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Have you ever seen truth so real that it physically hurts? A burning brand, slowly pressing into your chest, purifying the cavern of your existence? I have—and truth came Thursday night, not with angel wings or capes or neon halos, but in denim jacket and trucker cap, meekly strumming an acoustic guitar. The first time I saw Sufjan Stevens—years ago—it broke something within me. Something I don’t want fixed. And I think that brokenness allows truth in, even though it’s bitterly painful. Thursday night at the Academy of Music, I embraced the truth and pain and beauty of Sufjan Steven’s life and career. Continue reading →
A gust of drums and a deluge of syllables packaged in an ever-expanding novella of a song. These were my feelings when I first heard The Decemberists’ “The Infanta” back in 2005. The opening track to Picaresque, the song, the album and the band all resurrected my love for music. And to hear this song performed by the 2015 incarnation of the Portland, Oregon-based indie eccentrics this past Tuesday at the Academy of Music was as exhilarating as it was the first time on CD. Before a sell-out crowd the Colin Meloy-led quintet were as captivating as ever. Continue reading →
Sufjan Stevens has added a second Philadelphia show at the Academy of Music on April 9th for his upcoming tour, accompaning the previously-announced date of April 10th. The Detroit native is traveling the country in support of his new LP Carrie & Lowell, which his label Asthmatic Kitty will release at the end of March. Tickets for the new date go on sale this Thursday, February 4th with a WXPN member pre-sale taking place tomorrow. More information will be available here. Check out the trailer for the new LP below.
Following the announcement of his first full-length in five years, Sufjan Stevens has released a tour schedule that brings him to Philadelphia on April 10th for a special performance at the Academy of Music. Tickets open to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 30th, with a pre-sale taking place on Wednesday, January 28th.
Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice has announced a spring tour that brings him to the Academy of Music on April 8th. Rice, whose songs “Cannonball” and “Volcano” made appearances on the inaugural 885 All Time Greatest Songs Countdown in 2004, releases his third studio record My Favorite Faded Fantasy today.
Neil Young transformed the splendor of the Academy of Music into a lively space of reminiscing and activism for his first of two sold out solo nights on Wednesday. The passion, the voice and the sound of Young at 68 is an exhilarating spectacle for the ears and the mind. And for two and a half hours, the Philadelphia crowd was in musical ecstasy. Continue reading →
Singer, songwriter, guitarist and rock and roll legend Neil Young begins a two night solo acoustic stand tonight at the Academy of Music. With so many incredible albums to pull from – and a new record on the way – Young fans can expect both some classics and some surprises tonight and tomorrow night. Recently, he’s been covering Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind,” and Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe,” and trotting out some of the old faithful classics from Harvest, After The Goldrush, and some new songs. Here’s five songs we hope he plays while in Philly. We hope he plays all your favorites. Continue reading →