By

Jack Johnson and Amos Lee serenaded a sold-out Mann Center crowd

Jack Johnson| photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Jack Johnson| photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson took the stage at the Mann Center to a sold-out show on Friday night. Playing an impressive non-stop two hour set of a mix of new songs off his latest LP, From Here To Now To You, and many old favorites from his previous five studio albums, Johnson got the audience clapping and singing along throughout the night. Special guest and Philly native Amos Lee joined Johnson onstage midway through the show to perform “Inaudible Melodies” and an energetic cover of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay.” Johnson was backed by multi-instrumentalist Zach Gill, percussionist Adam Topol, and bass player Merlo Podlewski.
Johnson closed the main set performing “Good People”  but the crowd couldn’t get enough of his laid-back sound, so heand his band returned to the stage for a unique five song encore. Johnson slowed it down with acoustic performances of “I Got You” and “Do You Remember.” Lee then joined Johnson on stage for the rest of the encore. 
Earlier in the evening, Lee opened the show with a set of folksy, bluesy tunes in support of his newest album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. Check out the setlist and photos from the show in the gallery below.

Continue reading →

Tags: , ,

By

Set your alarms to see The Avett Brothers at MusikFest 2014 (tickets on sale Dec. 3rd and 6th)

Photo provided courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Bummed because you missed the Avetts in September? Well take out your calendar and flip to August, because here’s your next chance to see them.

The Avett Brothers are bringing their raw rootsy Americana tunes to Bethlehem on August 7th as the headlining act of MusikFest 2014. Touring almost non-stop since their 2012 grammy-nominated release The Carpenter, the Avetts have recently been traveling the U.S. celebrating their newest album Magpie and the Dandelion, which came out in October. Tickets for the Bethlehem show will go on sale via the MusikFest website 10 a.m. December 3rd for ArtsQuest members and 10 a.m. December 6th to the public – $40-50 a piece. Reminisce about their phenomenal September performance at the Mann Center here. Prep for the show by watching their backstage performance of “Morning Song” at the Newport Folk Festival below.

Tags: , , ,

By

Just Announced: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to play the Mann Center next summer

Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

As the advent of winter approaches, next summer may seem oh so far away. But at least we have Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to look forward to. The Australian troubadour and his band will play the Mann Center on July 25th. The announcement arrives just a week before the release of their fourth live album Live from KCRW which includes acoustic renditions of songs from their latest album Push the Sky Away and additional tracks from their catalog. The live set will be available on CD and vinyl on November 29th (Record Store Day) and digitally on December 3rd. Pre-sale tickets are available on November 20th at 10am here. General on-sale begins November 22nd at 10am. Below, watch a video of Cave’s climbing into the crowd at his headlining show at the Keswick Theater earlier this year.

Tags: ,

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Local Natives at Electric Factory, Anjuli Josephine at MilkBoy, Alo Brazil at Underground Arts

localnatives970600WXPN welcomes L.A. indie rock outfit Local Natives to the Electric Factory tonight. If you missed them on their summer tour, the band just released a video shot between performances completely on their phones put to the stimulating single “Ceilings” off of their latest release Hummingbird. Catch them on their Fall tour by finding tickets and information for tonight’s show here. Watch the new “Ceilings” video below.

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marc Neibauer at Johnny Brenda’s, K.T. Tunstall at Union Transfer, Work Drugs at First Unitarian Church and more

Marc NeibauerPhiladelphia-based singer/songwriter Marc Neibauer (formerly known as Eat Your Birthday Cake) takes the stage at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Following up on his LP Don’t Fall Apart, released last month on Bandcamp, Neibauer proudly posted a new demo called “How Long” on his Soundcloud earlier this week. It paints extensive aural landscapes with his intense, intimate voice over top of swirling guitar melodies. Take a listen to the haunting demo below. Find tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show here.

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

By

Four artists not to miss at City Bisco (hitting the Mann Center on 9/27 and 9/28)

City Bisco 2012 | Photo by Dave Vann
City Bisco 2012 | Photo by Dave Vann

The Disco Biscuits return home to Philly for their two day City Bisco festival at the Mann Center. The experimental electronic jam band will headline both nights, and will be joined by Big Boi, Method Man, and Redman. The festival also will showcase many other electronic-based artists – some veterans of the scene, and others quite promising newcomers. Below are four acts definitely worth checking out at City Bisco.

Emancipator is Doug Appling, an electronic producer that has been making chill, downtempo tunes since 2006. He released his latest album Dusk to Dawn this past January and is debuting the 4-piece Emancipator Ensemble in November. Emancipator’s trip-hop vibes are in a similar vein as Bonobo or Philly producer Ill Clinton – experimental and heavy on the instrumentals. He will be playing City Bisco on Saturday – be sure to check out his set. Meanwhile, take a listen to the layered and emotional “Minor Cause” from Dusk to Dawn below.

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , ,

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Neko Case at Electric Factory, Sam Amidon at Tin Angel, J. Cole at The Mann and more

Photo by Jason Creps
Photo by Jason Creps

This month indie-alt-Americana icon Neko Case released her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. The story of the record is pretty well encapsulated in its title, but you can hear Case dig into the depression and heartache that gave birth to this new collection of songs in this recent interview with World Cafe’s David Dye. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show with her New Pornographers bandmate A.C. Newman can be found at The Electric Factory‘s website; below, watch the music video for Case’s “Man.”

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , ,