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Watch Jukebox the Ghost cover Lana Del Ray’s “Blue Jeans” for The A.V. Club (playing The TLA in November)

Piano popsters Jukebox the Ghost visited The A.V. Club‘s Undercover studio to perform a rendition of “Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Ray. The original, the A.V. folks say, is “a song that in its original form actually buries its own hook in atmosphere and attitude. But two-thirds of Brooklyn trio Jukebox The Ghost stripped Lana down even further, tackling most of the song with just voice and piano.” Check out the video below. Jukebox the Ghost returns to Philadelphia this fall for a performance at The TLA on November 4.

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Watch a new video for Jukebox The Ghost’s “Somebody” (playing The TLA in November)

Piano popsters Jukebox The Ghost just released a video for their infectious single “Somebody,” shot on the boardwalk at Coney Island. The band just played a boisterous free show at Morgan’s Pier this past Saturday, kicking off a lengthy U.S. tour; next time they play Philadelphia, they’ll bring the music indoors, playing the TLA with Motion City Soundtrack. Tickets to that show are available here; check out the “Somebody” video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Old Crow Medicine Show at the Electric Factory, John Francis at Tin Angel, Jukebox the Ghost at Morgan’s Pier, and Aesop Rock at Union Transfer

Tennessee roots rockers Old Crow Medicine Show have come full throttle since they began recording in 1998. After the release of their smash hit “Wagon Wheel” in 2004, it was a steady upward slope. Now they have just come out with their most recent album, Carry Me Back; a new step in their raw country rock sound. With four albums under their buckled belts and a slew of sold out performances, these boot stompin’ folksters have made their signature mark on Americana rock music with a slice of bluegrass. They play at the Electric Factory tonight with very special guests, The Lumineers who performed at our XPoNential Festival a couple weeks ago (you can listen to that entire performance here).

R5 Productions summer concert series at Morgan’s Pier continues tonight with a performance from Jukebox the Ghost. This show is totally free but apologies young’uns, you must be 21 to enter. The show kicks off at 6 p.m. Jukebox also played our free at noon in June, you can listen to it here (via the XPN media player). Special guests tonight also include Norwegian Arms, who you can read more about here (and listen to in the player below).

Ian Bavitz, who goes by the moniker Aesop Rock, practices hip hop while jumping the fence to a new wave underground sound. He’s an indie rapper, a hip hop producer, a San Franciscan. And you can catch him tonight at Union Transfer along with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. Tickets to this all ages show are $15-17; doors open at 8 p.m. Below watch a video for “Zero Dark Thirty” off his latest album Skelethon.

Tonight at the Tin Angel, WXPN welcomes John Francis. He wrote his first album, Strong Wine & Spirits while living in Philadelphia in 2005, and then followed with his sophomore album The Better Angels after relocating to Nashville. Francis takes inspiration from Johnny Cash and other blues rock influences. He performs tonight at 7:30 p.m., this show is 21+ and tickets are $10, grab yours here.

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Norwegian Arms playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier on Saturday

Norwegian Arms are a self-described “minimalist weirdo-folk duo” featuring singer/songwriter/mandolin player “Keith Birthday” (Brendan Mulvihill) and drummer “Dr. Awkward” (AKA Dr. Dog‘s Eric Slick). The band has been releasing music since 2009 in-between Slick’s touring/recording schedule with Dr. Dog, and despite Mulvihill’s stint living and teaching in Siberia, where he wrote the band’s most recent album. (You can read more about that here, in our interview with Norwergian Arms from last summer.) The duo are reuniting to play a free show at Morgan’s Pier this Saturday, August 4th with Jukebox the Ghost. The show is listed as 21+, but those who are under 21 who wish to attend may do so with a parent or guardian. Earlier this week, the band wrote on their Twitter account:

If that sounds like a good time, then make sure to get to Morgan’s Pier early on Saturday; Norwegian Arms are opening the show at 6 p.m.! For more info on the event visit R5′s website here.  In the meantime, cool off from the Philly summer heat with Norwegian Arms’ track “Tired of Being Cold” off the band’s new album, Wolf Like a Stray Dog.

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Listen to Jukebox The Ghost’s Free At Noon concert (and photo recap)


Jukebox The Ghost played WXPN’s Free At Noon yesterday. Listen to the band’s set here. The set list is below. Jukebox return to Philly to perform a free show at Morgan’s Pier on Saturday, August 4th with Norwegian Arms. All photos by Melody Chiang.

