Just Announced: Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lushlife and more playing the 2013 Roots Picnic

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The annual Roots Picnic returns in 2013 with an ever-eclectic lineup of rock, pop, hip-hop, electronic music and more. According to an Instagram post from Roots drummer Questlove, the show will be one day this year – Saturday, June 1 – at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. On the lineup will be rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr., buzzing pop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (of “Thrift Shop” fame), mysterious electronic artist Grimes, a reunion of Naughty by Nature, Philly hip-hop impressionist Lushlife and more. Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon via Ticketmaster; full lineup after the jump. Continue reading →


Gary Clark Jr turns on the bright lights at the TLA (photos, review, setlist, video)

You had to crack a smile as Gary Clark Jr. sang to a sold out crowd “you’re gonna know my name by the end of the night” – the signature line to his trademark song “Bright Lights”. But trust me; there was nobody at the TLA this past Saturday night who didn’t know the name Gary Clark Jr. In fact, between nearly every song the crowd showered the Austin-based guitarist & songwriter not just with applause, but with chants of “Gary! Gary! Gary!”. It was a fanatical response to one of the most dynamic new artists in music. And on the heels of his full length debut Blak & Blu, Gary gave Philly a performance that lived up to all the hype and all the expectations one could’ve expected. He and his band sizzled on straight ahead blues-rockers like XPN-favorite “Don’t Owe You A Thang” and album standout “Travis County”. And yes, the new tunes from Blak & Blu came to life on Saturday night. “Blak and Blu” and “Ain’t Messin’ Around” were comfortable fits alongside some of Gary’s more traditional blues-rock staples. No one was safe from the bone-rattling close to the set as Gary and the band brought all the thunder the TLA could handle with the anthemic “Bright Lights”. Well, that until his encore of “Numb” – which may have had the walls shaking and sweating. The only downside of the night was when it ended. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Road at Tin Angel, Gary Clark, Jr. at Theatre of the Living Arts, Jonah Matranga at First Unitarian Chapel, Lefty’s Deceiver at Milkboy Philly, and David Bromberg Big Band at Keswick Theatre

XPN Welcomes five-piece Philly folk-pop band Low Road as they reunite tonight in celebration of the Tin Angel’s 20th Anniversary. Low Road’s popularity in the nineties, ignited by frontman Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner’s prevalence in the Philly music scene, led to two albums on Caroline Records. The band will be playing a sold-out show at 7 pm, but tickets are still available for the 10 pm show, which you can find here. Both shows are 21+. Below, check out Low Road’s “The Devil’s Pocket” from their 1994 album of the same name.

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Gary Clark Jr. premieres a new video for “Ain’t Messin’ Around” on Rolling Stone (playing The TLA on Saturday)

Funk-and-soul man Gary Clark Jr. gets the room moving in his new video for “Ain’t Messin’ Around” off of his latest LP Blak and Blu.  The Austin musician rocks the party in the video the same way he rocked the crowd at last year’s XPoNential Music Festival, with his big-band sound and blues-infused vocals.  Gary Clark Jr. will be in town on Saturday when XPN welcomes him to The TLA with Kat Edmonson.  Tickets are still available here for the all-ages show.


Listen to a new Gary Clark, Jr. song, “Numb” (playing TLA on November 10th)

Yesterday, Gary Clark Jr. debuted a new song, “Numb” at Complex Magazine. Clark releases his major label full length album debut, Blak and Blu, on October 22nd. Listen to “Numb” below. The amazing guitarist returns to Philly on Saturday, November 10th to the TLA after two blistering performances at Made In America. Go here for tickets and more information on the show. And speaking of Made In America, that would be Jay Z with Clark, pictured above, in Philly at Made In America.


Listen to a new Gary Clark, Jr. song, “Ain’t Messin ‘Round” (playing TLA in November)

Jay-Z with Gary Clark, Jr. at Made In America via

Gary Clark, Jr. is finally releasing his debut full length album, Blak and Blu on October 22nd. He recently played Made In America and returns to town on Saturday, November 10th to the TLA. Go here for more information on the show. Below, listen to a new song, “Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round,” and watch a version of “Bright Lights” he performed at Made In America.


Radiohead, Weeknd, Black Keys, Grace Potter, Bon Iver, Gary Clark, Jr. play Coachella

Thom Yorke photo by Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times / April 16, 2012

The first weekend of Coachella wrapped up yesterday with the second weekend of performances next weekend. Watch some of the festival highlights below from Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, the Weeknd, Gary Clark, Jr., Bon Iver, Radiohead, the Black Keys and Dawes.