Tonight’s Concert Picks: Imelda May at Union Transfer, Dead & Company at BB&T Pavilion

Imelda May | via the artist’s facebook

If you weren’t able to see Imelda May‘s moving performance during last week’s Free At Noon, you have another chance to catch the Irish singer-songwriter tonight at Union Transfer. Imelda May released her fifth studio record Life Love Flesh Blood in April, holding the top spot on the UK Americana chart for three consecutive weeks. For tickets and more information, see the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Free at Noon Flashback: A rollercoaster ride with Imelda May

Imelda May – Free At Noon 6/23/17 | Photo by Rich McKie / WXPN

If it’s good enough for Bob Dylan, it’s sure as heck good enough for us. In an interview on his own website, the legendary singer/songwriter listed Imelda May‘s new record in the same breath as Iggy Pop, Valerie June and The Stereophonics – and boy do we understand why.

The Dublin-born singer took us on a musical and emotional roller coaster ride at today’s WXPN Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe Live. Though her complete 7 piece band preceded her stage entrance, May started off her set with “Call Me” – a peaceful song, with only a lightly strummed guitar complimenting her quiet voice. Sitting on a stool under a single spotlight, you could hear a pin drop in the room — perhaps leading many to expect a laid-back show on this rainy Friday afternoon — but Imelda soon showed she had much more up her sleeve. Continue reading →


XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Black Tears” by Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck

Imelda May

Irish singer and songwriter Imelda May plays Free At Noon this Friday, June 23rd, before playing a show at Union Transfer on Sunday, June 25th. Or her new album, Life. Love. Flesh. Blood., May has taken on a new musical direction, under the guidance of producer T-Bone Burnett.

She’s traded in her rockabilly musical ways for ballads and sophisticated mid-tempo love songs. Working with a core band that includes drummer Jay Bellerose, guitarist Marc Ribot, bassists Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets) and Dennis Crouch, May’s expressive and powerful voice remains center stage. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Imelda May at Union Transfer, and Christopher Willits at First Unitarian Church Side Chapel

Lantern | Photo by John Vettese
Lantern | Photo by John Vettese

Philly blues-punk outfit Lantern will headline Johnny Brenda’s this evening. The three piece rock outfit have proven that rock and roll is most definitely not dead in Philly. With a distortion-induced sound similar to that of Dan Aurbach, the group has an ability to come out with instant hits that will stick in your head. Their most recent album, Rock n’ Roll Rorschach, received much attention locallly and nationally; Tiny Mix Tapes called their sound “a blessing of garage noir”. Check out their music video for “King Of The Jungle” below and find tickets and more information on XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Canon Logic at the North Star, Marissa Nadler at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, and Wanda Jackson with Imelda May at the Trocadero

As we head towards the weekend, there’s some excellent shows this evening in town. Style wise, there’s a lot to choose from. Here’s our picks for tonight.

The Canon Logic combine rock vocals borrowed from The Killers with a sixties pop harmony sensibility. The Brooklyn-based band (who met at the University of Delaware) released their full-length debut, FM Arcade, in 2010. The album highlights the Canon Logic’s love for Beach Boys-era choruses, undercut with an indie rock construction. The Canon Logic perform with City Rain, Sleeper Agent and Run to Sandy at the North Star Bar this evening at 8 p.m. Tickets to the 21 + show are $10.00

Boston based singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler has made the best album of her career so far. Her recently released self-titled album is a gorgeous collection of songs recorded right here in Philly at Miner Street with Brian McTear of Weathervane Music, WXPN’s partner in Shaking Through. The album was produced by McTear and engineered and mixed by McTear with Jonathan Low. Throughout the album Nadler spins a mesmerizing spell of songwriting and singing. She performs tonight at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel with Faces on Film at 8 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $10.00.

The Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson performs tonight with Imelda May at The Trocadero. Doors open at 7 p.m. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $25.00