Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Report at Underground Arts, Esperanza Spalding at The Keswick Theatre, and Ron Gallo at Bourbon and Branch

Field Report
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As part of Communion Philly, a monthly series of shows created by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett, critically-acclaimed Wisconsin folk band Field Report will be playing Underground Arts tonight. Fronted by Chris Porterfield (who played in DeYarmon Edison with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver), as well as multiple members of psych-folk group Megafaun, the band will be bringing their poetic lyricism and beautiful signature melodic-yet-ambient acoustic sound to Philadelphia to headline a night of diverse music with a lineup ranging from alternative rock to swing-hop to, of course, folk. Other groups playing include Portland, Oregon’s Quiet Life, and Philadelphia groups Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night, Weekender, and Marian Hill. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: OhBree at Kung Fu Necktie, The Stray Birds at World Café Live, Daley at Union Transfer and more

OhBree | Photo by Jake Beadenkopf
OhBree | Photo by Jake Beadenkopf

Yesterday, we premiered their new single “Sweater” and tonight Philly’s OhBree brings their brand of oddball pop to the Kung Fu Necktie stage. There’s much to celebrate as the band’s new LP Death by Broomstick comes out in just a few weeks on April 15th via Lillian Records. Tickets are available at the door before showtime at 8:00pm.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Colin Meloy at the Keswick Theatre, XPN Welcomes Matt Nathanson to the Electric Factory, Far Out Fangtooth at Boot & Saddle and more


Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists, brings his solo tour to the Keswick Theatre tonight.    The Portland, OR musician will be sharing new songs alongside tracks from his extensive catalog during the tour.  He’s also supporting a new cover EP called Colin Meloy Sings The Kinks, which he discussed in an interview with The Key earlier this week.  Tickets and information for the all-ages solo show can be found here.  Below, listen to Meloy covering “Sister I’m a Poet” from his previous Morrissey cover EP.

XPN welcomes Matt Nathanson to the Electric Factory tonight.  The poppy singer-songwriter is touring in support of a new album called Last of the Great Pretenders, released in July on Vanguard Records.  Tonight, Nathanson will be joined by Joshua Radin.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch the video for Last of the Great Pretenders‘ first single “Mission Bells.”

Local psychedelic rockers Far-Out Fangtooth celebrate the release of Borrowed Time tonight at Boot & Saddle.  It’s the second full-length LP for the two year old band, put out via legendary cult label Siltbreeze.  In an interview with The Key earlier this week, the band explained the root of their dark and gothy sound, in addition to detailing how Far-Out Fangtooth came together.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch their new video for “Beyond Your Bones” below.

Also Playing:

Built to Spill at Union Transfer (8:00 p.m., all ages, $22)

Pink Slip Daddy at Kung Fu Necktie (8:00 p.m., 21+, $10)


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Janelle Monae at the Electric Factory, Colin Hay at Keswick Theatre, Deltron 3030 at the TLA and more

Retro starlet Janelle Monae will grace the Electric Factory stage tonight. Monae released her critically acclaimed third album, The Electric Lady, last month. Despite her old-school flare, there’s nothing dated about Monae’s music. She’ll make you want to dance (“Q.U.E.E.N.”, “Dance Apocalyptica”) and be seduced (“Primetime” featuring R&B crooner Miguel). Check out her new “emotion picture” for the latter below. Get tickets here.

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Just Announced: Josh Ritter to play Keswick Theatre on 2/27

Josh Ritter - 2011 WXPN Musicians On Call Benefit

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter will bring his acoustic tour to Glenside, PA’s Keswick Theatre on 2/27. Ritter released his seventh studio album, The Beast in Its Tracks, earlier this year, and it’s been hailed as his most personal effort to date. Check out the album’s first single, “Joy To You Baby” below. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 11th at noon through Keswick Theatre’s website .


