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Just Announced: Bloc Party will play Silent Alarm in full at Franklin Music Hall

Bloc Party | Photo by Rachael Wright | courtesy of the artist
Bloc Party | Photo by Rachael Wright | courtesy of the artist

Bloc Party will be performing their 2005 debut album Silent Alarm in full on a select list of tour dates later this year, including a show at Franklin Music Hall on September 17. As the album, which features the hit single “Banquet,” nears its 15th birthday, the band and fans alike will have the chance to celebrate the landmark work. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Christine and the Queens at World Cafe Live, InAeona at The Fire, Bloc Party at The Fillmore and more…

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Christine and the Queens | photo courtesy of the artist

French singer Héloïse Letissier performs as Christine and the Queens at World Cafe Live. Christine released her US self-titled debut EP last year to growing acclaim. Her aesthetic and sound are clearly influenced by a range of styles and acts, though an affinity for the iconic silhouette of Michael Jackson is perhaps strongest in her dance / pop songs. Watch the video for “Christine” below and pick up tickets to the all-ages show here.

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Just Announced: Bloc Party brings HYMNS to The Fillmore this summer

Bloc Party | Photo by Rachael Wright | courtesy of the artist
Bloc Party | Photo by Rachael Wright | courtesy of the artist

Brit rock faves Bloc Party returned this year with their fifth LP, Hymns, and a tour that brings them to Philadelphia on June 1st for a headlining gig at The Fillmore. NYC dance-pop faves MS MR is opening, tickets for the show are on sale this Friday at 10 a.m., more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Guster play “Dumpster Set” in snowy Pittsburgh alley, stream Bloc Party’s new album, see Neil Young perform for Paris billionaire

That was awesome PGH! #DumpsterSet

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Guster had to cancel their show @ The Fillmore Philadelphia this past weekend because of the snow so instead they played an intimate little performance in Pittsburgh…outside in the snow…in front of a dumpster!  Watch. Continue reading →

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Run the Jewels will headline the Goose Island 215 Block Party this September

Run The Jewels | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN | nataliepiserchio.com

After making their local debut last year in a gig starring Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company is throwing another 215 Block Party in Philly on Saturday, September 7th. The show will take place on the Franklin Music Hall’s outdoor stage and is set to feature Run the Jewels, Chevy Metal, and $3 beers.

Run the Jewels is the long-running collaboration of rapper and producer EI-P and rapper Killer Mike. They debuted 2013 and have been constantly creating ever since. They most recently put out their single “Let’s Go (The Royal We)” last year. Continue reading →

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The WDAS Summer Block Party features Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, Musiq Soulchild and more.

Jill Scott | still from video

WDAS will bring its Summer Block Party back to the Mann Center on June 29, with Philadelphia singer, songwriter, and poet Jill Scott returning to headline for the second consecutive year. The R&B and soul-centric festival  pairs some of the genre’s iconic figures with newer rising stars rising stars. This year Miss Jill Scott will be joined by Philly’s own Jazmine Sullivan, along with Mase, Musiq Soulchild, and DJ D-Nice. Continue reading →

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Why it matters to your neighborhood DJ that Philly is streamlining its block party rules

An uptown block party in Philly | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

As the summer of 2018 slowly recedes into the rear view of our collective memory, an important step has been taken by the City of Philadelphia toward the protection of summer fun and a time-honored cultural tradition. A ride around the city during the warmer months will reveal a seemingly endless number of closed off streets complete with music blaring, barbecue filling the air, and children playing in mobile inflatable Bouncy Houses, all telltale signs of one of Philly’s favorite past times: the block party. For decades, block parties have stood as a integral part of Philadelphia’s music and social culture, strengthening communal bonds among neighbors as well as serving as a training ground for many of the city’s world-class DJs.

Earlier this year, the city announced that there would be tighter restrictions on the process by which residents would receive permit approval to close down their streets for block parties. This new policy would have required residents to get pre-approval from their local police district before receiving final approval from the Streets Department. Some residents even claimed that some police departments promised to block all future permits.

Faced with the looming threat of block party applications being impeded by added bureaucratic red tape, Philly residents took to the phone lines and social media demanding that the process be streamlined. Last week, the City announced that this policy would in fact be reversed, making it easier for residents to apply for block party permits. In a statement from the Streets Department and Police Department: “Applicants will now have one less step in the approval process as they no longer need to visit their local Police District to submit an application in-person or by mail. The Departments will now manage this step of the process internally, saving residents extra time and added process.” Continue reading →