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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 →

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Five reasons why the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival will be awesome (XPN Welcomes Appel Farm tomorrow)

AppelFarm2013 500x500 artwork for webrevised FINALV2_0 Tomorrow is the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival at Appel Farm in Elmer, New Jersey. Tomorrow’s weather looks sunny and hot for a great day of music (lineup is above). You can get tickets and directions here. Below, five reasons why Appel Farm is bound to be great. See you in Elmer, New Jersey!


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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Silencio at World Cafe Live, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at Union Transfer, Brandi Carlile at the Merriam and Grandchildren at PhilaMOCA

The haunting, surrealist movies by filmmaker David Lynch always have the perfect moody musical accompaniment – and Pittsburgh ensemble Silencio picks up on that big time. The group plays World Cafe Live tonight, performing a selection of musical moments from Erasherhead to Mullholland Drive, from which the group borrowed its name. The giant red curtain at the back up the upstairs stage will probably make more than a few audience members think of Twin Peaks. Tickets to the show are $15 and available here; below, watch Silencio perform Eraserhead‘s “In Heaven.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Matthews Band, Purling Hiss, Exitmusic, and Oh! Pears

Tonight there are some excellent shows going on in the city of Brotherly Love.

Although not quite in Philly, not too far away is the annual Dave Matthews Band concert series. There is no way to describe the incomparable group and the mass effect they have had globally, both with their music and their strong ambition to create a more peaceful world. Last year in the summer of 2011 they took a break from their yearly tour, instead celebrating their 20th anniversary by playing multi-day shows along with other artists for a Caravan Tour, one which took place in Atlantic City. This summer, DMB’s tour is back, the first of a two night residency is tonight at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Brandi Carlile opens for them; she played at our Non-Comm this year and you can listen to her live performance here. General admission tickets to the show can be purchased here, show starts at 7 PM.

Purling Hiss, the most recent Shaking Through all-stars, play at Johnny Brenda’s. You can check out their episode curated by The War on Drugs, Adam Granduciel, here and purchase tickets to the 21+ show here. Purling Hiss plays with The Young and Far-Out Fangtooth at 9 PM.

Over at Milkboy Philly, the electronic indie project, Exitmusic will be playing with Stagnant Pools and Lockets. Tickets to the 21+ show can be purchased here. Doors at 8 PM. Listen to the session WXPN’s Eric Schuman did with the band here.

PhilaMOCA hosts the weekly Tuesday Tune-Out, tonight featuring a local favorite, Oh! Pears. Show at 8 PM; tickets to the all ages show can be purchased at the door for $5.

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Listen: Brandi Carlile Free At Noon concert (opening for the Dave Matthews Band tomorrow night at Susquehanna Bank Center)

Brandi Carlile photo by Joe Del Tufo

Brandi Carlile, who recently released her new album Bear Creek is in town tomorrow night opening for the Dave Matthews Band at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Brandi recently played a Free At Noon concert that you can listen to here. Tickets to the Dave Matthews Band shows, tomorrow night and Wednesday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center, are available here. Brandi opens for DMB on Tuesday night; The Head and The Heart open the show on Wednesday.

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Listen to Brandi Carlile’s Free At Noon performance from WXPN’s Non-Commvention


Brandi Carlile performed during WXPN’s Free At Noon last Friday, May 18th at the Non-Commvention. She showcased material from her forthcoming album Bear Creek coming out on June 5th. You can listen Brandi’s entire performance here.

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My Morning Download: “Gaucho” by the Dave Matthews Band (playing Susquehanna Bank Center in June)

Photo: Reuters

The Dave Matthews Band have a new album coming out in September. A summer tour brings the band to the Susquehanna Bank Center on Tuesday, June 26th with Brandi Carlile opening and on Wednesday, June 27th with The Head and The Heart opening. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. In exchange for your e-mail address you can download a new song, “Gaucho,” here. Below, listen to the song from the Steve Lillywhite produced album.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company