Rock and roll roadrunner Jonathan Richman has released heaps of material throughout his musical career, and he plays at Union Transfer tonight to support his new record, Ishkode! Ishkode! Richman is the Modern Lovers, and his gig at UT will surely mix old classics along with new material. Read our interview with Richman here; for tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.Continue reading →
Jonathan Richman will forever be best known, among a certain perennial segment of cool kids, for The Modern Lovers, a collection of disowned demo tapes by his teenage rock band that, depending who you ask, possibly maybe invented punk music.2016 happens to mark the 40th anniversary of that record’s 1976 release (although it was recorded several years earlier.)
But it’s hard to imagine an artist lesslikely to commemorate such a milestone, in today’s customary, backward-gazing fashion.Richman turned his back on anything resembling punk as we know it – while deeply, radically embodying its contrarian ethos – with the light-hearted ‘50s-style ditties and goofy, childlike glee of Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – which was also released in 1976, and which possibly maybe invented indie pop – and he’s never looked back.
South African multi-instrumentalist Andrew Lipke will be performing with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia tonight at World Café Live. This exciting collaboration is part of the Intersect event which aims to celebrate the combination of genres by bringing together the chamber orchestra with some of the most gifted musical talents in the Philadelphia area. Tonight they will be with Andrew Lipke, who has made a name for himself as a critically-acclaimed arranger, producer, composer and performer. Continue reading →
Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat performs at Boot & Saddle tonight. Bulat swings from playing autoharp to guitar to ukulele, and her resonant voice, which manages to be raw yet full, has garnered comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks. For Bulat’s most recent album, Tall Tall Shadow, she co-produced with Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury, who also played guitar and bass on some of the tracks. Find tickets and more information for the Boot & Saddle performance here. Download her performance of “Tall Tall Shadow” from her recent World Cafe session below.
Tonight, we’ve got perhaps the most exciting, action-packed edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade in history! Tune in tonight starting at 10 p.m. (after the November edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P) for a full two-hour show that will include these special features and more:
Our very first Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session with Aussie popsters Cub Sport!
Selections from ArcadeFire’s fantastic new album, Reflektor!
An Indie Rock salute to the late great Lou Reed, featuring Luna, Jonathan Richman and a rare pre-Velvet Underground recording from Lou himself!
And if that wasn’t enough, here are a few new songs you might just hear in the mix:
Hold on to your hats, folks. There’s so much great music in town this weekend. Here are our picks.
FRIDAY, June 8th
Matthew Sweet Girlfriend tour at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $24)
Jonathan Richman at Union Transfer (Doors at 8 p.m., tickets to the all ages show are $17.50)
WXPN Welcomes Michael McDermott at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., tickets to the 21+ show are $15)
Singer-songwriter Grace Bernicker Record Release party at Milkboy Coffee/Ardmore (8 p.m., all ages, $8-$10)
SATURDAY, June 9th
WXPN Welcomes Francis Dunnery at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., tickets to the 21+ show are $25)
WXPN Welcomes Dar Williams at the Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert/Bryn Mawr Gazebo (7:00 p.m., all ages, $10)
Bleeding Rainbow and Creepoid at Morgan’s Pier/R5 Productions Free Summer Concert Series (5 p.m., 21+, Free)
Drake at the Susquehanna Bank Center w/ Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and French Montana (7:30 p.m., all ages, $45 – $205)
Paste Magazine Presents Strand of Oaks at Aloft Hotel (7 p.m., Free – RSVP here)
The Revelations featuring Tre’ Williams at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., 21+, $12)
SUNDAY, June 10th
WXPN Welcomes James McCartney at World Cafe Live (9:30 p.m., 21+ $15)
Reagge In The Park with Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond at the Mann Center (12:30 p.m. all ages, $25-$79.50)
The Cult with Against Me! and Icarus Line at the Electric Factory (8 p.m. all ages, $33.15/includes service charge)
To many, Jonathan Richman is that guy with the acoustic guitar who shows up every once in a while during the Farrelly Brothers’ 1998 film There’s Something About Mary to musically summarize the plot. To his dedicated fan base, however, Richman is the “Godfather Of Punk,” a legendary underdog who turned his Velvet Underground infatuation into a music career that has spanned four decades. Richman’s work in the early ’70s featured him writing now-classic songs that were later covered by acts including The Sex Pistols, Joan Jett, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie (while working alongside musicians who would go on to join bands such as The Cars and The Talking Heads). Since then, Richman has bounced around various genres and released albums at a steady pace (including last year’s O Moon, Queen Of Night On Earth). But it’s his live show—where his fun-loving and infectiously silly personality (as well as that of his adoring cult following) truly shines—that is the definitive Richman experience. Jonathan Richman performs at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $17.50.