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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Waxahatchee at Union Transfer, Lady Lamb at World Cafe Live, Damien Rice at The Academy of Music

Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee
Waxahatchee | photo by Michael Rubenstein | via facebook.com/waxahatchee

As of this writing, there are still tickets available to tonight’s Waxahatchee show at Union Transfer. This is somewhat preposterous; I mean, what, did you need further convincing  after that epic New Yorker profile and the City Paper cover story (not to mention the Inquirer piece and our own interview)? The new Ivy Tripp came out yesterday, and it’s really good; even when you take into account the mob mentality of Waxahatchee-fawning and notch it down a few pegs, it still stands out in setting moods and evoking emotions, rocking out catchy jams like “Under A Rock” and simmering introspections like “Air.” Openers The Goodbye Party also rule – Chrissy Tashjian of Thin Lips is pulling guitar duties with them on this tour – as does indie pop duo Girlpool, who join us this week for The Key Studio Sessions too. Really, this is a show not to miss. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Sufjan Stevens adds second Academy of Music show in April

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

Sufjan Stevens has added a second Philadelphia show at the Academy of Music on April 9th for his upcoming tour, accompaning the previously-announced date of April 10th. The Detroit native is traveling the country in support of his new LP Carrie & Lowell, which his label Asthmatic Kitty will release at the end of March.  Tickets for the new date go on sale this Thursday, February 4th with a WXPN member pre-sale taking place tomorrow. More information will be available here. Check out the trailer for the new LP below.

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Sufjan Stevens brings new record to the Academy of Music

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

Following the announcement of his first full-length in five years, Sufjan Stevens has released a tour schedule that brings him to Philadelphia on April 10th for a special performance at the Academy of Music. Tickets open to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 30th, with a pre-sale taking place on Wednesday, January 28th.

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