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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Christian Scott at World Cafe Live, Lady Gaga at Wells Fargo Center, Prophets of Rage at TLA

Christian Scott | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Christian Scott brings his innovative take on jazz at the intersection of popular music to World Cafe Live tonight. The New Orleans trumpeter recently released Diaspora, the second in a trilogy of albums all released in 2017. Check out XPN’s interview with Christian Scott about the new releases here, listen to the record below, and find tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Phil Collins jam with The Roots, hear Lady Gaga sing Carpool Karaoke, read about Neil Young’s new album

Phil Collins and Questlove | photo via NME

It was a cool old-meets-new mashup on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night as Phil Collins hooked up with The Roots for a rendition of the classic 80’s hit “In the Air Tonight.” Check it out below, and pay attention to Questlove’s take on the song’s iconic drumming. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at First Unitarian Church, Swans at Union Transfer, Hoodie Allen at Underground Arts and more

The Districts | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Districts | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

After a full year of festival performances and a nationwide tour with White Denim, there’s still no stopping The Districts. Yesterday, they performed at WXPN’s NonCOMM, and tonight, they’ll headline an all ages show in the First Unitarian Church basement along with Clear Plastic Masks, Pine Barons and Fly Golden Eagle. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $12 tickets can be purchased here or at the door.

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett collaborating on a jazz album? (Gaga plays Wells Fargo Center in February)

Superstar overload alert! After the viral success of their recording of “The Lady Is a Tramp,” Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are reportedly collaborating to record a jazz album together sometime in the future, according to Rolling Stone. Mama Monster, who will be delighting Philadelphia crowds with not one but two show at the Wells Fargo Center in February, is continuing the enormous success of her sophomore album, Born This Way. Ticket information for her February performances can be found here. Below, watch Bennett and Gaga perform Richard Rodgers’ “The Lady Is A Tramp.”

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Rad Bromance at World Cafe Live

Rad BromanceWe don’t make a normal practice out of promoting shows that are going on in our own backyard. (I remember hearing something about “conflict of interest” a decade or so ago back in journalism school, though I imagine that ethical guideline died with the rest of the print industry.) But when Philly’s No. 1 All-Male Lady Gaga tribute band plays a show at the venue you share a building with, you’ve simply got to cover it. Rad Bromance—whom we first mentioned earlier this month—drops by World Cafe Live tonight to offer its testosterone-fueled take on Lady Gaga’s repertoire. Sure, the five members of the band might dress like a bunch of brahs who raided a local thrift store in search of whatever ironic, tight-fitting clothes one of those “hipsters” might wear—but, when it comes to imitating Lady Gaga, Rad Bromance certainly sounds the part (even if they don’t necessarily look it). Rad Bromance performs with Hey Guy at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live (upstairs); tickets to the show are $15.

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Tonight’s Concerts: Lady Gaga at Wells Fargo Center + Broken Social Scene, Bilal

Lady GagaLove her, hate her, envy her meaty fashion taste: Either way, there’s no getting around the fact that we’re all living in a much better place when the Lady Gagas of the world are dominating the airwaves instead of, say, bands such as Creed, Nickleback, and Limp Bizkit. Those who’ve understandably grown weary of hearing Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” on the radio would do well to remember a darker time, back in the early ’00s, when it was impossible to drive anywhere without hearing the abysmally awful, how-did-humanity-come-to-this single, “Nookie.” (Seriously, even if you had your radio turned off, you would inevitably hear it blasting from the SUV of some fist-pumping, flavor-savor-sporting, nu-metal-loving meathead.) So, if you’re tired to death of hearing about Lady Gaga’s attention-grabbing antics, take heart in the fact that not only could it be much, much worse, but it actually used to be. Lady Gaga performs at 8 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center; tickets are $49.50-$175.

WXPN welcomes Canadian indie-rockers Broken Social Scene to Theatre Of Living Arts. The performances begin at 8 p.m.; tonight’s show is sold out, but tickets are still available for tomorrow’ nights show, $35.25.

Philly-born-and-raised soul musician Bilal celebrates the release of his new album, Airtight’s Revenge, at Johnny Brenda’s. The performances begins at 9 p.m.; tickets to the $21+ show are $20-$25.