On Saturday night, singer-songwriter Amos Lee headlined The Met for his Philly show in support of last year’s My New Moon album, and it was full of hometown collaborations, including one with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Under the direction of singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke, the 9-piece string section added an elegant and emotional accompaniment to much of the night’s setlist, particularly “Violin” from 2011’s Mission Bell, a song that’s a huge tear-jerker to begin with. Continue reading →
Since the blues is one of the most recycled genres in music since the early 20th century, it takes a lot to stick out as a blues-based artist. There’s only so much you can do with a guitar, the pentatonic scale, and a few licks. Or so you think. You see, the key is to explore into the world of intangibles. For instance, BB King played with feel and Albert King played with attitude. Son House played with grandiose, and Robert Johnson? He played with the melancholic-yet-passionate grit that only an oppressed, working class young southern black man from the early 20th century would understand.
Gary Clark Jr. took bits and pieces of all the blues legends before him, studied them, mastered them, then peppered them with elements of hip hop and soul to perfect a fresh take on an old recipe. Clark finds a way to pay homage to the blues greats of the 20th century, but he is careful not to rehash the same old blues tropes or re-create cheap imitations of the real thing. Clark is as authentic a songwriter as there ever was, and he proved it at a marathon two-and-a-half-hour concert at The Met Friday night. Continue reading →
Last week, The Head and The Heart announced their forthcoming album Living Mirage, which’ll be out May 17, and shared its first single, “Missed Connection.” Soon, most of the US will have the chance to see the folk rock faves live — the band just announced a 38-city North American tour that begins in April and runs through October with hardly a break. The tour includes two nights at Red Rocks, an appearance at the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival — and most importantly, a headlining show at The Met Philadelphia on October 8. Continue reading →
The King has returned, and he did so with much fanfare. March 15 was the start of the Meekend, and Philly’s favorite rapper, Meek Mill, kicked it off with his first sold-out headlining concert at The Met Philadelphia, his first hometown show since his release from prison last year.
Meek’s welcome home was a rather grandiose experience. Social media was plastered with images of Meek exiting SCI Chester, hopping on a helicopter heading to the Well Fargo Center to catch a Sixers game court-side with his son.
With the support of part-owner of the Sixers, Michael Rubin, as well as District Attorney Larry Krasner, and Jay Z, Meek has become the celebrity face of prison reform. This new role is an interesting juxtaposition for an artist who has been very vocal about his involvement in illegal street activity, though the two are not mutually exclusive. The reason for Meek’s latest incarceration stint was arguably low stakes — a probation violation that stemmed from a guns and drug case that he acquired when he was 19 years old.
For a while, Meek was going through a seemingly never-ending series of L’s, of course significantly less consequential than his incarceration. These losses included a highly publicized beef with Drake, where the Canadian rapper released to back-to-back dis songs, before our local fav could even get a word in edgewise. Meek also found himself single after he and his long-term girlfriend Nicki Minaj broke up. Funny enough, Philly folk did not hesitate to bump any of Drake’s diss tracks. Despite all this Philly still loves them some Meek and it showed during the Meekend. Continue reading →
Sarah McLachlan has announced a series of intimate shows this summer that will see the iconic singer-songwriter backed by a live symphony orchestra. Instead of touring with an orchestra, McLachlan has invited local symphonies across the country to join her in each city — the tour includes shows with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and here in Philly she’ll be joined by The Philly Pops for a show at The Met on August 5. Continue reading →
Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis returns this spring with On The Line, her much-anticipated first album in five years. Her first single from it, “Red Bull & Hennessy,” was revealed last month, along with an initial offering of tour dates. Today, Lewis returns with the smoking rock and roll ballad “Heads Gonna Roll,” as well as an additional run of east coast performances that finds her coming to The Met Philly on Saturday, October 26th. Continue reading →
Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog is going on a co-headlining tour with Austin’s Shakey Graves this summer, and the two land in town on Saturday, September 21st to close out the run (and the season) at The Met Philadelphia. Continue reading →
After a couple years of dazzling listeners, crowds, and YouTube subscribers with a gripping fusion of pop melody and macabre presentation, ominous R&B singer Billie Eilish will make her full-length debut this March with the Interscope Records release When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. With last week’s news of the album comes this week’s news of a tour, featuring acclaimed rapper Denzel Curry, whose Loma Vista LP TA1300 was one of our 20 Albums Not To Overlook in 2018; their Philadelphia date is set for June 15th at The Met Philly, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
If you didn’t snag tickets to the super sold-out Kacey Musgraves show that graced The Fillmore Philly last month, fear not: the acclaimed country-pop singer songwriter is returning to Philadelphia in late summer as the second leg of her run in support of last year’s Golden Hour — the Oh What a World: Tour II, she’s calling it — comes to The Met Philadelphia on September 11th. Continue reading →