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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, Drive By Truckers at Union Transfer, Maxwell at Wells Fargo Center

diane coffee
Diane Coffee | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

After a highlight of a set at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer, Diane Coffee returns for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. The full-band project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming released its sophomore effort Everybody’s a Good Dog last year, earning acclaim for its glam rock-inspired aesthetic as well as the band’s theatrical live show. Watch them perform “Everyday” live at the festival below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Listen to Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood discuss new song “What it Means,” catch it live at Union Transfer in November

Drive-By Truckers | photo by Danny Clinch via drivebytruckers.com
Drive-By Truckers | photo by Danny Clinch via drivebytruckers.com

Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers released a song earlier this month titled “What It Means.” The second single off their forthcoming LP American Band, the new tune is a politically-charged one that immediately caught the ear of music listeners around the country. Among those listeners are WXPN Music Director Dan Reed and The Philadelphia Inquirer Music Columnist Dan DeLuca, hosts of the Dan and Dan Music Podcast. On last week’s of the show, Reed had DBT frontman Patterson Hood on the phone to discuss the new song’s origins, how people have reacted to it, and the nation’s current political climate. Continue reading →

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Drive-By Truckers to play at Electric Factory on October 18

Drive-By Truckers | photo via facebook.com/drivebytruckers
Drive-By Truckers | photo via facebook.com/drivebytruckers

The Electric Factory announced today Drive-By Truckers will play on October 18. The alternative country band is touring in support of its latest album, English Oceans, released back in March. This is the twelfth album for the southern band, and, like its predecessors, highlights the band’s roots rock influence. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 11 at noon. For tickets and more information, visit the ticket page here. Below, listen to the band’s recent World Cafe session and watch their live video for “The Part of Him.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Reuben and the Dark at World Cafe Live, Drive-By Truckers at Chameleon Club, Geology at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo by Lucia Graca
Photo by Lucia Graca

Reuben and the Dark return to play at World Cafe Live tonight. The Calgary band consists of Reuben Bullock, Shea Alain, Dillon Whitfield and Kaelen Ohm. Their debut album, Funeral Sky came out last month. The music is slow, with spiritual undertones, and follows the likes of Mumford and Sons. Watch the video for “Black Water” below. Get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calender.   

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Inspired by Fiction: Drive-By Truckers release a bookish new song, “Pauline Hawkins” (playing World Cafe Live at The Queen 3/16)

Photo courtesy of artist
Photo courtesy of artist

Drive-By Truckers are releasing a new album, English Oceans, on March 4th. It’s the band’s 12th album, and was recorded in a 13 day period last August. The songs on the Southern rockers’ album were written by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley and continue to showcase their signature roots rock sound: dueling guitars, reliable, steady rhythms, keyboard floruishes and Patterson Hood’s yearning vocals. The Truckers have always had a lean towards Southern influenced classic rock and they uphold that tradition on the new album.

The new song, “Pauline Hawkins,” was inspired by a book that Hood read called The Free by Willy Vlautin. He told Rolling Stone:

“I had loved his first three novels and we had become pen pals in the last couple of years,” he says. “The new book was called The Free and I read it in about three sittings. Wonderful book.” He was especially moved by a character named Pauline Hawkins: “She had lived a tough life and had a brutal job, which caused her to be somewhat closed down in her emotions. I finished the book on Saturday and wrote the song on Sunday.”

Listen to the song below. Drive-By Truckers play World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, with Blitzen Trapper on Sunday, March 16th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Polica at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Drive-By Truckers and Old 97’s at The TLA, Philly Sings Philly at The Fire

Polica
Polica

XPN welcomes Polica to Union Transfer tonight.  The Minneapolis achieved critical success following the release of their 2012 debut Give You the Ghost, spurred by singles “Dark Star” (which landed at #388 on last month’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium countdown) and “Wandering Star.”  On their new record called Shulamith, Polica took their synth / bass / double drumset / vocal arrangements even deeper, creating an incredibly dark and heavy environment that verges on frightening at some points (while staying instantly catchy and intriguing).  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Marijuana Deathsquads can be found here.  Watch the video for “Warrior Lord” below.

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Four of XPN’s Dan Reed’s favorite Drive-By Truckers songs (playing the TLA with Old 97’s tomorrow night)

Photo of Drive-By Truckers courtesy of the band.
Photo of Drive-By Truckers courtesy of the band.
WXPN’s Dan Reed is a big fan of the rock, especially the kind of Southern rock that the Drive-By Truckers play. WXPN Welcomes the Truckers to the TLA tomorrow night with the Old 97’s. We asked Dan to pick four of his favorite songs by Patterson Hood and the band, and he said: “Just four? They’re all great.”

Drive-By Truckers “Used To Be A Cop” from Jason Thrasher on Vimeo.


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