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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Delta Rae w/ Gabe Dixon at Musikfest Cafe, John Doe at World Cafe Live

Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/

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.”

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Breathless and blown away by Delta Rae at World Cafe Live at the Queen

Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Andrew Jackson Jihad at Union Transfer, PhillyBloco at Ardmore Music Hall, Betty Iron Thumbs at Milkboy and more

Photo via facebook.com/andrewjacksonjihad
Photo via facebook.com/andrewjacksonjihad

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.

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Just Announced: Delta Rae playing World Cafe Live 2/21

Photo by Eric Honeycutt via Rolling Stone.com
Photo by Eric Honeycutt via Rolling Stone.com

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.”

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Photo recap: Delta Rae and The Wild Feathers at the Musikfest Cafe


Delta Rae and The Wild Feathers performed at the Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem on Thursday night. All photos by Jeff Levy; check out his web site here.

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Five reasons why the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival will be awesome (XPN Welcomes Appel Farm tomorrow)

AppelFarm2013 500x500 artwork for webrevised FINALV2_0 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!


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