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Just Announced: G. Love & Special Sauce headlining two nights at The TLA in February

G. Love performing at NonCOMM 2011 | photo by David Simchock
G. Love performing at NonCOMM 2011 | photo by David Simchock

Local funky hip-hop artist G. Love will bring his long-running backup players Special Sauce to The TLA on February 15th and 16th.  The Philadelphia musician has recorded nine studio albums and released a greatest hits record this year, featuring fan favorites “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce” alongside a few live tracks.  Fixin’ to Die, G. Love’s latest solo record with new material, was released in 2011 with The Avett Brothers acting as backing band and producers.  Tickets and information for the back-to-back 2014 dates will be available here.  Below, watch a music video for G. Love & Special Sauce’s “Cold Beverage.”

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My Morning Download (bonus edition): “These White Walls” by Swear And Shake (opening for G. Love & Special Sauce tonight at the TLA)

The New York band Swear And Shake roll into town tonight at the TLA opening for G. Love & Special Sauce. The show is sold out but if you’re going, be sure to get their early to see the New York four piece. If you’re a fan of the Lumineers-Avett Brothers musical axis you’ll dig this band; banjos are played. Below, download “These White Walls” from the band’s debut album, Maple Ridge.

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The Week Ahead: Vita and the Woolf, Brockhampton, Brandee Younger, G. Love and more

Brockhampton
Brockhampton | photo by Ashlan Grey | courtesy of the artist

This week we get something of a break in the live music landscape on Sunday, when there are pretty much zero shows of note and a couple cancellations due to the Eagles making it to the Super Bowl. There are more than enough options the rest of the week to keep you entertained, though. From two double headers packing the house (Brockhampton at TLA, G. Love at The Fillmore) to solid showings from local faves (Vita and the Woolf tonight, T.J. Kong on Friday), you’ve got no excuse for staying in. Continue reading →

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Hall & Oates bring back the so incredibly Philly HOAGIENATION fest this May

hall & oats
Hall & Oates | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Philadelphians know what they like: hoagies and Hall & Oates. To break this trusted formula would be a travesty, so in other words, HoagieNation is set to return for a triumphant second round at Festival Pier on May 26th.

Last year’s inaugural lineup featured artists such as Tears for FearsG Love & Special SauceSon LittleAllen StoneMarahKandace Springs, Vivian Green, and of course, the Philly duo curators themselves. Though not much info is known on the bill as of yet, what is known is that the Mr. Hall and the Mr. Oates will be headlining the gig once more. Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: G. Love

G. Love | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
G. Love | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

We seem to be enjoying a bit of a 90s renaissance lately. A bill full of 90s headliners sold out The Fillmore in Philadelphia two weeks ago, and last week another Clinton addressed a Philly-hosted national convention. An “I Love The 90’s” Festival featuring Salt-n-Pepa, Vanilla Ice and Color Me Badd hit BB&T last week. The revival is afoot.

Most of Philly’s Gen X-ers will remember that era of the city’s cultural history with a special reverie, and listening to Garrett Dutton reflect on those years in anecdotes is sure to evoke nostalgia for anyone who was there.

In a candid interview held backstage at his Fillmore show earlier this year, the man known as G. Love talks sentimentally about his days tagging walls and playing street corners and cafes, about basketball and the neighborhoods he called home. He recounts first recognizing the potential of integrating elements of blues rock and hip hop to develop his signature sound. He doesn’t pull punches, either, about the frustrations he faced as a recording artist, with open rebuke for the elements of media or local industry that from his perspective offered paltry support.

While Dutton is known best for the hits that drove his early following, his latest records and performances show an artist still evolving. Last October, G. Love and Special Sauce released their latest record Love Saves The Day, a collection of blues rock tracks including collaborations with the likes of Lucinda Williams and Los Lobos vocalist David Hidalgo.

Speaking of that 90s revival, though, mark your calendars: G. Love plays the Mann with Blues Traveler and The Wallflowers on August 21st. Tickets and more information on that show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch G Love perform “Back to Boston” for World Cafe via VuHaus

G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie
G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie

While out on the road in support of their latest effort, Philadelphia-born G Love & Special Sauce stopped by the World Cafe studio to record a live performance and interview with David Dye. Love Saves the Day is the band’s tenth album and follows 2014’s Sugar with a collection of songs that are chock full of guest appearances and classic G Love tales.

VuHaus was on hand to film a few songs during the session, including this clip of “Back to Boston.” Check it out below and tune into G Love’s World Cafe session on Friday, January 15th on 88.5 XPN.

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Ladies & Gents, here’s your Top 100 songs of the year as voted on by the WXPN listeners.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats | Photo by John Vettese
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats | Photo by John Vettese

WXPN wrapped up its Best of 2015 programming with it annual best songs countdown. The XPN listeners were asked to vote for the best songs of the year, and they crowned “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Ratefliff & The Night Sweats as the number one song of the year.

Following it was “Ship To Wreck” by Florence & The Machine at number two, “Pedestrian At Best” by Courtney Barnett at number three, Josh Ritter’s spunky “Getting Ready To Get Down” at number four, and “Pretty Pimpin'” by Philly’s Kurt Vile at number five.

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10 Great G. Love songs not named “Cold Beverage”

 

G Love | photo via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
G Love | photo via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

G. Love & Special Sauce have officially reached the legal drinking age. The year 2015 marks the 21st birthday since the Philly-bred band released its self-titled debut album in 1994. But with a career spanning 11 albums (including G’s four solo albums), for some reason, some people still only know G. Love primarily for “Cold Beverage.” Stop the madness! Together, the band, which also includes drummer Jeffrey Clemens and James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott on bass, have recorded a slew of great jams with their trademark style that’s part hip hop, part unhinged blues, and for some reason these other jams have gone unnoticed. But not anymore! Here’s ten great deep cuts from G. Love & Special Sauce. Continue reading →

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Catching up with G Love before his March shows at the TLA

via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

G Love has been a staple of the Philadelphia music scene for what seems like forever, with his first album, G. Love and Special Sauce, coming out nearly 21 years ago. But G. (born Garrett Dutton) never stopped making music and is back to the old touring grind this March with an extensive U.S. tour, which includes two stops in Philly at South Street’s Theater of the Living Arts, to promote his newest album, Sugar.

But this year’s Sugar Blues Tour is just the latest in G. Love’s storied music career; he’s basically toured nonstop over the course of the past 20 years, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. In this interview for The Key, G. talks about his band hitting the drinking age, the return of original bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and the grind that’s necessary to stay relevant in the music business. Continue reading →