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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Justin Timberlake / Jay-Z at Citizen’s Bank Park, Jason Anderson at Kung Fu Necktie

justin-and-jayThe anticipated double-bill of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z co-headline Citizen’s Bank Park tonight. JT is expected to release a second part to to the 20/20 Experience in September, while Jay-Z has generated buzz for the abstract marketing is latest studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. His video “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” was released earlier this month, and the ten-minute piece starts and ends with an interview dialogue about concert performing, intercut with footage of him playing the song in a New York City art gallery. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s show here. Watch JT’s video for “Take Back the Night” and Jay-Z’s “Picasso Baby” video below.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Dante Bucci, Pocket, Modern Inventors

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Dante Bucci kicked off WXPN’s lunchtime busker series on Wednesday and The Key revisited the local musician’s 2008 effort Reminiscence in advance of his set at The Porch at 30th Street Station.  Bucci will perform at the Tin Angel on May 1st; tickets and information can be found here.  Stream the EP below or download it at Bandcamp.

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Folkadelphia Session: Jason Anderson

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I started listening to Jason Anderson in earnest about three years ago after my buddy and Strand of Oaks mastermind Timothy Showalter strongly encouraged me to revisit Anderson’s previous releases. However, it was not until 2011’s Summer Style that I really began forming a deeper connection with Jason’s music.

On a cursory listening level, Summer Style is an undeniably catchy set of affecting anthems constructed around Anderson’s strong vocals and guitar playing. Dig a little deeper and you enter a world of honest lyricism and energetic writing. You might call it enthusiastic or impassioned, but I call it honesty. Jason hits upon much of what makes up the universality of the human condition and is able to present it in a way that manifests itself with extraordinary intensity, truthfulness, and particular poignancy for often short songs. I sincerely get goosebumps every time.

I knew I needed to work with Jason, so last year we recorded a Folkadelphia Session. So, we’ve has been sitting on this session for a while, since November of 2012 to be more specific. Back then, I knew that Jason Anderson and I were also working on booking a show for this current year, so I figured that we would eventually use the tracks that he recorded at the XPN Studio as fuel to stoke the fire to get folks excited to attend the concert. Fast forward to now and here it is, the latest Folkadelphia Session featuring our man Jason Anderson and the concert we’ve been planning this coming Wednesday, April 3rd at Studio 34 in West Philly.

I hope that you’ll investigate Jason’s music from this session or his albums, and consider coming out to see his performance this week; his shows have been described as life-changing and I anticipate some serious sing-a-longs. Good times for all-ages.

Jason Anderson performs at Studio 34 with Arrah & the Ferns and John Craigie & Leigh Jones this Wednesday, April 3rd at Studio 34. He recorded this session for Folkadelphia on November 14th, 2011 at the XPN Performance Studio.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kaki King at World Cafe Live, Jason Anderson at Kung Fu Necktie, Death Grips at First Unitarian, Bobby Bare, Jr. at Milkboy Philly

XPN Welcomes guitar instrumentalist Kaki King to World Cafe Live tonight. The Golden Globe nominee, whose latest album Glow was released in October, has been praised for her composition skills, even being named as the only woman on Rolling Stone‘s list of “The New Guitar Gods” in 2006. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages performance can be found here; doors open at 7:00. Below, watch the brand-new video for “Cargo Cult” from Glow.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gillian Grassie at World Cafe Live, Goodnight Lights at the Balcony Bar, Jason Anderson at Kung Fu Necktie, Project Object at the Blockley


Indie singer and harpist Gillian Grassie is playing tonight at World Cafe Live with Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Grassie, who performed as part of XPN’s 12 Days of Local Christmas last December, has been touring around the world since the 2007 release of her first full length album, Serpentine. Her show tonight begins at 8 p.m. and ticket start at $10; see more details here. Below, watch Grassie perform “Back to Your Flat” at a concert in Delmenhorst, Germany.


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