Tonight’s Concert Picks: Leagues at Union Transfer, Ivan and Alyosha at Boot & Saddle, Destroyer at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Nashville pop-rock trio Leagues will be bringing their crooning vocals and toe tappin’ instrumentation to Union Transfer tonight. Drawing comparisons to bands like The Fray, who they toured with after being discovered by the band in Nashville, Leagues have matured into very much their own, mixing guitar and drums with pop heavy melodies and introspective lyrics. Find tickets and more information on the Union Transfer show here.

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The King of New Orleans Aaron Neville brought soul to Free at Noon (photos, audio, setlist)

New Orleans soul legend Aaron Neville took to the stage at World Cafe Live today with a set of songs from his new record, My True Story. The album finds Neville revitalizing some of his favorite doo-wop era songs, and he brought classics like “Be My Baby” and “This Magic Moment” to life in front of a packed house. See a gallery of photos from his set above, read the setlist below and listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →


My Morning Download: “Ting A Ling” by Aaron Neville

Photo: (l-r:) Aaron Neville, Don Was, Keith Richards by Sarah A Friedman

The legendary New Orleans R&B/soul singer Aaron Neville returns with a new album, called My True Story on January 22nd. It’s Neville’s debut for Blue Note Records and the album was produced by Keith Richards and Don Was. Neville was backed on the album by an incredible group of session players including Richards on guitar, Greg Leisz on guitar (Beck, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams), Benmont Tench on organ, drummer George G. Receli (Bob Dylan, James Brown), and bassist Tony Scherr on bass (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright). On the album he covers some classic pop and R&B songs including Curtis Mayfield’s “Gypsy Woman,” “Be My Baby” (written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich), “Little Bitty Pretty One,” and songs by the legendary writing teams of Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman and Jerry Leiber & Michael Stoller. Listen to “Ting A Ling” below; click here to download it. Pre-order the album here.


Tonight: WXPN Welcomes Aaron Neville To The Scottish Rite

Tonight WXPN Welcomes the legendary Aaron Neville to the Scottish Rite in Collingswood, New Jersey. The New Orleans icon is touring in front of a new gospel album called I Know I’ve Been Changed that was produced by Joe Henry. Joining Aaron on the tour is his brother Charles on saxophone. You can expect a mix of Neville Brothers classics, some (new) old Gospel tunes and some of Aaron’s Christmas classics.

Aaron Neville at Scottish Rite Auditorium. 315 White Horse Pike – Collingswood, NJ. Tickets are $49.50, $39.50, $29.50. Showtime is 8PM