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The Hooters celebrate 35 years by packing The Keswick Theatre

 

The Hooters | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
The Hooters | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

The Hooters are celebrating their 35th year of music-making in a grand fashion with a whirlwind tour. This past Friday and Saturday the Philadelphia band sold out The Keswick Theater both nights. The adoring crowd on Saturday and the pure joy of music-making emanating from the stage combined to make a powerful night of rock. Continue reading →

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Watch Yo La Tengo play “I Can Feel The Ice Melting” via VuHaus, see them tonight at the Keswick Theatre

Yo La Tengo | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/TheRealYLT
Yo La Tengo | Photo via facebook.com/TheRealYLT

Late last month, legendary indie-rockers Yo La Tengo stopped by World Café Live for a hushed and brilliant Free at Noon. The band played tracks off their new album, Stuff Life That There, an album made up of both unreleased Yo La Tengo originals and some awesomely morphed covers. For those who missed it, our friends at VuHaus got some awesome footage of the show which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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The Show Goes On: Escape the Pope weekend crowds with these awesome gigs just outside of Philly

Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Yesterday we gave those of you spending pope weekend in Philly some tips on what is going on and how exactly you should get there. But many are probably wary of what will be one of the most crowded weekends in the city’s history – and thankfully, there’s plenty of live music a short roadtrip away. Today, we bring you a roundup of concerts that are worth venturing outside of Popeville to catch. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ruby The Hatchet at Union Transfer, Chris Forsyth at FringeArts, Emmylou Harris at Keswick Theatre and more

Ruby The Hatchet via facebook.com
Ruby The Hatchet via facebook.com

Psychedelic rock quintet Ruby The Hatchet will be getting nice and weird tonight at Union Transfer in support of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats at 7 p.m. The show will features tracks off the Philly-based band’s album Valley of the Snake which came out back in February. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →

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Closing In On Perfection: Jason Isbell plays a sold-out Keswick Theatre

Jason Isbell | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Jason Isbell | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

It’s been interesting following Jason Isbell on his journey through his breakthrough album Southeastern. Just before the release, I caught him late one night in a sparsely-filled upstairs at the World Cafe for the NON-COMMvention. He played solo, and when he started his set the chatter at the bar was louder than the song itself. He got a certain hard look in his eyes, and belted out the chorus to the then unreleased “Cover Me Up.” Lights flickered. It got everyone’s attention. And the songs on Southeastern and subsequent performances with his exceptional band the 400 Unit have been doing so ever since. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Natalie Prass at Boot & Saddle, Branford Marsalis at Zellerbach Theater, Jason Isbell at the Keswick

Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass | photo via www.facebook.com/natalieprass

Natalie Prass brings her debut LP to Boot & Saddle tonight. You might recognize her as the keyboard player on Jenny Lewis’s tour last year, but this first offering from the Cleveborn singer-songwriter shows her talents reach much further than piano. Her “Bird of Prey” single was XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week back in January, its playful yet self-assured arrangements of horns and strings buoying Prass’s up close and personal vocals. Listen to the song below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show with Lady Lady here.
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Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett will bring their tribute to Elliott Smith to the Keswick

Jessica Lea Mayfield
Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield | photo via youtube.com

Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett (of The Avett Brothers) are ready to take their tribute to Elliot Smith out on the road. The record, called Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliot Smith, comes out March 17th following a country-wide tour, which hits Philadelphia on March 14th when the duo performs at the Keswick Theatre.

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

Field Report
Field Report | Photo courtesy of the artist

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 →