Just recently, Delta Rae put on a sensational show at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Delaware, and they return to our area tonight at the Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem. The band is currently working on a new album and has been road testing a number of songs. Opening is Nashville singer-songwriter Gabe Dixon. Get tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar here. Below, download for free a live version of “Bottom of the River” recorded at the Cat’s Cradle in North Carolina.
John Doe of the punk band X plays World Cafe Live tonight. Doe recently released his first ever “best of” collection, including 24 song from his solo albums. Tickets to the show and information here. Tickets and more information here Below, watch John and Kathleen Edwards perform “The Golden State.”
Last night, Delta Rae performed at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. After seeing them at three festivals I was not prepared for the force of nature they’ve become. Having honed their sound from two years of near constant touring, the energy of their set has reached a fever pitch. They opened strong, two drums kicking for the tune “Run”, from their recent release the Chasing Twisters EP, and by the time they got to a thunderous cover of Patti Smith’s “Because They Night”, I wondered if they could keep this sustain this level of energy and excitement.They did. Breathing only for a gorgeous completely unplugged version of a new song called Any “Better,” they left the crowd stunned with their soaring four part harmonies. There is a Fleetwood Mac influence here, but bigger, and seasoned with deep southern influence that shows up in songs like “Bottom of the River,” and “If I Loved You,” both highlights from the night. The vocals of siblings Brittany, Ian and Eric Holijes pairs with the outstanding energy of Elizabeth Hopkins are really something to behold. It’s a show you feel as much as hear. This is a band destined for larger stages; catch them up close while you can.
Folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad will be playing at Union Transfer tonight. The Arizona based band released its fifth studio album Christmas Island last month. In an interview with Brooklyn Vegan, the band stated that they wanted to make a “brutal acoustic record, similar to the Violent Femmes’ first album.” Recently, the band did a session with their label SideOneDummy, which includes the premiere of their latest, “Do, Re and Me.” Listen to it below. Get more information here at the XPN Concert Calender.
Delta Rae are returning to Philly and are playing World Cafe Live on Friday, February 21st. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 15th at Noon here. The band releases a new EP, Chasing Twisters, on Tuesday, November 19th. A new song, “Chasing Twisters” is streaming at Rolling Stone here. The North Carolina band worked with producers Rob Cavallo and Julian Raymond during the summer on the EP. Below, download a live version of “Dance In The Graveyards.”
Tomorrow is the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival at Appel Farm in Elmer, New Jersey. Tomorrow’s weather looks sunny and hot for a great day of music (lineup is above). You can get tickets and directions here. Below, five reasons why Appel Farm is bound to be great. See you in Elmer, New Jersey!
Martin Harley | Photo by Pete Troshak | http://www.flickr.com/photos/petryfrompa/sets/
The “Fire and Shine” tour arrived at on Wednesday night to a packed house at the TLA on South Street. Opener Martin Harley dazzled with his lap slide prowess in a short entertaining set. The highlight was a performance of his song “Winter Coat” that was prefaced with a story about how it once made two tough biker guys at a show get all mushy.
Co-headliner and Abington, PA native ZZ Ward hit the stage next, leading led her tight band through an exciting hour of her smooth mash-up of Blues, Hip Hop and R and B. Highlights were a touching acoustic “Last Love Song” and set closer “Move Like U Stole It” that had the crowd grooving along.
North Carolina’s Delta Rae closed out the night. They made the full house sweat on a cold wintery night with a powerful performance full of roller coaster emotional highs and lows and glorious harmonies. Early in the set songs “Morning Comes” and “Holding Onto Good” were high points but they saved the best for last. For their encore they headed out into the crowd for an exuberant, sweaty acoustic sing-along version of “Hey Hey Hey” that featured back-up vocals from everyone in the crowd.
Following up on their their well-recieved 2012 LP The North, Montreal synth pop outfit Stars bring their live show to Philly tonight for a date at The Trocadero with Milo Greene. With a brighter and more positive sound and outlook than their brooding 2010 release The Five Ghosts, the new songs should work well towards warming the crowd on a chilly Wednesday night. Los Angeles indie group Milo Greene opens, tickets and information can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the band perform “The North” live at Tornto radio station The Edge.
Last night, eclectic pop singer ZZ Ward appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, kicking out a spunky rendition of her single “Put The Gun Down” with her four-piece backing band. Ward released her debut LP Til The Casket Drops back in October, and is currently on tour with XPN favorites Delta Rae. The tour stops at The TLA on March 6, tickets and more information can be found here. Below, watch a video of Ward’s Conan appearance.