After selling out World Cafe Live downstairs last fall on the heels of the buzz-making Searching for Sugar Man documentary, psychedelic folk cult favorite Rodriguez swings back through the area again this spring, coming to Glenside’s Keswick Theater on April 9th. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, February 1st, at noon. Below, watch Rodriguez covering Lou Rawls’ “Dead End Street” at World Cafe Live back in October.
Low Cut Connie will be performing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s promoting the September release of their sophomore album, Call Me Sylvia. The band’s rollicking party music is carried by poppy melodies and sharp lyrics that make any bar scene the best party in town. The 21+ show starts at 9:30; more information can be found on our concert calendar here. Check out the band’s new video for “Boozophilia” below.
“I was worried about playing this show,” Ben Gibbard told the crowd at Glenside’s Keswick Theater last night. “I mean, not worried about being here, but more what kind of vibe today would have. But I’m very happy right now.”
Maybe it was because he was on post-Election Day cloud nine, or maybe it’s just the format of the tour, but this solo appearance had a loose mood and lively personality that we rarely get to see from the Death Cab for Cutie frontman.
For all its epic songs and their transcendent peaks and valleys, the Seattle band – historically speaking – is kind of a drag in concert. Over the years, they’ve repeatedly come off as too locked-in, too stiff, evidently unmoved and maybe even kinda bored by their own spectacular music. When Gibbard did banter with the crowd at those full-band shows, there was an air of detachment.
XPN welcomes the Old 97′s to Union Transfer for a special Too Far to Care 15th anniversary show tonight. The Texas alt-country pioneers are touring in support of the classic 1997 album, which was re-issued with bonus outtakes and demos earlier this month. According to the band’s website, tonight’s event will feature a Rhett Miller solo set and two sets by the full band, including a run-through of Too Far to Care in its entirety. Also performing is Dallas-based musician Salim Nourallah. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 here; doors will open at 8:00 p.m with music beginning at 9:00 p.m. Below, watch a live video of the band performing “Broadway” and download a free Too Far to Care E.P. via Noisetrade here
Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard releases his first full-length solo album, Former Lives, on October 16, and his tour in support of it brings him through Philadelphia on November 7 for an appearance at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. This week, the folks at NPR Music‘s All Songs Considered included the album in their fall preview, and highlighted the song “Bigger Than Love” – breathtaking duet between Gibbard and Aimee Mann. Listen to the song here, and download the earlier single “Teardrop Windows” here.
WXPN welcomes influential east-L.A. Chicano rock band Los Lobos to The Keswick Theater later this month, and today we’ve got a special offer for readers of The Key. You can buy two-for-the-price-of-one tickets at this link – just enter the offer code “XPN” to claim your discount. Added incentive for fans: the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its album Kiko by playing the landmark ’92 record in its entirety, plus other hits from across their career. The show takes place Sunday, September 30th at 7:30 p.m., you can find more information here.