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Less War, More Leisure: Miguel holds court at The Fillmore Philadelphia

Miguel | photo by Lissa Alicia for WXPN

I first saw Miguel Jontel Pimentel at South by Southwest, what feels like a very long six years ago. Back then, he was a promising but relatively conventional second-string R&B hitmaker – though already (unbeknownst to us at the time) in the midst of a metamorphosis that would lead him to the dazzling creative breakthrough of his second album, Kaleidoscope Dream. But even at that early stage, his nascent star power was blinding, and blindingly obvious. Some time later, mostly by happenstance, I caught the livestream of his set at Pitchfork Festival during the summer long hot of 2016 – just about a week after the deaths in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas – and witnessed the singer, dressed in angelic white, seizing an emotionally fraught historic moment and channeling it into an empowering, healing and utterly captivating performance.

Last night’s show at the Fillmore offered neither the thrill of discovery and sense of limitless possibility of that 2012 showcase set, nor the urgent topicality, coherence and moral force of the Pitchfork performance. But it didn’t need them. Even as nothing wilder than a seasoned working entertainer, punching in for another showbiz night, Miguel is among the best in the business. Throughout a generous twenty-plus-song set that drew from each of his four albums – including almost the entirety of his most recent, last year’s War and Leisure – he held the enthusiastic crowd in the palm of his hand all night long. Continue reading →

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A day too short, Governors Ball still brought the heat

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Gov Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Festivals and I have such a love/hate relationship. Not only as a music lover and someone who works in the industry, but as a general human being. There’s the hot humidity of the early days of summer mixed with the tangled bodies of hippies and hipsters gallivanting across an open field, overpriced food and alcohol, and crowds so large you can hardly see the band you’re there to see. At the same time, you’re completely enthralled with the good vibes, the exciting atmosphere, and the thrill of so much good music.

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Miguel’s Wildheart tour takes flight at the TLA

Miguel | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Miguel | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

Sporting a white leather jacket adorned with feathers and a bare chest underneath (much to the approval of the mostly female crowd) Miguel soared through his performance at the TLA on Friday night. He performed many songs off of his third album, and the tours namesake, Wildheart, as well as some others, with his immensely spirited band backing him. Continue reading →

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The Roots (of course), Miguel and Jennifer Nettles playing Wawa Welcome America

The Roots | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/WawaWelcomeAmerica/posts/900391980002753
The Roots | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/WawaWelcomeAmerica/posts/900391980002753

Wawa Welcome America announced the first several artists playing the 2015 Philly 4th of July jam on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Once again, The Roots will be holding down the day’s events, along with R&B singer and songwriter Miguel and country music star Jennifer Nettles. Continue reading →

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The Week So Far: 10 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Jessica Pratt, Northern Arms, Gene Shay)

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Get caught up on the week’s shows with reviews and photos from appearances by Miguel, Pearl Jam and more [link]

Congratulations to XPN Folk Show host Gene Shay, who will be inducted into the Philadelphia Walk of Fame today [link]

Read XPN host Mike Vasilikos’s review of Dr. Dog‘s B-Room, this week’s featured album [link]

San Francisco’s Jessica Pratt performed unreleased songs for this week’s Folkadelphia Session [link]

The Wonder Years’ Nick Steinborn will release a solo EP next month; listen to a new song now [link]

Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore are throwing a Kompa party at The TLA with T-Vice in December [link]

Delco Pacers will celebrate the release of Stereo Streets at Milkboy on 11/14 [link]

Reef the Lost Cauze has announced a free show at Hard Rock Cafe tonight and a free song called “92 Flow” [link]

Northern Arms stopped by for a mysterious and powerful Key Studio Session [link]

Local rock band Rob, Lately has released a new EP called The Liar [link]

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Miguel played a late night set at Ortlieb’s, Drake postpones show till 12/18

Photo care of Ortlieb’s Instagram | instagram.com/ortliebsphilly

If you live in Philly and were paying attention to Twitter between 8 and 10 p.m. last night, you might have seen a flurry of posts about Drake, who called off his concert at the Wells Fargo Center an hour after the show was scheduled to begin.

Opener Miguel made the best of the bad situation, however, making his way over to Ortlieb’s Lounge in Northern Liberties for an impromptu midnight show. Ortlieb’s is a famously tiny and narrow space, offering a closer and more intimate experience than any other venue the L.A. pop vocalist and songwriter might play, so a group of fans in the know packed the bar area for the show. DJ Suga Shay opened the proceedings, followed by Miguel and his four-piece backing band. Thanks to Kyle Costill of Ortlieb’s for being such a thorough Instagram documentary; check out a short video of the set below.

According to a statement provided to Philly.com, technical issues caused the concert to be postponed to Wednesday, December 18th. All original tickets and parking receipts will be honored.

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Drake announces North American tour (playing Wells Fargo 10/19)


Despite no report of a new album, Drake has just recently announced that he will be embarking on a massive North American tour this fall, starting in late September. Drake, who will be supported by R&B artist Miguel as well as rapper Future, will be stopping in Philly in October, on Saturday, the 19th, for a show at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, June 22nd at noon. More information on that show can be found here, and watch his video for the track “Started From The Bottom”, below.

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Listen to J. Cole’s album Born Sinner (mystery show in Philadelphia on June 21st)

 

As the release date for rapper J. Cole’s sophomore album, Born Sinner, fast approaches, the album made its way online and can be streamed in full.  It’s chock-full of guest rappers and singers, including Kendrick Lamar, Amber Coffman and Miguel.  In addition, J. Cole is embarking on his “Dollar And A Dream” tour.  All shows on this tour are just $1, the catch being tickets are only available at the door and the venues will not be announced until the day of the show via twitter.  I guess we’ll have to wait until June 21st to find out what venue J. Cole will pick for his Philly concert.  Below, you can check out a video for “Power Trip” off of the new album.

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Watch Miguel perform on Saturday Night Live (playing Made In America on Labor Day Weekend))

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The lineup to Made In America, being held on August 31st and September 31st on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, was announced last week. One of the artists announced is R&B singer Miguel who released one of the best albums of 2012, Kaleidoscope Dream. Below, watch Miguel perform two songs from his guest appearance last night on Saturday Night Live.

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