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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Elle King at The Fillmore, Chris Robinson Brotherhood at TLA and Robert Randolph and The Family Band at World Cafe Live

Elle King | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Elle King | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

UArts alum turned pop sensation Elle King returns to Philly tonight for a gig at The Fillmore. King has been on The Key’s radar for quite some time now, and her countrified rock music is hard to forget and even harder not to like. Her song “Ex’s and Oh’s” off her debut album Love Stuff catapulted the LA native into the spotlight last year. Watch the video for the massive hit song and click here for more information on the show. Continue reading →

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Recap: Elle King kicks off NonCOMM with some southwestern twang

Elle King | Photo by John Vettese
Elle King | Photo by John Vettese

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Elle King brought NonCOMM 2015 to a rollicking start with a set of twangy countrified rock and roll. Playing a set centered around her new album Love Stuff, released in February on RCA Records, King reminisced with the crowd about her time living in Philly, joked about the tuning of her banjo and jammed out to cuts like the uber-catchy “Under The Influence.” Check out photos from her set in the gallery below. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Ex’s and Oh’s” by Elle King

Photo via facebook.com/ElleKingMusic
Elle King | Photo via facebook.com/ElleKingMusic

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player Elle King’s new track, “Ex’s & Oh’s,” is a fiery roots rock stomper. Raised on soul, R&B, country and bluegrass, King released her debut EP in 2012. At the time, we were enamored with the song “Playing For Keeps” from the EP, and she performed at WXPN’s NonCOMM in 2012. The daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and actress London King, Elle grew up in Ohio, New York and spent time in Philly where she attended the University of The Arts. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ellen Siberian Tiger at Kung Fu Necktie, Vince Staples at Union Transfer, and King Azaz at Bourbon and Branch

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist
Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist

Ellen Siberian Tiger impressed us with her recent EP,  Red-Blooded Woman, in which singer Ellen Tiberio-Schultz takes a more stripped-down, vulnerable and introspective approach. The three bluesy-folk tracks showcase Tiberio-Schultz skills in crafting acoustic, confessional songs along with noisey wonder punk. Don’t miss seeing Ellen Siberian Tiger tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, along with a lineup of Ian Fitzgerald, Driftwood Soldier, and Cult Class. More info can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the beautiful tune, “Grinding My Teeth,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eternal Summers at Everybody Hits, Kaki King at Sellersville Theatre, The Roots Picnic Afterparty Ft. Questlove at Underground Arts and more…

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Eternal Summers | photo via www.facebook.com/eternalsummers

Eternal Summers play Everybody Hits tonight. The Roanoke, Va band will release a new record Gold and Stone next week, the next installment in the band’s run of dream punk / power pop efforts that date back to 2009. You can stream Gold and Stone via The New York Times here and listen to single “Together or Alone” below. More information for tonight’s record release show can be found here.

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch David Lee Roth join Foo Fighters on some Van Halen classics, SEE rare video of a 1980 Talking Heads concert in NJ, and stream Belle & Sebastian’s new album

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl celebrated his 46th birthday, a few days early, this past Saturday night in LA with a big, all-star concert that included an appearance from Van Halen’s David Lee Roth, among many others. Grohl’s birthday is Jan 14th. Continue reading →

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Clocked In: A conversation about the difficulties of working and touring with Little Big League’s Michelle Zauner

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I called Michelle Zauner on the phone a couple weeks ago and this is what she said to me: “I forgot this was happening.”

It is easy to forget things are happening, especially in the summer. Plus Zauner was on vacation, in Oregon, the state where she grew up and where she lived before attending college at Bryn Mawr, before making Philadelphia her home and before starting the band Little Big League.

It was recently announced that Little Big League signed with Run For Cover, the Boston label that released the new album by fellow Philadelphians Modern Baseball, You’re Gonna Miss It All. A new Little Big League LP, the follow-up to the well-received These Are Good People (Tiny Engines; 2013), is expected to arrive later this year.

In addition to her work as the singer and guitarist in Little Big League, Zauner also makes music under the name Japanese Breakfast. Last month, the Seagreen Records label released her cassette American Sound & Where Is My Great Big Feeling?

Zauner is clearly very busy with music, but when she’s not on tour, she works elsewhere. For this new installment of Clocked In, we spoke with Zauner about her non-music-related work history, from clerical work at her dad’s truck broker business, to bossing a grill at Bryn Mawr, to holding down the comic shop Brave New Worlds. Continue reading →