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“My F’in Night at the Opera”: Iggy Pop channels the spirit of ’77 at the Academy of Music

Iggy Pop | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN | wendymccardle.com
Iggy Pop | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN | wendymccardle.com

This story begins on March 19, 1977. It’s the day after the release of Iggy Pop‘s solo debut, The Idiot, and he’s performing at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia with his collaborator and producer, David Bowie. Also in attendance is my concert connoisseur / photographer mother, Nancy. She has brought her camera, hoping to catch photos of Bowie but unwittingly bearing witness to a musical partnership that would connect Iggy Pop to another musical brethren decades later.

Fast forward forty years – I’m standing in front of the Academy of Music, waiting for my turn to photograph Iggy Pop. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Songhoy Blues at Arden Guild Hall, Iggy Pop at Academy of Music, La Santa Cecilia at World Cafe Live at The Queen, and more…

Songhoy Blues
Songhoy Blues | photo courtesy of the artist

Songhoy Blues, a desert blues quartet from Timbuktu in Mali, released their debut album Music In Exile in March of 2015, and they will be performing tonight at the Arden Guild Hall. Opening the show will be Philly locals Ill Fated Natives. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Iggy Pop and Josh Homme will bring Post Pop Depression to the Academy of Music

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme | image courtesy of the artist
Iggy Pop and Josh Homme | image courtesy of the artist

After surprising the music world with their secret Post Pop Depression collaboration, the pairing of punk icon Iggy Pop and modern rock fave Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal) announced a limited run of shows in support of the album – including one at the Academy of Music on Friday, April 15th. Continue reading →

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Don Henley and Shawn Colvin playing the Academy of Music on November 12th

Don Henley | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/donhenley
Don Henley | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/donhenley

Shawn Colvin is opening for Don Henley on Thursday, November 12th at the Kimmel Center. The Eagles’ drummer and co-lead singer has a new country album, Cass County, and Colvin recently released Uncovered, a collection of covers of songs originally recorded by Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Graham Nash, Tammy Wynette, and others. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Morrissey at the Academy of Music, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, Summer Fiction at Boot and Saddle

Morrissey. Photo via facebook.com/morrissey
Morrissey. Photo via facebook.com/morrissey

WXPN is proud to welcome Morrissey to the Academy of Music tonight. After disbanding The Smiths in 1987, Morrissey began a successful solo career for himself and is regarded as one of the most influential figures in modern rock music. You can watch him perform “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” live at the Hollywood Bowl and purchase tickets here. Continue reading →

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Morrissey is coming to the Academy of Music

Morrissey. Photo via facebook.com/morrissey
Morrissey. Photo via facebook.com/morrissey

To follow up his performance at Firefly in Dover, Morrissey will bring his signature melancholy melodies to the Academy of Music.

The former Smiths frontman will perform on June 20. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 22 (which, coincidentally, is Morrissey’s birthday). Continue reading →

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Illumination: Sufjan Stevens at Academy of Music

Sufjan Stevens | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Sufjan Stevens | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Have you ever seen truth so real that it physically hurts? A burning brand, slowly pressing into your chest, purifying the cavern of your existence? I have—and truth came Thursday night, not with angel wings or capes or neon halos, but in denim jacket and trucker cap, meekly strumming an acoustic guitar. The first time I saw Sufjan Stevens—years ago—it broke something within me. Something I don’t want fixed. And I think that brokenness allows truth in, even though it’s bitterly painful. Thursday night at the Academy of Music, I embraced the truth and pain and beauty of Sufjan Steven’s life and career. Continue reading →

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The Decemberists bring pageantry and passion to the Academy of Music

The Decemberists | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
The Decemberists | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

A gust of drums and a deluge of syllables packaged in an ever-expanding novella of a song. These were my feelings when I first heard The Decemberists’ “The Infanta” back in 2005. The opening track to Picaresque, the song, the album and the band all resurrected my love for music. And to hear this song performed by the 2015 incarnation of the Portland, Oregon-based indie eccentrics this past Tuesday at the Academy of Music was as exhilarating as it was the first time on CD. Before a sell-out crowd the Colin Meloy-led quintet were as captivating as ever. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sufjan Stevens at The Academy of Music, SHLOHMO at Johnny Brenda’s, Delta Rae at The TLA and more

Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens | photo via www.sufjan.com

Celebrated indie-folk singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens makes a long awaited return to form on his current album and tour. Rather than being a zany holiday collection or an abstract electronic freakout, Carrie & Lowell is a return to Stevens’ contemplative acoustic roots, very much in the vein of 2004’s Seven Swans, and over the course of 11 songs it is an aching meditation on his mother who died in 2012. Tonight he returns to Philly to headline the Academy of Music and kick off his U.S. tour; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →