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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Widowspeak at Boot & Saddle, Trombone Shorty at The Fillmore, The Wood Brothers at Grand Opera House, and more

Widowspeak | photo by Ebru Yildiz | via facebook.com/widowspeakband

Widowspeak bring their dreamy, 90’s inspired, self-described “cowboy grunge” to Boot & Saddle tonight. Touring behind their recent LP Expect The Best, Widowspeak are known for their nostalgic, narrative-driven tunes which will thrive in the intimate Boot & Saddle setting. Chicago indie rockers Clearance and Philly bedroom grunge outfit Sun Hat also perform. Watch Widowspeak’s video for the shoegazey “Dog” below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dawes at Grand Opera House and Ladysmith Black Mambazo at SteelStacks

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Dawes | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

California favorites Dawes are out east to play a gig at the Copeland Hall at the Grand Opera House. Their folk-rock sound houses some catchy pop hooks with psychedelic instrumentation, producing a sound with the heart of Springsteen and the strumming of Mumford and Sons. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: XPN welcomes Dawes at The Grand Opera House in March

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Dawes | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

After releasing their fifth studio record We’re All Gonna Die in September, California outfit Dawes have announced a supporting tour for next spring. Taylor Goldsmith & co. will bring the album to the historic Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, March 7th, with tickets going on sale this Friday, November 18th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jose Gonzalez at the Kimmel Center, Joan Baez at the Grand Opera House, The Extraordinaires at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Jose Gonzalez | photo courtesy of Windish Agency

Swedish musician Jose Gonzalez and New York classical music ensemble yMusic headline Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center tonight. Gonzalez, best known for his work with Junip and Zero 7, released a solo LP called Vestiges and Claws last year. And this is not the first time that yMusic is collaborating with a singer-songwriter; they joined forces with Ben Folds just last year. Check out Gonzalez and yMusic performing the former’s “With the Ink of a Ghost” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages concert here.

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Rhiannon Giddens delivers a stunning set at The Grand

Rihannon Giddens | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
Rihannon Giddens | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

Historian. Feminist. Folklorist. Re-appropriator. Carolina Chocolate Drop. These are some of Rhiannon Giddens’ attributes. They certainly do not even begin to tell the story of her musicianship and towering live presence, let alone her ability to lead a brilliant backing band. On Friday at Wilmington’s Grand Opera House, Giddens delivered a live show not soon to be forgotten. Continue reading →

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Morrissey to play three local dates on forthcoming US summer tour

Photo via facebook.com/morrissey
Photo via facebook.com/morrissey

Valentine’s Day was even more special for Morrissey fans. Just as chocolates and flowers were being exchanged, the beloved English singer, who initially rose to fame fronting The Smiths in the ’80s, announced his US summer tour. After releasing his controversial autobiography and inking a new deal with Capitol Records, he’s back with another fresh round of shows, three of which will take place in the greater Philadelphia area. Morrissey will play Atlantic City’s Revel Ovation Hall on June 6th, Wilmington’s Grand Opera House on June 17th, and Hershey Theatre on June 19th. Check the XPN Concert Calendar for more details and dig into some vintage Morrissey below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Bloody Valentine at Electric Factory, Dresses at MilkBoy, Taj Mahal Trio at Grand Opera House, and more

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Ethereal alt-rock icons My Bloody Valentine are bringing their elusive melodies and spidery vocals to Electric Factory tonight before they finish up their North American tour in New York. Dropping their anxiously anticipated third full length album mbv in February, Mark Richardson of Pitchfork gave it a 9.1 in his review saying, “mbv is an album of density with very little air or light. But it doesn’t forgo the human touches that have made this band so special.” Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by watching their London performance of “Soon” below.

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