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The Cranberries revisit classics in Something Else, announce Philly date this September

The Cranberries | photo via the band’s Facebook page

Irish alt-rockers The Cranberries are back. The band just dropped a new album titled Something Else, where they revisit classics through stripped acoustic renditions along with sweeping orchestral additions.

The Cranberries also just announced an upcoming tour, in which they’ll perform these new arrangements alongside a string quartet. And if there’s one thing I know for sure in this life, it’s that adding string quartets is never a bad thing. Only added awesomeness awaits. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Show Me The Way” by The Cranberries (playing Electric Factory on Saturday night)

Photo by Jess Baumung


The Cranberries released their first new album in eleven year, Roses, in February and are currently on a short North American tour that began last night in New York. The band play the Electric Factory tomorrow night. Go herefor tickets and more information. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, you can download “Show Me” from the band’s recent album.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Drake at Wells Fargo Center, Emily Yacina at PhilaMOCA, Ween at Festival Pier

Drake | via facebook.com/Drake

Back in July, Toronto rapper Drake set off on his Summer Sixteen tour in support of his fourth album Views, released in late April of this year, and tonight he heads to the Wells Fargo Center tonight for one of two Philadelphia performances on the four month long tour (the next will be his penultimate stop before two final nights in Newark). Grab tickets and more info on this show by heading over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch the music video for Views’ track “Hotline Bling” below. Continue reading →

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Jane’s Addiction preaches to a new generation at The Fillmore

Jane's Addiction | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Jane’s Addiction | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

The lobby area outside the main house doors at the Philly Fillmore last night sounded like someone raided the old 90s mix-tape drawer. The Beasties and Rage, Blind Melon, Harvey Danger, The Cranberries — this DJ knew the audience he was there to warm: the early birds of the throng of 2500 Jane’s Addiction, Dinosaur Jr. and Living Colour fans waiting patiently to sprint to the front row, jockeying for position against the stage before the lights dim. Continue reading →

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Dance along Graffiti Pier with Julia Rainer in the “One Of Us Is Dead” video

Julia Rainer | Photo via facebook.com/juliarainermusic
Julia Rainer | Photo via facebook.com/juliarainermusic

This spring, Philly singer-songwriter Julia Rainer released her latest album, Now I’ll Be Free. It’s a catchy and emotional blend of poppy melodies and heart-wrenching delivery – reminiscent at turns of The Cranberries, Cowboy Junkies and Sixteen Horsepower. Today, Rainer released a music video for the lead single “One Of Us Is Dead.” Continue reading →

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Summertime Sips and Summertime Sounds: Cheerleader

Cheerleader
Cheerleader

Summertime Sips and Summertime Sounds is our occasional, seasonal foray into summer vibes with our fave local “summertime” bands, in which we meet up, share a drink, and revel in the sunny weather (check out past editions here). Today we catch up with indie pop group Cheerleader; read on for our adventure.

I have very fond memories of summers circa 5th or 6th grade, hanging with my best friend Katie N., pouring over the class yearbook and selecting summer crushes, then planning to casually bump into them at the pool—and taking quizzes in Seventeen magazine with titles like “What kind of a flirt are you?” (not an answer: an awkward one).

Our favorite music back then was Madonna, Celine Dion, and The Crystals, and the soundtrack to Grease—songs about romance and young love, which seemed like the Most Important Thing Ever at the time. Cheerleader weren’t a band yet back then—but if they were, I imagine we would have adored them, their airy melodies and yearning choruses an elegant reinterpretation of our own tween angst. (Also we would have thought they were dreamy).

Cheerleader first caught our attention a little over a year back with carefree single “Perfect Vision” (read our 2014 interview with them here), then proceeded to hold us captive with a burgeoning collection of perfect pop gems. Their new record The Sunshine of Your Youth is a breezy collection of tunes inspired by “the nostalgic gloss you put on the past”; it’s also essential listening for Sunday drives and sunny mornings and anytime you need a pick-me-up. Continue reading →