South African multi-instrumentalist Andrew Lipke will be performing with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia tonight at World Café Live. This exciting collaboration is part of the Intersect event which aims to celebrate the combination of genres by bringing together the chamber orchestra with some of the most gifted musical talents in the Philadelphia area. Tonight they will be with Andrew Lipke, who has made a name for himself as a critically-acclaimed arranger, producer, composer and performer. Continue reading →
Philly favorite Andrew Lipke was on the lineup of last night’s birthday bash for Bob Dylan over at Rembrandt’s in the Fairmount section of Philly, and earlier in the day he stopped by WXPN studios to appear on the air with Dan Reed for the weekly Copy That segment. Strumming his acoustic guitar and cacked by an airy cello accompaniment, Lipke did his version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” – which he later played at the party. Give it a listen below, and see him live at Gorgas Park on Saturday, June 20th. More information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →
As we begin to celebrate our 10 year anniversary of our new home at 3025 Walnut Street I wanted to talk with a few of the local artists that performed around here. I remember like it was yesterday – I heard their voices echo throughout the building, thinking to myself this is really happening! We built a building and they have come! This week I spoke with Andrew Lipke about the ten years we’ve spent in this XPN home. Continue reading →
If you go out and ask a random bunch of Americans about their knowledge of Philadelphia, you’ll probably get the the typical cliches: cheesesteaks, Rocky, soft pretzels, the Liberty Bell, and rambunctious sports fans who once threw snowballs at Santa Claus and batteries at J.D. Drew. But there’s one more thing you should add to that list: Philly is home to the greatest Led Zeppelin cover band known to man.
Well, sort of.
I say “sort of” because in reality, the phrase “cover band” doesn’t exactly do the group much justice. Get The Led Out is more than a cover band, but the band members have trouble coming up with a better way to describe themselves. Continue reading →
One of Philly’s finest musicians, Andrew Lipke put on a phenomenal free show last past Sunday afternoon, wowing a receptive crowd at the Burlington County Library Auditorium in Westampton, N.J. Backed by both his rock band The Prospects and his classical accompanists The Azrael String Quartet, the first in a series of spring Sundays on Stage shows, the concert drew fans and newcomers alike. The 75-minute show featured songs from Lipke’s ambitious 2011 album The Plague, such as the classical and rock amalgam “Up to Here,” as well as a sampling of work from earlier Prospects days, like the glorious “No Way Out.” Pieces from a forthcoming album based on Hermann Hesse’s Siddartha were also played, including the bewitching “Ascetic Blues.” For most of the show, the quartet and the band layered their parts, making for a rich, varied sound, and the venue itself played a perfect partner to the musicians with its great sound system. The arrival of a new Lipke release cannot come soon enough, and one can only hope for more upcoming performances like this one to challenge and reward one’s expectations of rock dynamics.
Philly’s Andrew Lipke has been working on his latest project, Song from Siddhartha, since late last year, and we got another taste of it today in the form of a new song called “Head Down Vagabonds.” A follow-up single to “Ascetic Blues,” released last December, this one also has a distinctly psychedelic vibe, but leans less airy and more poppy and irreverent – like Lipke is digging into the “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” side of his musical leanings. It’s an interesting progression considering the orchestral nature of his previous offerings, The Plague and Siddiqah. Or, as Helen Leicht put it, it’s “the many faces of Andrew Lipke.” Listen to the song below; Lipke performs live on September 7th at the Kennett Mushroom Festival, which is not as psychedelic as it sounds, but that’s okay – he’ll bring the weird.
First up tonight is the incredible double header of Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo. The Glasgow band Belle and Sebastian have been making beautiful indie pop since the 90s and they’re releasing an album of rarities and B-sides this August. But before they do that, they’re going on a huge tour, including a stop at The Mann Center. And joining them is another legendary group Yo La Tengo. Bouncing from genre to genre and covering numerous songs along the way, Yo La Tengo have been making music their way since the 80s and just released an incredible new album, Fade, in January. Tonight you can catch both groups at The Mann Center.
City Hall Presents begins its new season next Wednesday, May 29 with Philly based Brazilian band Alo Brasil in the City Hall Courtyard at 5:30PM. City Hall Presents is a series of free performances that showcases the diversity and richness of the Philadelphia performing arts community. The events are free and take place every Wednesday at 5:30 in the City Hall Courtyard. WXPN has curated several of events this Summer including the opening event with Alo Brasil, followed by Cheers Elephant on June 5, and Andrew Lipke with the Azreal Quartet on July 10. There will also be a special Make Music Philly edition of City Hall Presents on Friday, June 21 featuring Norwegian Arms and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. WXPN’s Dan Reed will be broadcasting live from the City Hall Courtyard next Wednesday starting at 4PM for the kick off of the series with Alo Brasil.
Other highlights of the season include: The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts on June 19, Illstyle & Peace on June 12, Dice Raw & Company on August 7, and the series closes with a special performance from Kurt Vile. Go here for more information and the complete schedule.