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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Leon Bridges at Wawa Welcome America, International Noise Conference at Kung Fu Necktie

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Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

It’s July 4th and that means there’s a party on the Parkway tonight. This year’s Wawa Welcome America festival features XPN favorite Leon Bridges, making his second appearance in town in less than a month. The Fort Worth, Texas R&B / soul performer found breakthrough success with last year’s Coming Home debut, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. Watch “Coming Home” below get more information for the free music / fireworks event here.

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Usher and The Roots pay tribute to Prince at Roots Picnic

The Roots x Usher @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle
The Roots x Usher @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

Ever since we lost Prince in mid-April, outpourings of adoration and tributes for the purple one have cropped up everywhere. From countless artists covering the songs that defined his career (and a generation) to mother nature herself shining a purple sunset following his passing, Prince is an artist that truly transcends his mortal being and lives on in every life he and his music touched.

What better place to pay homage to Prince than this year’s joyously soulful Roots Picnic, where his influence was surely felt — particularly during Usher and The Roots headlining set. Continue reading →

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Roots Picnic was bigger and better than ever at Festival Pier

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Ibeyi @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

It’s hard to believe another Roots Picnic has come and gone. The feeling is particularly bittersweet this year, in post-Nutter Philadelphia, knowing that The Roots won’t be back next month, as they have for the past eight years, to headline the Welcome America Festival. But the Philly crew-turned-America’s house band certainly made the most of their annual homecoming. Here are some highlights of the day.

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Five artists playing the Roots Picnic you shouldn’t miss

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Ibeyi | photo courtesy of the artist

The annual Roots Picnic is the unofficial start of summer here in Philadelphia, a Saturday spent along the Delaware River listening to a line-up of eclectic music handpicked by the legendary crew. This year’s picnic, next Saturday, June 4th, boasts a seriously great bill of acts, including Future, Usher, Leon Bridges, Blood Orange, Willow Smith, and Gogo Morrow. But we want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, so check out five other artists you definitely do not want to miss.

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Watch Leon Bridges’ beautiful This Is Home documentary ahead of his Roots Picnic appearance

 

Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Take us to the river: Leon Bridges exploded onto the scene last year with his astounding debut album of modern soul, Coming Home. To celebrate his success, Squarespace made a documentary shot by Danny Clinch following his rise from an unknown solo artist from Fort Worth, Texas, to touring the world and getting nominated for Grammys. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Six Philly Concerts You Can’t Miss for the month of March

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Eryn Allen Kane | photo by Anthony Trevino | courtesy of the artist

Springtime is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Not having to wear a coat to venues. With a lot of great offerings as the spring concert season ramps up – including our Red Bull Sound Select Gig with Good Old War on March 17th, and Bonnie Raitt at Verizon Hall on March 24th – Here are The Key’s six can’t-miss Philly shows for March, in chronological order. Continue reading →

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Leon Bridges shares unreleased tracks on new Coming Home deluxe LP

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Leon Bridges | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Former XPN Artist to Watch Leon Bridges is probably a household name by now. After releasing his critically acclaimed debut Coming Home last year, the Texas soul singer played a killer set at Non-COMM, has sold out shows at Union Transfer and The Fillmore and just announced a slot at June’s Roots Picnic.

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Watch Leon Bridges’ new video for “River”

Leon Bridges | Leon Bridges | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Leon Bridges | Leon Bridges | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

One of 2015’s breakout artists for us here at XPN over the past year was R&B and soul singer Leon Bridges, who last year released a stunning debut album, Coming Home. Leon is playing a sold out show at The Fillmore with Son Little opening the show, and we just today got word that he’s also on the lineup for The Roots PicnicContinue reading →