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Twin Sister at Johnny Brenda’s, Ghostface Killah at The Blockley, Beausoleil at World Cafe Live, Boz Scaggs at Keswick Theatre

Twin-Sister-Shaking-Through-1Funky dream pop band Twin Sister plays at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band moves within elements of sound, all staying roughly onthe dreamy side, but also mixing indie pop with chillwave. Their album In Heaven was released in September of 2011. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Lockets and Acres of Diamonds can be found here. Below, enjoy the music video for Twin Sister’s “All Around And Away We Go” from their Color Your Life EP.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Bacon Brothers to The Keswick Theater, XPN Welcomes The Smithereens to The Landis Theatre, XPN Welcomes Steve Earle to The Colonial Theatre, Daughter at Union Transfer, Grandchildren at Johnny Brenda’s


XPN welcomes The Bacon Brothers to the Keswick Theatre tonight. The Philadelphia natives were playing music together long before Kevin’s acting and Michael’s composing careers took off, though their last album of new material was 2008′s New Year’s Day.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Watch a video of the brothers and their band performing live below.

XPN welcomes The Smithereens to the Landis Theater tonight.  After putting out their tenth studio album in 2011, the New Jersey rock band has continued to tour steadily and will join Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on the road this summer.  Tickets and information for tonight’s headline show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for 2011 single “One Look at You.”

XPN welcomes Steve Earle & the Dukes to the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville.  Modeling himself after famed singer-songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle has released fourteen records over the course of his career.  The Low Highway was released this month through New West Records.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Invisible.”

UK alt folk trio Daughter headline Union Transfer tonight.  Building buzz off of two EPs, the London outfit have finally released a hauntingly emotional debut album this week called If You Leave.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Still.”

Grandchildren celebrate their album release at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Golden Age will be released on May 7th, and you can get an in-depth look at the orchestral pop band’s world surrounding the album in this week’s Unlocked series.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with The Lawsuits, Laser Background and DJ POW POW can be found here.  Watch the video for “Sunrise” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Generationals at Johnny Brenda’s, Killing Joke at Union Transfer, Jake Shimabukuro at Keswick

generationals New Orleans duo Generationals play tonight at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. They recently released a new album, Heza, on Polyvinyl records. The indie pop band brings a lot of fun with their sound as they utilize various guitar tones, 80′s-esque beats, claps, bells, and an overall uplifting tone. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Splashh can be found here. Below, check out a music video for the band’s “Put a Light On” off their new record album.

Influential post-punk band Killing Joke comes to Union Transfer tonight. Hailing from England, the band formed in 1979 and have released 14 albums  (their most recent being MMXII in 2012), 3 EPS, and 23 singles, becoming a large influence on rock bands today. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Czar can be found here. Below, watch the video for their classic, “Eighties.”

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele master, will be playing at the Keswick Theatre tonight. He has used the instrument in ways many people have not seen before, and continues to do so with his recent album, Grand Ukulele . His style of playing breaks boundaries on many levels, and he has also been the subject of a documentary entitled Life on Four Strings. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Leo Kottke can be found here. Below, check out an a live performance of his song “Dragon”.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Rodriguez at The Keswick Theater

Sixto RodriguezWXPN welcomes Rodriquez at Keswick Theatre tonight.  Achieving fame through the Oscar winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, Sixto Rodriguez’s music career was given new life as he now commences an incredible tour playing dates all over the world, and popular festivals such as  Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. Although Rodriguez’s early career did not garner high success, his music found an audience in South Africa and then continued to tell his story through the award winning documentary.  He has two studio albums, Cold Fact and Coming from Reality released in 1970 and ’71 respectively, with his most recent releases being a single in 2002 and a compilation in 2005 canlled Sugarman: The Best of Rodriguez. The show, originally planned for Tuesday, was rescheduled to tonight; all original tickets will be honored. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Jenny O can be found here. Below, enjoy Rodriguez playing “Crucify Your Mind” on the David Letterman show.