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Just Announced: Fleetwood Mac spin-off Buckingham McVie bring duet album to The Mann

Buckingjam McVie | via twitter.com/BuckinghamMcvie

Fleetwood Mac bandmates Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham have announced a joint self-titled effort, due out June 9th and accompanied by a national summer tour. The pair, who will also make appearances with the rest of their bandmates at the The Classic East Festival in July, will hit The Mann Center as Buckingham McVie on June 30th.

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Phish plays to the Phaithful with a crowd-pleasing setlist at the Mann

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Phish | photo by Doug Interrante

Written with my friend and seasoned Phish fan Pat James

Tuesday night’s Phish performance at the Mann Music Center was not only highly anticipated by the throngs of Delaware Valley Phaithful, but also viewed with cautious optimism, as an ominous forecast threatened to pour heavy rains and storms on the thousands of lawn and terrace attendees. Those present at the Mann shows a couple years ago will recall a similar event, where all those on the lawn were directed back to their vehicles until the storm had passed over. Perhaps coincidentally, the Mann Center remained out of the storm’s path, and the good times only rolled on from there. Sensing the anxiety from the unpleasant forecast, Phish provided its fans with an absolute treat in the first set, with many familiar favorites mixed in with covers, rarities and brand spanking new material.

A tight and energetic “Wilson” opened up the first set (with a brief “Character Zero” tease in the warm-up moments). Trey Anastasio seemed loose from the onset, with some nimble guitar fills during the Gamehendge classic. Next up was Son Seals cover “Funky Bitch,” which continued the great energy from the first song. This Mike Gordon-sung tune had the band in sync early and in my opinion portended well for the rest of the evening (a personal favorite). “No Men In No Man’s Land” is a funkified fan-favorite and provided the framework for the foursome’s first jam of the night. Keyboardist Page McConnell explored both his keyboard and organ set-up and Anastasio led a melodic and thoughtfully composed guitar solo. At the conclusion of this song, Trey addressed the Mann crowd and commented on how much the band enjoys playing under the impressive wood canopy (sure beats the E-Centre — and no I’m not giving credence to whatever bank has the current naming rights to the Camden amphitheater). Continue reading →

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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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In The Nick Of Time: Bonnie Raitt to perform at The Mann in August

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Bonnie Raitt | Photo courtesy of the artist

This Just In: singer-songwriter legend Bonnie Raitt has just announced a tour that includes a stop at The Mann Center on Saturday, August 26th.

Raitt will be touring for her most recent album Dig In Deep which was released on February 26th. Raitt will likely be playing a mix of timeless classics and new songs, such as XPN favorite, “Gypsy In Me.” Continue reading →

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Watch Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” bliss end in a sun-kissed blaze

Photo courtesy of artist
Photo courtesy of artist

Lana Del Rey is basking in all her sweet sun-kissed glory in her new video for “West Coast” from the upcoming album Ultraviolence and everything is picture perfect. She frolics on the beach with her lover to the swaying melody but there has to be some sort of unbecoming disruption to it all that mirrors the track’s bluesy undertones, and there is. Watch Lana’s fiery fate below and get tickets to her show at The Mann this Sunday here.