Hall and Oates to return to Philly with headlining set at brand-new self-curated festival HOAGIENATION

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Hall & Oates | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Remember that scene in The Office where there’s a fire in the office and Michael Scott is yelling at everyone to “stay f*cking calm”? Well, we’re trying.

The legendary Philly pop / soul hitmakers  Hall and Oates are coming back to Philly this summer to headline their personally curated (and aptly named) HOAGIENATION Festival. Taking place on May 27th at Festival Pier, the festival is a “celebration of everything Philly”, from an array of multi-genre performances from Tears for Fears, G Love & Special Sauce, Son Little, Allen Stone, Marah, Kandace Springs, Vivian Green, and more to “Philly-centric food offerings, craft beer, and spirits.” Continue reading →


Just Announced: Ween to bring reunion tour to Festival Pier this August

Ween | photo by Dana Distortion | courtesy of High Road Touring
Ween | photo by Dana Distortion | courtesy of the artist

Buenas Tardes indeed: Legendary New Hope funk-folk duo Ween reunited back in November, and their subsequent tour has added a stop in Philly this summer – August 21st at Festival Pier.

Gene, Dean, and the rest of the band will be bringing the jams from almost two decades of sporadic yet prolific work: Chocolate and Cheese, 12 Golden Country Greats, Pure Guava, and GodWeenSatan: The Oneness are only the beginning. Ween are the kings of weird and they are back to reclaim their throne, Boognish and all. Continue reading →


Deftones bring new LP Gore to Festival Pier this summer

Deftones | photo by Frank Maddocks | courtesy of the artist

An expanded world tour for Deftones includes an August 6th show at Festival Pier. The California metal band will release its eighth studio record Gore next week, which features lead single “Prayers/Triangles.” Along with follow-up single “Doomed User,” the track is on the subtler end of alternative metal with exceptionally smooth production and spacey instrumentation. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Refused go on sale Friday, April 1st and will be available here. Listen to “Prayers/Triangles” below.

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Just Announced: Chris Stapleton added to Jason Isbell / Frank Turner show at Festival Pier


Outlaw state of mind: Country rock fugitive Chris Stapleton, who just snagged a bunch of Grammys last month for his terrific album Traveller, has just been added to the Jason Isbell gig at Festival Pier on June 17th.

What had already looked to be a solid night of singer-songwriter madness (Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls had already been announced as support) has morphed into what is most likely to be mini-festival of epic acoustic-rock proportions. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dr. Dog at Steel Stacks, Sonnder at Siren Records, Alt-J at Festival Pier and more…

Dr. Dog
Dr. Dog at The Electric Factory | Photo by Caitlin McCann |

Yes, the Pope is coming this weekend. Many people are leaving town for a long-weekend vacation but if you’re staying put, you may be happy to know that things will be business as usual for many Philly area venues, including the ones below.

WXPN welcomes Dr. Dog to the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem tonight. The band is coming off of a four-night run of their stage show SWAMP (IS ON), an interactive collaboration with Pig Iron Theater Company for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Tonight’s show returns Dr. Dog to their traditional role as concert musicians, though you can be sure it will still be an off-the-wall and imaginative night of music. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch the band perform “Broken Heart” below.

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The Show Goes On: Johnny Brenda’s, Kung Fu Necktie, Festival Pier are still rocking on Pope weekend

Alt-J | Photo by Kate McCann |
Alt-J | Photo by Kate McCann |

It’s been 36 years since the the Pontiff has graced our city. While many are excited for this historic event, there are just as many — if not more — who are either planning to hole themselves up in their home or flee Philly for more the burbs or the shore. Don’t worry, though. For those braving the Papal lockdown, there are still plenty of concerts in the Philly area to help you momentarily escape the bedlam of the weekend.

Today we’ll give you a rundown of what’s still going on, beginning with what’s happening in Philly proper. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: High on Fire at TLA, Liz Longley at Haddon Lake Park, Social Distortion at Festival Pier, and more

High on Fire | Photo by Jimmy Hubbard, via artist's Facebook
High on Fire | Photo by Jimmy Hubbard, via artist’s Facebook

Heavy metal titans High on Fire take on The TLA tonight. The band released their seventh full-length, Luminiferous, in June via E1 Music, and have proven themselves time and again to be one of heavy metal’s most consistently impressive bands. Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus, and Lucifer open the show. Get tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to album opener “The Black Plot” below. Continue reading →


Celebrate 25 years of Social Distortion at Festival Pier in August

Social Distortion | photo via
Social Distortion | photo via
Rewind 25 years to March 27, 1990, when legendary punk rock group Social Distortion released their self-titled album.

The album was their first with Epic Records, their best-selling worldwide, and their first to enter the Billboard 200. The album’s “Story Of My Life,” “Ball and Chain,” “Ring of Fire” and “Let It Be Me” all reached Top 25 on Billboard’s single’s charts.

The group is celebrating the 25th anniversary of this iconic album with a North American tour, kicking off in Temple, AZ, and they’ll grace Philly on August 19 at Festival Pier (which is notably their only stop on the tour alongside Lucero and Benjamin Booker). Continue reading →


Listen to The Roots new record …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin at Pitchfork, get amped for The Roots Picnic

4a28f9aeAs we’re getting our sunscreen and stamina ready for The Roots Picnic on May 31st, we’re also gearing up for the release of …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, the legendary Philly hip-hop band’s eleventh studio album. The record is out Tuesday, but you can get a sneak preview between now and then by checking out the album streaming in full over at Pitchfork Advance. We’re taking our first spin through right now, and it sounds like the album elegantly recorded and evocatively structured, with hints of everything from 20th century classical (atonal Philip Glass crescendos, what?) to trip-hop (Massive Attack moments) and dubstep (of the Deadmau5 sort) – and of course ?uestlove’s trademark big drum sound. Cousin boasts a freaking cavalcade of people who worked on it, too, including Philly crew The Wurxs, Dice Raw and Greg Porn (check out the full credit list here). The Roots Picnic – featuring The War on Drugs, Janelle Monae, Snoop Dogg and more – happens all day on May 31st at the Festival Pier at Penn’s landing, and tickets / info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, check out the lyric video for “When The People Cheer.”