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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at Ardmore Music Hall, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live, Telyscopes at The Barbary, and more

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Macy Gray‘s back, folks. And she’s not slowing down one bit.  After releasing the jazz-infused album, Stripped, back in September, Gray continues to show her endless talents with a recent single “White Man.” While also being an insanely catchy, dance-able tune, the single also serves as a socially-conscious, empowering anthem. Don’t miss Macy Gray perform this and classics alike at The Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Find more info on tickets here, and watch the inspiring video for “White Man” below. Continue reading →

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Watch Mumford & Sons’ new video for “Whispers In the Dark” (filmed at the Susquehanna Bank Center, parts around Camden and featuring a guest appearance from Haim)

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Photo by Eric Ashleigh | showtographe.com

The night of WXPN’s live broadcast with Mumford & Sons at the Susquehanna Bank Center (SBC) on Sunday, February 17th, the backstage area and loading dock at the SBC was brimming with a crew on site to film the new video for “Whispers In The Dark.” You can watch the video below. It features Marcus Mumford riding his motorcycle up the ramp of the loading dock (scary!), some footage shot at the Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey. It also features a guest appearance from Haim who opened the show that night.

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The second night sounds of Mumford & Sons with Haim at the Susquehanna Bank Center

Last night Mumford & Sons wrapped up their second sold out show at the Susquehanna Bank Center with a live broadcast on WXPN. Check out our review, photos and set list from the Saturday night show here. Last night, the band performed another excellent, transcendent set. Both nights the band opened with “Babel,” and encored with a version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” While most of the sets both nights shared the same songs, second night concert goers got “Brown Crown,” and “Awake My Soul,” while first night attendees got to hear “Holland Road,” and “For Those Below.” Both nights, Ben Howard and Haim open the show. Haim were pleasantly confident and fun and played a cover of “Oh Well,” a classic older Fleetwood Mac tune along with their new song “Falling,” and “Forever,” from the band’s debut EP. Below, watch some videos of the performances from YouTube user tyrant2525

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Keeping time with Mumford and Sons at SBC (photos, review, setlist, video)

All photos by Eric Ashleigh | showtographe.com

A week ago, music blog Stereogum weighed in on the “secret weapon” of Mumford and Sons: frontman Marcus Mumford’s right foot. Or, more specifically, the kick drum at the front of the stage that keeps time on the majority of the band’s songs.

Seeing them perform night one of a sold-out two-night stand at Susquehanna Bank Center last night, it was immediately evident how integral that kick drum is. For a pop-rock band with folksy instrumentation (upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar), the London band sounded more massive with just its four core members – Mumford, banjo player Winston Marshall, keyboardist Ben Lovett and bassist Ted Dwane – then it did with the horns and strings and full-kit percussionists that joined them on the set centerpieces like “Lover of the Light.”

Foot-stomp beats are common in the folk revival – from Philly’s Hoots and Hellmouth and Columbus, Ohio’s Saintseneca up to bigger names like The Avett Brothers. With Mumford, it breaks through to another plane. On those scaled-back moments, the beat was at its strongest; pulsing, resonant and easy to get swept away in. Continue reading →

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Get to know HAIM, opening for Mumford & Sons in concert this weekend (and making a guest appearance on WXPN, Saturday at 3PM w/ Eric Schuman)

This weekend Mumford & Sons are playing two sold out shows at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday and Sunday evening. WXPN will be broadcasting the Sunday night show live. Both nights there are two opening acts; singer songwriter Ben Howard and HAIM, three sisters from Los Angeles. Make sure you get to the shows early enough to see both opening acts. HAIM include Este, Danielle, and Alana, and drummer Dash Hutton. The sisters grew up in a musical family, raised on the classic rock leanings of their parents, and started as a band in 2006. They released their Forever EP in October 2012, have a fantastic new single “Falling,” and recently captured the prestigious BBC Sound of 2013 award. It seems that the UK has fallen in serious love with the band, and we’re expecting them to make a big splash with Mumford fans here in the States. The sisters sing in an urgent Stevie Nicks kind of way and there’s a percussive element of funky-ness to their songs. Their harmonies are sharp and to the point; the songs are high on melody and the delightful rush of pop candy (the kind that’s good for you). Last March at SXSW in Austin, HAIM received excellent reviews from the music bloggers and critics who covered the festival. HAIM will be on the air with Eric Schuman on WXPN tomorrow, Saturday, at 3PM. Tune in to learn more about them.