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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Black Prairie at MilkBoy, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes David Johansen of New York Dolls to World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Rhett Miller to The Abbey Bar

Local rock ‘n’ roll trio Lantern headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Self-described as “proto-biker-punk-blues,” the one thing that will strike any listener upon diving into 2012’s Dream Mine EP (Bathetic) for the first time is the sheer amount of blown-out fuzz and noise that distorts the classically punk vocals of front-man Zachary Devereux Fairbrother.  Citing influences as surprising as early folk and blues and as obvious as early rock ‘n’ roll and ’60s-’70s punk, Lantern’s music is a combustion of nitty gritty Americana.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Dong Johnson and Amanda X can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Train Song.”

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XPoNential Fest: Last but not least at Wiggins Park, Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers (photos, audio, setlist)


Finishing off the last day of XPO Fest at Wiggins Park was Rhett Miller (former lead singer of the Old 97’s) and his band The Serial Lady Killers. They played songs from Miller’s latest album, The Believer – including singalong opener “Lost Without You” – as well as selections from Miller’s back-catalogue (“This Is What I Do” from 2003’s The Instigator), even reaching back to his time with Old 97s for “Rollerskate Skinny,” “19” and “Barrier Reef.” Check out photos above, and the setlist below. You can listen to his performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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Watch: Rhett Miller performs at World Cafe Live last night (Just added to XPoNential Music Festival line-up)


Rhett Miller celebrated yesterday’s release of his new album The Dreamer with a show at World Cafe Live last night. Rhett was just added to the XPoNential Music Festival taking place July 20-22. Other acts just added to the line-up include Delta Spirit, Lower Dens, and Kaki King. Go here to purchase tickets to the festival. Below, watch a fan video of Rhett playing “Designs On You” from last night’s show.

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Tonight’s concert picks: WXPN Welcomes Rhett Miller at World Cafe Live, Lushlife at PhilaMOCA, and Dengue Fever at Union Transfer


Tonight, Rhett Miller and The Serial Killers perform at World Cafe Live. Rhett’s new solo album, The Dreamer is out today. Tickets to tonight’s 8 p.m. show, with The Spring Standards opening, are $22-$33.00. Rhett is also doing an in-store performance today at 2 p.m. at Main Street Music in Manayunk. Below, listen to “Lost Without You” from Rhett’s new album.

Also tonight: Lushlife performs at the Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA and Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman perform at Union Transfer.

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My Morning Download: “Out Of Love” by Rhett Miller (at WXPN’s Beggars Banquet and playing World Cafe Live in June)


Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97’s, has announced a new solo album coming on on June 5th called The Dreamer. The album was produced by Miller will be released on his own Maximum Sunshine Records. The album features guest appearances by Rosanne Cash and Rachael Yamagata, as well as additional percussion by Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel). Below, download a new song, “Out Of Love.” Rhett will be at SXSW this week, followed by a tour. He’ll also be one of the guests this year at the WXPN Beggars Banquet on Saturday, March 31st along with Nicole Atkins, members of The Hooters, Jonatha Brooke, Pat Croce, Alejandro Escovedo, John Flynn, Diego Garcia, the Matt Santry Band, Mutlu, Scot Sax & Suzie Brown, Tommy Stinson (Soul Asylum, The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses), Zoe Strauss, Gary Knell (NPR President and CEO), and others. Rhett plays World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on June 5th.

Out Of Love by Rhett Miller

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The Week Ahead: Strand of Oaks, Ivy Sole, Mavis Staples, Swearin’ and more

Ivy Sole at SXSW | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

From alt rock heros to rising stars in hip-hop, a Philly favorite taking over three nights at Boot and Saddle in South Philly, while a soul queen posts up for two nights at World Cafe Live in University City. And the time of year being what it is, there are not one, not two, but three holiday shows on the calendar this week. Here are 16 concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia.  Continue reading →