Iron & Wine, the long-running project of singer/songwriter Sam Beam, has just announced an extensive fall tour that will bring them our way this fall, with a stop at the Keswick Theatre on November 8. Last year, Iron & Wine released Beast Epic, which saw the band return to its earlier, folkier sound. Continue reading →
Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is a city-wide effort to support music education in Philadelphia’s public schools — tonight, hundreds of musicians will come together at the 23rd Street Armory to perform an original composition on the school district’s broken, battered and worn-out instruments, with goal of getting all fixable instruments repaired and back into the schools, which lack the funds to fix them. You may have caught NPR’s feature on the effort a few days ago — read that here, and find more information on Symphony for a Broken Orchestra on their website. Continue reading →
Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ani DiFranco makes a stop at the Keswick Theatre tonight following the release of her recent 20th studio album, Binary. After spending much of 2016 encouraging audiences to vote on her “Vote Dammit!” tour, DiFranco continues her political message with Binary — “As an artist, I like to be out in the world, and what initially compelled me was to try to push society to a better place,” DiFranco says of the album. Spoken word artist and poet Andrea Gibson will also perform. Watch DiFranco’s video for “Binary” below, and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Indie pop songwriter, boundary-breaker and XPN fave Erin McKeown announced plans to release her new EP Mirrors Break Back on March 31st. With the new album comes a local appearance as a special musical guest on podcast Welcome To Night Vale’s U.S. tour, set to hit the Keswick Theatre on April 12th.
Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann announced a full US tour in support of new first record in five years Mental Illness, making a stop at Glenside’s Keswick Theatre on April 21st. Mann began her career as the bassist for new wave band ‘Til Tuesday in the 1980s, before going solo to create some wonderfully intimate folk-influenced records — many of which have been in heavy rotation at XPN over the years. More recently, she collaborated with indie rocker Ted Leo in The Both.
With five years separating us from her last effort, the announcement of a new record from Aimee Mann and an accompanying national tour is welcome news. Mental Illness, the singer-songwriter’s ninth studio LP, is due out March 31st on her own SuperEgo Records label. A month-long tour follows, with an April 21st date set for the Keswick Theatre.
Psychedelic pop icons The Zombies reunited its surviving members earlier this year to celebrate their 1968 album Odyssey and Oracle, and they’re doing it again on a just-announced U.S. run in 2017. The tour kicks off on St. Patrick’s Day at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside, and also makes a regional stop in Jim Thorpe at Penn’s Peak. Continue reading →
Going into Saturday night’s John Carpenter show at the Keswick Theater, I had no idea what to expect. Would he stop the show to check on the latest on the NBA’s Summer League? Would he need to leave to chase Pokemon? Based on his reputation via the internet, anything was possible.
However, once the lights dimmed and the band came out, it was clear that he and his band were there to take John Carpenter film fans on a trip down memory lane. A shot of Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin came up on the screen and the crowd went wild as the main theme from the Escape From New York score was performed. Continue reading →
Montreal post-punk band Ought will be performing tonight at PhilaMOCA. the band has released two albums in the past two years, 2014’s More Than Any Other Day and 2015’s Sun Coming Down. Opening the show will be DC’s Priests and Philly locals Marge. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.Continue reading →