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Tonight’s Concert Picks: David Gray at Tower Theater, Mumblr at Bourbon and Branch, The Moody Blues at Musikfest

Photo by Rachel Barrish
Photo by Rachel Barrish

David Gray will be playing tonight at the Tower Theater. The British singer songwriter released his newest album, Mutineers in July. The rather happy album is Gray’s first in over four years. in an interview with Boston Globe about the light atmosphere on this album, Gray explained that “There’s a regeneration going on, a rebirth, a plugging back into the moment, not worrying about the past and being right there in the here and now, and that’s what this record has.” Recently, Gray played a stellar Free at Noon and a great performance at Temple University’s Performing Arts Center. Listen to his performance of “Back in the World Again”, the first track off of Mutineers. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Happy record release day to David Gray; watch “Back In The World” from his Free At Noon

Photo by Rachel Barrish
Photo by Rachel Barrish

Today is the day: David Gray releases his excellent new album, Mutineers. Gray visited last Friday for an exquisite solo acoustic performance and treated the audience to new material from his album. You can pick up and copy of the album here. If you missed either his Free At Noon or his fantastic show at the Temple Performing Arts Center, he’ll be back in town at the Tower Theatre on Tuesday, August 5th. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information here.

Below, watch Gray’s performance of “Back In The World,” from his Free At Noon performance.

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Stream David Gray’s new album, Mutineers in its entirety

Photo by Rachel Barrish
Photo by Rachel Barrish

Singer-songwriter David Gray releases his new album, Mutineers, next Tuesday, June 17th. It’s his first new album in four years and an incredible return for Gray. Gray recently performed much of the new album during an exquisite show at the Temple Performing Arts Center. He performs tomorrow during a sold out Free At Noon on WXPN at World Cafe Live. Below, listen to Mutineers. David returns to Philly on Tuesday, August 5th to the Tower Theatre. Get tickets to the show here.

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David Gray previews his new Mutineers at Temple Performing Arts Center

David Gray | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
David Gray | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Last night British singer, songwriter, and composer David Gray graced the stage of the Temple University Performing Arts Center, giving fans a taste of his upcoming album Mutineers. Gray brought with him an eight-piece band equipped with strings, keys and backing vocalists, and began the sold out show with material from the new album, set to release in June. Various audience members shouted song suggestions from his back-catalog, but Gray replied “New stuff first, chill out.” Needless to say, the remainder of his set did not disappoint. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nickel Creek at Tower Theater, Matt Pond PA at Underground Arts, Nels Cline at Johnny Brenda’s

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Acoustic folk trio Nickel Creek are riding high on the success of their new album A Dotted Line, which arrived last month and coincided with their 25th anniversary as a band. Tonight they bring the excitement to the Tower Theater stage. Mostly folk but at times leaning toward bluegrass, their music, which rests on the band’s intricate musicianship and harmonies, has a raw quality that’s soulful at heart. Watch them perform “Rest Of My Life” live on Soundcheck below and get tickets here.

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Listen to a new song, “Gulls,” from singer-songwriter David Gray

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Photo courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter David Gray releases his new album, Mutineers, his first new release in four years, on June 17th. It’s been 21 years since Gray released his debut album, A Century Ends, and his 1998 release White Ladder brought him wide acclaim for songs like “Please Forgive Me,” and “Babylon.” WXPN Welcomes Gray to the Temple Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 2nd. Below, listen to the first single, “Gulls.” It’s a contemplative, delicate piano based song that has a hymnal, ethereal quality to it.

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David Gray returns to Philly for headlining show at Temple on 5/2

DGrayIts been four years since Foundling, the ninth studio album from David Gray, and the UK singer-songwriter favorite is about ready to unveil some new material. Gray just announced a short run of spring dates that brings him to Philadelphia on May 2 to perform at the Temple Performing Arts Center. He’s also said that a new album announcement will follow shortly. Tickets are on sale on March 29th, and more information can be found here. Below, hear the title track from Foundling and watch the video for “Sail Away” from White Ladder.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beth Orton at The Trocadero, Cousin Brian and Vintage Kicks at PhilaMOCA, Bell X1 at World Cafe Live, David Gray at American Music Theatre, Gossip at The TLA

Singer-songwriter Beth Orton will take the stage at The Trocadero tonight.  The English musician’s forthcoming record Sugaring Season is her first in six years and represents a time of self-reflection and transitions in both her personal life and her music career.  Supporting Beth Orton is Vermont-bred folk singer Sam Amidon.  Tickets for this seated all-ages  show are $29.50, available here.   Doors are at 7:00 p.m. and music begins at 8:00.  Below, watch the video for Beth Orton’s single “Magpie”.

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Today is day 3 (and the final day) of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan in Atlantic City

Eric Ashleigh

Today is the final day of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan at Bader Field in Atlantic City. Gates open at 1PM. The lineup today features performances from David Gray, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Fitz and the Tantrums, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dawes, Philly’s Dr. Dog and Amos Lee and others. The Dave Matthews Band perform this evening at 7:05PM. Photographer Eric Ashleigh has been at the Caravan throughout the weekend and you check out his photos from the first day of the Caravan here. Last night’s set list from the Dave Matthews Band including long time favorites like “Stay,” “Crush,” “Bartender,” and “41″ which featured an appearance from Warren Haynes. Below: a couple of fan videos of Matthews covering Morphine’s “Buena” and “Crash Into Me” from the Friday night show. Check back tomorrow for more photos and highlights from this weekend’s Dave Matthews Band Caravan.

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Dave Matthews Band Caravan daily lineup announced; single-day tickets go on sale this Friday, May 13th

This Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m., single-day tickets go on sale for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan at Atlantic City’s Bader Field on June 24-26. Tickets can be purchased here or by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX. The daily lineup is as follows:

Friday, June 24
Dave Matthews Band, Ray LaMontagne, The Flaming Lips, G. Love And Special Sauce, Lotus, Rebelution, The Head And The Heart, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Delta Spirit, Mariachi El Bronx, TR3, Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, David Ryan Harris

Saturday, June 25
Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R., Damian Marley, Thievery Corporation, Warren Haynes Band, Guster, Lisa Hannigan, Punch Brothers, From Good Homes, The Budos Band, Vusi Mahlasela, Bobby Long, Tangiers Blues Band, plus a special performance by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds

Sunday, June 26
Dave Matthews Band, David Gray, Bassnectar, Amos Lee, Dr. Dog, Michael Franti And Spearhead, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Fitz And The Tantrums, Big Gigantic, Dawes, Alberta Cross, Sarah White, Ilo Ferreira, plus a special performance by Carter Beauford