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Norah Jones brings new songs, eclectic covers and a winning jazz to the Academy of Music

Amazing show. Thanks @norahjones for a great evening and bringing pieces of my childhood back with your music.

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Singer-songwriter Norah Jones brought a gripping performance to the Academy of Music this past Saturday. Currently on her Day Breaks Tour with The Candles as her opener, she premiered an array of songs from much of her new album, Day Breaks, as well as a number of covers that compliment her style and range.

The Academy of Music is the perfect setting for Jones, allowing her jazzy vocal timbre to resonate throughout the floor and top balconies. As she opened her set with her lyrically driven “Sinkin Soon,” she set the tone for a smoky heartfelt evening of jazz and pop. Going right into a sultry “I’ve Got to See You Again,” the band paused and she sang the chorus to the background of just her piano and drums with drummer, Greg Wieczorek. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hoots and Hellmouth at Ardmore Music Hall, Vessna Scheff at Bourbon and Branch, and Norah Jones at the Academy of Music

Hoots and Hellmouth | courtesy of the artist
Hoots and Hellmouth | courtesy of the artist

Philly folk rockers Hoots and Hellmouth reached new heights on their latest album In The Trees, and tonight, they’ll demonstrate that newfound altitude by headlining Ardmore Music Hall with support from Cris Jacobs. Stream the video for groovy, new single “Diction” below, and read our interview with frontman Sean Hoots here. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more info on the 21+ gig. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Warpaint at Union Transfer, Jazz Cartier at TLA and Joan Baez at the Academy of Music

Warpaint | courtesy of the artist
Warpaint | courtesy of the artist

The Cali-based indie four-piece of Warpaint will be playing tonight at Union Transfer. Known for their ethereal psych-rock songs, the band is sure to put on a dreamy show that is not to be missed. The women of Warpaint just released their new album Heads Up in late September. Playing with them will be the fellow Los Angeles natives of the band Facial. For tickets and more information on this all ages event, click hereContinue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sigur Ros at the Academy of Music, Hop Along at the Electric Factory, Birdie Busch’s Philly Opry at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

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Sigur Ros | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Orchestral Icelandic outfit Sigur Ros are at the Academy of Music tonight. Led by Jónsi, the post-rockers will perform two sets, pulling from their expansive catalog that includes standout records ( ) and Takk…. along with 2013’s Kveikur. Tickets and information for the all-ages concert can be found here. Watch “Óveður” below, released this summer.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at Tellus 360, Amos Lee at Academy of Music, The Skatalites at Underground Arts

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly favorites The Districts are shipping out to Lancaster, PA for a one-off at Tellus 360. The show is in support of Beyond the Mountains, an organization dedicated to raising money towards educational efforts in Nepal. A minimum donation of $25 will get you to the gig, which also feature music from Ton-Taun and a presentation from Beyond the Mountains. These guys consistently bring down the house, and you get to see them do it as you simultaneously support a great cause. What more could you ask for? Find more information here. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Joan Baez will play the Academy of Music this fall

Joan Baez | photo by Marina Chavez | courtesy of the artist
Joan Baez | photo by Marina Chavez | courtesy of the artist

In January, singer-songwriter Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday with a star-studded concert at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. This fall, the celebration continues as Baez goes on a run of tour dates that brings her to Philadelphia. Baez will headline the Academy of Music with Mary Chapin Carpenter on Sunday, October 9th, and tickets are on sale now.

Joining her will be Mary Chapin Carpenter. More information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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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 →