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Just Announced: Elton John will bid Philly goodbye in ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour

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At a New York press conference with Anderson Cooper this morning, the Sir Elton John announced his retirement from touring. But don’t worry, not just yet. You can still say your goodbyes to the music legend’s live show as he’s soon embarking on a whopping 300-show run, dubbed the ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour.

In a live-streamed video from the conference, John explains his reasoning to stop touring. He states, “My priorities have changed in my life. Ten years ago, if you’d have said I’m gonna stop touring, I’d have said, ‘No no, I’m a working musician. I always play.’ But we had children and that changed our lives.” Continue reading →

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Photos: Howie Day at World Cafe Live

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Howie Day | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com
Earlier this month, singer-songwriter Howie Day headlined World Cafe Live, with some hints of the new album he’s been recording for the past year. New York musician Heidi Merrill opened; check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Photos: Tinariwen at the Prince Music Theater

Tinariwen | by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com
Tinariwen | by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com

Sahara Desert rockers Tinariwen brought their tour behind the new EMMAAR LP to a packed house at the Prince Music Theater on Friday night. The Mali-based band recorded the album in California, due to civil unrest in their home country, and has been bringing it around the U.S. on tour this winter. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Watch Diego Garcia master the art of being cool and inviting in new “Tell Me” video

Diego Garcia | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com
Diego Garcia | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com

As his jet black silhouette does all the talking and emoting in front of a plain white background, Diego Garcia is calm and persuasive in offering his shoulder to cry on in his new video for “Tell Me”. Lifted from his latest release Paradise, “Tell Me” has a simple acoustic arrangement that enhances the smooth texture of the song and Garcia’s sincere lyricism. Watch below and get tickets to his pair of shows at Tin Angel on March 22nd here.

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Photos: Spirit Family Reunion brought its revival tent folk to Ardmore Music Hall

Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com
Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com

Brooklyn-based contemporary folk five-piece Spirit Family Reunion took the stage at Ardmore Music Hall on Friday night, on tour in support of its late 2013 LP No Separation. The band, which turned in several impressive sets at this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Fest, drew a lively crowd; local act Orion Freeman played an opening set. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

(Read More: The Key’s Week of Folk – Impressive Saturday sets from Spirit Family Reunion, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars and The Mavericks)

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Photos: The pageantry of Doylestown native P!nk comes home to Wells Fargo Center

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Pop singer P!nk brought the colorful sets, elaborate stage and overall pageantry of her Truth About Love tour to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night. With a entourage of dancers, acrobats and backup musicians, the Doylestown native highlighted more than half of the new record, but also dug into her back catalogue. We heard the rousing “Just Like A Pill” from 2002’s Missundaztood, a medley of songs from 2000’s Can’t Take Me Home, an acoustic take on “Who Knew” from 2006’s I’m Not Dead a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” just to name a few highlights. During an encore performance of “So What,” P!nk climbed into a harness and flew above and around the crowd in the Wells Fargo. Opening the show was Swedish pop-punk five-piece The Hives; check out photos in the gallery below, and look at some videos and the setlist after the jump.

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Photos: Elton John headlined Wells Fargo Center on Thanksgiving eve

Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com
Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com

Legendary piano man Elton John headlined Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night in support of his 31st album, The Diving Board. Playing a scaled-back set with string accompaniment, Sir Elton worked through a selection of songs from across his catalog; check out a photo gallery below and read the setlist after the jump.

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Photos: Escort grooved with J.C. Brooks and The Uptown Sound at The TLA

Escort | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com
Escort | Photo by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com

Brooklyn disco / electronic ensemble Escort co-headlined the TLA on South Street last Wednesday night alongside retro-soul outfit (and XPN Fest alums) J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound. The latter has a new and very dance-oriented LP called Howl, while the former recently released its self-titled LP. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Photos: Diego Garcia and his band serenaded World Cafe Live

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Last night Diego Garcia returned to Philadelphia to play a set of songs from his album Paradise for an appreciative crowd at World Cafe Live. Joining him was Arc Iris, the new project of Jocie Adams formerly of The Low Anthem. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.