Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queue at Steel City Coffee, Hezekiah Jones at The Ardmore Music Hall, and Dead Milkmen at Clark Park

Queue | photo by Rebecca Aronow | via artist’s Facebook page

We were introduced to these then-Philly scene newcomers last year. Since then, five-piece outfit Queue has been making the moves. Recently, they debuted a live wire single, “Frontier.” It’s an an electric, gauzy track that doesn’t let up in energy. Listen below, and then check out the band live at Steel City Coffee tonight; info on tickets can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Barns Courtney at The Foundry, Harry Nilsson Tribute at Ardmore Music Hall

Barns Courtney
Barns Courtney | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN


Bluesy grit rocker Barns Courtney is bringing his dark yet catchy, Western-type vibes to The Foundry tonight. With his upcoming festival circuit and general awesomeness, I have a feeling Courtney’s going to catching some major attention soon. Don’t miss out on seeing him perform in this intimate, smaller setting before the big wave arrives. Find more info on tickets here, and listen to “Hellfire” off of his latest EP The Dull Drums below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at Ardmore Music Hall, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live, Telyscopes at The Barbary, and more

Macy Gray | via

Macy Gray‘s back, folks. And she’s not slowing down one bit.  After releasing the jazz-infused album, Stripped, back in September, Gray continues to show her endless talents with a recent single “White Man.” While also being an insanely catchy, dance-able tune, the single also serves as a socially-conscious, empowering anthem. Don’t miss Macy Gray perform this and classics alike at The Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Find more info on tickets here, and watch the inspiring video for “White Man” below. Continue reading →


PREMIERE: American Babies release first taste of new record with “Synth Driver”


 Photo by Skylar Carfi courtesy of the artist
Photo by Skylar Carfi courtesy of the artist

 American Babies bridge the worlds of psychedelia, Americana and indie-rock. They take their genre-changing attitude from frontman and main creative force, Philly-native Tom Hamilton, and are also set to release their fourth studio album this March. Today we are happy to premiere the album’s first single, “Synth Driver.” Continue reading →


The Ardmore Music Hall to open at historic 23 East Cabaret location this fall

ardmore music hall

A stage that has held The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, The Hooters and Joan Osborne begins a new life in September when the former 23 East Cabaret reopens as The Ardmore Music Hall.

Folks at Bonfire Booking, Point Entertainment and the venue (currently Brownies 23 East) have joined forces to reinvigorate the historic space with technological upgrades, an improved spectator experience and an eclectic show schedule, topped off with a diverse run of craft beers.

Supporters of the Lancaster Ave. venue hope its intimate feel (total capacity is 600 but the space will be set up for 250) and location will fill a void left by The Point’s closing in 2005.  From Richard Kardon of Point Entertainment:

One of the things that we’re most excited about is that we know that the audience is there.  Since The Point closed in June 2005, we regularly get emails asking when we’re going to open a new room. Currently, folks on the Main Line have to drive 30-45 minutes to see great live music; now it’ll be in their backyard.

The Ardmore Music Hall opens this fall, with currently scheduled shows including Johnny Winter, The Clarks and Steep Canyon Rangers.  More information can be found on the venue’s Facebook page here.