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Exhilarating as ever, Neil Young transforms the Academy of Music

Neil Young | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Neil Young | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Neil Young transformed the splendor of the Academy of Music into a lively space of reminiscing and activism for his first of two sold out solo nights on Wednesday. The passion, the voice and the sound of Young at 68 is an exhilarating spectacle for the ears and the mind. And for two and a half hours, the Philadelphia crowd was in musical ecstasy. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cruisr at Boot and Saddle, Ganou at The Fire, and Neil Young at Academy of Music

Cruisr | Photo by Chris Sembrot | Courtesy of the artist
Cruisr | Photo by Chris Sembrot | Courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Cruisr headline Boot and Saddle this evening. The four piece indie pop group made waves in the local scene with its single “Kidnap Me,” and ore recently with their latest EP release All Over. Filled with light indie rock goodness, their music will keep your spirits high throughout tonight’s show. Watch them perform their song “Kidnap Me” live below. For more information on the show, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Jackson Browne and his band playing Academy of Music in October

Photo by RB/Redferns
Photo by RB/Redferns

Jackson Browne is playing the Academy of Music on Friday, October 10th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 18th at 10AM. He’ll be playing with his longtime band members Val McCallum (guitar), Mauricio Lewak (Drums), Jeff Young (keyboards) and Bob Glaub (bass), along with multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel, pedal steel). The legendary singer-songwriter has also announced his new studio album, Standing In The Breach, October 7th. Go here for tickets and more information.

Below, watch a performance of “For A Dance” featuring Jackson with David Lindley.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mount Moriah at Johnny Brenda’s, Auctioneer and Heyward Howkins at PhilaMOCA, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell at the Academy of Music

mount_moriah_stairwell_bgThere’s a whole bunch of blissed-out folk to be heard at Johnny Brenda’s tonight as Mount Moriah (from North Carolina) and Blessed Feathers (from Wisconsin) play one of the last shows of their tour together. The two acts are an appropriate pairing; Mount Moriah plays stripped down, rootsy country/gospel that focuses on highlighting Heather McEntire’s pop croons, while Blessed Feathers play a more updated kind of indie-folk, full of ambient two-part harmonies and driving melodies. The two sounds complement each other very well, and opening act Edison is definitely in the same realm, offering ambient space rock with hints of violin. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and information can be found at the venue’s website. Watch Mount Moriah’s video for “Plane” below.

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My Morning Download: “Hanging Up My Heart” by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (XPN Welcomes to the Academy of Music in March)


5 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing is a new feature at NPR Music. Each month, various public radio stations pick a new song that they are playing, share it, and make it available as a free download. This month, we’ve chosen “Hanging Up My Heart” by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell from their forthcoming new album of duets called Old Yellow Moon. The album is out on February 26th on Nonesuch Records. Other songs included in this month’s feature are from indie-rockets Parquet Courts, gospel singer Bishop Richard “Mr. Clean” White, Project Trio and singer-songwriter Amy Cook.

Harris and Crowell are both legends in the world of country and folk music. The singer-songwriters have released seminal solo records over the years, but they began their working relationship way back when Crowell became a member of Harris’ Hot Band in the mid-’70s. Their new album of duets, Old Yellow Moon, sounds classic in every sense of musical accomplishment: from their gorgeous singing and inspiring studio performances to their excellent choice of material, including covers of songs by Roger Miller and Kris Kristofferson and originals by Crowell. It hearkens back to classic recordings like Harris’ Elite Hotel and Crowell’s Diamonds and Dirt, and brings the best out of the two veterans. WXPN Welcomes Emmylou and Rodney to the Academy of Music on Tuesday, March 26th with the Richard Thompson Electric Trio. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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Just Announced: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell playing The Academy of Music in March with Richard Thompson Electric Trio

This winter, country music icon Emmylou Harris and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell are embarking on their first official collaboration since 1975. On February 26, they will release the album Old Yellow Moon, and will tour in support of it with the Richard Thompson Electric Trio, who also has a new EP titled Electric. The tour comes to Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 26 at the Academy of Music – onsale information will be announced shortly. Below, watch archival video Emmylou and Rodney collaborating on “If I Could Only Win Your Love.”

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Tonight: XPN Welcomes Feist at Academy Of Music, The Spinto Band residency at Kung Fu Necktie

True powerhouse vocalists don’t have to strain much to differentiate themselves. Indie-folk singer and songwriter Leslie Feist—who is known for her laid back, graceful and sometimes jazzy folk tunes—has built a successful musical career around her easily distinguishable set of pipes. The video for her smash-single “1,2,3,4,” which was featured in a 2007 iPod commercial, demonstrates the simplicity with which Feist conducts her livelihood—it is nothing but one single, continuous shot of modest choreography performed by dancers in solid-colored costumes, yet the exposure pushed Time magazine to rate the song No. 2 among “The 10 Best Songs of 2007.” Feist performs with Timber Timbre at 8 p.m. at Academy of Music; tickets to the all-ages show are $27.50-$47.50. —Lisa Henderson

WXPN Welcomes The Spinto Band‘s May residency at Kung Fu Necktie every Tuesday in May starting tonight. A week ago, The Spinto Band released their new album, Shy Pursuit; tonight, they kick off their month-long residency celebration with Purples and Alec Ounsworth. Other openers include Nightlands and Via Audio on Tuesday, May 15th; The Extraordinaires and Heyward Howkins on Tuesday, May 22nd; and Cheers Elephant and Langor on May 28th. Go here for tickets and more information about the shows. The Spinto Band have compiled a free sampler of the bands playing the Kung Fu Necktie shows that you can download here. The band recently stopped by the XPN studios to record a Key Studio Session. You can download a sneak preview of it here.