Rhett Miller serves up stories and rarities at World Cafe Live

Rhett Miller
Rhett Miller | photo by Chris Sikich |

A sold-out crowd witnessed Rhett Miller in fine form this past Saturday at World Café. With Old 97’s and solo material at his disposal, he rattled through the lives of his many colorful characters with their grit and grime in full glory. Raucous and pure fun, it was certainly a great way to welcome November.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Akron/Family at Johnny Brenda’s, Rhett Miller at World Cafe Live, Sons of Fathers at MilkBoy, Jamaican Queens at Little Berlin

Rhett Miller, playing tonight at World Cafe Live

Singer/songwriter Rhett Miller stops by World Cafe Live tonight. His fifth album, The Dreamer, was released last year in June. Miller is also the lead singer for the Dallas alternative country band, Old 97′s, and plays in Serial Lady Killers, which you can watch a video of the band performing “Singular Girl” at last year’s XPo Fest here. Tickets and information for the all ages show with Cliff Hillis can be found here. Below, watch Miller perform “Lost Without You” from his album The Dreamer for an American Songwriter session.

Portland’s Akron/Family plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band plays a combined style of rock/folk, with added psychedelic elements. Their new album, Sub Verses, will be released April 30th through Dead Oceans. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, and M Geddas Gengras can be found here. Below, watch the official video for “Until the Morning” off the new record Sub Verses.

Roots rockers Sons of Fathers plays MilkBoy tonight. They were featured as a My Morning Download on April 15th with their song “Roots & Vine” off their sophomore album Burning Days. Tickets and information for 21+ show with Maitland can be found here. Below, download “Roots and Vines”

Jamaican Queens return to Philadelphia tonight for a show at Little Berlin.  The Detroit based trio has acquired a swell of grassroots support for their debut LP Wormfood, which was released in early March is available as a name-your-own-price download on their Bandcamp.  With lyrics that recount experiences with relationships, parties and urban violence, the band’s intrigue runs much deeper than the initial hook of the album’s beat-driven, synth-laden sound.  Jamaican Queens will be joined by locals Banned Books and Avery Rosewater.  More information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Below, watch the video for “Water.”


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Black Prairie at MilkBoy, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes David Johansen of New York Dolls to World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Rhett Miller to The Abbey Bar

Local rock ‘n’ roll trio Lantern headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Self-described as “proto-biker-punk-blues,” the one thing that will strike any listener upon diving into 2012′s Dream Mine EP (Bathetic) for the first time is the sheer amount of blown-out fuzz and noise that distorts the classically punk vocals of front-man Zachary Devereux Fairbrother.  Citing influences as surprising as early folk and blues and as obvious as early rock ‘n’ roll and ’60s-’70s punk, Lantern’s music is a combustion of nitty gritty Americana.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Dong Johnson and Amanda X can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Train Song.”

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XPoNential Fest: Last but not least at Wiggins Park, Rhett Miller & The Serial Lady Killers (photos, audio, setlist)

Finishing off the last day of XPO Fest at Wiggins Park was Rhett Miller (former lead singer of the Old 97′s) and his band The Serial Lady Killers. They played songs from Miller’s latest album, The Believer – including singalong opener “Lost Without You” – as well as selections from Miller’s back-catalogue (“This Is What I Do” from 2003′s The Instigator), even reaching back to his time with Old 97s for “Rollerskate Skinny,” “19″ and “Barrier Reef.” Check out photos above, and the setlist below. You can listen to his performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →


Watch: Rhett Miller performs at World Cafe Live last night (Just added to XPoNential Music Festival line-up)

Rhett Miller celebrated yesterday’s release of his new album The Dreamer with a show at World Cafe Live last night. Rhett was just added to the XPoNential Music Festival taking place July 20-22. Other acts just added to the line-up include Delta Spirit, Lower Dens, and Kaki King. Go here to purchase tickets to the festival. Below, watch a fan video of Rhett playing “Designs On You” from last night’s show.


Tonight’s concert picks: WXPN Welcomes Rhett Miller at World Cafe Live, Lushlife at PhilaMOCA, and Dengue Fever at Union Transfer

Tonight, Rhett Miller and The Serial Killers perform at World Cafe Live. Rhett’s new solo album, The Dreamer is out today. Tickets to tonight’s 8 p.m. show, with The Spring Standards opening, are $22-$33.00. Rhett is also doing an in-store performance today at 2 p.m. at Main Street Music in Manayunk. Below, listen to “Lost Without You” from Rhett’s new album.

Also tonight: Lushlife performs at the Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA and Dengue Fever and Omar Souleyman perform at Union Transfer.


SXSW photo recap: Heartbreaker Banquet at Willie Nelson’s ranch in Luck, Texas

Willie Nelson’s western town in Luck, TX, is about a 45 minute ride from downtown Austin. On Thursday, March 15th, at SXSW, the town was transformed into the Heartbreak Banquet, a performance space with two stages featuring over 20 musicians including Rhett Miller, Father John Misty, Blitzen Trapper, Daughter, Billy Joe Shaver, Phosphorescent, and Gary Clark, Jr.
Heartbreak Banquet was presented by Electric Lady Studios and Robot Fondue, in association with John Varvatos. For the attendees (including WXPN Station Manager Roger LaMay) it was a welcome break and musical retreat from the frenzied pace of SXSW.


My Morning Download: “Out Of Love” by Rhett Miller (at WXPN’s Beggars Banquet and playing World Cafe Live in June)

Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97′s, has announced a new solo album coming on on June 5th called The Dreamer. The album was produced by Miller will be released on his own Maximum Sunshine Records. The album features guest appearances by Rosanne Cash and Rachael Yamagata, as well as additional percussion by Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel). Below, download a new song, “Out Of Love.” Rhett will be at SXSW this week, followed by a tour. He’ll also be one of the guests this year at the WXPN Beggars Banquet on Saturday, March 31st along with Nicole Atkins, members of The Hooters, Jonatha Brooke, Pat Croce, Alejandro Escovedo, John Flynn, Diego Garcia, the Matt Santry Band, Mutlu, Scot Sax & Suzie Brown, Tommy Stinson (Soul Asylum, The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses), Zoe Strauss, Gary Knell (NPR President and CEO), and others. Rhett plays World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on June 5th.

Out Of Love by Rhett Miller

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