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Chance the Rapper, David Bowie top nomination list for 59th annual Grammy Awards

Chance to Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Chance the Rapper at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning, ramping up excitement for the February 12th ceremony.

As expected Adele has received several nominations including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Hello,” while her third LP 25 is up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Chance the Rapper and Anderson.Paak will vie for Best New Artist, with the former appearing again on both the Best Rap Performance shortlist for “No Problem” and the Best Rap Album shortlist for Coloring Book, while the latter’s Malibu appears in the Best Urban Contemporary group against Firefly Music Festival stand out Gallant and his Ology.

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Sturgill Simpson rearranges the nightmare on A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Sturgill Simpson | Photo by Reto Sterchi
Sturgill Simpson | Photo by Reto Sterchi

An outlaw’s work is never done: Sturgill Simpson‘s latest album, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, is now streaming on First Listen via NPR Music.

On his last release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, Simpson challenged the preconceived notion of establishment Nashville by giving the world a record of old-school country filtered through a lens of psychedelia and back-breaking introspective folk music.

With this new record, Simpson continues to break down genre walls by teaming up with Sharon Jones’ horn squad The Dap Kings to combine his modernist country with 60’s soul and rock & roll. Continue reading →

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Sturgill Simpson releases video for “Brace For Impact (Live A Little)” from upcoming A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

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Sturgill Simpson | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Country mind-eraser Sturgill Simpson continues to stun with his old-school outlaw rock and roll, from 2014’s terrific Metamodern Sounds In Country Music to contributing the song “Sugar Daddy” to HBO’s Vinyl. His new album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth is out this April, and this week he shared the video for it’s lead single “Brace For Impact (Live A Little).” Continue reading →

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Listen to a totally rocking new song by Sturgill Simpson, “Sugar Daddy,” from HBO’s Vinyl

Sturgill Simspn | Firefly | Photo by Joe delTufo | http://www.deltufophotography.com/
Sturgill Simspn | Firefly | Photo by Joe delTufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

Americana singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson has shared a new song, “Sugar Daddy,” the theme from the highly anticipated new HBO show, Vinyl. It’s a song that is guaranteed to turn the heads of his fans, for whom his acoustic flavored country songs have become near anthems. Continue reading →

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Firefly Music Festival: Morrissey, Spoon, Zella Day, Sturgill Simpson, and more

Crowd during Matt & Kim's set | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.deltufophotography.com/
Crowd during Matt & Kim’s set | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.deltufophotography.com/

Photographer Joe del Tufo has been at Firefly. Despite the evacuation of the grounds last night due to dangerous weather, most of the weekend has been clear. Rockers Kings of Leon, Steve Aoki, and several other bands were unable to perform. Check out some of the photos of band that did get to perform by del Tufo. Continue reading →

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10 artists playing Firefly you shouldn’t miss

Zella Day | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Zella Day | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

The Firefly Music Festival starts this Thursday and goes through Sunday. Over 100 bands spread out on six stages will seek love and admiration from audiences crammed into Dover, Delaware. We’re psyched for the headliners – Sir Paul McCartney, The Killers, Morrissey, The Killers, and Snoop (as long as he brings the hits and stays clear of that new album). We’re equally excited to see Run The Jewels, Hozier, DJ Mustard, Sylvan Esso, Citizen Cope, and Spoon. The bill is stacked with the requisite one hit alt-rock newbies (um…) that the crowds likely won’t pay attention to until the band plays “the hit.” But below the headliners and mid-level artists playing, there’s a lot of gems.

Here are ten artists playing Firefly that you shouldn’t miss. Continue reading →

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UPDATE: Sturgill Simpson’s 9/18 Philly show moved to The TLA

Sturgill Simpson | Photo by Reto Sterch
Sturgill Simpson | Photo by Reto Sterch

UPDATE: This concert has been moved from the Tower Theater to the TLA on South Street, same date and time. Here’s the message from Simpson’s Facebook page.

Philadelphia fans, we are moving the Sturgill Simpson show on Friday September 18 back downtown to the Theatre of the Living Arts, where it belongs. Showtimes will remain the same. All tickets purchased for the Tower Theatre will be honored at TLA or we will be happy to refund your tickets.

Singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson is coming back to town. He plays the Tower Theatre on Friday, September 18th. Continue reading →