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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Stay home, stay dry, listen to Dawes’ stormy XPoFest set

Photo by Rachel Barrish

It’s a little bit rainy today, if you haven’t noticed. All but three of tonight’s concert options have been called off due to Hurricane Sandy, and really, it’s a safer and dryer bet to bunker down at home and pretend you’re at a stormy concert. So here’s our favorite one of those in recent memory: Dawes‘ performance in the rain from this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival. You can listen to the set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player) – the mega-singalong to “When My Time Comes” is magic. And while you’re digging into our festival archives, we suggest getting ready for this Friday’s Free at noon by listening to J.D. McPherson’s set, and celebrate the return of The Lumineers in January by hearing their set. Keep dry and rock on!

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Listen to J.D. McPherson’s Live at the World Cafe Session (playing Johnny Brenda’s in November)

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Rockabilly lynchpin J.D. McPherson just announced a string of new tour dates for the fall, and according to High Road Touring, they include a stop at Johnny Brenda‘s in Fishtown on November 2. Tickets and onsale information for the show are TBA (the venue hasn’t listed the show yet), but stay tuned for updates. McPherson was recently featured on Live at the World Cafe with David Dye; you can listen to his session here (via the WXPN media player). Below, watch a video of him performing “Farmer John” onstage at the XPoNential Music Festival.

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Watch JD McPherson perform “Farmer John” at XPo Fest

Oklahoma artist JD McPherson and his band brought their retro-infused rock & roll sound to XPoNential Music Fest a few weeks ago. Below watch the band perform their rendition of Don & Dewey’s song “Farmer John,” which was made popular by The Premiers and The Searchers in the 1960s.

Video by Bob Giardini – bobg-media.com

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XPoNential Fest: J.D. McPherson rocks out with the crowd (photos, audio, setlist)

This afternoon, the smooth rockin’, doo-woppy dude on the road from Oklahoma, J.D. McPherson, played on the Marina Stage with his American rock ‘n roll band. His smooth beats and slicked back hair caused a ruckus, forcing the audience to boogie down. Along the hill, people were standing up, clapping hands, and doin’ the twist. His music is reminiscent to something heard on the radio in your 1950′s cadillac. He also played his hit single “North Side Gal” and everybody sang along; what a great, rock heavy show it was. Check out the photo gallery above and the set list below for more coverage. Also listen to the entire performance here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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