Just Announced: Massive Attack’s Mezzanine anniversary tour will come to The Met this spring

Massive Attack | courtesy of the artist

Remember when, a few weeks ago, Massive Attack encoded their 1998 album Mezzanine as DNA and then bottled it into a spray paint to celebrate its upcoming 21st anniversary? That’s an, uh, inventive way to reissue an album to say the least, but if you prefer a more traditional form of album anniversary celebration, good news is coming your way in the form of a tour: Massive Attack will tour Europe and North America throughout the winter and spring, with a show at The Met on March 19. Special guests lined up for the tour include Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins, who sang on the album. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Mariah Carey will headline The Met this spring

Mariah Carey | photo courtesy of the artist

The Met Philadelphia hasn’t even opened yet, but it’s already lined up a series of star-studded acts through the winter and spring, and the newest addition to the venue’s stacked calendar of events may be its biggest yet. Mariah Carey will headline The Met on April 3, part of her just-announced North American spring tour behind her forthcoming album, Caution. Continue reading →


Just Announced: John Legend will bring his Christmas tour to The Met in December

John Legend | photo by Doug Interrante for WXPN

Singer-songwriter John Legend is infused with the holiday spirit this year, and drops his first holiday LP, A Legendary Christmas, via Columbia Records on October 26th. The album features collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding, with Raphael Saddiq executive producing, and Legend takes the album on the road starting in mid-November and stretching to the end of the year. Continue reading →


Snail Mail will open for Kurt Vile at the Met; Kurt workshops Bottle It In via Pitchfork Live

Snail Mail | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail has gone from casually releasing lo fi tracks on Bandcamp to playing sold out shows, releasing her acclaimed album Lush and touring internationally. To wrap the year, Jordan will trek to Philly to open for  Kurt Vile and The Feelies on their December 29 appearance at The Met Philly. Tickets for the gig are on sale now, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Boyz II Men will play a hometown show at The Met

Boyz II Men | Photo by Matthew Shaver |

Philly’s newest venue, The Met, is continuing to roll out its lineup of upcoming shows, and just announced that Philadelphia R&B legends Boyz II Men will headline the newly-renovated opera house on February 16, 2019. Boyz II Men members Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris, and Nathan Morris shared the news themselves via a video on The Met’s Twitter — watch below. Continue reading →


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 →


The Met Philadelphia reveals new interior renderings

The Met Philly, concert setup | image courtesy of LiveNation

The long-vacant Metropolitan Opera House on Broad and Poplar is inching towards reopening and rebranding as Philly’s latest and largest non-arena venue. This week, The Met Philadelphia shared new artistic renderings of the venue’s multi-use grand hall, the lobby, and bars outside the hall. Continue reading →


The Met Philadelphia announces December opening, gets action-packed trailer of renovation footage


There’s a new venue coming to town. Once called the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, and now rebranded simply as The Met Philadelphia, the rebirth of a long-dormant Philly venue was announced back in November of 2016, and a is starting to generate some buzz thanks to a new teaser video released earlier this week. The minute-long video details our city’s passion for art, culture, and history, while intertwining shots of Rocky, Jason Kelce (in full Mummer regalia), and footage of the venue mid-rehab.

The Met, boasting National Register of Historic Places-status since ’72, is located at 858 N. Broad St., close to the intersection of Broad and Poplar. The massive 39,200-square-foot building was built in 1908, and now, (*cue dramatic narrator voice*) nearly 110 years later, its doors will reopen once again and fill Philadelphia with world-class live music (*end dramatic voice*). Continue reading →