Just Announced: The Head and the Heart, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will bring a double dose of folk to Philly this June

The Head and The Heart | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
The Head and The Heart | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

My forever loves, otherwise known as the soulful, folky beauts, The Head and the Heart, are coming back to town this June at The Mann’s Skyline Stage. For an extra dose of good news, the family-like crew will be sharing the bill with rootsy rockers, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, for a short co-headlining tour early this summer. Continue reading →


Just Announced: The xx will bring I See You to the Skyline Stage in May

The XX | Photo by Laura Coulson

Seven years after many of us were introduced to them by way of Apollo Ohno speedskating to “Intro,” The xx return with their third LP in tow. I See You is set for release on January 13th via Young Turks and the record now has a supporting tour that brings the London electro / dream pop trio to The Skyline Stage at The Mann on May 17th.

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Movin’ On Up: Dr. Dog will play the Skyline Stage on 9/13, taking The Front Bottoms, Mac De Marco and Hop Along with them

Dr. Dog rocking the Electric Factory in February | Photo by Noah Silvestry

For the past few albums, Philly rock and roll faves Dr. Dog have staged their hometown shows at the Electric Factory, usually selling the place out and more recently on back-to-back nights. While they’ve really begun to own that room and, as I observed in the winter, craft a friendly and familial atmosphere in what is pretty much a big warehouse, the question lingered in the air: when is the band going to take the next step?

Today, we got that answer: as it’s B-Room tour wraps around the country on another leg, Dr. Dog will headline the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, September 14th, a setting that couldn’t be more perfect. The capacity is just slightly bigger than the Factory, so it may not be a huge jump, but playing the Skyline is a great gateway to playing the Mann proper – and I can’t wait to see the boys rock (and pack) that house. And also, watching a show in open-air setting in the grove on a breezy late summer Saturday night with the city lights twinkling behind you and Dr. Dog in front of you could not possibly be a more Philly concert. Maybe if the Phanatic showed up again, or The Roots were there, but you get what I’m saying – this is going to be a treat.

Also a treat are the openers: Canadian impresario Mac DeMarco, who cunningly bridges the worlds of lo-fi drum-machine indie / weirdo rock (think Ariel Pink, Animal Collective) with the energy and in-yo-face attitude of mainstream party rock (Andrew W.K.), as well as Jersey’s The Front Bottoms, whose high energy poppy folk-punk is completely infectious and endearing (check out their new Rose EP or their recent Indie Rock Hit Parade session to see). Arrive early, stay late. UPDATE: Holy smokes the first opener is actually amazing Philly art punks Hop Along according to the flyer on Dr. Dog’s Twitter. Freaking out over here.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 27th, at 10 a.m. Listen to music from each of the artists below.