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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alison Krauss and David Gray at the Mann Center, Will Hoge at World Cafe Live

Alison Krauss | Photo by Jennifer Brady | harveystreetstudios.com

Alison Krauss and David Gray have teamed up for a co-headlining tour, making a stop tonight at the Mann. Usually seen with her band Union Station, Grammy-winning Krauss recently released a solo album, Windy City, which features a carefully curated collection of classic songs. Free at Noon alum David Gray has 10 studio albums to his name, with an eleventh reportedly on the way next year. Both are incredibly accomplished artists on their own, but this tour brings them together for an especially talent-packed show, the likes of which only come around every so often. Listen to “Gentle On My Mind” from Krauss’s new album below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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April 12 in Music History: R.E.M. release Murmur, Metallica sues Napstser

R.E.M. Murmur

1954 – Bill Haley records “Rock Around the Clock” at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. It is considered by many to be the version of the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song is used over the opening titles for the film Blackboard Jungle and goes on to be a worldwide #1 & the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lower Wolves at Boot & Saddle, David Gray at Scottish Rite Auditorium

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Lower Wolves | photo by Lainie DeCoursey | via Facebook

Local R.E.M. tribute band Lower Wolves headline a night of covers at Boot & Saddle. Highlighting the early days of the classic college rockers, the tribute band has said they’ll be dusting off some songs they haven’t played in a while and trying out a few they’ve never covered before. Re Du, a Husker Du tribute, opens the show. Tickets and information can be found here; watch Lower Wolves play “Sitting Still” from R.E.M.’s 1983 debut Murmur below.

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David Gray played an emotional, intimate set for Free at Noon

David Gray Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.squarespace.com
David Gray Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.squarespace.com

English singer-songwriter David Gray returned to Free at Noon today in support of his tenth studio album Mutineers.  For twenty plus years, Gray has been making touching and heartfelt music including the phenomenal success of his fourth album, 2000’s White Ladder, which spawned the singles “Sail Away”, and “Babylon.” Known for the personal aspect of his songwriting and use of small-scale recording methods, Gray easily carved a name for himself during the turn-of-the-century indie rock movement. Continue reading →

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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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