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Inside Out: Spoon works it for Stroudsburg fans and Philly travelers at Sherman Theater

Spoon | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Whatever Philly did to piss Spoon off must surely have been grievous. Apart from two festival appearances (including this past summer’s killer Saturday-night set at the XPoNential Music Festival), the band hasn’t headlined a proper show here since their stop at the Mann Center, touring behind 2010’s Transference, some seven years ago. During their last tour in 2015, they played some 36 U.S. dates in support of They Want My Soul, one of which should have been but wasn’t at Union Transfer. Was it something we said?

“How many people drove up from Philly tonight?.” Britt Daniel asked the Sherman Theater on Sunday, semi-rhetorically. “Most of us?,” I kinda mumbled, looking around with a shrug. (Disclaimer: No disrespect intended to a healthy crowd of Stroudsburg’s school-night rockers.) Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Symphony for a Broken Orchestra at the 23rd Street Armory, Todd Rundgren at the Keswick Theatre, Spoon at the Sherman Theater

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra | photo by Neda Ulaby | courtesy of NPR

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is a city-wide effort to support music education in Philadelphia’s public schools — tonight, hundreds of musicians will come together at the 23rd Street Armory to perform an original composition on the school district’s broken, battered and worn-out instruments, with goal of getting all fixable instruments repaired and back into the schools, which lack the funds to fix them. You may have caught NPR’s feature on the effort a few days ago — read that here, and find more information on Symphony for a Broken Orchestra on their website. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Amos Lee and Spoon find common ground in groove

Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

Unexpected match-ups at #XPNFest aren’t exactly uncommon — it’s kind of what we do, bringing together artists and sounds and styles that might not normally be paired together and getting fans of one to consider the other. Mass horizon expansion, if you will.

Last night’s headlining show at BB&T Pavilion was admittedly a puzzler, a little-bit-of-everything mix of The Suffers‘ soul, Chicano Batman‘s psychedelic Latin rock, and a dual headlining set from Austin’s Spoon and Philly’s Amos Lee. The two at the end in particular were a peculiar pair, the former occupying the gritty fringes of aggressive indie rock and the latter a singer-songwriter who takes the stage on stately theaters across the country and around the world.

But they showed that they had more in common than meets the eye — or ear, rather. In a word: groove.
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Bunker Funk: New Perfume Genius, Feist, Black Lips on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Perfume Genius | Photo by Inez & Vinoodh, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is nothing short of the real deal. Listen on XPN at 11pm ET (right after a special week-early edition of Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that is stacked top-to-bottom with brand new releases just for you. We’ll hear new singles from evocative pop master Perfume Genius, Atlanta party punks The Black Lips and the always luminous Feist. Don’t miss those plus a few other special IRHP news updates and surprises!

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Can I Sit Next To You: New Spoon, Jay Som and The Magnetic Fields on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Spoon | Photo by Zackery Michael, courtesy of the artist

There is a very good chance that, like me, you weren’t able to attend the SXSW music conference and festival that’s been happening this week in Austin. That’s okay because tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade aims to provide all the new music discovery with only some of the hassle of not having the proper badge credentials. Listen at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full two-hour show that might just introduce you to your new favorite band. We’ll hear a few album spotlights in the mix, including new releases from Spoon, Jay Som and The Magnetic Fields. Also be on the lookout for a new Feist track that I might or might not play tonight. Preview a few new things below:

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Stream Spoon’s new Hot Thoughts LP, see them at XPN Fest

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Britt Daniel of Spoon | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.deltufophotography.com/

Saturday night XPoNential Music Festival co-headliners Spoon have released their new record Hot Thoughts and it’s streaming now on Spotify. It’s the Austin outfit’s ninth LP and will set them off on a world tour that stops at BB&T Pavilion on July 29th for the second night of the annual festival.

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Spoon, Amos Lee ft. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Suffers and Chicano Batman will headline night two of XPoNential Music Festival 2017

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Britt Daniel of Spoon | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.deltufophotography.com/

This just in — Austin indie rock favorites Spoon will light up the BB&T Pavilion stage on night two of this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. Co-headlining alongside Britt Daniel and co. are Amos Lee and Friends, featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with The Suffers and Chicano Batman kicking off the show; seated tickets for the concert on July 29th go on sale this Friday, March 10th, at 10 a.m. Continue reading →

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Dance ‘Apocalipstick’: New Cherry Glazerr, Foxygen and Dirty Projectors on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Cherry Glazerr | Photo by Felisha Tolentino, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is coming for YOU tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a floor-to-ceiling spread of brand new tracks on tonight’s two-hour show. In the mix are new releases from Spoon, Dirty Projectors, Diet Cig and more, plus a DOUBLE ALBUM SPOTLIGHT on two new records that just came out today. We’ll hear from the explosive California trio Cherry Glazerr, and we’ll dig in to the string-swept new album from Foxygen. Check out a few of the new things below, won’t you?

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