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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb at Underground Arts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Appel Center, The Dead Milkmen at The Trocadero

T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb | Photo by John Vettese

If you’re in search of a show to fit the spooky mood of Halloween weekend, Underground Arts is the place to be tonight. T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb are staging their 8th annual Halloween Murdershow, and they’ll surely bring all the creep factor you’re looking for. Bonus: it’s a super-stacked lineup with Tutlie, Levee Drivers, Shy Boyz, Red 40 and the Last Groovement and OOLALA rounding out the show. The post-apocalyptic blues band released Dancing out the Door earlier this month; listen to “Black Bats” below. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar; tickets are also available as a bundle option with a copy of the new album. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center, Willie Nelson at BB&T Pavilion, Annachristie Sapphire at Bourbon and Branch

Arcade Fire | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Following the release of Arcade Fire‘s highly anticipated new album Everything Now, the widely-loved indie-rockers-turned-mega-superstars return to play the Wells Fargo Center. Arcade Fire last played the Wells Fargo a little over three years ago — it was their first arena show in Philly and the band’s ambition has only grown since. Read The Key’s review of that show here, arrive early to see XPN Fest alums Preservation Hall Jazz Band open tonight’s show, and get ready for what’s sure to be a memorable experience. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Preservation Hall Jazz Band brings the big easy to Wiggins park, big time

Preservation Hall Jazz Band | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

As I stood in the crowd waiting for Preservation Hall Jazz Band‘s set to begin, I realized that I have never before truly watched a professional jazz band perform despite growing up playing in orchestras and musical ensembles – and there could be no better introduction to live jazz than the American institution (as categorized by David Dye as he welcomed the band on stage) that is the Pres Hall.

The Band has been around since 1963 during their start in New Orleans’ French Quarter, and over fifty years and several generations later they know how to draw a crowd. The standing audience at the River Stage was the largest I had seen of of the weekend thus far (save the BB&T crowd) and the most noticeably excited for a set; if it had been nighttime, I’m convinced XPN Fest would have been host to the first-ever jazz mosh pit. Members of the crowd around me swapped stories of Pres Hall performances of the past, others eliciting promises from friends to dance the whole time and another declaring “We don’t need dang lyrics to have a good time.” Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Santiago” by Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Photo by Danny Clinch

Preservation Hall Jazz Band return with a new album, So It Is, on April 21st.

Pres Hall have become internationally acclaimed for their live performances and recordings. Now led by current creative director Ben Jaffe, whose parents founded Preservation Hall in 1961, the band associated with it has been going strong since 1963. Jaffe also is the Chairman of the Board of the Preservation Hall Foundation, the charitable non-profit connected to the legendary New Orleans club that serves a mission to “pretty otect, preserve and perpetuate New Orleans jazz music and culture.” Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Allan Rayman & more!

Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Photo by Danny Clinch

On tonight’s New Music Show, we take a deep dive into the soundtrack to the film La La Land … or is it Moonlight? Better yet, neither.  Instead, we’ll unwrap the new album from Old 97’s, preview another song from the upcoming Spoon record, and debut a few new things like Low Cut Connie, Bleached, and Sam Outlaw.  Our New Music Show starts at 8pm on XPN, and here’s a sneak-listen to some other funky jams we’ve got lined up tonight …

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Review and photo recap: All systems were go-go at Analog-A-Go-Go

Talib Kweli | Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography
Talib Kweli | Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography

Dogfish Head’s Analog-A Go-Go music fest took things to a new level in its sixth year, moving the event to Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, DE and taking over the park in with its unique combination of live music, craft beer, vinyl and art. A diverse offering of local and national acts was a bold move for a festival in its first large effort- with headliners Built To Spill (a Dogfish favorite) supported by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Taleb Kweli, Hop Along, Beach Slang and Fiancé.  Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: No amount of rain can stop the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

You probably were looking to read this recap yesterday. I wanted to stay dry at the festival. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band would have loved to have been able to finish their set at the River Stage. Well, thanks to circumstances out of our control, none of those things were possible.

When the New Orleans jazz legends took to the River Stage on Saturday, it seemed like disaster was going to be avoided. Clouds were grey, but nowhere near apocalyptic. The light rain that was falling was a cooling drizzle, not an inundating monsoon. But I can’t stress enough that this was only what it seemed like — because an apocalyptic monsoon was exactly what was just moments away. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival initial lineup announced

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is happening July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Camden Waterfront with shows at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion.

Tickets go on sale Friday at Noon, however you can reserve tickets by becoming a new or renewing WXPN member at $25 a month. You will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes that includes LAWN ADMISSION to Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile on Friday, July 22, Alabama Shakes/Gary Clark Jr on Saturday, July 23, and Brandi Carlile/Old Crow Medicine Show on Sunday, July 24. Continue reading →