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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belly at Union Transfer, The Avett Brothers at Musikfest, PnB Rock at Chameleon Club and more…

Belly, circa mid 90s | Photo by Stephen Di Rado | via bellyofficial.com

’90s dream pop band Belly is back after 20 years off. Yup, it’s true, and they’re playing Union Transfer tonight. New music is promised to be released soon, but it’s a safe bet you’ll hear some of it live tonight. Relive the classic “Feed The Tree” below and get any more info you need on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Avett Brothers’ new album True Sadness

The Avett Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
The Avett Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Folk scene favorites turn rock stars The Avett Brothers are back this summer with a long-awaited new album called True Sadness. As we heard when they previewed the album at a knockout Mann Center show last month, the new album is a heartfelt mix of revved-up pop tunes and sentimental ballads with exquisite production by Rick Rubin.

The album is out this Friday on American recordings – and you can get an advance listen to the entire thing care of NPR Music’s First Listen. Continue reading →

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The Avett Brothers added to Musikfest lineup

The Avett Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
The Avett Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

After a stunning performance at the Mann Center earlier this month, The Avett Brothers have announced an end of the summer slot at Musikfest. The folk / rock band of brothers and friends are on tour in support of their ninth studio record True Sadness and will bring the album to the Bethlehem, PA venue on August 14th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at the Mann, Anyee Wright at Foxtail Fest, Gallant at Electric Factory and more…

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The Avett Brothers | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The Avett Brothers will headline the Mann Center tonight, previewing their forthcoming record True Sadness. It’s the band’s ninth studio record, so by now the brothers have developed a deep understanding of what makes them tick; Seth Avett detailed their influences, motives and thoughts in a letter earlier this spring, which you can read here. Listen to the title track below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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XPN welcomes longtime faves The Avett Brothers to the Mann Center in May

The Avett Brothers | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Avett Brothers | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

We are about to enter the thrall of winter here in Philadelphia but that does not mean we cannot begin to look longingly toward a time when spring will be in full bloom and one of our longtime favorite bands, The Avett Brothers will take the Mann Center stage by storm. Continue reading →

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Rocking and Rolling Down South: A recap of Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival

Dr. Dog | Photo by Tom Beck
Dr. Dog | Photo by Tom Beck

There’s usually a downside to festivals having stacked lineup: with so many great artists, you’re never going to be able to see them all. So when I made the trek down south to attend what is becoming the best indie-rock festival in North America – the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta – there were a lot of difficult choices to be made. Do I see The Kooks or Wavves? Kaiser Chiefs or Manchester Orchestra? Wilco or Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds? Dr. Dog or Diamond Rugs?

But even with all these conflicts (my picks: Wavves, Manchester Orchestra, Wilco and Philly’s Dr. Dog), I wasn’t disappointed. Continue reading →

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A train is no match for The Avett Brothers’ set at Musikfest

The Avett Brothers / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
The Avett Brothers / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

“Well my good Lord was with me tonight. Just ridin’ beside me tonight. And now were’ just talkin’, we’re hitch hiking walkin’. We’ll see you in Bethlehem tonight. And now we’re just talkin’, just hitchhiker walkin’. We’ll see you in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania tonight.”

Last night, Seth Avett enchanted the MusikFest crowd with his solo performance of “In The Curve” from The Avett Brothers‘ from 2007’s Emotionalism. It wasn’t quite what he implied while leaving The Mann Center stage in September, but Bethlehem isn’t too far off the map, and the band had the steel stacks as their backdrop as they headlined Musikfest last night. Continue reading →