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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.


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Jackson Browne playing Academy of Music on Wednesday, July 25th


Jackson Browne is playing an acoustic show at the Academy of Music on Wednesday, July 25th. Sara Watkins, founding member of Nickel Creek, is opening the show. Tickets are on sale this coming Saturday, May 5th at 10AM. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, watch a couple of our favorite classic songs from Browne.

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Watch Bonnie Raitt’s new video for “Right Down The Line” (new album out today; playing Academy of Music in June)

Bonnie Raitt releases her new album, Slipstream, today. The Joe Henry-produced album is her first new studio album in seven years and features covers of songs by Bob Dylan; it also includes songwriting contributions from Randall Bramblett, Al Anderson of NRBQ, Paul Brady, Loudon Wainwright III, and Henry. Raitt plays at the Academy Of Music on Saturday, June 16th, with special guest Mavis Staples. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, watch Bonnie’s video for “Right Down The Line.”

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Bonnie Raitt playing Academy of Music in June

Bonnie Raitt is releasing her first new album in seven years called Slipstream on April 10th. The album was produced by Joe Henry and features covers of several Bob Dylan songs and a reggae-tinged version of “Right Down The Line” originally recorded by Gerry Rafferty. Today she announced a tour which brings her to Philly on Saturday, June 16th at the Academy Of Music. Mavis Staples will open the show. Ticket sales are “TBD.” Click here for more information on the Academy of Music website.

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Watch Amos Lee cover Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” during his show at Academy Of Music

During Amos Lee‘s sold-out show at Academy Of Music last Saturday, Lee performed a cover of Guns N’ Roses’ ”November Rain.” Below, you can watch a video of the performance (courtesy of Youtube user Voicesforever) as well as Guns N’ Roses’ original video for the song.

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