a laid-back show on this rainy Friday afternoon — but Imelda soon showed she had much more up her sleeve. Continue reading →

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I Want More CAN: An Indie Rock Hit Parade Special

Can | Photo courtesy of the artist

On this week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, we highlight the music and legacy of the celebrated German experimental band Can. To coincide with the release of a new, career-spanning singles box set, our show features some of Can’s best-known and pioneering works alongside a few contemporary bands who keep their spirit alive.

Plenty has already been written about Can and their unconventional approach to music. The band has been the subject of tribute concerts, archival reissues and art installations, and a multi-volume biography from music journalist Rob Young is slated for publication in 2018. Rather than reiterating what so many have already said, I’ll instead present a few of the modern bands who have taken a significant amount of inspiration from Can’s unorthodox approach to recording.
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Bel Heir announces new EP, listen to lead single “California High”

Bel Hier | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Bel Hier | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly indie pop band Bel Heir have released a new single just in time for your weekend beach getaways (and next weekend’s, and the weekend after that, and your daily commutes, because this single has “summer jam” written all over it). Premiered by Paste Magazine, “California High” is the lead single in advance of the trio’s upcoming EP Washed Up which is slated for a July 21st release and described by the band as “an entire EP of trashy, surfy, beach punk bangers.” Continue reading →