Very sad news to report this afternoon; charismatic soul singer Charles Bradley has passed away at age 68. Continue reading →
Key Fest comes to close tonight, featuring Americana headliners Hezekiah Jones. But if you have your eye on some other shows, check these three out.
Into. It. Over It. is the emo-rock project of Chicagoan Evan Thomas Weiss. Having just released his new record Standards, Weiss is stopping by TLA tonight. If Into. It. Over It.’s own emo-revival music wasn’t appealing enough, the band is also touring with the acclaimed The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Find tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Today is the 7th annual Record Store Day. It’s a day to celebrate music, specifically the independent record stores that sell it and the exclusive vinyl selections by hundreds of bands being released as an incentive to get music fans into the stores.
Before you head out, check out our guide to what’s happening locally at various record stores around the Philadelphia area.
Below, listen to some of the offerings for the day including Bleeding Rainbow’s cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Glynis,” Bardo Pond’s cover of Brian Eno’s “Here Comes The Warm Jets,” Django Django’s cover of The Monkees’ “Porpoise Song,” and a demo of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden.
Saturday night the Electric Factory shook with a satisfied rumble that only the sublime brew of funk and soul can provide. Headliners Galactic rolled into town to lay down their NOLA-born jams and their fans were out in force, but one would be hard-pressed to say the show hadn’t already been stolen by opener Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, the Black Rose, the Doctor of Love. With his signature wail and phenomenal moves, sporting not one but two sequins-encrusted outfits, Bradley gave what many would call the performance of a lifetime, but which for him is probably just another night on the town.
(Hear More – Charles Bradley rocked Free at Noon)
Check out photos of both bands’ Electric Factory sets in the gallery below.
XPN welcomes Charles Bradley to Union Transfer tonight. The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” entertained the crowd during a recent Free at Noon performance with his exuberant showmanship and knock-out funk / R&B songs. Following up his 2011 full-length debut, the 64-year-old crooner released Victim of Love earlier this year. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Paul & the Tall Trees can be found here. Watch the former James Brown impersonator perform “Why Is It So Hard?” live on the Public Radio Rocks stage at SXSW below.
The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” Charles Bradley just released his new album, Victim Of Love. The long time James Brown impersonator (Bradley performed under the name of “Black Velvet”), began recording his own music in 2002, after the co-founder of Daptone Records saw him perform and encouraged him to record his own material. Bradley, who is 64, released his debut full length album in 2011. As excellent as his debut album was, Bradley’s new record is even better. Bradley clearly has the Godfather of Funk in his blood, but he’s developed his own unique voice as a soul and R&B singer. XPN Welcomes Bradley to Union Transfer on Friday, May 17th. Go here to buy tickets and for more information. Below, download “Something To Believe In,” from Bradley’s new album, via Boing Boing.
Bradley and his band performed at WXPN’s Public Radio Rocks the SXSW Day Stage broadcast. Go here to watch videos and listen to his entire set from the broadcast.
Stream the full album here.
Easily the most memorable spectacle of all the spectacles I saw at SXSW this year was when Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, closed his Public Radio Rocks set by taking a flying leap offstage to hug and kiss virtually everybody in arm’s reach as his band vamped on. What a showman, what an emotional connection to make with the audience – and what a scene, watching folks push their way to the front to embrace the man who’d just spent a set rocking them. Will he do this at Union Transfer on May 17th? I sure hope so. And even if he doesn’t, Bradley and His Extraordinaires put on a dynamite live show you won’t want to miss. Get pumped by streaming his album Strictly Reserved For You below via Rolling Stone; watch and listen to his South by Southwest performance here.