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The tower of the Tower Theater is coming down

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It’s hard to imagine traveling to 69th and Market streets in Upper Darby without the Tower Theater‘s namesake greeting you on the horizon. The iconic aerial, a curious mix of 1800s oil well and space-age orb with red light-up letters vertically descending to spell out T-O-W-E-R, is coming down today, the Inquirer reports. The removal follows engineering reports that the decades-old fixture had become structurally unsafe. Continue reading →

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You can become a part of the Beastie Boys Story – filmed at the Tower Theater

Beastie Boys | Still from video

The Beastie Boys are documenting their legacy this spring with three live shows that will become a part of a film called “Beastie Boys Story Told By Ad Rock & Mike D.” Ahead of two NYC shows, the project will kick off with a show right here in Philly at the Tower Theater on April 5.

Last October, Beastie Boys members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond released a seemingly career-culminating memoir, “Beastie Boys Book,” which recounted stories from their decades-long run. But with this announcement, which Horovitz and Diamond revealed to Amazon Music’s Nathan Brackett at a SXSW panel this week, it’s clear that the Beastie Boys aren’t finished yet. Continue reading →

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Cloaked in darkness, Beach House soars in a sublime Tower Theater set

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Starting in a place of darkness has always given Beach House its balance, its symmetry, its heft. Despite the incongruity of a sandy-and-sunny name (unless that house is in grey and rocky Brighton), theirs is a poignant place of musical melancholia mired in thick electronica, noisy bent-string guitars, dense tom-tom rhythms, and a lead vocalist whose affinity for Nico-esque singing and neo-Beat poetry could snatch the air out of any room from its gravity.

No one gets out of here alive when Beach House is around.

And yet, there is/was something joyful, elevated, elegant and celebratory about a clad-in-black and singularly (simply, starkly, dramatically) backlit trio singing “Star death ringing / Brought fear” (“Dark Spring”), and “You want to go / Inside the cold / It’s like a tomb” (“Black Car”) through a pulsing, electro-din reminiscent of Black Celebration-era Depeche Mode and a slower Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft.

Oh, and this happened at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby on Thursday night. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Maxwell’s 50-show tour will make a stop at the Tower Theater in December

Maxwell | photo via facebook.com/Maxwell

R&B powerhouse Maxwell will embark on a massive tour this fall, making 50 stops over the course of nearly three months — and he’ll be performing on smaller stages than usual. The 50 Intimate Nights Live tour will bring Maxwell not to the usual stadiums or arenas, but to small- to mid-size venues across North America, with a stop at the Tower Theater on December 8. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Death Cab for Cutie comes to the Tower Theater in October

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Death Cab for Cutie | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

It’s safe to say that Death Cab for Cutie is one of those bands that people go wild for — with good reason. So when murmurs Death Cab’s return broke with the band’s announcement of a few tour dates in various random corners of the earth (The Netherlands, Brazil, Idaho), we began to wonder. Now, we can safely confirm that the band is indeed expanding its tour to more readily accessible locales, including a stop at the Tower Theater on October 9. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Beach House will bring their new album 7 to The Tower Theater in July

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Beach House | photo by Shawn Brackbill | courtesy of the artist

Long-running Baltimore dreampop duo Beach House will release their new album, 7, this May on Sub Pop, Bella Union, and Mistletone records. As the band writes, “7 is our 7th full-length record. At its release, we will have been a band for over 13 years. We have now written and released a total of 77 songs together.” Beach House by the numbers, people.

With the announcement and album details — cover art, track list, fun stuff that you can see below — the band shared a new single called “Dive.” It opens on a woozy, languid keyboard drone that blankets Victoria Legrand’s vocals (so classic Beach House, in other words) but launches into an urgent double-time drum machine anthem in the vein of New Order at the halfway mark, an animated side that the band does not often reveal. Listen below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Pretenders will play the Tower Theater on March 31

The Pretenders | via Facebook

Back in 2016, rock icon Chrissie Hynde released Alone, her tenth album under the Pretenders banner, and this year the band embarks on a run of South American and UK tour dates, with a handful of U.S. appearances in the mix.

In addition to concerts in Miami, Greenville, and Red Bank, Pretenders will play the Tower Theater in Upper Darby on Saturday, March 31st. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Soccer Mommy at Everybody Hits, Bob Dylan at Tower Theater, Modern English at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Soccer Mommy | photo via sopharela.bandcamp.com
Soccer Mommy, the project of Sophie Allison, was in town recently opening for Jay Som, and now they’ll headline their own gig tonight at Everybody Hits. Past Life and Witch Bomb also play. Soccer Mommy, known for their “chill but kinda sad bedroom-pop jams,” released Collection in August; listen to standout track “Out Worn” below. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tegan and Sara at Tower Theater, Lee Ranaldo at Johnny Brenda’s, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn at Colonial Theater and more

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Tegan and Sara | photo courtesy of the artist

Tegan and Sara can do it all. From folk to indie rock to effervescent electronic pop, the Quinn sisters’ two-decade, eight-album career is dynamic, emotional and endlessly catchy. Tonight at Upper Darby’s Tower Theater, they celebrate the tenth anniversary of their fifth LP, 2007’s The Con. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the video for the mega-hit “Back In Your Head.” Continue reading →