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Dave Matthews releases his first single and video from new LP – “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)”

Dave Matthews Band | photo by Doug Interrante

Just a week ago, fans were excited to catch their first glimpse at the official tracklist of Dave Matthews Band‘s new LP, Come Tomorrow. But today, they’ve received some ear and eye candy in the release of its first single, “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” – in both streaming and video formats.

The song starts off with a lighthearted guitar riff, paired with Matthews solo voice – but quickly escalates to an anthemic rock tune with the crash and technical drum fills we’ve come to expect from his longtime drummer, Carter Beauford. The video takes it to a whole nother level, bringing the Come Tomorrow album cover to life. You’ll find yourself levitated through a world of flying cities, suspended from balloons of hot air – a la Of Monsters And Men, just without the horned beasts and fire yielding, feather faced ladies! Continue reading →

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“A Concert for Charlottesville” featuring Dave Matthews Band, The Roots and more will be live-streamed on Tumblr

Dave Matthews Band | photo by Doug Interrante

On Sunday September 24th at 6 PM ET, there will be “an evening of music and unity” led by Dave Matthews Band in response to the recent events in their hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Other artists set to perform at A Concert For Charlottesville include Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Cage the Elephant, and more. Continue reading →

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The Roots, Pharrell, Dave Matthews Band, Brittany Howard and more will play a free concert to benefit Charlottesville

The Roots and Pharrell at The Roots Picnic | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop heroes The Roots are on the eclectic lineup of A Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity, a free event set to happen on September 24th at UVA Scott Stadium to raise money for first responders, victims, and their families affected by the violence that took place in the Virginia college town on August 11th and 12th of this year. Continue reading →

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Dave Matthews Band opens two-night Camden run with hits and rarities

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Dave Matthews Band | photo by Doug Interrante

I was 13 years old when my mother took me to my first Dave Matthews Band show at the First Union Center in Philadelphia on November 30th, 1998. All it took was the opening song, “Last Stop,” and I was hooked. The band’s fusion of jazz, rock and alt-country was unlike anything I had ever heard before. Their music was complex, intense and full of raw emotion.

This year the band embarked on their ‘standard’ summer tour with a little more purpose — celebrating 25 years of masterful musicianship, dynamic jams and a loyal fan base. By the time the two-night stand at the BB&T Pavilion comes to an end, the band will have performed its 55th show in the greater Philadelphia region. Their first show in the area was at 23 East Cabaret (currently the Ardmore Music Hall) in Ardmore, PA on July 30, 1992. Quite a run it’s been for a group of musicians who have stuck together through the best and worst of times.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ani DiFranco at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Creepoid at The Fillmore, Dave Matthews Band at BB&T Pavilion and more…

Ani DeFranco | photo by Charles Waldorf
Ani DeFranco | photo by Charles Waldorf

She’s done it all over the course of here career, and now Ani DiFranco brings her massive catalog (over 20 albums) to World Cafe Live in Wilmington. Rooted in folk, DiFranco has gone from jazz to funk to spoken word to even some electronic stuff over the decades. Her most recent release is 2014’s Allergic to Water. The XPN Concert Calendar has you covered with tickets and more info on the show, at which Chasity Brown will play in support. We have you covered with a little Ani DiFranco sampling — listen to “Woe Be Gone” below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Dave Matthews Band playing two nights at the Susquehanna Bank Center this summer

Photo by Rodrigo Simas
Photo by Rodrigo Simas

Dave Matthews Band has announced a packed summer tour, stopping in Camden, NJ for two nights at the Susquehanna Bank Center on June 13th and 14th.  This run of dates is being billed as “A very special evening with Dave Matthews Band,” with the band performing an acoustic set and an electric set each night.  Tickets go on sale Friday, February 7th; and will be available here.  Watch the video for “You & Me” below.

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Listen: Mavis Staples covers Funkadelic (playing WXPN’s Non-Comm and opening for Dave Matthews in June)

Mavis-Staples-08 The legendary Mavis Staples returns with a new album on June 25th called One True Vine on Anti-. The album was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, who played all the instruments on the record except for drums, which were handled by Tweedy’s 17 year old son, Spencer. Stavis makes a stop in Philly at the end of May to take part in WXPN’s Non-Comm music conference, and she’ll be opening for Dave Matthews Band on June 28 and June 29 at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Below, listen to her cover of Funkadelic’s “Can You Get To This.”

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