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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chali 2NA at Ardmore Music Hall, Told Slant at PhilaMOCA, Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

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Chali 2na | photo via Facebook

Chali 2na performs at the Ardmore Music Hall tonight. The Chicago-born rapper has a collaboration list that includes legendary acts like Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, Run DMT, and Galactic, though his deep voice was most recently heard on Savoy’s “Love Is Killing Me.” Check out that track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with New Orleans jazz / funk outfit Professor Naughty here.

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Free At Noon Flashback: Earnest on her electric, Margaret Glaspy echoes folk and grunge vibes

Margaret Glasby | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Margaret Glaspy | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

With wide-eyed wonder, an audience member in the front row grabbed the arm of her friend as singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy took her voice from a tender warble to an impassioned gravel. Not quite folk and not quite grunge, Glaspy has carved out her own space in the scene to encapsulate the myriad of sounds she blends together. With her debut album Emotions and Math released in June, Glaspy power-packed her performance with as many tracks from the new LP as she could fit, even treating the crowd to encore featuring a just-written, untitled track. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s, Dead & Co at BB&T Pavillion, Kevin Morby at Boot and Saddle

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Margaret Glaspy | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

She’s new to ATO Records, and soon she could be a household name. For now, we’re lucky enough to experience Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s where she’ll play tonight. Last Friday, she released her debut record Emotions and Math. In April, she stopped by for a Folkadelphia Session. Give it a listen below and head to the XPN Concert Calendar for all the details on tonight’s gig. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Margaret Glaspy


Without a doubt, Margaret Glaspy is a name you’re gong to start to hear a lot of from now on. A new signing to the illustrious ATO Records, the world will feel the impact of Glaspy’s debut album this summer. She has spent recent years cutting her teeth touring with Rachel Yamagata, Aoife O’Donovan, Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project, and even Ricky Skaggs and Tim O’Brien. It would right on to say that her musical sensibilities fit snugly with any of these acts – however, there is something intrinsically different and unique about Glaspy. Let’s call it the “Glaspy Factor,” some extra energy, some “umph,” some kinda creative maelstrom that the artist and the listener get sucked up into. A taste of that can be heard on Glaspy’s EP, a lead-in to her full length.
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The Week Ahead: Ani Di Franco, Marian Hill, Bartees and the Strange Fruit, The Feelies and more

Ani DiFranco | photo by GMD Three | courtesy of the artist
Ani DiFranco | photo by GMD Three | courtesy of the artist

Got plans this week? Because, wow, have we got plans for you. It’s a jam-packed seven days ahead of us, with no fewer than 22 concerts at your fingertips in the Philadelphia region (most within city limits, some a short drive away). Get out. See live music. And we’ll catch up with you on the other side. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia releases Volume IV compilation featuring John Reilly, Stray Birds and more

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John Reilly and Friends | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker for WXPN | http://www.laurajanebrubaker.com/

Wrapping up another year chock full of intimate, eye-opening, and always enjoyable recordings, Folkadelphia has shared its Folkadelphia Sessions Volume IV compilation. The 16-song sampler cherrypicks highlights from the wide range of artists that curator Fred Knittel welcomed into the studio between November 2015 and November 2016, from ethereal up-and-comers to well-traveled veterans.

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The 7 best things I saw at SXSW

Jack Garratt | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Jack Garratt | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

As with the past twenty plus SXSW music festivals I’ve attended, coordinating seeing all the bands I’ve want to see each year I go is a function of timing and serendipity. And it’s nearly impossible to see everything I have on my wish list. At any time, there are both official and unofficial showcases all around the city, and there are literally hundreds of them. SXSW is a sprawling, crowded event where you can see a random band rocking out in a vacant parking lot, or see an emerging buzz band, or if you’re willing to wait in a long line to get into the Spotify house, or the Pandora stage or the Hype Hotel, you might be able to see some big name rock bands or rappers along with bands your industry friends have declared the next big thing. It can get very complex very quickly.

Going into SXSW this year I had a list of 23 artists I wanted to see, and given I was at the festival for less time than usual, I knew a list of that size was over reaching. I managed to see about a dozen shows over the three days I was in Austin. Here’s some of the best things I saw. Continue reading →

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Rayland Baxter warms up the World Cafe Live audience

Rayland Baxter | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Rayland Baxter | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

The last time we saw Rayland Baxter was on a warm summer night opening up for Grace Potter at The Susquehanna Bank Center.  In contrast to that night, there was still post-blizzard snow dusting the streets last weekend when he appeared at World Cafe Live.

With the air of a folksy troubadour, Baxter and his band played many favorites from his newest album Imaginary Man as well as some songs from his debut Feathers & Fishhooks.  Between songs, Baxter touched on the history of his songwriting routing back to his days in Israel.  Continue reading →