Singer/songwriter Liz Longley will headline Tin Angel tonight with support from Brian Dunne. Her latest, Weightless, saw the Downingtown native exploring more overtly pop territory. This is most apparent in the dramatic title track, which you can stream below. Find tickets and more information at XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Philadelphia’s Rosali Middleman debuted this year with an excellent collection of earnest, roots-tinged songwriting and contemporary folk. Released simply under her first name via local imprint Siltbreeze Records, Rosali‘s Out of Lovehearkens back to the 70s singer-songwriter era of Joan Baez and Neil Young as much as it recalls more recent parallels — Lucinda Williams, or R.E.M. circa Out of Time. At the core of the music is Rosali’s engaging voice: confident, sublime, delivering observational stories of the fast-paced world around her and going inward for self-reflection. Continue reading →
Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller is making his way through Philadelphia tonight in support of his September 2016 release The Divine Feminine. Come support the Pennsylvania native on the tour for his fourth studio album. Tickets and information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for his Anderson .Paak collab “Dang” below. Continue reading →
Local outfit Myrrias celebrate the release of a new record at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The dream/psych rockers just dropped their debut LP Spectra last week after streaming the magnetic “PEAK,” but the album comes at a time of transition for the band as well – they’ll be taking some time off for the next few months to write new material and focus on their growing families. Listen to “PEAK” below and pick up tickets here for the 21+ show with Valley Exit (also releasing a record), Long Spells, and a DJ set by Suburban Living.
Philly folk singer Rosali‘s latest EP, Out of Love was released over a year ago, but this December, she’ll be performing a weekly residency at Ortileb’s. The shows will take place each Wednesday–December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, and she’s brought along her friends to help out. Show one will feature support from Birdie Busch, show two from Oldermost, show three from Kiel Everett of Tin Horses, and show four from The Writhing Squares. Music begins at 8:00 p.m. each week, so come down, grab a beer, and get your folk on. Continue reading →
Doylestown’s Balance and Composure blesses Union Transfer tonight, in support of their 2016 release Light We Made. Bringing along vulnerable emos Foxing and Philly’s own Mercury Girls (check out our Studio Session with them here), this gig should tug at some heartstrings. Watch the music video for Balance and Composure’s “Postcard” below, and more information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Hi5 Studio has been host to some pretty great nights of music recently. Tonight sees a rare appearance by Heyward Howkins (joined by Birdie Busch and Roomtone) at their recording space in Old Kensington’s Maas building, and now they’ve announced a show for November 18th with local standouts Rosali, Jesse Hale Moore, and William H. Travis.
With the release of her debut LP Out of Love just last month, Rosali is in Philly tonight for a hometown record release show at Ortlieb’s. The folk singer songwriter premiered her music video for the track “Black As Ashes” with us earlier this month and you can check out the kaleidoscopic world she creates below. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this show. Continue reading →
Local singer-songwriter Rosali released her debut LP Out of Love on Siltbreeze last month, a collection that peels back the myriad layers of psych-hued folk and acoustic country to get to the root of personal truth. “Black As Ashes” is standout song on the record, and we’re happy to premiere its accompanying video today.
– Wilco guitarist Nels Cline could solidify his place in the greatest guitarist playlist based on his solo on “Impossible Germany,” or “Spiders,” or impressive contributions to “Art of Almost,” yet he brings so much more to the band’s sound. On his own, Cline is known for his improvisational work and recording, and the diversity of his work. From jazz and country to punk and rock, Cline is one of the new guitar gods, indeed.
#37 – Pat Metheny
From his early playing days with Gary Burton to his side work with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Joni Mitchell, Bill Frisell, David Bowie, and many others, the award winning jazz guitarist has become recognized for his trademark sound and recordings with the Pat Metheny Group, his trio, the Unity Band, several records with Naná Vasconcelos, and various collaborations with Brad Mehldau, Jim Hall, and Charlie Haden.
#36 – Bonnie Raitt
As a guitarist, Raitt was inspired by a handful of blues players including Son House, Skip James, and Mississippi Fred McDowell. In her slide work you can also hear touches of Lowell George and Ry Cooder, who Raitt says she was influenced by. As Rolling Stone magazine put it: “When guitar was still considered a man’s game by many, Raitt busted down that barrier through sheer verve and skill.” Amen.
#35 – Django Reinhardt
A jazz giant, hugely influential, Reinhardt started out as a violinist first and then moved to guitar. Born Jean Baptiste Reinhardt, he grew up in a gypsy camp near Paris and was born in 1910. He was caught in a caravan fire in 1928 and badly burned his left hand, depriving him of the use of the fourth and fifth fingers. His biography at All Music states:
According to one story, during his recovery period, Reinhardt was introduced to American jazz when he found a 78 RPM disc of Louis Armstrong’s “Dallas Blues” at an Orleans flea market. He then resumed his career playing in Parisian cafes until one day in 1934 when Hot Club chief Pierre Nourry proposed the idea of an all-string band to Reinhardt and Grappelli. Thus was born the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, which quickly became an international draw thanks to a long, splendid series of Ultraphone, Decca and HMV recordings.
#34 – Angus Young
– Young has been responsible for some of the most iconic rock and roll riffs of all time. There’s no denying who this is at the strike of the first power chord.
#33 – Bruce Springsteen
To think there was a time when The Boss was the only guitar player on stage with the E Street band is hard to imagine, but it’s true. And back in the early days, before Miami Steve and Nils Lofgren, and Patty Scialfa, Bruce played lead and rhythm and it was actually hard to pick which one he was better at. He could bust out soulful Steve Cropper-esque riffs and burn our serious solos on “Kitty’s Back,” or “Rosalita.”