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The Week Ahead: The Wombats, PnB Rock, The Dove and the Wolf, Passion Pit and more

PnB Rock at The Roots Picnic | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Now this is a bit more like it. Last Tuesday’s edition of The Week Ahead was a bit tighter, a quiet first week of year. This week, though, we’ve got 18 shows for your consideration, from Brit rockers The Wombats at Union Transfer to the heavy atmospherics of True Widow at Johnny Brenda’s, Philly rapper PnB Rock headlining a homecoming gig at The Fillmore, and a lot more. Add into the mix a healthy slate of continuing Philly Loves Bowie Week activity, and you’ve got plenty of reasons not to stay in from the cold. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Deerhoof at Underground Arts, PnB Rock at Chameleon Club, Sam Amidon at World Cafe Live

Deerhoof | via facebook.com/deerhoof

San Francisco indie rockers Deerhoof have been around for over 20 years now, but their vibrant energy and knack for conveying astute political haven’t slowed a bit — the four-piece recently released their 14th full-length Mountain Moves via Bandcamp and donated all of the proceeds to the resistance organization Emergent Fund. Empath and Haldol also play the Underground Arts show. Listen to Mountain Moves below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Questlove, Sheila E., Morris Day and PnB Rock will honor Prince with a free West Philly concert

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

When Prince passed away last year, he was eulogized by artists the world around — and one of the most devoted voice was from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, drummer and bandleader of The Roots. Quest was a fan from a young age, and as he wrote in Rolling Stone essay last April, “I patterned everything in my life after Prince.”

Next month, Questlove leads a loving tribute to the Purple One at the 2017 N2N Festival (Neighborhood to Neighborhood), and the performers joining him are no joke: Prince collaborators Morris Day and Sheila E. will take the stage at the free concert along with a rising rap sensation from Germantown, PnB Rock. The event, which takes place Saturday, September 16th, is basically a huge block party in West Philly between 49th and 51st Streets, stretching from Willows to Catherine with its nexus at at 50th and Baltimore.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mars Parker at Underground Arts, PnB Rock at The Chameleon Club, Maceo Parker at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

This week’s Key Studio Session featured Mars Parker, a local artist who blends soulful jazz textures with the realism of hip hop. Tonight he brings his recent Mars Museum 3 release to Underground Arts, opening for Chill Moody and Voss. Check out a Key Session performance of “Selfworth” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belly at Union Transfer, The Avett Brothers at Musikfest, PnB Rock at Chameleon Club and more…

Belly, circa mid 90s | Photo by Stephen Di Rado | via bellyofficial.com

’90s dream pop band Belly is back after 20 years off. Yup, it’s true, and they’re playing Union Transfer tonight. New music is promised to be released soon, but it’s a safe bet you’ll hear some of it live tonight. Relive the classic “Feed The Tree” below and get any more info you need on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Binge on WXPN’s #XPNBinge on the 70s

Johnny Fever’s guest DJ set on #XPNBinge is not available at this time, but almost everything is avialble to stream below | photo via Tumblr

Last weekend, WXPN binged on the music of the 1970s for over 50 straight hours. Did you miss any of it? We’ve got you covered. Continue reading →

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Bob Dylan, Kurt Vile and Amos Lee are on the initial lineup for The Met Philly

Bob Dylan | photo by John Vettese for WXPN // Kurt Vile | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN // Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

Singer-songwriter icon Bob Dylan will be the first artist to take the stage at the newly renovated venue The Met Philly, which opens on December 3rd. The initial lineup was announced this afternoon in a press conference from promoters Live Nation, and it also features Philly son Kurt Vile playing his hometown album release for his new Bottle It In LP on December 29th, and fellow hometown hero Amos Lee headlining on April 6, 2019.

The initial run of shows also includes Toto tribute band Weezer headlining on December 12th, cerebral Bucks County alt-popsters Ween on December 13th, violinist Lindsey Stirling on December 18th, and Germantown rapper PnB Rock on December 28th. Continue reading →

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Meek Mill returns to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss reform of the criminal justice system

Meek Mill at Made In America | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

In August of 2017, Meek Mill got arrested for reckless endangerment, violating his parole, and was taken into police custody after appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon hours before. On Tuesday night, the North Philly icon returned to the late-night talk show as both the musical and special guest. Continue reading →

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Meek Mill reigns, Janelle Monae dazzles, Orion Sun and Armani White rep Philly at Made In America Day One

Meek Mill at Made In America | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Grey skies hugged the city of Philadelphia earlier in the day before the sun peeked out from the clouds, sending relief to everyone at Made in America who was geared up for the possibility of rain. From there, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was flooded with people from all walks of life, ready to dance and party ’til dusk. From amazing early sets by local artists Armani White and Orion Sun, to incredible performances from Sabrina Claudio and Saba, a massive throw-down from Janelle Monae and a tremendous homecoming from rapper Meek Mill, the first day of the festival was a blast. Continue reading →

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KUR announces his return with new single “I’m Back” and it’s brewing up a storm

KUR | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
KUR | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The world first got a taste of local rapper KUR when he got a shout out from Philly icon Meek Mill via Twitter in 2014. Later on, KUR collaborated with Meek for his 2017 mixtape 180 on the track “How It Never Was.” Along with that, KUR worked with fellow 215 talent PnB Rock on his 2018 single “No Shine.” Well-known in the community, KUR’s music and aesthetic truly does embody the streets of Philly. With his rapid-fire delivery and ruthless lyrics, he has made it a point that he isn’t here to play games. Continue reading →