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.

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This weekend: live broadcasts of the World Cafe 20th anniversary tribute concerts featuring Feist, Amos Lee, Dawes, Indigo Girls and more

Photo of Amos Lee by Harper Smith

This weekend WXPN is broadcasting all three World Cafe 20th anniversary shows. Friday night’s live broadcast starts at 7 p.m. with The Little Willies (featuring Lee Alexander, Jim Campilongo, Norah Jones, Richard Julian and Dan Rieser), Indigo Girls and John Hiatt. Saturday evening’s broadcast starts at 7 p.m. with Dawes, a very special guest and Feist. Sunday’s Campaign for the Music Party broadcast with Amos Lee, Rhett Miller, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks begins broadcasting at 1:30 p.m. All the shows are being broadcast live from World Cafe Live. For tickets and more information click here.