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XPN welcomes longtime faves The Avett Brothers to the Mann Center in May

The Avett Brothers | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Avett Brothers | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

We are about to enter the thrall of winter here in Philadelphia but that does not mean we cannot begin to look longingly toward a time when spring will be in full bloom and one of our longtime favorite bands, The Avett Brothers will take the Mann Center stage by storm. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Woven In at Kung Fu Necktie, Diana Ross at The Mann, Darla at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Woven In | Photo  by Matthew Moyer
Woven In | Photo by Matthew Moyer | via facebook.com/wovenin

Philly’s Mariah Johnson makes moody, jagged lo-fi pop under the name Woven In, and tonight she’s on a gig upstairs at Fishtown’s Kung Fu Necktie. Earlier this year, Woven In released the Feel LP, which you can listen to below; get more information on tonight’s show with Coin Purse and Straw Hats at its Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Alabama Shakes amaze the Mann Center with rock and soul

Alabama Shakes | Photo by John Vettese
Alabama Shakes | Photo by John Vettese

“GODDAMN!” was the word a man behind me exclaimed throughout last night’s Drive-By Truckers and Alabama Shakes show at the Mann Center. I would concur with his sentiment, as both bands amazed with all-out rock and soul sets.

Kicking off the night, Drive-By Truckers ebbed and flowed with scorchers like “Let There Be Rock,” and political songs such as the new “What It Means.”

It was a co-headlining show, with the Truckers stretching out to 75 minutes, but the true stars of the show were Alabama Shakes, whose performance evoked soul, rock, and gospel with fluidity. Continue reading →

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Of Monsters and Men captivated the crowd at The Mann’s Skyline Stage

Of Monsters and Men | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Of Monsters and Men | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Icelandic folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men brought a dynamic performance to a packed crowd at the Skyline Stage at The Mann on Tuesday night. Complete with heavy fog, an impressive light show, and the addition of touring band members, Of Monsters and Men gave the audience a highly produced and exciting performance. With nine musicians on stage, the band was able to create a complex and textured soundscape that included guitars, keyboards, percussion, brass, and accordion. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alabama Shakes at Mann Center, Joie Kathos at Red Bull Sound Select show at Underground Arts, Vita and the Woolf at Johnny Brenda’s and more

 

Alabama Shakes | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez
Alabama Shakes | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

Alabama Shakes released Sound & Color, one of the most popular pure-rock albums of the year, back in April. They continue to support this album with a show at the Mann Center tonight along with specials guests Drive-By Truckers. Led by talented and overall badass lead singer Brittany Howard, the band matured with their second album, exploring new realms of pop and soul with relentless energy. It won’t be long before they are selling out arena shows, so you might want to catch them tonight while they are still playing somewhat personal venues. For more information on tonight’s show, go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Of Monsters and Men at Mann Center, Tommy Keene and Hurry at Boot & Saddle, Catfish and the Bottlemen at TLA and more

Of Monsters and Men | photo via 12thstbeat.wordpress.com
Of Monsters and Men | photo via 12thstbeat.wordpress.com

Of Monsters and Men is arguably one of the biggest indie rock groups going. The band burst onto the scene in 2012 with the radio-friendly single “Little Talks”, which features a blend of indie and folk characteristics all with an undeniably catchy chorus.  They have continued this success with the release of their second studio album, Beneath the Skin which came out last year and reached as high as three on the Billboard 200. The five-piece band from Iceland will bring their indie-pop prowess to The Mann Center Skyline Stage tonight starting at 7 p.m. Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →

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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 →