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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Birdie Busch at Philadelphia City Institute, Grayscale at Ortlieb’s

Birdie Busch | via twitter.com/birdadoo
Birdie Busch | via twitter.com/birdadoo

Birdie Busch has kept a bit on the quiet side since relocating uptown from West Philly (where she lived for almost a decade) to Germantown. But she emerges every now and again, like a slot opening for Israel Nash at Johnny Brenda’s earlier this year, and tonight’s free show at the Philadelphia City Institute – the Rittenhouse Square branch of the Free Library. Last we heard from Bird, she was enjoying the trees up in the northwest, getting involved in some pretty right-on neighborhood activism and beginning to write her next album – which she told her email list was going to have a Nick Drake vibe to it. We are like 1,000,000,000% okay with that. Tonight’s free show starts at 6:30 p.m. at 1905 Locust Street, more information can be found hereContinue reading →

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Patti Smith’s book tour will stop at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Patti Smith | Photo by Jesse Ditmar
Patti Smith | Photo by Jesse Ditmar

This fall, punk poet Patti Smith is releasing two new books. One is called M Train, and it’s the followup to her brilliant 2010 memoir Just Kids – which chronicled her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. (It’s easily one of the best books about music, art and life that I’ve ever read.)This book travels with Smith along the MTA across 18 stations, according to Pitchfork. Continue reading →

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David Byrne, Wyclef Jean and Pete Townshend appearing at Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events series


The Free Library of Philadelphia has an excellent lineup of writers for it’s upcoming Author Events series starting in September including appearances by Paul Auster, Junot Diaz, Zadie Smith, Tom Wolfe, Louise Erdrich, and others. Also scheduled are several musicians who have new books coming out. David Byrne, Wyclef Jean and Pete Townshend are appearing at the Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events series in September and October. David Byrne will talk with music writer Greg Milner on Friday, September 28th. Wyclef Jean appears on Monday, October 1st with music writer and musician Tom Moon. Pete Townshend, in conversation with John Wesley Harding, is on Wednesday, October 10th. This special event will be held at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Go here for tickets and more information about the events.