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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Graham Nash at Philadelphia Folk Festival, RFA at The Barbary

Graham Nash | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Singer-songwriter icon Graham Nash takes the stage at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford tonight to headline night two of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Last year he released This Path Tonight and toured extensively, playing Free at Noon as well as NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Watch video below and get more information on Folk Fest here. Continue reading →

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Jam out to RFA’s album recording of the earnest rocker “Suzie Lee”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

There’s something about having names in song titles that lead to great tunes. From “Valerie” and “Come On, Eileen” to “Hey Jude” or “Billie Jean,” these iconic songs all address a specific person — or at least a feeling or memory personified into a specific person. Whether or not a song’s namesake is actually based off a real human is unknown, but what is known is that incorporating names into songs seems to make them incredibly more tangible and relatable, and a lot of times, just produces some really amazing tracks.

Lovable local basement rockers RFA add to this canon of name-in-title greats with their release of single, “Suzie Lee,”  which was recently premiered via Alt Citizen. We became enamored with the catchy croon when the lads previewed it live for their Out of Town Films video series, and so of course we’re psyched as heck about the official recording as well. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Foundry, LP at World Cafe Live, RFA at PhilaMOCA

Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Gabriel Garzón-Montano | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano brings his dynamic debut LP Jardin to The Foundry tonight. The Brooklyn neo-R&B artist stopped by World Cafe to talk about the record with host Talia Schlanger recently, recounting his big break with Lenny Kravitz, the plethora of fruit and plant references in his lyrics, and his family’s musical history. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch “Crawl” below.

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Watch RFA completely shred on new track, “Down Your Street”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

There’s something about local rockers RFA that’s just so dang infectious. From their catchy guitar riffs,to their head-bang inducing drums, to the way every single member plays with such energy and joy that you can’t help but smile and jam along, this band’s got the thing.

Closing out their stream of Out of Town Films live video releases, which included renditions of “Teenage Love Song” and “Suzie Lee,” RFA recently shared the final video in the series, in which the band performs a brand new track titled, “Down Your Street.” Mixing sunny licks with a grunge-y garage vibe, the song builds from laid back breeziness into an all-out, crunchy jam fest. Continue reading →

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This Just In: A new Kurt and Courtney collab has surfaced (no, not that one but still just as cool)

It seems that the indie rock gods have smiled upon us today, as it has been confirmed that hometown hero, Kurt Vile, and Melbourne grunge star, Courtney Barnett, have been recording together on a collaboration. With a duo as iconically-named as Kurt and Courtney, it’s gotta be a sign that this upcoming release is going to be legendary.

Hints of a collab between the two have been circulating on social media for some time, but the news was officially confirmed this week by Newmarket Studios in their Instagram post you can see above. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Chameleon Club, Purples at Boot and Saddle, RFA at PiLam and more

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Out west, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club is blessed by a headlining set from Queen of Jeans. Their sweet, sweet 60s styled pop is a refreshing change of pace, squeezing some high-energy drumming between some throwback rhythms. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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RFA will open the 6th Annual Work Drugs Holiday Spectacle at Boot and Saddle

Work Drugs
Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Work Drugs have been celebrating the holidays for six years running with their Holiday Spectacle at various venues around town, and their choice of support bands is always an impeccable selection of Philly’s finest. This year, the Spectacle happens at Boot and Saddle on December 17th, and finds Work Drugs teaming up with RFA, a rock and roll four-piece that is probably the closest thing the scene has to The Strokes right now. Tickets to the 21+ show are on sale naw, more more information click here. While you’re at it, check out the videos for “West Coast Slide” by Work Drugs and “Freaking Out” by RFA below. Continue reading →

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Philly rockers RFA head out on their first U.S. tour

RFA | photo via facebook

If you haven’t yet heard Philly rockers RFA, try to imagine the Arctic Monkeys pre-cigarettes and leather jackets.

This group of four dudes attending various colleges around Philly head out on their first ever U.S. tour starting November 3rd in Boston and ending on the 13th in Washington D.C. They released their debut EP Just Don’t Turn The Light’s On in April of 2014, and they’ve been slowly working their way up from basement shows in West and North Philly to the Foundry at the Fillmore. Their most recent EP, Something New From RFA, is a catchy alternative-rock fueled culmination of four kids starting a band in college just because. Continue reading →

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Your guide to Love On The Streets 2016: Who’s Playing (Lithuania, Mumblr, RFA, and more)

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

This Saturday, May 14th, the Love On The Streets festival (presented by Wahoo’s) will be held at Paines Park in Philadelphia. The festival, now in its second year, will feature food, beer, a skateboarding competition (with a grand prize of $2,000), and a huge line-up of Philly artists welcomed by XPN. It all starts at 12 noon on Saturday, and attendance is free.

Since there will be SO much going on at the festival on Saturday, we figured we should do a breakdown of all the bands that will be performing to make sure you know what you’re in for: nine hours of music, art, food, and everything else that makes Philly such a cool place to be.

The Music: XPN will be presenting the Mad Dragon stage at Love On the Streets, which will feature over 10 bands and DJs performing throughout the course of the day. Here’s a rundown of everyone that will be performing. Continue reading →