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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eisley at The Foundry, Rickie Lee Jones at Mayo Performing Arts Center

Eisley
Eisley | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com
Indie emo-pop group, Eisley, will bring their atmospheric rock to The Foundry of The Fillmore Philadelphia tonight.  Recently releasing their fifth studio album, I’m Only Dreaming, the band expands on past work by incorporating a bigger, cleaner sound. For more info on the show, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to their new track, “Louder than a Lion” below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Regina Spektor’s 2017 tour brings her to The Fillmore Philly

Regina Spektor
Regina Spektor | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

This fall, New York singer-songwriter Regina Spektor returned with Remember Us To Life — her first album in four years and best album in ten. The LP is a showcase of Spektor’s strengths: lushly orchestrated indie pop, irresistible earworm hooks, storytelling songwriting with striking intimacy and a left-of-center perspective. And as much as we’re excited to have new music from this critical darling of the indie aughties in our headphones again, we’re equally looking forward to seeing her onstage. Continue reading →

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When I’m (not) Small: Phantogram stretches out at Fillmore Philadelphia

Phantogram | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Phantogram | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It’s been a minute since I’ve seen Phantogram in their own element. Sure, they kill wherever they take the stage. But if that stage is at a festival like Firefly or Roots Picnic, or an industry gathering like SXSW, there’s an element of the audience being there for the hang moreso than the bands. And there’s an element of the band subsequently reeling their performance in for maximum impact. At Monday night’s Fillmore Philadelphia show, there was none of that — Phantogram was as loud and epic and arty as they wanted to be. Continue reading →

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In Conversation with Garbage’s Butch Vig

Garbage
Garbage | photo courtesy of the artist

Garbage have had a lot of ups and downs over their twenty-plus years together. Through it all, however, they’ve consistently managed to produce pristine, propulsive pop-rock hybrids that sounds as thrilling and just ahead of the curve now as they did on their self-titled introduction to the world back in 1995.

Their current album, Strange Little Birds, is already being heralded in many circles as their best album since then, and not without good reason. Over its eleven tracks, the band’s signature sound stretches and sprawls with a playfulness and precision they haven’t shown in over a decade. We’ll get to see how it stretches out live too when they play The Fillmore this Saturday night.

Alas, drummer and co-founder Butch Vig will not be in attendance. Grounded from flight on doctor’s orders after a bout of sinusitis, this freed him up for a chat about the new album, how the band fits into the musical landscape of today, and what’s kept them band together all of these years… Continue reading →

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The Key’s Six Philly Concerts You Can’t Miss for the month of March

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Eryn Allen Kane | photo by Anthony Trevino | courtesy of the artist

Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Not having to wear a coat to venues. With a lot of great offerings as the spring concert season ramps up – including our Red Bull Sound Select Gig with Good Old War on March 17th, and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Hall on March 24th – Here are The Key’s six can’t-miss Philly shows for March, in chronological order. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Lord Huron coming to The Fillmore

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez | courtesy of the artist
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez | courtesy of the artist

This just in: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Lord Huron will co-headline the Fillmore Philadelphia on June 6th.

Rateliff and the band are returning to Philadelphia to perform the rowdy western version of blue-eyed soul they are known for, especially after enjoying success from their self-titled album and the single, “S.O.B.” Continue reading →

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Metric goes acoustic in a Vegas record store for the Spotify Sessions

Metric| Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Metric| Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Canadian alt-pop jauggernaut Metric released its sixth LP, Pagans in Vegas, last fall, and its headline tour in support of it brings it to The Fillmore Philadelphia on March 15th. This week the band released its Spotify Session – an acoustic set featuring frontwoman Emily Haines and guitarist Jimmy Shaw performing an acoustic set, fittingly enough, in Las Vegas music store 11th Street Records. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at Boot and Saddle, Darlingside at MilkBoy and The Arcs at The Fillmore

Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic
Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic

Former Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo is a Philadelphian through and through, and that will not change even as he is set to head south to live in the bustling music town of Nashville, TN. You can say goodbye to the fuzz-rocker tonight at Boot & Saddle alongside old friends and former Toy Soldiers band-mates Matt Kelly and Dom Billet now of Coin Purse. Head to the XPN Concert Calendar for details on the farewell show tonight. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Ben Folds returns to Philly with show at Fillmore

Ben Folds and yMusic | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Ben Folds and yMusic | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Just last spring, Piano rocker Ben Folds stopped by Philly for not one, but three awesome shows — including one at World Cafe Live — all in support of his collaboration with the yMusic ensemble. Today, Folds announced he will be returning once again this spring, headlining a show at The Fillmore Philadelphia on May 6. Continue reading →