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Patti Smith holds court with covers and classics at The Met Philly

Patti Smith | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

“It better be alright because that’s what’s happening.”

This is the response Patti Smith offered to a gracious fan after having to restart a song midway through her Monday night performance at Philly’s Metropolitan Opera House. It was delivered in good humor but also succinctly summed up Smith’s performance, and her iconoclastic role in music in general. The indomitable “punk poet laureate” has always embodied a no-frills, no-fucks spirit and sincerity that the genre represents at its best. Over a two-hour, sixteen song set that blended classics, covers, and banter, that spirit of spontaneity filled the venue to render it, and the crowd inside it, electric. Continue reading →

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Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith collaborate on poetic project The Perfect Vision

Soundwalk Collective photo by Vanina Sorrenti | Patti Smith photo by Jesse Paris Smith

Patti Smith‘s newest project sees her diving deep into spoken word poetry as she explores the work of influential French poets in collaboration with Soundwork Collective. For The Perfect Vision, a triptych of albums, Smith and Soundwork Collective, an experimental sound outfit led by Stephan Crasneanscki and Simone Merli, have teamed up to record their own interpretations of the poets’ work. Smith and Soundwork first worked together on the album Killer Road in 2016.

The Perfect Vision focuses on the work of 18th and 19th century French poets Antonin Artaud, Arthur Rimbaud and René Daumal and their lives of travel. Each poet’s travels informed their work with new perspectives, and by revisiting their works, Smith and Soundwork Collective are retracing their steps to experience what they would have seen, heard and felt. Continue reading →

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Patti Smith to play three “Words and Music” shows in NYC next month

Patti Smith | Photo by Jesse Ditmar

Patti Smith may be a legend in her longtime hometown of New York City, but the South Jersey native will always have a special place in the Philly area’s heart. Still, those wanting to see her perform live anytime soon will have to make a trek to the Big Apple — Smith just announced a run of shows at the Minetta Lane Theatre on September 22, 23 and 24. Continue reading →

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Listen to Patti Smith on Mountain Stage

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye | photo by Brian Blauser | courtesy of Mountain Stage

Poet, author, visual artist, singer, songwriter: these are just a few of the things Patti Smith has been over the years. But even with all her personal accomplishments and accolades, the iconic artist’s recent appearance on Mountain Stage was dedicated entirely to her late husband, Fred “Sonic” Smith. Best known as guitarist of the punk band MC5, Fred passed away in 1994. Continue reading →

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Watch Patti Smith sing Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony

Patti Smith at the Nobel Prize ceremony | still from video
Patti Smith at the Nobel Prize ceremony | still from video

This year, singer-songwriter icon Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature — and it was an unconventional feat in a number of ways. It was the first time the Nobel committee has honored a musician as a writer. There was also the way in which Dylan, under widespread media scrutiny, took a week to publicly acknowledge his win. And the fact that he did not attend today’s awards ceremony in Stockholm to claim his award. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to new Ryan Adams song, watch Michael Stipe join Patti Smith in concert

Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Ryan Adams | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

“I don’t remember being aware of needing to hold back anything. I felt like I needed to tell a story of how I felt or what was happening internally at least, in the truest way possible. It was in the most vulnerable way I could.”
-Ryan Adams interview with NME

Ryan Adams has revealed that his16th album will be called Prisoner” and it will come out on February 17th. He also revealed the first single, “Do You Still Love Me?”, which you can listen to below. Continue reading →