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The Week Ahead: Josh Ritter, Tash Sultana, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Jim James and more

Tash Sultana | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Yes, we get it — it’s a crazy busy musical week here in Philly, between NonCOMM kicking off at World Cafe Live tomorrow and a certain mega-sold-out Saturday night show that will be packing in the crowds on South Street.

But don’t let that stop you from getting out and seeing music; if you’re not grooving to Lizzo’s “Juice,” might we suggest Juice WRLD? Or how about the dazzling guitar stylings of Tash Sultana, or Rodrigo Y Gabriela? There’s a modern rock benefit on Sunday, two killer jazz events, singer-songwriters galore…here are 16 concerts to see in the next 7 days, all around Philly.
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Just Announced: Jim James is bringing Uniform Distortion to The Fillmore

Jim James | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

After releasing the raw and raucous Uniform Distortion LP last year, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is taking it on a 2019 tour that launches this spring in South Carolina and lands in Philadelphia on May 19th at The Fillmore. Tickets to the show go on sale Wednesday, January 30th at 10 a.m., more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Angel Olsen and MMJ’s Jim James cover Sonny & Cher in Brooklyn

Jim James | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN // Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

This past weekend, director David Lynch curated and hosted the “Festival of Disruption” in Brooklyn. The multipurpose event featured a range of artists performing sets and hosting talks at New York venue Brooklyn Steel. Among the host of experimental electronic titans to perform, including Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins, Animal Collective, and Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem, kindred spirits Jim James and Angel Olsen connected Sunday night to perform a standout cover of Sonny & Cher’s “Baby Don’t Go.” James and Olsen transformed the cover into an acoustic, downtempo performance compared to the 1964 original. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Celebrate ten years of Brandi Carlile’s The Story with Dolly Parton, Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Adele and more

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Ten years ago, Brandi Carlile vaulted into the music scene with her 2007 breakthrough album The Story. Now, a new tribute covers album is on the way called Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates Ten Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child.  It features a bevy of well-known artists including Dolly Parton and her wonderful cover of Brandi’s “The Story.”

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Conor Oberst teams up with The Felice Brothers, Jim James, Gillian Welch and more on Salutations

Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers | photo by Julia Brokaw | courtesy of the artist
Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers | photo by Julia Brokaw | courtesy of the artist

Last year, singer-songwriter Conor Oberst spent a winter in Omaha and recorded Ruminations, a stunning and solitary meditation on life and isolation, and his best record in a decade.

This year, he returns to that body of work in a full-band Americana-rock context with longtime friends and collaborators The Felice Brothers. Joining them are an impressive roster of guests including Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson. The Salutations collection will come out on Nonesuch Records on March 17th, expanding on the ten songs of Ruminations and unveiling an additional ten songs.

This winter and spring, Oberst will go on tour with The Felice Brothers as his backing band; check out the tour dates below, as well as the album art and track listing. To get a now-and-then view, watch the newly-released video “A Little Uncanny” from Salutations, and compare it alongside the original version on Ruminations. Continue reading →

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Church of Psychedelic Soul: Jim James makes The Fillmore Eternally Even

Jim James | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com
Jim James | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

It was a packed house last night for My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James at The Fillmore Philadelphia. Touring on his new album, Eternally Even, he played many of his inherently spiritual, yet psychedelic, songs accompanied by his unmistakable voice.

James played a 90-minute set plus a 30-minute encore, whipping his hair around during all guitar solos, donned in a suit and sunglasses, as always. The light show accompanying the band had the color spectrum of a Phish show, but with the nuance of a contemporary art installation. It really felt like some millennial-filled church, with all eyes drawn to the worshiped James, as soft lights flickered like stars of the lid. Continue reading →

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DJ Jersey Dan presents Jim James: Rock’s Love Syndicate

Jersey Dan | photo courtesy of the artist // Jim James | photo by Neil Krug | courtesy of the artist
Jersey Dan | photo courtesy of the artist // Jim James | photo by Neil Krug | courtesy of the artist

Tonight, beloved My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James headlines The Fillmore in support of his latest album, the suave and contemplative Eternally Even.

A word of advice if you’re going to the show: as you enter through the venue’s Ajax Hall bar and restaurant, be sure to stop and take note of the songs pumping through the speakers. That’s Philadelphia music scene mainstay Jersey Dan, a regular party rocker who will use his DJ space tonight to provide a compliment to James’ messages of peace, love and understanding. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview with Jim James, Foxygen & more!

Jim James | Photo by Danny Clinch | dannyclinch.com
Jim James | Photo by Danny Clinch | dannyclinch.com

 

It’s time for our weekly get together to revel in all the great new music that’s coming out. Tonight, we’ve got some full-lengths to give a spin to from Kings of Leon and Norah Jones.  We’ll play a blistering new track from Cloud Nothings and XPN favorites Mayer Hawthorne and Hippo Campus return with new tunes too. Here’s what else we’ll be jamming on tonight …

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