Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will head out on tour this summer, getting in a show at Lancaster, PA’s Chameleon Club on July 19th. The rock and roll band returned in 2012 with Meat and Bone after an eight year hiatus, during which members of the band pursued other musical interests while still releasing compilation albums and occasionally performing live together. Tickets and information for the summer show can be found here. The return of the Blues Explosion was marked in Philadelphia with a rousing and exceptionally loud Free at Noon performance in October; listen back to the full audio from the concert here and watch the band’s video for “Black Mold” below.
Ahead of their Free at Noon appearance tomorrow, The James Hunter Six play an XPN Welcomes show at World Cafe Live tonight. The British R&B musician released his full-length Minute By Minute earlier this week, his first studio album in five years. Hunter got his start playing in the clubs of Central London and eventually caught the ear of Van Morrison, who took the soul singer on tour with him and sang on some of Hunter’s early records. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Stream “Minute By Minute” below and download the new single here.
York County pop-rock four-piece Kingsfoil is wrapping up its 2012 with a headlining show tonight at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster. The band put out its sophomore album this year, the hooky and emotive A Beating Heart is a Bleeding Heart, and recorded a Key Studio Session with us on the eve of Hurricane Sandy. Opening the show is fellow Central Pennsylvanian Jesse Baker, whose LP Tearing Down the Walls is available as a free download here. More information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; below, watch the video for Kingsfoil’s very catchy single “What Your Mother Taught You.”
Central PA’s Jesse Baker will be kicking off Kingsfoil‘s Lancaster show at the Chameleon Club with his powerful alternative rock on Saturday, December 29th. Baker released his debut LP Tearing Down the Walls earlier this fall, which you can download for free via NoiseTrade. Also performing are Bells and Symphony of Sound. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Below, stream and download Tearing Down the Walls in exchange for your email address. Continue reading
Funk-rock musician Boy Wonder, a.k.a. host of World Cafe Live’s Philly Rising Open Stage, play World Cafe Live with singer/songwriter Mary Scholz. A native of Havertown, PA, Scholz will be returning to the area after a long stint in Los Angeles to perform. Below, stream Boy Wonder’s album Heavy, released in summer of 2012.
To mark the anniversary of Clash guitarist Joe Strummer’s passing, the North Star Bar will be hosting In Memory of Joe Strummer: A Benefit for Strummerville. The show benefits the Strummervile charity that financially support struggling musicians who aspire to change the world through music. The charity was established by family and friends of the influential punk rocker, and a variety of acts will be performing in support of the cause including Blayer Point du Jour and the Rockers Galore, The Cold Roses, Betty Iron Thumbs, I Yahn I Arkestra, The Future Unwritten (named after the Strummer documentary), The Successful Failures and Split Red. More information on the foundation can be located here. Below, watch one of the Strummerville sessions directed by famed punk scene DJ and Clash associate Don Letts.
Brooklyn rockabilly group The Sweetback Sisters are performing tonight at the PSALM Salon. The group’s 2011 album Looking For A Fight has a classic throwback sound to country legends like Carl Perkins with retro harmonies and lively melodies. Tickets for their all-ages show tonight can be found here. Below, watch the video for their single “Be Back Home Tonight.”