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Hall & Oates, Brandi Carlile, Frank Turner, Mister Wives, and more to open Fillmore Philly

Hall & Oates | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Hall & Oates | Photo via facebook.com/hallandoates

Philly’s newest venue, The Fillmore Philadelphia, located in Fishtown’s historic Ajax Metal Company building, has announced their opening lineup of bands playing in October.

Opening the new venue on Thursday, October 1st are the legendary Hall & Oates. Tickets to all the shows go on sale this Thursday, June 4th at 10:00 a.m. Continue reading →

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Recap: Brandi Carlile plays an emotional Free at Noon set at NonCOMM

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Brandi Carlile | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

“You made me cry at quarter to one in the afternoon,” an audience member said as Brandi Carlile finished singing “Beginning To Feel The Years” at NonCOMM today. Looking around the room, it seemed there were many not-dry eyes in the house, Carlile’s included. “I made myself cry! It’s so hard to be away from my little daughter, she’s about to be one and her mama sent me a video of her walking.”

There was a lot of emotion in the room as Carlile played a short set of songs from her 2015 LP The Firewatcher’s Daughter with her bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth. “We’re a band and we have been for years,” Carlile said. “We just happen to have some chick’s name.” Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Wilder (We’re Chained)” by Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile | Photo by David McClister
Brandi Carlile | Photo by David McClister

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is back with a fantastic new album called The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Since her last record, she got married, and had a daughter with her wife. Last month, she brought the new tunes to World Cafe with David Dye, who says “Brandi is 10 years and five albums into a career that includes the very successful 2007 album The StoryIt’s a good time in her life.”  Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Thin Lips, Sympathy and the Lion and more

Thin Lips
Thin Lips | Photo by Yowei Shaw

Thin Lips made their Key Studio Session debut this week. A spin-off of former Philly outfit Dangerous Ponies, Thin Lips refocuses the latter’s carnivalesque energy into high-octane punk. For this session they recorded two tracks from a 7″ called Gemini Moon. Catch the band playing new material at Johnny Brenda’s on New Year’s Eve with Hop Along and check out the title track to the 7″ below.

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As Intimate As You Can Get: Brandi Carlile plays the Perelman Theater unplugged and un-amped

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.tumblr.com
Brandi Carlile | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.tumblr.com

Brandi Carlile’s performance at the Kimmel Center this Saturday was nothing short of inspirational.

Performing with her band and a string trio on the beautifully conceived “Pin Drop Tour”, Carlile et al. unplugged and dispensed with amplification, opting instead to trust in the theater’s beautiful acoustics and their own power to sustain us for the evening. It was an intimate distillation as embracing and as warming as any spirit, and with much more soul than I had prepared for. Continue reading →