Tonight’s Concert Picks: Louie Louie at Beautiful World Syndicate, Sea Offs at Kung Fu Necktie, Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers at Sellersville Theater, and more

Louie Louie | Firefly Music Festival 2017 | Photo by John Vettese

There’s nothing better than a Philly band playing a Philly record store — especially when it’s an act we haven’t seen around town in awhile. Louie Louie‘s last hometown appearance was at Spruce Street Harbor Park when the weather was still warm, and after a short break the band is back with a new lineup and new songs — they’re playing Beautiful World Syndicate tonight; Myrrias will also perform. Louie Louie released their debut LP Friend of a Stranger in January, and it’s full of the band’s otherworldly retro pop sound that makes them standouts in the scene. Watch “After Me” from the band’s Key Studio Session below and find more information on the event here. Continue reading →


Photo Recap: Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumblers with Hope For Agoldensummer at World Cafe Live

Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood and his band The Downtown Rumblers played downstairs at Philly’s World Cafe Live last night. Touring in support of Hood’s latest record, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, the band was joined by fellow Athens, Georgia natives Hope For Agoldensummer. The alt-folk duo of Page and Claire Campbell sat in with Hood’s band after performing their own opening set; check out a photo recap of the night in the gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rock to the Future’s Rock and Read Fest at The Rotunda, Patterson Hood & the Downtown Rumblers at World Cafe Live, and Bon Iver at The Mann

Rock to the Future, the non-profit organization that brings free music education to Philadelphia students during  after school programs, presents their Rock and Read Fest today at the Rotunda on Walnut St.  The benefit event features story readings, poetry and music by The National Rifle, Oh Bree!, Ted Nguyent, Mike Bell & the Movies and The Rock to the Future All Star Band.  Attendees can also pick up some new reading material at the book swap.  Entry is a $5 donation that goes directly to Rock to the Future, and the family-friendly event kicks off at 5:00pm.  More info here.  Here’s some background on Rock to the Future:

Hot off of his appearance at the XPoNential Music Festival this past July, WXPN welcomes the return of Patterson Hood & the Downtown Rumblers to World Café Live.  The Drive by Truckers frontman released his autobiographical third solo album Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance last week.  Fellow Athens, Georgians Hope For Agoldensummer open.  Day-of-show tickets for this all ages concert range from $20 to $30 at the World Café Live website.

Perhaps the biggest name in music in 2011, Bon Iver returns to Philadelphia tonight for a show at The Mann.  Justin Vernon’s moniker has been synonymous with exquisitely composed melodies paired with delicate, heartfelt vocals ever since his 2008 indie-folk cult favorite For Emma, Forever Ago.  But it was his crossover 2011 self-titled release that garnered the most acclaim, leading to two Grammy wins and a slew of festival headlining slots.  He performs tonight with New England folk-songstress Anais Mitchell.  Doors open at 6:00pm, and tickets are available here.


Watch Patterson Hood perform “Leaving Time” at XPo Fest

Alt-country musician Patterson Hood, who is also the guitarist, bass player, and front-man of Drive-By Truckers, brought a taste of the south to XPonential Music Fest a few weeks ago. The musician performed a set on the River Stage with his band, the Downtown Rumblers. Below watch Hood perform and explain the meaning behind the song “Leaving Time” from his upcoming album Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance, which comes out September 11th.

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XPoNential Fest faves Patterson Hood playing World Cafe Live in September (listen to their River Stage set)

Photo by Joe del Tufo
A founding member of Southern rock juggernaut Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood made quite the splash at the XPoNential Music Festival this weekend, playing a lively set at the River Stage backed by his band the Downtown Rumblers. Today, Hood announced his return to Philadelphia – a downstairs show at World Cafe Live on Sunday, Sept. 16. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 28, at 10 a.m., and range from $18 to $30, plus fees. Listen to the entire XPo Fest performance here.


XPoNential Fest: Patterson Hood brings a taste of the south to the River Stage (photos, audio, setlist)

Patterson Hood, the guitarist, bass player, and front-man of Drive-By Truckers, played a solo set at XPoNential’s River Stage this afternoon with his band, the Downtown Rumblers. The alt-country musician brought a taste of the south to Camden with his southern drawl and warm acoustic songs. The singer was chatty with the crowd as he talked about how he and his band drove all night from Winston-Salem, North Carolina to make it to XPo. Hood explained the meaning behind his song “Leaving Time” from his upcoming album Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance, which comes out September 11th. The song is a personal ballad about the self-described “dark days” before he has to leave home to go on the road. Check out a photo gallery above, and the setlist below. Listen to the entire performance here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →


Listen to Patterson Hood on Mountain Stage (playing XPoNential Music Festival in July)

Photo by Jason Thrasher

Patterson Hood—the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Drive-By Truckers—has a new solo album coming out this summer and recently performed on Mountain Stage. You can listen to the performance here. Patterson will play a small number of shows this spring and summer including WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival at Wiggins Park on Friday July 20th. He’ll be performing with one of his bands, The Downtown Rumblers, and will be debuting material from his forthcoming release, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. Tickets for the XPoNential Music Festival are available now here. Watch the video below to get a small taste of what to expect when Hood plays the XPoNential Music Festival in July.