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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 →
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 →
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 Calendar. Continue reading →
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 →
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.
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.
When Bob Dylan was in town last month to play three concerts at the Academy of Music, we told you about a concert he performed for one fan, Fredrik Wikingsson. The concert was part of an ongoing Swedish film series entitled “Experiment Ensam” or (Experiment Alone), where people experience things completely alone that are usually reserved for large crowds. The director, Anders Helgeson, set-up the private show, and paid Dylan an undisclosed amount of money. Helgeson then asked his friend and TV personality, Fredrik Wikingsson to take part in the experiment. Continue reading →
Bob Dylan opened up a three night stint at the Academy of Music on Friday night, and it was equal parts surreal and magical. As my concert going companion said, it was like watching “Dylan covering Tom Waits covering Dylan,” and as Dylan stood center stage, in a white suit and white hat, singing a selection of songs that barely touched on the familiar hits of his past, he looked like a ragtime era cowboy crooner. Continue reading →