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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Margo Price at BB&T Pavilion and The Stammer at Ortlieb’s

Margo Price | photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN
Margo Price | photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN

Nashville star Margo Price is bringing her country croons to BB&T Pavilion tonight in support of Chris Stapleton. Find tickets on the show here, and watch her NPR Tiny Desk Concert below, which takes on greater depth and meaning with the added context of having performed the set the day after the election this past fall. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Blondie and Garbage at The Mann, Hurry at Everybody Hits, Amanda X at Ortlieb’s

Blondie | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

It’s a double header of still-vital rock and roll pioneers at The Mann Center tonight with Blondie and Garbage. In the 70s and early 80s, Debbie Harry and her bandmates bridged downtown New York punk rock with the dance-driven international New Wave scene, and wrote a massive amount of hits in the process; in the 90s, Shirley Manson brought a bold dose of glam and pop sensibilities to the dreary grunge landscape. Thing is, neither band is resting on its laurels or going through the nostalgia motions. Blondie and Garbage have both released albums of new material in the past year that stand strongly alongside their work from 20 (and 40) years ago — Pollinator, from the former, totally rips, as Harry and the band proved at NonCOMM this year, and Strange Little Birds is Garbage at its most vulnerable and honest but still kicks out driving anthems. Watch videos for “Long Time” and “Empty” below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Josh Lawrence at Pastorious Park, Lady Parts at Ortliebs & more

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Josh Lawrence | photo courtesy of the artist

Find a winning combination of outdoor venues, live jazz, and summer nights tonight over at Pastorious Park in Chestnut Hill. The Pastorious Park Summer Concert Series is the oldest running outdoor concert series in Philadelphia, and every show is free to the public. Tonight’s performance features Philly jazz musician Josh Lawrence, who has recently released his third solo album Color Theory. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Dove and The Wolf at Spruce Street Harbor Park, and more.

The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist

If Lucius and The War on Drugs got together, the result would be The Dove & the Wolf. The tight harmonies, soulful songwriting, and expansive sound that the duo have created can be heard tonight at Spruce Street Harbor Park‘s free summer concert series, happening every Thursday and featuring some of our favorite Philly artists. The Dove & the Wolf re-released their sophomore record I Don’t Know What to Feel in March, making their label debut with Fat Possum Records. Check out the Philadelphia-via-Paris group’s recent interview and preview of a new track on Dan Drago’s 25 O’Clock Podcast. They will also be performing at the XPoNential Music Fest in July. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palm at PhilaMOCA, OhBree at Johnny Brenda’s, Family Volleyball at Ortlieb’s, and more

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

Indie four-piece Palm recently debuted their new “candy-coated dissonance” of an EP, titled Shadow Expert. With wonderfully erratic rhythms, these new tunes are a refreshing beauty to behold. And tonight they’ll be bringing this perfect deconstruction of sound to PhilaMOCA. Find more info on the show here, and stream Shadow Expert below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Womanspace Benefit at Rigby Mansion, Taiwan Housing Project at Johnny Brenda’s, Strange Parts at Ortlieb’s and more…

Resiliant | photo by Leeland McCartney
Resiliant | photo by Leeland McCartney | courtesy of the artist

Resilient and Vessna Scheff are just two of the artists slated to perform at Rigby Mansion this afternoon for a concert and cookout benefiting Womanspace. The nonprofit is a women-centric safe space, providing mental health services and shelter in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Proceeds will go towards renovations and essential items, while art donations will also be accepted. More information for the gathering can be found here. Watch Resilient’s recent video for “I’m Onto You” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Acid Mothers Temple at Johnny Brenda’s, Wolf Eyes at First Unitarian Church, and The Morelings at Ortlieb’s

 

Acid Mothers Temple | via facebook.com/acidmotherstempleofficial

Johnny Brenda’s trips out big time, housing Japan’s Acid Mothers Temple for the night. Headed by Kawabata Makoto, this psychedelic collective has spanned 20+ years, touring the world with their large brand of psychedelia. The gig is 21+, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dirty Dollhouse at MAAS Building, The Burgeoning at William Street Common, Vita and the Woolf at Ortlieb’s and more

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Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese

Singer-songwriter Chelsea Mitchell’s long-running project Dirty Dollhouse heads up the MAAS Building for the record release show of their album Vinyl Child. The group’s harmonic focus mixes with century-spanning influences, from country to doo-wop to R&B, creating a sound both old and new. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Check out Louie Louie’s minimalistic and mysterious visual for “I Want to Dance With You”

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Louie Louie | photo courtesy of the artist

We already know that Louie Louie are the queens of throwback jams on this side of the Mississippi, and they proved it yet again with their video for “I Want to Dance With You.” This time, the band wanted to play around how the visual complimented their tunes, telling Ladygunn “It would be false to retroactively assign a concept to the video. Rather than a plot line, the story is told through textures – dark and light, solid and void.”

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Watch Vita and the Woolf’s cosmic video for “Feline,” get details on their June album release

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz
Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Vita and the Woolf have been wowing us with powerful vocals and dark electro beats since we first heard their debut Fang Song. At long last, an official final for-realsies release date of their much anticipated followup LP has been announced. Tunnels will be available on June 16th — a day before they win over the crowd at Firefly Music Festival. On top of this wonderful news, the band also dropped a mind-bending video for their most recent single, “Feline.” Continue reading →