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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Michael Kiwanuka at The Trocadero, Glen Hansard at Union Transfer, The Sheepdogs at Johnny Brenda’s

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Last week Barclaycard announced their Album of Year shortlist for the 2012 Mercury Prize.  It surprised no one that London-based singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka was one of the names on that list, nominated for his debut full-length Tell Me a Tale.  Though he’s only 25, the BBC Sound of 2012 winner’s music is unequivocally inspired by the soul and folk musicians of the sixties and seventies.  Kiwanuka plays The Trocadero tonight, along with fellow British folk singer Marcus Foster and Australian singer/songwriter Matt Corby.  Doors are at 7:00 for the all ages show, and tickets are $16.50 here.  Below, watch the video for “I’m Getting Ready”.

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Michael Kiwanuka at The Troc tomorrow

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Buzzing British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka returns to Philadelphia tomorrow night for a show at The Trocadero, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Just leave a comment below and let us know how you first found out about his music; we’ll pick a winner at random tomorrow at noon. Back in June, Kiwanuka played our Free at Noon concert; you can listen to his set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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Michael Kiwanuka debuts new video, “Bones” (WXPN Welcomes to the Trocadero on September 20th)

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UK soul singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, one of our favorite new musicial discoveries of 2012, debut a video for “Bones,” from his marvelous debut album, Home Again. Kiwanuka played WXPN’s Free At Noon in June; you can listen to it here. WXPN Welcomes Michael Kiwanuka to the Trocadero on Friday, September 20th for a show that is not to be missed. Get tickets and more information about the show here.

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WXPN Welcomes Michael Kiwanuka to The Trocadero in September (tickets on sale Friday)

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Emerging British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka just announced his return to Philadelphia on Friday Sept. 20 at the Trocadero Theater. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale this Friday, July 13, at noon. Kiwanuka was XPN’s Artist to Watch for the month of June, and played our Free at Noon concert a couple weeks ago. You can listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

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Tonight’s concert picks: XPN Welcomes Michael Kiwanuka to World Cafe Live, Eternal Summers at Milkboy Philly, Langhorne Slim and Bootsy Collins


WXPN welcomes British soul singer and songwriter Michael Kiwanuka to World Cafe Live. Kiwanuka is WXPN’s current Artist to Watch this month. The show begins at 8PM and tickets are $15.00. Listen to Michael’s session with David Dye on World Cafe here

Eternal Summers at Milkboy Philly with Bedroom Problems and CATNAPS opening; the 21+ show is $10, pick up tickets here. Download a new song from Eternal Summers here.

Langhorne Slim performs at Union Transfer, 9PM, $15

Funk legend Bootsy Collins performs at the Keswick Theatre 8 PM, tickets are $33.50-49.50

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Stream Glen Hansard’s new album on NPR, playing Free at Noon this Friday 6/15


Glen Hansard‘s very first solo album, Rhythm and Repose, out on June 19th, is a excellent collection of soulful and quiet melodies from the former lead singer of The Frames and member of The Swell Season with Marketa Irglova. Go here to stream the whole album on NPR. Also, this Friday, June 15th, he is set to play a members-only Free at Noon triple-header along with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Michael Kiwanuka.

Stephen Thompson from NPR says about the album:

A gentle, breezy bummer, Rhythm and Repose (out June 19) is Hansard’s quietest record yet; to put it mildly, it spends more time in repose than it spends enslaved by the rhythm. Other than a few showy climaxes in its midsection (“High Hope” and “Bird of Sorrow,” to be exact), Rhythm and Repose remains content mostly to see the lightly, with much of its instrumentation employed for the purpose of subtle shading. Those seeking vein-bulging thunder will have to plunge back into Hansard’s rich catalog, or wait to see him command yet another live stage. In the meantime, he still sings of the same things — unrequited longing, mistakes repeated, the enduring pursuit of grace and joy — but they’re channeled here through a mature mind in a mellow mood.

Glen Hansard is playing Union Transfer on September 20th, you can purchase tickets here.

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Michael Kiwanuka covers Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” (Kiwanuka plays World Cafe Live in June)

British soul singer and songwriter Michael Kiwanuka is releasing his debut album Home Again here in the States on July 31st. He recently stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and covered Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which you can listen to below. Kiwanuka will go on a quick tour of North America starting June 9th in Atlanta, with a date in Philadelphia at World Cafe Live on Friday, June 15th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10AM. You can stream Home Again now at Spotify. An upcoming appearance on World Cafe with David Dye is scheduled for Thursday, April 26th.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RUhKTJFeWaQ