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This Day in Music History: Brian Wilson begins recording “Good Vibrations,” Mumford & Sons make their US television debut

Brian Wilson | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollack.500px.com
Brian Wilson | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollack.500px.com

1955 – Little Richard sends his first audition tape to Specialty Records.

1960 – The Everly Brothers sign a 10 year contract with Warner Brothers worth $1 million.

1966 – Brian Wilson begins recording the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” Continue reading →

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20 Philadelphia concerts you should go to if you ever invent a time machine

Led Zeppelin onstage at The Spectrum in 1970 | Photo via ledzeppelin.com
Led Zeppelin onstage at The Spectrum in 1970 | Photo via ledzeppelin.com

Every music fan has their own personal list of all-time favorite concerts. But imagine if you were old enough to experience a legendary rock and roll act like Chuck Berry in his prime, while in the same breath catching emerging bands like The Black Keys and Nirvana before they got huge. It’s pretty likely you never got to do either of these things. But there is one hypothetically feasible way to make it happen: invent a time machine. So let’s pretend for a minute this doable – here’s what I’d go back in time to see. Continue reading →

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Kurt Vile covers The Clash for Google Play’s “Audio Ammunition” (playing Union Transfer on 10/26)

Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com
As a supplement to the recent reissues of classic Clash albums, Google Play has gathered together four contemporary musicians who draw influence from the legendary English punk band for a series of cover songs.  Kurt Vile & The Violators contributed their take on 1979’s “The Guns of Brixton” to the effort, captured in the video below and compiled alongside covers by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Surfer Blood and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.  Check out the Philly band’s rendition and get limited-time free download of the MP3 here.  Vile plays Union Transfer on October 26th; tickets and information can be found here.