Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

Hardwork Movement
Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Bacon Brothers to The Keswick Theater, XPN Welcomes The Smithereens to The Landis Theatre, XPN Welcomes Steve Earle to The Colonial Theatre, Daughter at Union Transfer, Grandchildren at Johnny Brenda’s


XPN welcomes The Bacon Brothers to the Keswick Theatre tonight. The Philadelphia natives were playing music together long before Kevin’s acting and Michael’s composing careers took off, though their last album of new material was 2008’s New Year’s Day.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Watch a video of the brothers and their band performing live below.

XPN welcomes The Smithereens to the Landis Theater tonight.  After putting out their tenth studio album in 2011, the New Jersey rock band has continued to tour steadily and will join Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on the road this summer.  Tickets and information for tonight’s headline show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for 2011 single “One Look at You.”

XPN welcomes Steve Earle & the Dukes to the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville.  Modeling himself after famed singer-songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle has released fourteen records over the course of his career.  The Low Highway was released this month through New West Records.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Invisible.”

UK alt folk trio Daughter headline Union Transfer tonight.  Building buzz off of two EPs, the London outfit have finally released a hauntingly emotional debut album this week called If You Leave.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Still.”

Grandchildren celebrate their album release at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Golden Age will be released on May 7th, and you can get an in-depth look at the orchestral pop band’s world surrounding the album in this week’s Unlocked series.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with The Lawsuits, Laser Background and DJ POW POW can be found here.  Watch the video for “Sunrise” below.


Listen to Daughter’s mesmerizing cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” (playing Union Transfer Friday, May 3)

Daughter stopped by the BBC Radio One Live Lounge to perform some tracks from the band’s new album, If You Leave, out tomorrow. While there, the trio (lead singer Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella) performed a mesmerizing and haunting cover of “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk featuring Pharrell and Nile Rodgers. Daughter completely redress the song as you’ll hear to give it a completely different, and gorgeous, vibe. Daughter play Union TransferM next Friday, May 3rd.


Daughter debut video for “Still” (playing the First Unitarian Church on 5/3)

Alt / folk trio Daughter have premiered their first music video, an emotionally charged visual companion to the darkly honest new single “Still.”  The London band is gearing up for the release of its debut full-length If You Leave, out in the U.S. through Glassnote on April 30th.  They will also be stopping by the First Unitarian Church on May 3rd; tickets and information can be found here.


Daughter announce U.S. headlining tour, playing First Unitarian Church on 5/3

London-based Daughter have announced a U.S. tour for the Spring that will bring them to the First Unitarian Church on Friday, May 3rd.  The 4AD / Glassnote-signed folk / rock trio, led by the soft-spoken and immediately charming Elena Tonra, just completed its first full-length record titled If You Leave, mastered at Abbey Road Studios and scheduled for release on April 30th in the U.S (go here for the full track-listing).  The subsequent headlining tour of the States will follow on the heels of an already-sold out run through the U.K.  More information for the Philadelphia date can be found here; tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18th.  Below, stream “Smother” from the upcoming LP.




The Key’s Year-End Mania: Julie Miller’s Top Five Pond-Crossers of 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Today, contributor Julie Miller shares her top five pond-crossers of the year.

I was not always an Anglophile.  It all began when I spent several months studying in London in 2011, chasing down any band from Philly that was playing a gig in any corner of the proverbially foggy city.  But once I returned stateside at the start of 2012, I found myself doing the opposite – chasing down any band from the U.K. that was playing in any corner of Philadelphia (and in one or two instances, New York).  The reverse culture shock was significant and unexpected.  As much as I love Philadelphia and its music community (which is to say, a lot) I spent 2012 pining for a metropolis 3500 miles away.  I tried everything to fill the void, from venturing into Haddonfield, NJ for some fish and chips, to drinking cups upon cups of tea (and, of course, wallowing in my room, staring at the hundreds of pictures I had taken).  But then I noticed that my favorite part of London, its eclectic and eye-opening music scene, seemed to have traveled home with me. Continue reading →


A night with Daughter and more at Kung Fu Necktie (photos, recap)

The London-based band Daughter is comprised of three members, all incredibly soft spoken and reserved. At Kung Fu Necktie on Monday night, lead singer Elena Tonra channeled Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel with her pageboy haircut and her bangs hanging in front of the mic. The band opened with “Run” from their new release Smother, and continued with “Landfill” from 2011’s His Young Heart EP. Tonra whispered something about a Philly cheesesteak with a nervous giggle before sliding into “Love,” , while “In the Shallows” (like many of Daughter’s songs) was heartbreaking and sobering. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wanda Jackson at The Sellersville Theater, DRGN King at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out, Daughter at Kung Fu Necktie

XPN welcomes rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson to The Sellersville Theater tonight.  Credited as being one of the first popular female rock and roll singers, Jackson paved the way for future musicians with hits including “Let’s Have a Party” and “In the Middle of a Heartbreak.”  Earlier this month Jackson released her thirty-first studio album Unfinished Business, which was produced by Justin Townes Earle.  Wanda Jackson performs tonight with Daniel Romano; tickets for the 8:00 p.m. show are $29.50 to $40, available here.  Watch the Unfinished Business preview video below.

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SXSW photo recap: Heartbreaker Banquet at Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, Texas

Willie Nelson’s western town in Luck, TX, is about a 45 minute ride from downtown Austin. On Thursday, March 15th, at SXSW, the town was transformed into the Heartbreak Banquet, a performance space with two stages featuring over 20 musicians including Rhett Miller, Father John Misty, Blitzen Trapper, Daughter, Billy Joe Shaver, Phosphorescent, and Gary Clark, Jr.
Heartbreak Banquet was presented by Electric Lady Studios and Robot Fondue, in association with John Varvatos. For the attendees (including WXPN Station Manager Roger LaMay) it was a welcome break and musical retreat from the frenzied pace of SXSW.