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Dave Rosser, Guitarist for The Afghan Whigs, Dies at 50

The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

After a long battle with inoperable colon cancer, guitarist Dave Rosser of the Afghan Whigs passed away last night at age 50.

Following a 16-year hiatus, the Afghan Whigs reformed in 2014 and released their album Do to the Beast with the new addition of Rosser in the lineup, who stayed with the group through the release of this year’s In Spades and had planned to join them for a few dates on the road during the album’s supporting tour, health permitting. The group is set to bring the tour to Union Transfer in September. Late October, the Whigs announced that Rosser was battling cancer and played two benefit shows in December to help lessen the guitarist’s medical bills. Continue reading →

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The Afghan Whigs announce North American tour, hitting Union Transfer in September

The Afghan Whigs | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

With The Afghan Whigs releasing their new record In Spades this week, it was about damn time for them to get back on the road. Thankfully, we got our wish as the band announced a spanning North American tour in the fall, landing in our fair city for a gig at Union Transfer on September 12th. Support will come from Har Mar Superstar on all dates.

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The Afghan Whigs tease more new material with the boomer “Arabian Heights”

The Afghan Whigs | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

Alt rock vets The Afghan Whigs are teasing more material from their new record In Spades (out May 5th on Sub Pop), this time with the driven “Arabian Heights.” Frontman Greg Dulli’s fervent vocals are in full force, floating in front of a blasting back section of speedy drum work and jamming guitars. Growing with each bar, the Cincinnati boys express the alternative energy they’ve boasted since debuting in ’91, and found within modern pop bands like Portugal. The Man and Imagine Dragons. I’m sure while some will throw the track on their running playlist, I’ll do my part and put it on my “Best New Tracks of 2017” list. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Demon In Profile” by The Afghan Whigs

The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Chris Cuffaro | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

Last week, The Afghan Whigs announced they are releasing a new album, In Spades.

The first song from the record, “Demon In Profile,” is classic Whigs. It’s big, bold, rocking and soulful, with a horn section whose sound is “inspired by the lush productions of R&B genius Norman Whitfield for The Temptations and Undisputed Truth” according to the band’s bio. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli cover Sharon Van Etten and catch him live in Philly early next year

Photo courtesy of Amanda Demme via facebook.com
Photo courtesy of Amanda Demme via facebook.com

Ohio-bred guitarist and songwriter Greg Dulli has had a long and successful career in the alt-rock scene, from his days founding the now-reunited Afghan Whigs to his work with The Twilight Singers and a string of solo releases, Dulli has been around the block.

Now he will go around the world as a part of a career-encompassing tour of Europe and North America. Today Dulli announced the specific dates and teamed up with longtime singer-songwriter and icon Ani DiFranco to give fans a taste of what to expect come tour time, with a cover of Sharon Van Etten’s 2010 song, “A Crime.” Continue reading →

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Debonair and shrouded in shadows, The Afghan Whigs brought noir flavor to life at Union Transfer

The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Philadelphia redeemed itself Friday night. The last time The Afghan Whigs played a full show in Philly, in September 2012 at the Electric Factory, the crowd was sparse and sad, especially compared to a raucous, solidly sold-out show at New York City’s Terminal 5. Greg Dulli and company played their shortest set on that tour date and no encore. The City of Brotherly Love did not disappoint on this go-round, as 1,000 or so music fans showed their appreciation for the debonair gentlemen during their 20-song rock show at Union Transfer. (Note: The crowd at that Factory gig was probably also 1,000, but spread thinly around the 3,500-cap venue. -ed.)  From the opening notes of “Parked Outside,” the lead track on 2014’s Do to the Beast, the sweaty love affair fans have with The Afghan Whigs was in full flower. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, including The Afghan Whigs, Milton and more

Photo by Rich McKie
Photo by Rich McKie

Reading, PA resident Milton stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session.  The Maryland native surrounded himself with a full band that brought his jazzy, soulful compositions to life.  Check out “I Desire to Know” below and get the full session here.

Folkadelphia welcomed back its frequent subject Psalmships in April, recording a live session in celebration of Joshua Britton’s new LP I Sleep Alone.  Stream and download the session below, featuring guest appearances by Brad Hinton and Chelsea Sue Allen.

With the XPoNential Music Festival quickly approaching, it’s a good time to get reacquainted with some of the bands that will be performing, like Commonwealth Choir.  Originally from Doylestown but now based in Fishtown, the indie pop / rock group recorded a Key Studio Session earlier this year.  Get a free copy of their song “Palace” below.

2014 Non-COMM performers The Afghan Whigs will be back in town on October 3rd, supporting one of this year’s best records Do To the Beast.  You can get a free download of “Matamoros” below, courtesy of My Morning Download.  Tickets and information for the upcoming show can be found here.

 

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Download “Matamoros” by The Afghan Whigs

The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

One of the best rock albums of 2014 so far is Do To The Beast, the first album of all new album in 16 years by The Afghan Whigs. On Friday October 3rd, WXPN Welcomes the Whigs to Union Transfer. In May, the band played a blistering set at XPN’s Non-COMMvention. Below, watch a video of their classic “Fountain and Fairfax” from the show, and download “Matamoros,” a song from the new album.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Non-COMM Recap: The Afghan Whigs cranked up the volume with Do to the Beast

The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

After a sixteen-year hiatus, The Afghan Whigs are back with a rock and roll tour-de-force called Do to the Beast. They showcased tracks from the new album at the first night of Non-COMM, and were the first band in the lineup to really crank the volume for the crowd. But beyond the new music showcase – and let’s be real, “Parked Outside” into “Matamoros” packed a massive opening punch – the Whigs didn’t shy away from their back-catalogue, hitting up “Going to Town” from Black Love and the incredible “Fountain and Fairfax” from Gentlemen, as well as their trademark Jesus Christ Superstar cover “Heaven on their Minds” and “Somethin’ Hot” from 1965. Listen to the set and check out photos below.

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The Afghan Whigs will bring the mayhem of Do to the Beast to Union Transfer in October

The Afghan Whigs | photo via facebook.com/TheAfghanWhigsOfficial
The Afghan Whigs | photo via facebook.com/TheAfghanWhigsOfficial

We’re psyched to catch cinematic Cincinnati rockers The Afghan Whigs this week at NonCOMM (they play tomorrow night at 9, catch it on the air at 88.5 FM or XPN.org). But we’re equally psyched to hear that the band’s tour will bring it back through Philadelphia this fall for a headlining show at Union Transfer on October 3rd.

This year The Afghan Whigs released their first album in sixteen years, and it’s a knockout – Do to the Beast is ten tracks of aggression, emotion and intensity at a level we haven’t heard from these guys since 1996’s Black Love. After their smooth, soulful and sexy LP 196dropped in 1998, the Whigs took a long break, allowing frontman Greg Dulli to pursue solo projects with The Twilight Singers, The Gutter Twins (featuring Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees) and under his own name. Though some of the music of this period found the songwriter exploring thrilling new territories, results overall were a bit on the mixed side, whereas on Beast, not a moment falters. The album isn’t just a return to form for the band, it’s also a return to Sub Pop Records, which released the Whigs LPs Up In It (1990) and Congregation (1992). Hopefully we’ll hear music from all of these releases – as well as 1993’s landmark outing Gentlemen – in October, as well as some of the band’s trademark cover songs.

(Read More – Six Essential Covers from The Afghan Whigs)

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at Noon via the venue’s website. Below, watch the video for “Algiers” from Do the Beast.