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Revisit Ray LaMontagne’s best Philly moments before seeing him at Susquehanna Bank Center on Saturday

Ray LaMontagne | Photo via facebook.com/raylamontagne

Ray LaMontagne returns to the Philadelphia area this Saturday for a headlining performance at Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center. The folk-influenced singer/songwriter from New Hampshire is currently on tour promoting his new album, Supernova. However, it’s far from his first stop in the Philly area. LaMontagne has been here several times playing venues from the Tower Theater in 2012, the Mann Center (with The Pariah Dogs) in 2011 and WXPN’s Free at Noon series at World Cafe Live in 2010.

Supernova has garnered great reviews from outlets such as Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and AllMusic. However, this album is a bit different.  Whereas LaMontagne’s previous four albums were pretty much straight up folk, this one – while still maintaining folk routes – is a little bit closer to psychedelic rock or even alt rock in cases such as the albums lead single, also titled “Supernova.”  But don’t worry, this is a good thing.  The A.V. Club’s Chris Mincher praises the genre shift by writing that the new album “is a surprisingly bold, enterprising follow-up from an artist who could have easily ridden out the rest of his career on adult-alternative autopilot.” It’s possible the influence to change things around came from his new producer, Dan Auerbach.  Prominently known as the singer/guitarist of garage-blues band The Black Keys, Auerbach been on a bit of a producing spree as of late, also working on the last albums from Lana Del Ray and singer Nikki Lane.

But going back to LaMontagne – his past shows in Philly have been phenomenal.  And if you don’t believe me, there is audio and video evidence to prove it. Below, listen to LaMontagne’s 2013 appearance on World Cafe with David Dye, and watch a roundup of videos from his past Philly appearances. And get tickets and more information for his Susquehanna Bank Center show on Saturday here.

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Just Announced: Dave Matthews Band playing two nights at the Susquehanna Bank Center this summer

Photo by Rodrigo Simas
Photo by Rodrigo Simas

Dave Matthews Band has announced a packed summer tour, stopping in Camden, NJ for two nights at the Susquehanna Bank Center on June 13th and 14th.  This run of dates is being billed as “A very special evening with Dave Matthews Band,” with the band performing an acoustic set and an electric set each night.  Tickets go on sale Friday, February 7th; and will be available here.  Watch the video for “You & Me” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Frank Turner at Electric Factory, Slayer at Susquehanna Bank Center, Penrose at Boot & Saddle, and more

Frank Turner | via Facebook

English folk punk favorite Frank Turner headlines The Electric Factory tonight, with backing band The Sleeping Souls. His newest release, Tape Deck Heart, is evidence to just how cheery and creative he can be. With sweet guitar riffs, simple beats, and upbeat singalong lyrics, Turner’s music will take you out of the cold and back to the warm days of summer for a few hours tonight. This diverse show will also feature sets from Australia’s punks The Smith Street Band and Minnesota’s electro pop band Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Find tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Up The Chain at Ardmore Music Hall, Weird Hot at Johnny Brenda’s, August Burns Red at Union Transfer, and more…

UPTHECHAIN-roof-792x528Philly acoustic folk soul project Up The Chain is celebrating the release of their anticipated new album Seeds & Thorns with a party at Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Produced by Bill Moriarty (who has recently worked with The Lawsuits and Toy Soldiers) and inspired by some of front man’s Reed Kendall’s musical heroes, such as Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee, the sophomore release is expected to be simply intimate with an energized Americana swing. Check out the details and tickets for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by listening to what the whole band has to say about the new release below.

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Just Announced: Imagine Dragons to play Susquehanna Bank Center on 3/7

Imagine Dragons | Photo by John Vettese
Imagine Dragons performing at Made in America | Photo by John Vettese
Alt-rock sensations Imagine Dragons are unstoppable. The band just announced their “Into the Night” Tour which will blaze Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center on March 7, 2014. Their smash hit single “Radioactive” spent a whopping 23 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs Chart (the longest reign in the chart’s history) and has been certified 5x platinum. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 11th at noon through Ticketmaster.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kalob Griffin Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Dent May at MilkBoy, The Weeknd at Susquehanna Bank Center, and more

znNa1lSPhiladelphia based Kalob Griffin Band will be bringing their Americana rock n’ roll to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. This band is known for their energetic live shows that are fueled by their love for music and performing. With an enthralling style that utilizes banjo and piano, this band is definitely one to check out. You can listen to their latest album here, download an exclusive new song by clicking here, and expect more new music from them this fall. Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.

