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Celebrate 25 years of Social Distortion at Festival Pier in August

Social Distortion | photo via facebook.com/socialdistortion
Social Distortion | photo via facebook.com/socialdistortion
Rewind 25 years to March 27, 1990, when legendary punk rock group Social Distortion released their self-titled album.

The album was their first with Epic Records, their best-selling worldwide, and their first to enter the Billboard 200. The album’s “Story Of My Life,” “Ball and Chain,” “Ring of Fire” and “Let It Be Me” all reached Top 25 on Billboard’s single’s charts.

The group is celebrating the 25th anniversary of this iconic album with a North American tour, kicking off in Temple, AZ, and they’ll grace Philly on August 19 at Festival Pier (which is notably their only stop on the tour alongside Lucero and Benjamin Booker). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Literature at Johnny Brenda’s, Benjamin Booker at World Cafe Live, and Merchandise at First Unitarian Church

Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Literature | Photo by Eric Schuman
Philly indie pop foursome Literature will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s classic 60’s style pop has been building buzz after the release of their sophomore album Chorus back in August, snagging attention from the likes of Stereogum and Pitchfork who commended them for their fresh take on a classic genre. The group’s quirky music is sure to entertain tonight. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch them perform their song “Cincinnati” on a Ferris wheel below. Continue reading →
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Non-COMM Recap: Benjamin Booker sets the stage for his self-titled debut LP

 

Benjamin Booker | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Benjamin Booker | Photo by Cameron Pollack

New Orleans’ Benjamin Booker closed out the upstairs stage showcases at tonight’s Non-COMMvention with a blistering set of rock and roll. The young musician heads up a power blues / rock trio that was recently signed to ATO Records, with a debut album scheduled to be released at the end of the summer.  The set was fast-paced and no frills, pulling five songs from the forthcoming effort (including single “Violent Shiver”) and one song that will not be on the record called “Lauren’s Car.”  It was clear from the audience’s reactions that this brief introduction to Booker and his music was more than enough to win over a room-full of new fans.  Check out photos and audio from the set below.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff rally the World Cafe Live crowd for the second time in a weekend

Photo by Kate McCann | http://katemccannphotography.com/index2.php#!/HOME
Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

New Orleans based indie-folk group Hurray For The Riff Raff returned to World Cafe Live last night, just a few days after last week’s Free At Noon. Singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, who fronts the band, thanked the crowd who saw them last time and started off their set with sweet folk tunes, her voice lulling the audience as a fiddle and stand-up bass joined the instrumentation. After a handful of songs, fans were singing along and bopping with Segarra’s flouncy movements as she played songs from Hurray For The Riff Raff’s new album, Small Town Heroes. By the end of the evening, Segarra picked up her harmonica and banjo, to finish out a solid set of tunes.

Another New Orleans resident, rocker Benjamin Booker made his Philadelphia debut last night and opened the show. Ready to warm up a mellow crowd with his soulful tunes, Booker began to wail on his guitar and slyly dance in his Dr. Martens. The singer and his band appeared ecstatic to share their music with the slowly growing crowd. Fans moved away from their dinner tables and up to the foot of the stage to listen to his set, which included his just released single from his forthcoming ATO Records debut Violent Shiver.