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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kishi Bashi at TLA, Divers at Boot and Saddle, Jack Johnson and Amos Lee at The Mann and more

via facebook.com/mrkishibashi
via facebook.com/mrkishibashi

Multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Kishi Bashi just released his latest album Lightght (pronounced “Light”) this month. The latest album, named after a controversial one word poem by Aram Saroyan, features uplifting indie pop with chaotic yet beautiful mix of violin and technology. K. Ishibashi also is an utility player in of Montreal as well as a founding member of Jupiter One. Watch him perform live at the TLA; get more information at the XPN Concert Calender.

Kishi Bashi – Philosophize in It! Chemicalize with It! from Geoff Hoskinson on Vimeo.

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Watch dramatic video for Morrissey’s “Earth is the Loneliest Planet”

Photo via facebook.com/morrissey
Photo via facebook.com/morrissey

“Earth is the Loneliest Planet of All” is the third track in Morrissey’s upcoming LP World Peace Is None of Your Business, and came out earlier this week. Throughout the spring, the Brit-rock icon and former Smiths frontman released teaser videos for “World Peace is None of Your Business”, ”Istanbul”, and “The Bullfighter Dies.” All three included dramatic spoken-word readings (as opposed to straightforward performances of the song), all were directed by Natalie Johns and all have a dystopian, 1984-esque feel.

In the (different kind of) lyric video for his latest single ”Earth is the Loneliest Planet of All,” Morrissey recites the words to the song to Pamela Anderson while walking atop the iconic Capitol Records Tower at sunset. Stripped of its accompanying instrumentation, the lyrics have a mesmerizing effect. They compels the viewer to connect with Morrissey’s desolation. Watch the video below.

Morrissey will be playing Atlantic City’s Revel Ovation Hall this Friday as well as sold-out show at Wilmington’s Grand Opera House June 17th. Get more information here. World Peace Is None of Your Business is out July 15th.

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Morrissey to play three local dates on forthcoming US summer tour

Photo via facebook.com/morrissey
Photo via facebook.com/morrissey

Valentine’s Day was even more special for Morrissey fans. Just as chocolates and flowers were being exchanged, the beloved English singer, who initially rose to fame fronting The Smiths in the ’80s, announced his US summer tour. After releasing his controversial autobiography and inking a new deal with Capitol Records, he’s back with another fresh round of shows, three of which will take place in the greater Philadelphia area. Morrissey will play Atlantic City’s Revel Ovation Hall on June 6th, Wilmington’s Grand Opera House on June 17th, and Hershey Theatre on June 19th. Check the XPN Concert Calendar for more details and dig into some vintage Morrissey below.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. My Morning Jacket, Morrissey, and Jamie Lidell)

TSVG GuysElliott Sharp digs into the history and methods of two local guitar effects pedal companies TSVG and smallsound/bigsound [link]

We kick off a new regular feature XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week with “Do Yourself a Favor” from Jamie Lidell – he’s playing Union Transfer on 4/14 [link]

Sera Cahoone stopped by for a Folkadelphia session, highlighting her knock-out 2012 release Deer Creek Canyon [link]

Check out photos and a review of Conor Oberst’s reunited Desaparecidos at Union Transfer [link]

My Morning Jacket cover “Leaving On a Jet Plane” for The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver [link]

Local folk project Psalmships contributes a cover of “Before We Retire” to the Long May You Run, J. Tillman tribute album [link]

Morrissey announces a show at the Tower Theater for 4/6 [link]

We highlight local blues-rock trio Penrose and their Circe LP in this week’s Unlocked feature [link]

Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner released Tripti after returning from India, where he studied Indian slide guitar [link]

The Philly Drum Project begins fundraising for their high school workshop DrumPhil [link]

Waxahatchee goes acoustic in her Key Studio Session ahead of a record release party at Golden Tea House on Friday [link]

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Just Announced: Morrissey coming to the Tower Theater on 4/6

MozIt’s time for Philadelphia devotees of Stephen Patrick Morrissey to go into high alert. After orbiting the city this winter with shows in Atlantic City and Reading, then taking a touring break due to health issues, Moz just announced a show within easy reach of the Market-Frankford El. On April 6, he will headline The Tower Theater, and tickets go on sale this Friday, March 1, at noon via Live Nation. Below, rejoice to the strains of “Action Is My Middle Name,” a new song performed on Letterman this winter, as well as the classic Morrissey video for “November Spawned A Monster.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Up Up Down Down with Hop Along at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes The City of Love Festival to Underground Arts, River City Extension at Fed Live, XPN Welcomes Bruce Hornsby to the Scottish Rite Auditorium, XPN Welcomes Morrissey to the House of Blues Atlantic City

South Jersey’s Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start reunite for a show at Union Transfer tonight.  Ten years ago the math rock / shoegazing-punk outfit released And Nothing is #1 – tonight, they will be playing the record from start to finish, appeasing fans who have patiently waited for the band to resurface after 2007′s Worst Band Name Ever.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show with A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Hop Along can be found here. Read yesterday’s interview with Steve Poponi of Up Up Down Down here.  Below, stream “By Surprise” from And Nothing is #1.

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Watch Morrissey perform “Action Is My Middle Name” on Letterman (XPN Welcomes him to Atlantic City on 1/12, Reading on 1/18)

Morrissey kicked off his United States tour last night with a boisterous appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Performing a new song called “Action Is My Middle Name,” he strutted and danced, mugged for the camera, and sounded in generally fine form. Which is great news for those seeing him at House of Blues in Atlantic City on January 12th, or the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading on the 18th. For more information on those shows, visit the WXPN Concert Calendar here. Below, watch video from Letterman.