XPN General Manager Roger LaMay talks about Make Music Philly day with the Inquirer’s Dan DeLuca

Make Music Philly day will bring a full day of free music events to Philadelphia on the summer solstice

This summer, the city of Philadelphia will host Make Music Philly: a new, day-long event on June 21. That’s the solstice, the longest day of the year, and it will be filled with free music events of all sorts across the city, and WXPN is proud to be involved in the event.

This week, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Dan DeLuca talked to WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay about Make Music Philly, and the station’s role in it. You can read his interview here.
Stay tuned to The Key for more info about Make Music Philly and how you can get involved.


885 Greatest Rock Countdown Guest List: A.D. Amorosi’s favorite rock selections

As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Today Editor of Blurt Magazine and Contributing Editor to Philadelphia City Paper, Magnet and the Philadelphia Inquirer A.D. Amorosi provides his top choices.

1. David Bowie – “Station to Station”
2. Tom Waits – “Hang on St. Christopher”
3. Roxy Music – “Do the Strand”
4. Patti Smith Group – “Ask the Angels”
5. LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends


885 Countdown Guest List: Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca’s Top Rock Picks

As part of this year’s 885 Greatest Rock Songs countdown on WXPN, we asked a number well-known Philadelphians to share their own picks for the best rock and roll moments of all time. Today we bring you the top picks from Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca. 

  1. James Brown – “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I’ll Get It Myself)”
  2. Tom Petty – “Listen To Her Heart”
  3. Rolling Stones – “Rocks Off”
  4. The Ronettes – “Be My Baby”
  5. Chuck Berry – “Brown Eyed Handsome Man”

Marah apologizes to Philly for playing the suckiest show that ever sucked; plans free show in January


Photo by Hannah Torresson

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day: A rock band plays a lousy show (OK, that does happen every day), gets called out in the local press (which happens pretty often), and then responds to the critic (which happens much more often than you’d think). But here’s the unusual part: Instead of complaining to the reviewer about how he/she doesn’t understand the complexities of their awe-inspiring, genre-defying music, or whining about how the venue’s sound guy didn’t put enough vocals in the monitors, the members of Marah actually apologized for their lackluster performance at World Cafe Live last Sunday night.

Following Sunday night’s show, The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Dan Weiss wrote a review that charitably called the roots-rock band’s performance “muddy,” noting that, “David [Bielanko] gargled over a raw, basic version of Marah…through riffage that occasionally and strangely recalled Aerosmith.” The band, formally from Philadelphia, apparently felt the need to apologize to its old hometown, and sent this email to the Inquirer:

“It must be said that Marah are very, very disappointed in not being able to deliver Philadelphia the show they obviously deserve (they were a fantastic crowd, with much love in them). We were counting on giving them an amazing long comprehensive gig, we weren’t counting on Dave getting a wicked throat infection from a germy SM57 & cold, December touring….this sucked for us.”

Well, if Weiss and Dan DeLuca (who ran the email earlier today in his In The Mix column) are to be believed, the members of Marah aren’t the only ones the show sucked for. (DeLuca states that Weiss’ review “doesn’t go far enough in slamming what was a pretty listless, sloppy, dispiriting and awfully short show that barely touched on either the new not-half-bad Life Is a Problem or the back catalog that had the band poised for great things a decade ago.”) But even DeLuca was impressed with the band’s admission of guilt, and its promise to “try and arrange a free show in Philadelphia in January to make it up to the folks whose expectations are as high as ours.”

Free show, yo!