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Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, SZA, Alt-J and more will play Firefly 2018

Kendrick Lamar | via Billboard.com

The seventh annual Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware will feature acclaimed stars of rap and rock, with Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys and The Killers in the headlining slots.

The Detroit rapper, otherwise known as Marshall Mathers, released his ninth studio album Revival in 2017, and is making his Firefly debut. Compton’s Lamar is on his second Firefly slot on the strength of last year’s universally praised DAMN. LP – he first appeared in 2013, following good kid, m.A.A.d city. Arctic Monkeys and Killers are returning on players too, having played in 2014 and 2015, respectively. For the former, it’s their first concert in three years (per Pitchfork) and they have an album on the way in 2018 as well.
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XPN MusicNotes: Watch more tributes to Tom Petty with covers by The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cage the Elephant

Tom Petty | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

“It was just like somebody stabbed you in the heart when you heard that Tom Petty died” – Brandon Flowers of The Killers

Over the weekend, several bands paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with covers of some of his classics performed by The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cage the Elephant. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Paul McCartney join The Killers on New Year’s Eve

Paul McCartney and The Killers on New Year’s Eve | via Yahoo News

Not all of the musical performances on New Year’s eve devolved into disaster; Sleater-Kinney paid tribute to David Bowie & George Michael at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, while Paul McCartney teamed up with The Killers in St. Barts for a rendition of “Helter Skelter.” Watch Sleater-Kinney’s performance here, and check out McCartney and The Killers’ performances below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Surgeon at Kung Fu Necktie, The Killers at Susquehanna Bank Center, XPN welcomes the Philadelphia Songwriters Project to The Blockley

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Philly metal band Surgeon will release their new album tonight at Johnny Brenda’s Kung Fu Necktie (the show was moved due to a water main break).  Chemical Reign has been a long time coming for the local four-piece: we first got a sample of the new songs back in 2011 when the band stopped by for a Key Studio Session, a few years after their 2008 debut Angry Guest was released.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Swarm of Arrows, Ominous Black and Skeleton Hands can be found here.  Below, watch a live video of Surgeon performing “Greed.”

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Watch The Killers’ new video for “Miss Atomic Bomb” (playing a sold-out show at Susquehanna Bank Center tomorrow)

In The Killers‘ new video for “Miss Atomic Bomb” off of their latest Battle Born LP, we get some more insight into the love triangle first introduced in “Mr. Brightside.”  The video opens on the dusty outskirts of Las Vegas and depicts an older Brightside reflecting on his unrequited love of a ballet dancer through animated scenes (with The Killers appearing in animated form as well).  Eric Roberts and Izabella Miko reprise their “Mr. Brightside” roles in “Miss Atomic Bomb,” with Roberts thwarting Mr. Brightside’s attempts at winning Miss Atomic Bomb’s devotion once again. Watch the video below; The Killers play a sold-out show at the Susquehanna Bank Center tomorrow.