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On this day thirty years ago, The Cars were rocking Philly’s beloved venue, The Spectrum

The Cars | photo via artist’s Facebook page

“Happy 30th anniversary, The Cars!”

“Thanks, but, eh, for what exactly, random lady shouting at me?” I can only imagine the alarmed power pop icons would answer in question.

“For playing Philly’s The Spectrum thirty years ago, ya loons!” I’d respond emphatically before sprinkling a handful of confetti. Then we’d part ways. End scene. Continue reading →

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The Cars playing Electric Factory on Sunday, May 22nd

The Cars are releasing Move Like This—their first new album in 25 years—on May 10th, and will be playing the Electric Factory on Sunday, May 22nd. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 23rd, at noon. Tickets are $49.75/$52.72. (More information can be found here.) Below, something old and something new.

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An army of Hedwigs will wash cars in front of the Forrest Theater tomorrow and I can barely contain my excitement

Hedwig in Philly | via facebook.com/kimmelcenterphilly

Next week, the best rock and roll musical of the 90s — John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch — is coming to Philadelphia’s Forrest Theater for a week-long engagement. This is exciting in and of itself; the musical follows the sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, endlessly compelling story of the titular trans rocker from Eastern Germany, who migrates to the states after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Carsie Blanton gets labor day weekend under way in style

Carsie Blanton | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Carsie Blanton | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Onetime local singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton has been hiding out in New Orleans for the past five years, but she made a return to the Philly area this week on a run of shows in support of her latest LP, So Ferocious. The new record, her sixth, made up the bulk of today’s setlist, with the groovy “Hot Night” giving way to the playful “So Ferocious” and Blanton’s quirky yet controlled voice sitting in the center amid dulcet tones. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Carsie Blanton at Boot and Saddle, Jody Watley at Wells Fargo Center, El Caribefunk at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Carsie Blanton | Photo by: Bobby Bonsey Photography
Carsie Blanton | Photo by: Bobby Bonsey Photography

Onetime Philadelphian Carsie Blanton returns north from New Orleans this weekend with a new album, So Ferocious, in tow. Tonight she headlines Boot and Saddle; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch a music video for “Vim and Vigor” below and read K. Ross Hoffman’s interview with Carsie here. Continue reading →

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From Philadelphia to New Orleans, Carsie Blanton talks recording her latest album So Ferocious.

Carsie Blanton | Photo by: Bobby Bonsey Photography
Carsie Blanton | Photo by Bobby Bonsey Photography

Carsie Blanton spent eight years in Philadelphia – the longest, the Virginia-born songwriter says, that she’s lived in one place as an adult. She arrived here as a teenager, forged strong and lasting connections with the local songwriting community, played a key role in developing the city’s swing & blues dancing scene, and just generally won our hearts with her captivating warble, her sprightly metaphors and her signature flower-adorned curls. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Green Cars at Union Transfer, Church Girls at Ortlieb’s, American Babies at The Abbey Bar

Little Green Cars
Little Green Cars | photo courtesy of the artist

Dublin folk / pop five piece Little Green Cars returned this spring with their sophomore album, Ephemera, and their tour in support of it comes to Union Transfer tonight; opening the gig is John Mark Nelson. The new music sees the band stretching its dynamic skill even further, with “The Song They Play Every Night” starting out quiet as a kitten and building to something rapturous. Listen to it below, and get more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →