MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Paul McCartney’s unreleased recording with John Bonham, St. Vincent to debut 2 new songs on “Record Store Day” and Coldplay to release “Ghost Stories Live” DVD, Album


Two, classic Wings’ albums will be reissued next month: Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound, and the bonus material will include a song that Paul McCartney recorded with late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Continue reading →


Listen to Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, R.E.M., Fleet Foxes, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more on a new charity album for climate change awareness

Artists Project Earth (APE) is an international organization that, according to their website, “has funded over 300 projects and awareness-raising initiatives around the world that combat climate change and develop local resilience and solutions to climate injustice – and gives emergency funding for natural disaster relief.” Some of APE’s projects have been collaborations with musicians resulting in three fundraising albums to date including Rhythms Del Mundo Cuba, Rhythms Del Mundo Classics and Rhythms Del Mundo Revival. Next Tuesday Rhythms Del Mundo Africa is being released. It includes contributions from Coldplay, R.E.M., Fleet Foxes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons, Aloe Blacc, Beyonce, Eminem, and others, along with African musicians including Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré Band and Rokia Traoré. Listen to the album below. Go here for more information.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN Welcomes Guided By Voices to the Trocadero, Coldplay at Wells Fargo Center, Tangerine Dream at Electric Factory and Faux Slang at Johnny Brenda’s

Guided By Voices


WXPN welcomes famed indie rockers Guided by Voices to the Trocadero tonight. The band is touring in support of their latest album, Class Clown Spots a UFO. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets for the 21+ show are $31 in advance or $33 day-of-show and can can be purchased here.

Coldplay is headlining their second and final show at the Wells Fargo Center tonight with Robyn and Wolf Gang in support of their latest album, Mylo Xyloto. See our review of last night’s show here. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $46.50 to $96.50 and can be purchased here.

German electronic band Tangerine Dream plays the Electric Factory tonight. Tickets to the all ages show are $32.50 and can be purchased here.

Faux Slang with openers Last Tide and Royal Shoals play at Johnny Brenda’s. Doors at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10. Tickets and more information here.


Review/videos/setlist: Coldplay at Wells Fargo Center

Last night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the music that was playing on the venue’s sound system in between acts was nondescript. That is, until there was a noticeable increase in the volume when Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” began pumping buoyantly through the PA system. The song got most of the excited sold-out crowd there to see Coldplay for the first of a two night stand on their feet. Seconds after the song ended, Chris Martin and company came out on stage, jubilantly opening with “Mylo Xyloto,” followed by “Hurts Like Heaven.” Then they started to play their hits; there’s a lot of them. And that’s when the confetti came, and lots of that too. Many bands wait to set the confetti canons off at the end of their shows working towards the standard emotional climax where the band plays “the hit single.” Not Coldplay. It was clear from the moment they played “In My Place,” “Lovers In Japan,” and “Yellow,” early in the show, that the band was there to give the audience their money’s worth. Coldplay proceeded to pump confetti and beach balls into the crowd and combined with a colorful and vibrant light show put on a fantastic, high energy show.

Early in its career Coldplay was a mediocre live band with a increasing catalogue of hits. Throughout 12 years of touring however, they’ve become an impressive stadium band with a lasting and very sing-alongable body of work. Over those years music critics have not written so kindly about the band. For almost two hours last night, it was the fans, and not the critics that mattered. Chris Martin and the band played the crowd one hit song after another. When the band returned for their encore, they appeared not on the gigantic stage, but on a makeshift stage in the back of the arena right in the middle of a section of the crowd; an impressive feat. The band played several songs on that stage before running across the floor of the stadium back to the stage where they ended with “Fix You,” and “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.” Coldplay perform again tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Below, watch a couple videos and see the set list.

Mylo Xyloto
Hurts Like Heaven
In My Place
Major Minus
Lovers In Japan
The Scientist
Violet Hill
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
Princess of China
Up in Flames
Warning Sign
Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
Viva La Vida
Charlie Brown
Us Against the World
Speed Of Sound
Fix You
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall