A Belle and Sebastian performnce is reason enough to head out to the Mann Center on any night, but throw in Andrew Bird and Porches to the lineup and you’ve got an unmissable show on your hands. The Scottish seven-piece’s last record was 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and they have a new album promised later in 2017 on Matador. Listen to the new single “We Were Beautiful” that the group dropped over the weekend, and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →
Before Belle and Sebastian take on the Mann Center tomorrow for an uber lineup consisting of them, Andrew Bird and Porches, they’ve shared a new track for us. Though called “We Were Beautiful,” I cornily advocate for a title change to present tense because this track is a downright lovely piece of indie pop. Continue reading →
Words? I have none. Rather, I had none after bearing witness in person to the insanely spectacular live performance by Fleet Foxes, and taking some time to reflect I’m still just as amazed as I was when the folk-rock outfit made their final bows at The Mann Center on July 31st. Continue reading →
UPDATE: Tonight’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah show at Parks on Tap has been cancelled due to illness. Kicking off Parks on Tap’s Twilight Music Festival tonight are local indie heroes, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Instead of one long day of tunes, this festival is broken up into weekly installments happening Sundays on MLK Drive. Find more info on the 21+ festival here and watch the video for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s recent video for their track, “Down.”Continue reading →
This summer’s Parks on Tap’s Twilight Music Festival series kicks off tonight with Taylor McFerrin (son of Bobby McFerrin and a solid musician in his own right), a DJ and multi-instrumentalist with roots in jazz, hip-hop, and electronic sounds. The 21+ shows take place from 7-9 p.m. within the pop up beer garden located on MLK Jr. Drive and are free to attend but require an RSVP on the Festival’s website. For more information, see the XPN Concert Calendar.
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 →
Symphonic rock staples The Moody Blues are embarking on something quite special this summer, as they set to perform at The Mann Center on July 15th as part of their Days of Future Passed 50th Anniversary Tour.
Dave Matthews and guitarist Tim Reynolds are taking full advantage of having a summer off from DMB dates, announcing a stripped-down, acoustic duo tour that will make a stop at The Mann Center on June 2nd and 3rd.
Written with my friend and seasoned Phish fan Pat James
The second night (June 29th, 2016) of a double header 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 →