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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Rail Park Benefit at Union Transfer, Erin McKeown Anti-Holiday Spectacular at Ardmore Music Hall, Lupe Fiasco at The Trocadero and more

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Tonight, Union Transfer hosts a star-studded fundraiser concert for The Rail Park – a proposed public green space built along the rail tracks of the abandoned reading viaduct. The concert, which looks to raise money for the first phase of the project, will feature performances by Birdie Busch, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock and more. It also includes what is rumored to be The Walkmen‘s final performance…at least for a long time. All of the event’s proceeds will benefit Friends of the Rail Park; get tickets here.

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Erin McKeown brings back her Anti-Holiday Spectacular by popular demand (playing Ardmore Music Hall 12/4)

ERIN McKEOWN

Singer/songwriter and Philly favorite Erin McKeown is bringing back her holiday spunk with her F*ck That! anti-holiday tour running through December. Without the accompaniment of an opener, it’s a whole night of McKeown’s fun edgy nature filling up two full sets; the first a performance of highlights from her albums, and the second the anti-holiday spectacular topped with a chorus of Cranky Carolers. The tour rolls through the area on December 4th at Ardmore Music Hall; tickets and information can be found here. Learn how to accompany McKeown as a Cranky Caroler by responding to her Facebook call out:

 


Below, get your Bah-Humbug on by watching the 2011 performance of “Christmas (Love It Or Leave It).”

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XPoNential Fest: Erin McKeown sends a positive message at the River Stage

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

Today Erin McKeown made her third XPoNential Music Festival appearance playing the River Stage. The XPN favorite was accompanied by a drummer and a saxophonist under the group name of The Fine Parade. And the trio made sure to get a message across as they performed their jazzy, old school rock : there should be justice and equality for all. “The Jailor” and “Politician” brought this consciousness to light while introducing McKeown’s soulful vocals and her twangy guitar. After the popular “Black Birds,” the singer slowed things down and switched to the keyboard for a more bluesy vibe. And she ended the set on an upbeat note with the title song from her latest release, reminding the audience to accept and love. “This is the best place to come in the whole country!” Her most recent album, Manifestra, was released this past January. See photos of the performance in the gallery below, read the setlist after the jump, and listen to the set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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XPoNential Music Festival: Erin McKeown Added, Set Times Announced!

ERIN McKEOWN

Singer-songwriter musician Erin McKeown is now set to perform at the XPoNential Music Festival at Wiggins Park. The festival takes place July 26th through the 28th on the Camden waterfront. McKeown released her 7th studio album, MANIFESTRA, in January. The set times for the artists performing at Wiggins Park have been announced, which you can check out below. The gates open at 5pm on Friday, and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The festival also includes live performances at the Susquehanna Bank Center featuring The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Polica, and Wake Owl on Saturday, July 27, and the AmericanaramA Music Festival featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham on Sunday, July 28. Announcements will be made soon regarding the schedule of artists who will be performing at Susquehanna Bank Center. You can find tickets and more information here.

FRIDAY, JULY 26th (Gates 5 p.m.)

WIGGINS PARK – RIVER STAGE
ALO BRASIL (6:45 PM-7:20 PM)
MICHAEL KIWANUKA (8 PM-8:55 PM)
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS (9:50 PM-11:20 PM)

WIGGINS PARK-MARINA STAGE
AARON & THE SPELL (5:30 PM-6:00 PM)
THE DISTRICTS (6:10 PM-6:40 PM)
KAT EDMONSON (7:25 PM-7:55 PM)
RED BARAAT (9:00 PM-9:45 PM)


SATURDAY, JULY 27th (Gates 11:30 a.m.)

WIGGINS PARK-RIVER STAGE
THE FLEETING ENDS (12:30 PM-1 PM)
ERIN McKEOWN (1:40 PM-2:20 PM)
DR. JOHN (3:10 PM-4:05 PM)
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES (4:55 PM-5:50 PM)
JOHN BUTLER TRIO (6:45 PM-7:50 PM)

WIGGINS PARK-MARINA STAGE
THE STRAY BIRDS (12 PM-12:30 PM)
THE LAST BISON (1:05 PM –1:35 PM)
MATT POND (2:25 PM-3:05 PM)
LORD HURON (4:10 PM-4:50 PM)
BRETT DENNEN (5:55 PM-6:40 PM)

SUNDAY, JULY 28th (Gates 11:30 a.m.)

