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Just Announced: The Zombies will kick off Odyssey and Oracle tour at The Keswick in March

The Zombies | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
The Zombies | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

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 →

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John Carpenter brings horror scores to life at The Keswick

John Carpenter | photo by Kevin Thomas | courtesy of the artist | <a href=http://studiohousedesigns.com target="_blank">studiohousedesigns.com</a>
John Carpenter | photo by Kevin Thomas | courtesy of the artist | studiohousedesigns.com

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ought at PhilaMOCA, Tygaton at Kung Fu Necktie, and Punch Brothers at The Keswick Theatre

Ought
Ought | Photo by Hera Chan

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 →

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Just Announced: XPN welcomes rock legend Graham Nash to The Keswick Theatre in July

Graham Nash | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com
Graham Nash | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Singer-songwriter / rock and roll legend Graham Nash – Hollies singer and one third of Crosby, Stills, Nash – is set to perform at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside on July 16th.

Nash released his newest solo album, This Path Tonight, back in March. This will be Nash’s return to Philadelphia since playing a Free At Noon in February, another performance at World Cafe Live, and stopping on the Dan and Dan Music Podcast. Continue reading →

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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 →