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Leon Bridges is contemporary yet timeless on Good Thing

Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Leon Bridges’ sophomore effort is not only a display of his maturity and development as an artist, but also a reflection on growth and change. Between the release of 2015’s Coming Home and Good Thing, Bridges toured extensively, gaining new experiences in cities and countries the Texas-native had not previously visited. Featuring these experiences through love songs and heartbreak ballads alike, not to mention funk tracks, Bridges crafts a well-rounded follow-up album to the 2015 release that landed him on the map. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Leon Bridges will play a second night The Fillmore after selling out first show

Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

There’s just something about 26 year-old R&B singer Leon Bridges that makes you go weak, in a good way. That’s probably why his Philly show sold out so quickly, but no worries! Leon Bridges has just added a second show on October 1st at the Fillmore. Now, those who didn’t get a ticket the first time around will be able to experience Bridges’s soulful voice that will have your heart throbbing to every beat. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Leon Bridges will headline The Fillmore in September

Leon Bridges @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

Acclaimed Fort Worth singer-songwriter Leon Bridges returns this spring with Good Thing, his sophomore album coming out May 4th on Columbia Records.

The two-year run surrounding his debut album Coming Home saw Bridges undgergo a transformation of sorts, from the dapper, suit-clad retro-styled soul singer that won the hearts of the latte-sipping crowd to the cool, commanding and contemporary singer we saw in force at the 2016 Roots Picnic.

From the looks and sounds of the new album teasers, it seems that Bridges is setting his sights further on that bigger crowd for the new record, and a just-announced tour in support of it brings Bridges to show off the goods in a return to The Fillmore Philadelphia stage on Sunday, September 30th. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Leon Bridges at Wawa Welcome America, International Noise Conference at Kung Fu Necktie

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Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

It’s July 4th and that means there’s a party on the Parkway tonight. This year’s Wawa Welcome America festival features XPN favorite Leon Bridges, making his second appearance in town in less than a month. The Fort Worth, Texas R&B / soul performer found breakthrough success with last year’s Coming Home debut, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. Watch “Coming Home” below get more information for the free music / fireworks event here.

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Watch Leon Bridges’ beautiful This Is Home documentary ahead of his Roots Picnic appearance

 

Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Take us to the river: Leon Bridges exploded onto the scene last year with his astounding debut album of modern soul, Coming Home. To celebrate his success, Squarespace made a documentary shot by Danny Clinch following his rise from an unknown solo artist from Fort Worth, Texas, to touring the world and getting nominated for Grammys. Continue reading →

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Leon Bridges shares unreleased tracks on new Coming Home deluxe LP

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Leon Bridges | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Former XPN Artist to Watch Leon Bridges is probably a household name by now. After releasing his critically acclaimed debut Coming Home last year, the Texas soul singer played a killer set at Non-COMM, has sold out shows at Union Transfer and The Fillmore and just announced a slot at June’s Roots Picnic.

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Watch Leon Bridges’ new video for “River”

Leon Bridges | Leon Bridges | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Leon Bridges | Leon Bridges | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

One of 2015’s breakout artists for us here at XPN over the past year was R&B and soul singer Leon Bridges, who last year released a stunning debut album, Coming Home. Leon is playing a sold out show at The Fillmore with Son Little opening the show, and we just today got word that he’s also on the lineup for The Roots PicnicContinue reading →

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Leon Bridges, Usher, Ibeyi and more to play the 2016 Roots Picnic

Leon Bridges | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Leon Bridges | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Philadelphia heroes The Roots will return to Festival Pier on Penn’s Landing this summer for their ninth annual Roots Picnic, and joining them is their usual eclectic array of artists curated by the man with the ‘fro and the drumsticks, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.

Of course the lineup, reported by Pitchfork and the cast of Broad City (watch the video below), features The Roots themselves in a headlining set, but they’ll be be backing 90s / aughties pop dynamo Usher in a set as well. Other high-profile appearances of note are soul-rock force of nature Leon Bridges, who’s been buzzing in the XPN universe for the better part of a year now (he’s headlining a sold-out show at The Fillmore this winter).

I predict peak cell-service outage will occur during Future‘s set, and there’s appearances from Cheltenham’s Lil’ Dicky in the mix as well, not to mention infectious Oakland singer Kehlani and (wha?) DMX. Continue reading →