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A conversation with Clemens Rehbein of Milky Chance

Milky Chance | photo by James Kendall | courtesy of the artist
Milky Chance | photo by James Kendall | courtesy of the artist

I spent my Thursday afternoon chatting with an old friend over the phone. At least that’s what it felt like. I had a conversation with Clemens Rehbein, lead singer and half of the duo Milky Chance. Although he was about a 12-hour plane ride away, it felt as though we were in the same room. And, in a couple weeks, we will be! The German band graces Philadelphia at the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center on July 28th; tickets are still available to spend an amazing summer night with Clemens and his talented partner, Phillip Dausch. But before we see them live, here’s a few words from our overseas friends to tide us over. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ingrid Michaelson at The Mann Center, Bilal at World Cafe Live, Kansas Bible Company at MilkBoy

Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, tonight’s Ingrid Michaelson show will be moved from The Mann’s skyline stage to the amphitheater. Seating for the show will be general admission.

Pop / rock fave Ingrid Michaelson released her sixth album, Lights Out, just about a year ago, and tonight she brings the latest leg of tour in support of it to The Mann Center for her biggest Philly headlining show to date. The album is full of catchy jams, from “Girls Chase Boys” and “Afterlife” to “Time Machine.” Joining her on the bill tonight is perennial piano-led power trio, Jukebox The Ghost. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Amos Lee talks Red Rocks, Philly restaurants, and his career so far with WXPN’s Dan Reed

Amos Lee | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Amos Lee | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

With his first-ever live album about to come out, Philadelphia singer-songwriter Amos Lee dropped by Dan Reed’s show on WXPN this week for a wide-ranging interview. He talked about what it was like translating a performance to a record for Live At Red Rocks, due out Tuesday, and shares his feelings on playing the iconic Colorado venue. (“It’s kind of a must-go.”) Continue reading →

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Sweating On The Stage: Ed Sheeran heats up the Mann

Ed Sheeran | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Ed Sheeran | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

Armed with nothing but a guitar, a loop station and a hell of a lot of charm, Ed Sheeran took to the Mann Center stage this past Tuesday. Philly was just one stop on his international, 179 show X-Tour, but Sheeran made the night as memorable as possible for the sold out crowd. While performing in 90 degree heat, the line from his song “Take It Back” that goes “Now I’m sweating on the stage of a sold out tour” never rang truer, but Sheeran didn’t let the heat stop him from delivering a high energy 2 hour set. Continue reading →

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The Gaslight Anthem leads a stacked bill of late-summer punk at The Mann

The Gaslight Anthem| Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Gaslight Anthem| Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

“Proficiency” was the common thread throughout this particularly brisk Friday evening at the Mann Center’s Skyline Stage. A thoroughly stacked lineup, it’s tough (and downright reductive) to refer to the bands who played before The Gaslight Anthem as “openers.” Based on the draw each act produced during their respective sets, Friday night’s audience would heartily agree. Continue reading →

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Dr. Dog’s Lawn of Mann brings eclectic excitement to the Skyline Stage

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Saturday night, Dr. Dog treated us to an all-night party at the Mann Skyline Stage sharing the spotlight with Hop Along, The Front Bottoms, and Mac Demarco.  At first glance, this line-up sounds like it might not work but as proven by the end of the night, Dr. Dog is open to many sonic adventures, so it only makes sense that in their hometown, they took a chance and exposed their fan base to some music that may go against your average tour promoter’s instincts. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dr. Dog at the Mann, Mo Lowda and the Humble at Bourbon and Branch, and Jad Fair and Danielson at Boot and Saddle

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Long-time Philadelphia indie-rock favorites Dr. Dog are set to take the stage at the Mann tonight. With over eight albums and a handful of EPs under their belts, the six-piece has a plethora of material to chose from to curate a rockin’ set-list. Their most recent album, B-Room, has a psychedelic flair with tracks like “The Truth” and “Love.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, check out the music video for “Shadow People.” Continue reading →

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How Dr. Dog recorded a Beatles song in parking lot attendant’s booth

Dr. Dog
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On a Monday morning in early June, Dr. Dog’s tour van pulled into the parking lot of Stage AE in Pittsburgh. It was technically their day off, but the band had work to do before headlining the venue the following night. They had just played the Wakarusa festival in Ozark, Arkansas, and while they were there, they took in a set by The Flaming Lips, met Wayne Coyne and got to talking. It turns out Coyne and the Lips were planning an ambitious, star-studded tribute to The Beatles‘ iconic, influential psychedelic opus, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ Club Band – and they wanted Dr. Dog on board, with one catch – they had to work fast. Continue reading →

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Tragic, Wonderful, Triumphant: Lorde continues to impress at The Mann Center

Lorde | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Lorde | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

It’s been a year since Lorde’s “Royals” topped the musical richter scale, and her streak of teenage stardom has shown no signs of slowing anytime soon. Her show at The Mann Center last night kicked off a second US tour in support of her subsequent Pure Heroine LP, which still has some fans reeling. Continue reading →