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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sun Ra Arkestra at Johnny Brenda’s, Foals at Electric Factory, Frank Turner at World Cafe Live at The Queen

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Sun Ra Arkestra at Johnny Brendas | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

For the second year in a row, the Sun Ra Arkestra will celebrate Halloween at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Under the leadership of multi-instrumentalist Marshall Allen, the spirit of enigmatic founder Sun Ra lives on through the Arkestra’s galactic funk and soul performance. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here; watch the band’s Tiny Desk Concert below.

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Just Announced: Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls bring folk-punk to The Fillmore in January

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Frank Turner | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

British folk-rock singer/songwriter Frank Turner and his backing band The Sleeping Souls come back to Philly for a show at The Fillmore on January 20th. They played the second-ever show at the venue in 2015, and it’s been far too long since Philadelphians have been able to dance and vibe to Turner’s unique brand of happy/sad songs.

In addition to the show at The Fillmore, Turner and The Sleeping Souls will be playing a show on Halloween at World Cafe Live Wilmington.

The quintet is known for high-energy and highemotion sets that run for impressive lengths of time, like his 23-song set at the Fillmore in October of 2015. Turner’s sixth studio album Happy Songs for Negative People dropped in August of last year, and was received with mostly positive reviews praising the introspective nature of his music. Continue reading →

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

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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 →

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Just Announced: Jason Isbell and Frank Turner to play Penn’s Landing

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Jason Isbell at the Philadelphia Folk Festival | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Alt-country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and English musician Frank Turner will co-headline the River Stage at Penn’s Landing on Friday, June 17th. Isbell is touring in support of last year’s Something More Than Free LP, while Turner (performing with his band The Sleeping Souls) is prepping for the release of his new Mittens EP to follow up last year’s Positive Songs for Negative People.

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Frank Turner turns up the volume for night two at The Fillmore Philly

Frank Turner | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Frank Turner | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

British folk-punk rocker Frank Turner and his backing band The Sleeping Souls played an ultra-high energy set at The Fillmore on Friday night. Entering the stage, Turner wore a personalized Phillies jersey and the crowd went wild. He then shared a story about his experience so far in Philly – explaining how he had to learn “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to sing at the Phillies game earlier in the day. Turner said he was was excited and honored about being the second act to open The Fillmore the night, right after Hall and Oates. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Frank Turner at The Fillmore, Madalean Gauze at Boot and Saddle, Built To Spill at Union Transfer

Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo
Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo

In support of his newest album, Positive Songs For Negative People, Frank Turner is embarking on a full US and UK tour, and will be hitting The Fillmore tonight. The British folk-rocker will be performing with his backing band, The Sleeping Souls. Get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and check out the music video for “Get Better” below. Continue reading →

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Hall & Oates, Brandi Carlile, Frank Turner, Mister Wives, and more to open Fillmore Philly

Hall & Oates | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Hall & Oates | Photo via facebook.com/hallandoates

Philly’s newest venue, The Fillmore Philadelphia, located in Fishtown’s historic Ajax Metal Company building, has announced their opening lineup of bands playing in October.

Opening the new venue on Thursday, October 1st are the legendary Hall & Oates. Tickets to all the shows go on sale this Thursday, June 4th at 10:00 a.m. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Frank Turner at Electric Factory, Slayer at Susquehanna Bank Center, Penrose at Boot & Saddle, and more

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English folk punk favorite Frank Turner headlines The Electric Factory tonight, with backing band The Sleeping Souls. His newest release, Tape Deck Heart, is evidence to just how cheery and creative he can be. With sweet guitar riffs, simple beats, and upbeat singalong lyrics, Turner’s music will take you out of the cold and back to the warm days of summer for a few hours tonight. This diverse show will also feature sets from Australia’s punks The Smith Street Band and Minnesota’s electro pop band Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Find tickets here.

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