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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Widowspeak at Boot & Saddle, Trombone Shorty at The Fillmore, The Wood Brothers at Grand Opera House, and more

Widowspeak | photo by Ebru Yildiz | via facebook.com/widowspeakband

Widowspeak bring their dreamy, 90’s inspired, self-described “cowboy grunge” to Boot & Saddle tonight. Touring behind their recent LP Expect The Best, Widowspeak are known for their nostalgic, narrative-driven tunes which will thrive in the intimate Boot & Saddle setting. Chicago indie rockers Clearance and Philly bedroom grunge outfit Sun Hat also perform. Watch Widowspeak’s video for the shoegazey “Dog” below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ani DiFranco at the Keswick Theatre, Manchester Orchestra at The Fillmore, The Bad Plus at Ardmore Music Hall

Ani DiFranco | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ani DiFranco makes a stop at the Keswick Theatre tonight following the release of her recent 20th studio album, Binary. After spending much of 2016 encouraging audiences to vote on her “Vote Dammit!” tour, DiFranco continues her political message with Binary — “As an artist, I like to be out in the world, and what initially compelled me was to try to push society to a better place,” DiFranco says of the album. Spoken word artist and poet Andrea Gibson will also perform. Watch DiFranco’s video for “Binary” below, and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at Union Transfer, Ms. Lauryn Hill at BB&T, Bastille at The Fillmore, plus more

Ted Leo | photo courtesy of the artist

Ted Leo is back and bringing his trusty crew, the Pharmacists, with him to Union Transfer tonight. This past week, Leo smashed his seven year hiatus with the new record, The Hanging Tree, which was funded through the generosity of his fans via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Watch his latest video for “Can’t Go Back,” below, then find info on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Morelings at Bourbon and Branch, Los Lonely Boys at Newtown Theater, Three Man Cannon at Broke Down Palace, plus more

The Morelings | photo by Drew Reynolds

Philly dream poppers The Morelings make ethereal and soothing psych music that also has a bit of edge. These floaty sounds will swirl about Bourbon and Branch when they play the venue tonight. Find info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch their Key Studio Session below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Thievery Corporation to perform at The Fillmore in September

Thievery Corporation | Photo via facebook.com/thieverycorporation

Bossa nova-inspired electronic duo Thievery Corporation recently released their eighth studio album, following 2014’s Saudade, and now they are taking The Temple of I & I on tour. On September 27th, the DC-based group will perform in Philadelphia at The Fillmore, one of only three stops on the East Coast before they head west. Continue reading →

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Tigers Jaw and Foxing to support Manchester Orchestra in October

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Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist

If you were already super pumped for the Manchester Orchestra show this fall after catching its Free At Noon Concert, then you might want to sit down for this news. Not only will the Atlanta five-piece’s soaring sounds echo through The Fillmore in October, but they’ll be joined by Scranton duo, Tigers Jaw, and St. Louis post-rock outfit, Foxing. Holy emotional angst-fest. Continue reading →

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Hear Broken Social Scene’s eclectic and expansive new album, ‘Hug of Thunder’

Broken Social Scene | Courtesy of the artist

Broken Social Scene’s new LP, Hug of Thunder, is the album I didn’t know I needed. It’s eclectic, it’s thought-provoking, it’s dance-worthy, and as what you’d expect from a fifteen-piece group — yes, like a one and a five next to each other — it’s big.

No matter the tone of the tune, each song conjures up its own expansive, atmospheric flavor — fully immersing the listener in it’s individual world — while simultaneously connecting to a larger woven fabric of sound. Though Hug of Thunder isn’t officially released until the 7th, you can stream the album in full here thanks to our friends at NPR. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Manchester Orchestra captivates in soaring, momentous volumes

Manchester Orchestra | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

If there’s one thing that Manchester Orchestra showed the packed Free at Noon crowd today, it’s that they have an insane superpower to effortlessly travel through moments of stripped, aching softness to hard-hitting, soaring volumes of power.

Being that it’s been ten years since their debut album, I’m Like I’m a Virgin Losing a Child, Manchester Orchestra’s sound has understandably morphed and grown along with them over time. Playing a few new tracks from their upcoming album, A Black Mile To The Surface, the Atlanta five-piece demonstrated a shift from heavy guitar jam builds to a more atmospheric kind of grandness. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hound at Everybody Hits, Steve Miller Band at The Mann Center, Megadeth at The Fillmore

HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist
HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist

Sometimes you need to headbang on a Tuesday. Philly’s own hard rockers HOUND will be raging at Everybody Hits tonight along with White Rope and local act Mint. HOUND is set to release their third LP in the fall, so the trio will be sure to include new tracks in the setlist that you will not want to miss. For more information on the show, click here. Check out the band’s performance at the dearly departed Golden Tea House, recorded in 2015 but only discovered this year. Continue reading →