Philly singer-songwriter Chris Kasper has embarked on a unique, collaborative project with Philly dance company BalletX for seven shows from July 8-12 at The Wilma Theater, where he’ll perform tracks off of 2013′s folk/soul Bagabones - tied into the residency is his Indiegogo campaign to create a music video with BalletX for the track “Raven and the Rose” and a spring tour in support of it, which kicks off tonight at Ballet X’s spring preview premiere party. Continue reading →
Philly has always had a great relationship with The Grateful Dead. The first time the band played in Philly was at the Electric Factory in April, 1968. The band played the Spectrum over 50 times; their first show at the Spectrum was in September 21st, 1972. As WXPN celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead with 24 hours of the Dead today, we scoured Youtube for some of the Dead’s shows at The Spectrum for you to watch and listen to, including a Jerry Garcia Band show from the Spectrum in 1989. Continue reading →
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead. Few bands in rock’s great history have had the unparalleled impact and influence on pop culture as the Dead have. WXPN is celebrating the music of the band, solo, and Dead related musical projects with a 24 hour tribute to their music starting this Friday, April 17th at 6 a.m. Continue reading →
7 Walkers is a collaboration between former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist/vocalist Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bass player George Porter Jr., and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard. The band is playing an all ages show downstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. Doors open at 7 P.M. and the show starts at 8 P.M. Ticket prices range from $26 to $36 and are available for purchase here. Watch the jam band perform their self-titled song below.
Local grunge rock band Rasputin’s Secret Police (RSP) is made up of guitarist/vocalist Brandon Ayres and drummer Josh Phillips. The pair grew up on the same block in Drexel Hill where they’ve been neighbors for 13 years, and have been band-mates for ten of those years. Prepare for a crazy show because the band’s live shows have been known to incorporate, “lighting effects, blood (real and fake), robes, talk of chalices, broken everything, smoke, jokes, barf bags and ear plugs.” They are set to play North Star Bar tonight with Killjoy, Shark Tape, Eureka Driver. The 21+ show starts at 8 P.M. Tickets are $5 to $7 and can be purchased here. Listen to/dowload the song “This is My Cave” from their album Lost Rhino below.
If you’re in the mood to watch a movie tonight, World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington is offering a free screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The film is a cinematic adaptation of the popular off-Broadway musical about an “internationally ignored” transexual rock singer from Communist Berlin who dreams of making it big in the American music scene. Hedwig features several songs by composer Stephen Trask, who also appears in the film as a member of Hedwig’s band. Check out the trailer below.
“Think you have what it takes to do the Grateful Dead? Show off your musical chops and you just might get your music video featured on Dead.net as part of The Dead Covers Project! The rules are simple – all video submissions must contain a song either written by or recorded by the Dead. How that song is interpreted, however, is entirely up to you! Upload your video to YouTube, tag it “DeadCoversProject,” then we’ll make it available to view on the band’s official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/gratefuldead. Not so musically inclined? Join the fun by ‘liking’ your favorites.
During the entire month of February, we’ll be highlighting a new fan-made video every day on Dead.net and Facebook. In March, five of the videos featured in February will be chosen and we’ll profile each artist on all of the Dead’s online properties and in the 2012 edition of the Grateful Dead Almanac.”
If you decide to post of video of you solo or with your band, drop us a line and let us know.