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Just Announced: The National is coming back to Philly and bringing Cat Power and Phoebe Bridgers along

The National | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Prepare yourselves, because there’s an incredibly good show coming our way this fall. So good that it may take a moment or two to process that it is actually happening. It hasn’t been too, too long since we’ve seen The National in town (those who were lucky enough to score tickets, that is) — the band played to a very sold-out Kimmel Center in December, and performed their new album Sleep Well Beast to an even more sold-out Union Transfer last September for NPR Music’s First Listen Live.

This September, The National is coming back to Philly — not to either of the previously mentioned venues, but to the Mann Center. And if that’s not reason enough to get excited, the opening acts will be Cat Power and Phoebe Bridgers. What?! How does a lineup like this even come together? Maybe it’s best not to ask questions, but just mark our calendars and thank whatever cosmic forces made this happen. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Summer Block Party brings Jill Scott, Boyz II Men and DJ Jazzy Jeff to the Mann

Jill Scott | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

A Block Party…at the Mann Center? Well, with a lineup like this, count us in. This June, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and poet Jill Scott will headline the first annual WDAS Summer Block Party, along with long-running Philly R&B faves Boyz II Men and DJ Jazzy Jeff, plus special guests still TBA.

It’ll be something of a hometown celebration for all performers. Scott got her start in Philly’s Black Lily open mic scene in the 90s, and still calls the city home, and Jazzy Jeff lives in the Philly region as well. Boyz II Men got its start when its members were students at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Though they no longer reside in Philadelphia, their legacy lives on — a section of South Broad Street was recently designated “Boyz II Men Boulevard.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Head and the Heart, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will bring a double dose of folk to Philly this June

The Head and The Heart | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
The Head and The Heart | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

My forever loves, otherwise known as the soulful, folky beauts, The Head and the Heart, are coming back to town this June at The Mann’s Skyline Stage. For an extra dose of good news, the family-like crew will be sharing the bill with rootsy rockers, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, for a short co-headlining tour early this summer. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastian at Mann Center, Pine Barons at PhilaMOCA, GrandeMarshall at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Belle And Sebastian
Belle And Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær

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 →

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Join in the celebratory sounds of Belle and Sebastian’s new song “We Were Beautiful”

Belle and Sebastian | photo via artist’s Facebook page

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Parks on Tap, Nuevofest at FringeArts, NoHeadliner at The Barbary, and more…

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Taylor McFerrin at Parks On Tap, Dispatch at The Mann Center

Taylor McFerrin | Photo by: Simon Benjamin

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.

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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 →

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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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