1. Adulthood
2. Oh, Emily
3. At Last
4. Don’t Let Me Fall Behind
5. Say When
6. Somebody
7. Man In The Moon
8. The Spiritual

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Download: Jukebox The Ghost cover Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” (playing Free At Noon on Friday)


Next Friday, June 29th, Jukebox The Ghost perform at Free At Noon. The show is free to attend however you need to RSVP here. Below, download a cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” recorded live in concert at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Thursday, June 21st. Download is via Archive.org. Jukebox The Ghost are also playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier on Saturday, August 4th.

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Free Music Saturdays at Morgan’s Pier and R5; upcoming shows include Free Energy, Hoots & Hellmouth, Jukebox The Ghost and more


The folks at Morgan’s Pier and R5 have a free summer concert series every Saturday through the end of August with some great bands. Morgan’s Pier is also having some special guest DJ’s coming up including Questlove, Tim Sweeney, Juan Maclean and more, so check out the schedule for those as well here. Upcoming Saturday shows include:

Saturday, June 23rd – Free Energy and Grandchidren
Saturday, June 30th – Algernon Cadwallader
Saturday, July 7th – Hoots & Hellmouth
Saturday, July 14th – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Saturday, July 21st – Fang Island
Saturday, July 28th – Pissed Jeans and A Place To Bury Strangers
Saturday, August 4th – Jukebox The Ghost
Saturday, August 11th – TBA
Saturday, August 18th – Mishchief Brew
Saturday, August 25th – TBA

Go here for show times and more information.

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This Weekend: XPN Welcomes Ryan Adams with Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jukebox The Ghost with The Spinto Band

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2nd
XPN Welcomes Ryan Adams with Jessica Lea Mayfield at Academy Of Music (8 p.m., SOLD OUT) Click here to listen to his recent interview and performance on World Cafe with David Dye. During the episode, Adams discusses and performs tracks from his new acoustic album, Ashes & Fire, which he is currently touring in support of.

Also Playing: XPN Welcomes Sam Roberts Band + Zeus, Canadian Invasion at North Star Bar (9 p .m., 21+, $15); XPN Welcomes Marin Sexton at Sellersville Theater (8 p.m., $33–$45)


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd

XPN Welcomes Jukebox The Ghost, The Spinto Band, and White Birds at Union Transfer (8 p.m., all ages, $12–$14) You can watch Jukebox The Ghost’s new video for the track “Half Crazy” off the band’s 2010 album, Everything Under The Sun; the video was shot in South Philly by local animation production company Juggling Wolf. You can check out White Bird’s recent Key Studio Session here.

Also Playing: XPN Welcomes The Roches: Suzy And Maggie Roche with a Holiday Twist at New Hope Winery (8 p.m., $30–$40)


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th

XPN Welcomes the 6th Annual Lizanne Knott And Friends Philabundance Benefit at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $10)

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The Key Studio Sessions: White Birds

Listen to this week’s Key Studio Session and count the ways the guys in White Birds impressively play off one another. There’s vibey ensemble moments: Mike Cammarata’s minimal floor tom percussion provides the broken heartbeat to the tales of loss singer Jim Harvey spins thru a 60′s pop loom (“Floating Hands”). Chris Radwinski’s strolling bass line strikes a harmonic counterpoint to the scene in “Hondora.” But the breezy Bucks County psych band also works at the simplest level: “No Sun” and “Veins Lined With Rust” are carried by breathtaking harmonies between Harvey and his brother Farzad Houshiarnejad. It’s a far cry from the spastic carnival music these guys delivered as Drink Up Buttercup, but the band says you shouldn’t be fooled by the downtempo approach of its debut EP (or this session). It’s catalog runs broader, since it’s preparing to release a full length next year, and when White Birds opens for Jukebox the Ghost on Saturday, it promises energetic rock-out moments to break up the mellow mood. Get the full story when their session and interview plays back on The Key Studio Sessions Hour on XPN2 tomorrow night at 7. White Birds opens for The Spinto Band and Jukebox the Ghost Sat. Dec. 3 at Union Transfer. Tickets to the all-ages show are $14, more info at UTPhilly.com.

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Win a pair of tickets to see Jukebox The Ghost (+ The Spinto Band and White Birds) at Union Transfer on December 3rd

This week, we’ve got a pair of tickets for Jukebox The Ghost‘s performance at Union Transfer on Saturday, December 3rd. (The Spinto Band and White Birds will open.) For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 30th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.) You can watch the new video for Jukebox The Ghost’s “Half Crazy” below.