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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paul Gless Group at Ortlieb’s, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live, Up the Chain at MilkBoy and more

Paul Gless | via paulgiessmusic.com
Paul Gless | via paulgiessmusic.com

Bringing back some of the jazz history of the newly-remodeled Ortlieb’s, evocative Philly trumpet player Paul Gless plays a set tonight with his eight-piece band. His music ranges from interpretations of songs he heard growing up in a Unitarian Universalist church and emotive, introspective compositions. Outside of this group, Gless’ work has pushed the boundaries of what jazz can be, incorporating electronic textures and synthesizer sounds, and his trumpet playing has scored independent short films – including the surreal Des Images Clairesby Tailor Wilcox, where the score has a sultry Hollywood jazz vibe. Joining the Paul Gless Group tonight is Tom Moon’s Ensemble Novo. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Hear JD McPherson’s Let The Good Times Roll a week early via NPR Music First Listen

JD McPherson | Photo by Cameron Pollack
JD McPherson | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Oklahoma rock and roller JD McPherson is featured on NPR’s First Listen this week. His sophomore album, Let The Good Times Roll, set to be released February 10th, has made waves in the music scene as of late, and NPR’s Ann Powers commends McPherson on his unmatched abilities of taking classic rock concepts and re-imagining them with small twists that make for engaging music without sounding like a knock-off. Continue reading →

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Listen to JD McPherson make a rollicking Musikfest pit stop at today’s Free At Noon

JD McPherson
JD McPherson | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Rockabilly hero JD McPherson stopped by World Cafe Live on his way to Musikfest this evening out in central Pennsylvania. McPherson rocked the lunch hour with a set chock-full of 12-bar blues, organ and piano solos, and danceable tunes. “Country Boy,” the second song in the lineup, slowed things down with hard-swinging minor blues driven by Jimmy Sutton’s bass playing. “I Can’t Complain” and “Wolf Teeth” both had the entire crowd dancing and swinging along to his powerful, Buddy Holly influenced style. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saintseneca at Johnny Brenda’s, Streets of Laredo at Boot and Saddle and JD McPherson at Haddon Lake Park

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Folk band Saintseneca returns to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band released its latest LP, Dark Arc, back in April under Anti- Records and has been touring consistently since its release. Ticket information is on the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the single, “Happy Alone,” off the new album below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark at Union Transfer, Family Vacation at Steel City Coffeehouse, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live, Reef the Lost Cause and Voss at The M Room

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have been around since the late 70s, garnering critical acclaim as masters of new wave and earning the title “intelligent pop” from the release of their self-titled 1981 full length. Except for a small gap in the 2000s, the group has been consistently releasing material since the late 70s, including their most recent release, English Electric, which came out this summer.  Tonight, the godfathers of new wave play Union Transfer.  Click here for ticket info and check out one of their classic hits below.

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Listen to a new holiday song from JD McPherson (and more) on XPN2′s Jingle Jams

JD McPherson just released a new holiday song, “Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)” that you can listen to below. He’ll be performing the song on Jay Leno on Thursday, December 13th and the song will be available on iTunes on December 11th. “Twinkle” is a full on stomper; equal parts Little Richard and Fats Domino rock and roll that’s non-stop fun. You can hear this song, plus lot’s more new and old holiday music on our new 24-7 Jingle Jams stream on XPN2 that you can listen to here. Don’t forget to mark your calendars to listen to Robert Drake’s 19th Annual Night Before, a full 24 hours of eclectic holiday music, starting Midnight on December 24th.

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Recap: A swingin’ good time at Free at Noon with J.D. McPherson (photos, audio, setlist)

Oklahoma retro-rocker J.D. McPherson brought a lively, danceable vibe to this afternoon’s Free at Noon concert at World Cafe Live, playing a set of songs from his debut full-length Signs and Signifiers that touched on rockabilly, swing and ska music. Check out a photo gallery of the show above, see the setlist below, and listen to the concert in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →