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The Beatles, live at Convention Hall in Philly, September 2, 1964

The Beatles perform at Convention Hall in Philadelphia on September 2, 1964 | Photo via hylitradio.com
The Beatles perform at Convention Hall in Philadelphia on September 2, 1964 | Photo via hylitradio.com

This year marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ initial trip to our side of the pond and their first ever North American tour. If you didn’t know this, you must have been in hibernation back in February. The 1964 summer tour would eventually include an unlikely stop in Philadelphia on September 2 that almost didn’t happen. Thanks to a relentless Philly rock n’ roll radio personality and some tricky planning, it did. Continue reading →

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Listen to Modern Inventors cover The Beatles for XPN’s Like A Version

Modern Inventors | Photo by Eric Schuman
Modern Inventors | Photo by Eric Schuman

Before taking the TLA stage last week, Josh Benus and Matt Kass of Philly’s own Modern Inventors stopped by the XPN studio for our weekly Like A Version segment. The guys’ chat with host Eric Schuman inevitably led into a conversation about The Beatles, and Josh and Matt launched into a rousing take on “All You Need Is Love.” Listen especially for Matt’s cowboy-eqsue guitar twang on the final chord.

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Listen to OhBree’s Cover of “I Am the Walrus”

OhBree | Photo by Jake Beadenkopf
OhBree | Photo by Jake Beadenkopf

OhBree, the arty Philadelphia band with a love of brass, have released possibly the most punk version of “I am the Walrus” to date. While the cover retains the same lyrics and beat, the background music has been imbued with a new sense of energy and urgency. In part, this is due to the raw delivery of the original lyrics. Listen to the cover below.

Previously, OhBree released an album of covers which include Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” and Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek”. While these covers slow down the original song, the cover of “I am The Walrus” is sped up. In April, the band released their latest album, Death by BroomstickThey also played at Milkboy with Thee Idea Men earlier this week, and headline Kung Fu Necktie on Friday night June 6th. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Penn’s Van Pelt Library celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ American debut with a special exhibit

The Beatles | photo via www.facebook.com/thebeatles
The Beatles | photo via www.facebook.com/thebeatles

The University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion with a special Beatles exhibit that focuses on the publishing angle of the band’s legacy.  Curated by the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books & ManuscriptsTomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles in Text and Image will display paperback books, magazines, postcards and other non-musical objects from February 24th through August 11th.  It’s an interesting point of view to take of the band that went on from that first week in America to become a major influence in music, fashion and film, as Kislak Center director David McKnight explains:

Since it’s very unusual to see Beatles exhibitions that don’t revolve around memorabilia, nostalgia, or non-printed materials, I thought this exhibition could be an interesting opportunity to illustrate how The Beatles have become a part of print culture.

Penn Libraries has also organized a symposium to supplement the exhibit, which will open on February 27th with the book launch for Jude Southerland Kessler‘s John Lennon bio-novel She Loves You, and continue through March 1st with presentations by Larry Kane (Beatles expert and author), Al Sussman (editor of Beatlefan Magazine) and Anthony DeCurtis (editor at Rolling Stone).

More information on the exhibit, symposium and other Beatles-related events taking place this year can be found on the Penn Libraries website.

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Listen to Night Panther rework The Beatles’ “I Wanna Be Your Man” into a sleek disco-funk groove

nightpantherBeatles Reimagined is a great new compilation out today via Community Music Group, and it features imaginative reworkings of Fab Four classicas, from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros doing their jangly Godspell thing with “I Saw Her Standing There” (listen to that one here via Rolling Stone), to a delicate folk take on “All My Loving” by The Well Pennies, to Philadelphia’s own Night Panther turning “I Wanna Be Your Man.” By setting the chords and lyrics to sleek beats and disco-funk instrumentation, the Panther crew not only show off their own skill as interpreters, but also the versatility of the Beatles songwriting. These are bones of songs that can sound like just about anything, as the comp demonstrates. Get more information and order your copy of Beatles Reimagined here.