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Watch a music video to The Weeknd’s eight-minute “Belong to the World” (playing Susquehanna Bank Center 10/4)

The+Weeknd+PNGThe Weeknd, whose sophomore album Kiss Land is due out sometime towards the end of summer, has just released a new video. The nearly 8-minute long, Anthony Mandler directed, video, is for the track “Belong to the World.” A tune that The Weeknd has been previously performed live, and one that samples the Portishead song “Machine Gun” (though, apparently, without Geoff Barrow’s permission). The Weeknd will be going on tour in support of the new release starting this fall, and will be coming to the Susquehanna Bank Center for a show on October 4th. Tickets and info can be found here, and check out the “Belong to the World” video below.

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The Weeknd announces fall tour (playing Susquehanna Bank Center 10/4)

The+Weeknd+PNGAbel Tesfaye, otherwise known by his stage name The Weeknd, has announced plans today for a fall tour, appropriately called “The Fall.” It starts this September, and will be making a stop at the Susquehanna Bank Center on October 4th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 12th, at 10 a.m. The upcoming string of dates will be in support of the Canadian-based alt-R&B songwriter’s soon-to-be-released sophomore full-length, Kiss Land, expected out at the end of this summer. The Weeknd has already given listeners a taste of that record, having released the title-track teaser, “Kiss Land.” Listen below, and find more info on his Susquehanna Bank Center show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Blackalicious at World Cafe Live, Mavis Staples at Susquehanna Bank Center, Les Professionnels at MilkBoy, By Surprise at The Fire

blackaliciousWorld Cafe Live welcomes Blackalicious tonight. Originally from the West Coast, the hip hop duo brings their quirky, eccentric, contemporary rap craft to the stages of the East Coast. Check for more information or tickets for tonight’s 8 p.m. show here.

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XPoNential Music Festival: Erin McKeown Added, Set Times Announced!

ERIN McKEOWN

Singer-songwriter musician Erin McKeown is now set to perform at the XPoNential Music Festival at Wiggins Park. The festival takes place July 26th through the 28th on the Camden waterfront. McKeown released her 7th studio album, MANIFESTRA, in January. The set times for the artists performing at Wiggins Park have been announced, which you can check out below. The gates open at 5pm on Friday, and at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The festival also includes live performances at the Susquehanna Bank Center featuring The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Polica, and Wake Owl on Saturday, July 27, and the AmericanaramA Music Festival featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham on Sunday, July 28. Announcements will be made soon regarding the schedule of artists who will be performing at Susquehanna Bank Center. You can find tickets and more information here.

FRIDAY, JULY 26th (Gates 5 p.m.)

WIGGINS PARK – RIVER STAGE
ALO BRASIL (6:45 PM-7:20 PM)
MICHAEL KIWANUKA (8 PM-8:55 PM)
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS (9:50 PM-11:20 PM)

WIGGINS PARK-MARINA STAGE
AARON & THE SPELL (5:30 PM-6:00 PM)
THE DISTRICTS (6:10 PM-6:40 PM)
KAT EDMONSON (7:25 PM-7:55 PM)
RED BARAAT (9:00 PM-9:45 PM)


SATURDAY, JULY 27th (Gates 11:30 a.m.)

WIGGINS PARK-RIVER STAGE
THE FLEETING ENDS (12:30 PM-1 PM)
ERIN McKEOWN (1:40 PM-2:20 PM)
DR. JOHN (3:10 PM-4:05 PM)
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES (4:55 PM-5:50 PM)
JOHN BUTLER TRIO (6:45 PM-7:50 PM)

WIGGINS PARK-MARINA STAGE
THE STRAY BIRDS (12 PM-12:30 PM)
THE LAST BISON (1:05 PM –1:35 PM)
MATT POND (2:25 PM-3:05 PM)
LORD HURON (4:10 PM-4:50 PM)
BRETT DENNEN (5:55 PM-6:40 PM)

SUNDAY, JULY 28th (Gates 11:30 a.m.)

WIGGINS PARK-RIVER STAGE
DRGN KING (12 PM-12:30 PM)
JOSÉ JAMES (1 PM-1:40 PM)
LIANNE LA HAVAS (2:25-3:15 PM)
DAWES (4 PM-5:20 PM)

WIGGINS PARK-MARINA STAGE
KOPECKY FAMILY BAND (12:30 PM-1 PM)
PHOSPHORESCENT (1:45 PM-2:25 PM)
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE (3:15 PM-4 PM)

A variety of tickets that are available now for the 2013 XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru can be viewed and purchased here. If available, tickets may also be purchased in person on festival dates at the box offices at Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center. The Kids Corner area in the Children’s Garden at Wiggins Park will be open from 11:30 am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

General festival FAQ’s can be found here.

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