After going through a strictly classical phase, Tori Amos returned to her singer-songwriter oriented style on 2014’s Unrepentant Geraldines and is firmly back in the rock-pop with an electronic twist for her newest album, Native Invader. On her recent tour dates, Amos has performed solo at her piano, exhibiting her proficiency and reminding us that the keyboard an integral rock instrument. Find tickets and info on her Tower Theater show tonight at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Houston’s Cool Moon is passing through Philly tonight at West Philly’s Lava Space. Helmed by frontwoman Andrea Lisi — who was the lead singer of the early aughties’ DIY D.C. power trio, Del Cielo — this new trio still rocks just as hard. Find more info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, then stream their latest album Postparty Depression on Spotify below. Continue reading →
Toronto’s Pkew Pkew Pkew is more than just an incredibly fun name to say. Despite their giggle-inducing title, these four dudes also rock pretty dang hard. You can catch their urgent, fast-paced jams at Boot and Saddle tonight. Check out their recent Audiotree session below; then find info on tickets for the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
The Hooters are celebrating their 35th year of music-making in a grand fashion with a whirlwind tour. This past Friday and Saturday the Philadelphia band sold out The Keswick Theater both nights. The adoring crowd on Saturday and the pure joy of music-making emanating from the stage combined to make a powerful night of rock. Continue reading →
This past Saturday, The Hooters headlined the opening of the Borgata Hotel Spa & Casino’s Festival Park in Atlantic City with G. Love & Special Sauce and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes. Their 19 song set was littered with plenty of their hits including “All You Zombies,” “Hanging On A Heartbeat,” “All You Zombies,” and “I’m Alive.”
Two of the four song encores they performed for an encore included a cover of “Time After Time,” co-written by Rob Hyman of The Hooters and Cyndi Lauper (for whom it was a Number One Billboard hit in 1964), and Eric Bazilian’s “One Of Us,” originally recorded by Joan Osborne who had a Number Two Billboard hit with in 1995. Continue reading →
XPN welcomes California band Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) to The Blockley tonight. SIgned to Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records, ALO create a laidback, jammy brand of surf rock / pop that has bound them to other Johnson-fan favorites Donavon Frankenreiter, Matt Costa and G. Love. In 2012 ALO released their seventh studio album Sounds Like This. Tickets and information for tonight’s 18+ show with Ryan Montbleau Band can be found here. Watch an acoustic performance of “Storms & Hurricanes” from the new album below.
Denison Witmer celebrates his album release at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The self-titled record is Witmer’s ninth and most personal effort since the start of his career fifteen years ago. Recorded at his Brooklyn studio The Honey Jar (co-run by Philly native Devin Greenwood), the Lancaster-born musician called in friends Sufjan Stevens and Greenwood for creative collaboration, though the stories told on the album’s ten tracks are purely Witmer’s. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Soporus can be found here. Below, stream and download “Asa,” a song named for Witmer’s young son.
New Sweden head down to Phoenixville for a show at Steel City Coffeehouse. The Wilmington five-piece enthralled a Saturday morning audience at the 2011 Noncommvention with their rootsy, robust folk rock and they’ve been climbing the proverbial ladder ever since. With two Tri-State Indie awards on the shelf and a buzzy appearance at SXSW earlier this year, the local band hasn’t slowed down one bit after the release of their debut LP The Mountain. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with The Turnips can be found here. Watch New Sweden perform “Frying Pan” below.
The Hooters and Good Old War play a hometown show at The Electric Factory tonight. An institution in the Philadelphia musical cannon, The Hooters got their start in the 80s with hits like “All You Zombies” and “And We Danced.” In recent years, members of the band have sparked their own projects, with drummer David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket and vocalist / keyboardist Rob Hyman’s Elm Street Studios in Conshohocken. Good Old War, a trio that is becoming a local institution in their own right, returns to the stage in support of 2012’s Come Back As Rain while working on material for a new album. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch The Hooters’ video for “And We Danced” followed by Good Old War’s “Amazing Eyes.”
The Sugarhouse Casino is turning one year old and to celebrate the anniversary Sugarhouse is having an open house block party next Saturday, September 24th from Noon to 10 p.m. The Hooters and the Soul Survivors are performing and five other bands are on the bill. According to Sugarhouse’s web site:
Join us for an all-day outdoor event with live music, food and drink, including an outdoor beer garden, fireworks, and a special appearance by the Philadelphia Mummers!
For more information about the Sugarhouse Anniversary Party with The Hooters click here. Below, watch a video of The Hooters performing “All You Zombies” from a show at the Tower Theatre in 1986.
With the fall lineup at the new Ardmore Music Hall taking shape, the opening weekend bash was announced this morning, and it features a full-band hometown set from Philly 80s hitmakers The Hooters on Saturday, September 21st. On opening night proper – Friday the 20th – the new venue will be broken in with sets from singer-songwriter (and Keystone Rhythm Band alum) Billy Price and gospel rock crew The Holmes Brothers. Tickets and information on both shows can be found at the venue’s website. Below, check out videos from each of the artists on the bill.
To continue Helen Leicht’s Valentine’s Day countdown, we’re bringing you “Amore” by The Hooters. Each day until Valentine’s Day, we’ll post a new track from our With Love from WXPN playlist, courtesy of XPN Philly Local’s Helen Leicht. In compiling a list of love songs we love from Philly locals, it was clear that the playlist would have been incomplete without “Amore” by the Hooters, it’s arguable that “Amore” is one of the biggest love songs to come out of the City of Brotherly Love. Frontman Eric Bazilian performs a solo set at Steel City Coffeehouse this Saturday, February 9th.