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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RVIVR at PhilaMOCA, Paul McCartney at Citizens Bank Park, Cowboy Junkies at World Cafe Live at the Queen

RVIVR | via rvivr.wordpress.com

Olympia, Washington punk four-piece RVIVR are taking over at PhilaMOCA tonight and are sure to deliver a strong, fast-paced performance that packs a punch. Comprised of members from various other bands in the scene, RVIVR know how to do DIY well and lead the pack with open dialogue about gender equality. Opening the show is Philly up-and-comers Thin Lips, who just wrapped up a tour with Modern Baseball. For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calendar and check out the songs off the band’s EP Bicker and Breathe below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lawsuits at The Foundry, The Thermals at Union Transfer, Cakes Da Killa at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Lawsuits | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
The Lawsuits | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

The Lawsuits‘ clever take on Americana, country-infused rock has made them one of our favorite local bands of late. The group released their most recent EP, Tumbled, back in 2014, but have recently been gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Moon Sun, on Randm Records. The record’s first single, “Romeo,” is Wilco-esque, a calm two of half minutes of understated beautiful music. The Lawsuits play tonight at The Foundry and are likely to feature more tracks from the forthcoming Moon Sun. Grab tickets via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Jesus Is Coming Soon” by Cowboy Junkies

Album cover courtesy of Alligator Records
Album cover courtesy of Alligator Records

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is a cover of “Jesus Is Coming Soon” from God Don’t Never Change, a new tribute album to gospel blues legend Blind Willie Johnson. The album also features contributions from Lucinda Williams, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Rickie Lee Jones, Luther Dickinson, Maria McKee, Sinead O’Connor, and two songs by Tom Waits. Continue reading →

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Stream God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson featuring Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Tom Waits, and others

Album cover courtesy of Alligator Records
Album cover courtesy of Alligator Records

God Don’t Never Change is a new tribute album to gospel blues legend Blind Willie Johnson. The album features contributions from Lucinda Williams, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Rickie Lee Jones, Luther Dickinson, Cowboy Junkies, two songs by Tom Waits, and others. Continue reading →

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An evening of folk, rock and country inflected music from the Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Cowboy Junkies | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last Saturday night at the Dennis Flyer Theater at Camden Community College in Blackwood, N.J., folk-rockers Cowboy Junkies took center stage. Playing to a one-third-full auditorium did nothing to diminish the quintet’s performance, and Margo Timmins’ vocals were stunning, despite frequent coughs between songs. With the thick velvet of her syllables haning in the air, her brothers – guitarist/lyricist Michael and drummer Peter, bassist Alan Anton and multifaceted string- and percussion-player Jeff Bird, the band filled the auditorium with folk, rock and country inflections.

Margot Timmons of Cowboy Junkies | Photo by Chris Sikich | www.countfeed.tumblr.com
Margot Timmons of Cowboy Junkies | Photo by Chris Sikich | www.countfeed.tumblr.com

The night was divided in half, with the first set featuring newer material and the second focusing on older fare. For the former, they delved into their Nomad album series, including a stirring rendition of Vic Chesnutt’s “See You Around.” Other recent highlights included “Fairytale” and “Demons.” Rather than just playing to appease those there for their iconic cover of Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane,” Cowboy Junkies nestled that in the second set amid works from their classic The Trinity Session and Lay It Down, among others. “Sweet Jane” still has the same slow-burn glory it did upon first listen 26 years ago, but other songs, like “Misguided Angel” and “I’m So Open,” sounded just as brilliant.

Despite a single encore treat in “A Common Disaster,” there was no short-changing the crowd. Sweet harmonies, haunting mandolin, the audio charge of the harmonica, and the rich depths of the lyrics were just some of the reasons Cowboy Junkies rocked. The small audience suggests listeners have deserted this wonderful, still-vibrant band, but why? Whether you come back now or join anew, you’re sure to be hooked.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Cowboy Junkies at The Sellersville Theater

CowboyJunkiesToronto’s Cowboy Junkies perform at The Sellersville Theater tonight.  With a career spanning two decades and over fifteen studio albums, the roots-y band of siblings and friends began a four-part collection of records called The Nomad Series in 2010, with the final installment The Wilderness coming out last year.  Earlier in their career, Cowboy Junkies made waves outside of Canada with The Trinity Sessions, a live take album that included a hit cover of Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane.”  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch Cowboy Junkies’ video for “Sweet Jane.”