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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mac Miller at The Fillmore, Rosali at Ortlieb’s, Afroman at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Mac Miller | photo via facebook
Mac Miller | photo via facebook

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller is making his way through Philadelphia tonight in support of his September 2016 release The Divine Feminine. Come support the Pennsylvania native on the tour for his fourth studio album. Tickets and information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for his Anderson .Paak collab “Dang” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mac Miller at House of Blues Atlantic City, Kingsfoil at Chameleon Club and Dopapod at the TLA

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Pittsburgh native Mac Miller will celebrate the release of his new album Live From Space tonight (and tomorrow night) at Atlantic City’s House of Blues. The new disc features tracks from his latest album Watching Movies with the Sound Off through which Mac showed a more mature, pensive side of himself in contrast to the playboy party anthems featured on his 2011 debut Blue Slide Park and earlier mixtapes. Get tickets here and watch his video for “The Star Room” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wire at Union Transfer, Mac Miller at Festival Pier, Bosnian Rainbows at Underground Arts, Jucifer and Fantasy Panther at Kung Fu Necktie, Rosu Lup at The Fire

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Wire have been around since the 70s, expanding the genre of punk since their landmark first album, Pink Flag.  Releasing albums and touring consistently since their formation, Wire are legends not only of the punk world, but to countless other musicians and genres from R.E.M to The Cure.  Back in March, the group released their thirteenth studio album, Change Becomes Us, and are currently on tour in support of the album.  Tonight you can catch the post-punk group at Union Transfer along with Bear in Heaven.  Click here for more info. and check out one of their newer songs below.

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Chance the Rapper on tour with Mac Miller and Meek Mill (playing Festival Pier on 7/13)

While Chance the Rapper has yet to release an official album, he has put out two stunning mix-tapes, including Acid Rap which was released online a few months ago.  As young as he is, this Chicago kid knows how to rhyme, proving it as he rapidly spits out lines to the beat of funky rhythms and occasional yelps among a star-studded crew of featured artists.  Now he’s going on tour with Mac Miller, adding other rap stars along the way including Philly’s own Meek Mill.  He’ll be playing Festival Pier July 13th.  Tickets and info can be found here, and you can check out the whole mixtape below, or download it here.

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Looking to hear some live hip hop this weekend? Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Chiddy Bang and more playing the Susquehanna Bank Center this Friday

The Under the Influence of Music Tour is coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center this Friday. The tour features performances by hip-hop artists Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Philadelphia’s own Chiddy Bang, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Chevy Woods. The show starts at 5:30PM and tickets range from $20 to $65. Click here for tickets and more info.

Get pumped for the show and listen to Wiz Khalifa’s latest album, Work Hard Play Hard, in the player below.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Julie Miller’s top five concert snacks of 2016

Carnegie Deli’s knish | photo via Carnegie Deli

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, Julie Miller shares the best snacks she ate before, during, or after a concert over the past twelve months.

I like food even more than I like music. I daydream about what I want to cook up for my next meal, I read the menus of restaurants I want to try, and the only type of Instagram accounts I follow that might (but probably don’t) eclipse the number of dogs accounts are food accounts. So as I read through my Excel doc of concerts I’d been to in 2016 (50 or so, plus one opera), I started thinking about where I’d had dinner beforehand or a midnight snack afterwards. The following five concerts were great nights of music and even greater nights of food.

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20 more Philadelphia concerts you should go to if you ever invent a time machine

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Earlier this year, we made a list of Philadelphia concerts from the city’s rock-era history that, given access to a time machine, would be amazing to check out. It would be the live music junkie’s dream: being able to see Chuck Berry in his prime as well as catching huge bands like Nirvana and The Black Keys when they were just starting out. Of course 20 doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of Philadelphia’s concert history, and when the list got a lot of response, we compilied another round of noteworthy performances from days gone by. Check it out below. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Out Of Love” by Rhett Miller (at WXPN’s Beggars Banquet and playing World Cafe Live in June)


Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97’s, has announced a new solo album coming on on June 5th called The Dreamer. The album was produced by Miller will be released on his own Maximum Sunshine Records. The album features guest appearances by Rosanne Cash and Rachael Yamagata, as well as additional percussion by Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel). Below, download a new song, “Out Of Love.” Rhett will be at SXSW this week, followed by a tour. He’ll also be one of the guests this year at the WXPN Beggars Banquet on Saturday, March 31st along with Nicole Atkins, members of The Hooters, Jonatha Brooke, Pat Croce, Alejandro Escovedo, John Flynn, Diego Garcia, the Matt Santry Band, Mutlu, Scot Sax & Suzie Brown, Tommy Stinson (Soul Asylum, The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses), Zoe Strauss, Gary Knell (NPR President and CEO), and others. Rhett plays World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on June 5th.

Out Of Love by Rhett Miller

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Vibing Out With Ivy Sole: A conversation with one of Philly’s most exciting new MCs

Ivy Sole | photo by Araba Ankuma | courtesy of the artist
Ivy Sole | photo by Araba Ankuma | courtesy of the artist

One of the best ways for an artist to create a vibe with their music is by allowing their listeners to enter their world. The feeling become genuine when the listener obtain the artist’s perspectives, stories, and even their moods. To do that the artist mustn’t be hesitant to be personable with their music. That’s exactly why Ivy Sole an artist that the city of Philadelphia should look out for.

Whether she’s getting busy on the mic or creating soulful melodies, the Charlotte, North Carolina native hip hop artist always finds ways to bring her listeners into her universe. I was recently able to sit down with the local MC to discuss her introduction to hip hop, her debut project Eden, her recent followup EP East, and her upcoming performance at Underground Arts’ International Women’s Day benefit, which is happening tomorrow evening.  Continue reading →