Pre-sale tickets to Amos Lee’s Nov. 5th performance at the Academy Of Music are already sold out

Amos Lee

Just the other day, WXPN favorite Amos Lee announced that a November 5th show at Philadelphia’s Academy Of Music had been added to his upcoming U.S. tour. As The Swollen Fox mentioned, a fan pre-sale went up at 10 a.m. yesterday morning via; however, all of those tickets are already sold out, according to the site. Tickets will become available to the general public through the Kimmel Center’s website this Friday at noon.

In the meantime, you can check out this video of Lee’s great cover of Neil Young’s “Are You Ready For The Country,” which he performed at this year’s Jazz Fest New Orleans.


Tonight in PIFA: John Wesley Harding and Cheers Elephant at The Kimmel Center

First let’s clear up the name: Wesley Stace was named after John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. He took his stage name, John Wesley Harding, from the 1967 Bob Dylan album—and that album’s name comes from its title track, which Dylan named after the American outlaw, John Wesley Hardin. (Got all that?) John Wesley Harding (we’re talking about the artist from here on out) moved to Philadelphia last year and plays blues rock and folk noir. He worked his name into the credits of the quintessential audiophile film High Fidelity for the song “I’m Wrong About Everything.” In the 1990s, his name appeared alongside Bruce Springsteen’s when The Boss elected to use Harding as his first opening act in over 20 years. And, to top it off, Harding is also an author: his real name, Wesley Stace, appears on the cover of three novels (the latest of which, Charles Jessold, Considered As A Muderer, we mentioned a month ago). The most recent of his 15 albums, Who Was Changed And Who Was Dead, was released in 2009. John Wesley Harding performs with Cheers Elephant at 5 p.m. at The Kimmel Center; the show will be hosted by XPN Morning Show’s Michaela Majoun and followed by a DJ set with Land Of The Lost‘s Robert Drake. Tickets are free. —Dave Simpson


Listen to The Low Anthem’s Free At Noon performance at The Kimmel Center

The folks over at NPR Music have posted the full audio of The Low Anthem‘s Free At Noon performance at The Kimmel Center from earlier today. You can give it a listen here.

From NPR Music:

Citing Tom Waits, Neil Young and Bob Dylan as their main influences, the members of The Low Anthem craft a folksy, layered sound. The group has been known to forgo PA systems and amplification in order to blend with its surroundings live.

In the time since its first album, The Low Anthem has undergone many changes, moving from straight folk and rock toward a raw, minimalist sound. That evolution came to a head on the group’s third record, the widely acclaimed Oh My God, Charlie Darwin.

Smart Flesh, that album’s followup, shakes off the Rhode Island band’s past whimsy and taps into something more visceral and melancholic.


Today in PIFA: Free At Noon with The Low Anthem at The Kimmel Center

PIFAThe Low Anthem has always been a distinctly American band. The lead members of the indie-folk group met while DJing a late-night jazz radio show at Brown University; they became friends as teammates on the same baseball team that year. (And they read Steinbeck novels before recording albums.) Footstomping songs from their first three albums (such as The Horizon Is A Beltway”) epitomize the brute power of American folk. In February, the band released its fourth album, Smart Flesh. It was recorded in an abandoned pasta factory, a vestige of the industrial period of American strength; the record’s melancholy melodies reflect inner-dissonance in a giant empty warehouse. It’s a soul-searching record, and the band members’ differences make for powerful harmonies. The Low Anthem performs at noon at The Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza; tickets to the show are free. You can listen to the concert live online at —Dave Simpson


Tonight in PIFA: Franz Nicolay at The Kimmel Center

Multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay is probably most widely recognized for his time with The Hold Steady and World/Inferno Friendship Society, but you haven’t really heard the man until you’ve given his solo work a listen. As a solo artist, Nicolay alternates between loud electric songs and gypsy tales; the characters are often proletariat sailors or mechanics, whose tragic lives are set to the rhythmic puffing of his accordion. Despite his nonstop touring schedule, his discography is mammoth. His last solo work, 2010’s Luck & Courage, leaned toward his more acoustic, down-homey style. Franz Nicolay performs with Liz Longley at 5 p.m. at The Kimmel Center; tickets to the show—which is hosted by XPN’s Mike Vasilikos—are free. —Dave Simpson