WIGGINS PARK-RIVER STAGE
DRGN KING (12 PM-12:30 PM)
JOSÉ JAMES (1 PM-1:40 PM)
LIANNE LA HAVAS (2:25-3:15 PM)
DAWES (4 PM-5:20 PM)

WIGGINS PARK-MARINA STAGE
KOPECKY FAMILY BAND (12:30 PM-1 PM)
PHOSPHORESCENT (1:45 PM-2:25 PM)
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE (3:15 PM-4 PM)

A variety of tickets that are available now for the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru can be viewed and purchased here. If available, tickets may also be purchased in person on festival dates at the box offices at Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center. The Kids Corner area in the Children’s Garden at Wiggins Park will be open from 11:30 am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

General festival FAQ’s can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Erin McKeown to Johnny Brenda’s, Pet Milk at Ortlieb’s, Neurosis at Union Transfer

XPN welcomes Erin McKeown to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The singer-songwriter released MANIFESTRA through her own label TVP Records last week, an album featuring friends Anais Mitchell, David Wax Museum,  Ryan Montbleau and Polly Paulusma.  MANIFESTRA continues to blend the singer-songwriter’s many-faceted influences, from swing to pop to rock.  Aside from being a musician, McKeown is a political activist and was chosen to be a 2011-2012 fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Jenn Grant can be found here. Stream “The Jailer” from MANIFESTRA below.

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My Morning Download: “Proof” by Erin McKeown (XPN Welcomes her to Johnny Brenda’s on January 20th)


Singer-songwriter Erin McKeown is releasing a new album, the fan funded MANIFESTRA, on January 15th. The album is her seventh full length album which she is also releasing on her own label. You can pre-order the album here. XPN Welcomes Erin to Johnny Brenda’s on Sunday, January 19th. Below, download a special mix of a new song, “Proof (Payoff Mix),” from her forthcoming release.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Pissed Jeans, Tommy Conwell, Erin McKeown

Pissed JeansPhilly thrash heroes Pissed Jeans released their first new music since the 2010 7″ Your Life Is Worth Pissed Jeans, a raging track called “Bathroom Laughter.” It’s going to be on the band’s forthcoming LP Honeys, expected for release sometime in February. You can listen to it, and download it for the price of an e-mail address, in the player below.

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Download a new song from singer-songwriter Erin McKeown’s new album MANIFESTRA, (playing Johnny Brenda’s in January)

Photo by Merri Cyr
Singer-songwriter, producer, activist and a 2012 fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center
for Internet and Society, Erin McKeown returns to Philly on Sunday, January 20th to Johnny Brenda’s. McKeown, who played last night at Tin Angel as part of it’s 20th Anniversary month, is also releasing a new album, MANIFESTRA, on her own label, TVP Records. On the album McKeown gets some help from UK singer-songwriter Polly Paulusma, Ryan Montbleau, Anais Mitchell, Sean Hayes, and David Wax Museum. The album is out on January 15th. Go here to purchase tickets to the show. Below, download a new song “The Jailer,” and watch a video of McKeown and her band performing “Santa Cruz” at the 2010 Philadelphia Folk Festival.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Conor Oberst at Kimmel Center, Erin McKeown at Tin Angel, Trail of Dead at Johnny Brenda’s, Concert for Haiti at Arden Gild Hall

Former Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst will be playing tonight at the Kimmel Center in support of his 2012 release of One Of My Kind, his first record with the Mystic Valley Band. The six-piece collective wrote the album while on tour supporting Oberst’s 2008 self-titled record . The album remains true to the confessional folk rock style Oberst has become known for. Tickets for tonight’s 8 o’clock show are available here; below watch Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band perform “Nikorette” from 2008′s Conor Oberst below.

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