Just Announced: Furthur will play The Mann Center on 7/13

Furthur2013SummerHome Furthur have announced dates for their annual East Coast summer tour, which will bring the band to Philadelphia on July 13th for a show at the Mann Center.  Furthur is the brainchild of former Grateful Dead guitarist / vocalist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh.  Joining Weir and Lesh on this tour are the usual cast of musicians including Jeff Chiamenti (RatDog), Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo Duo), John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra), Jeff Pehrson and Sunshine Becker. Building their set lists out of Grateful Dead tracks, covers of classic favorites and several songs of original material, Furthur have simultaneously kept the spirit of The Grateful Dead alive and created a fresh outlet for jam band fans.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m.  More information will be available here. Below, watch fan footage of the band performing “Shakedown Street” in Brooklyn.


My Morning Download: “A Tattered Line of String” by The Postal Service (playing The Mann Center June 17)

Photo Credit: Brian Tamborello
Photo Credit: Brian Tamborello

The Postal Service – Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and prodcer Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) – have reunited for a tour and the 10th anniversary release of Give Up, a collection of electro-pop songs that has a lasting influence on indie rock since its release in February, 2003. No one foresaw the influence the record would have. The album’s most popular song “Such Great Heights,” began to seep into the zietgeist of pop culture over a period of a couple of years. It was covered by Iron & Wine on the 2004 film and soundtrack, Garden State, and was prominently featured on Greys Anatomy in 2005. The band has not released a second album, however have taken the anniversary of Give Up’s release to tour, which bring them to The Mann Center on Monday, June 17.

The deluxe edition of Give Up features two new songs, “A Tattered Line of String” and “Turn Around.” Below, download “A Tattered Line Of String.”

The Postal Service play The Mann Center on Monday, June 17 with Ra Ra Riot. Go here for tickets.
Purchase Give Up here.

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Just Announced: Steely Dan playing The Mann Center on 9/21

Fusion / rock band Steely Dan has announced a 2013 tour that will bring them to The Mann Center on September 21st.  With hits including “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Do It Again,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “Dirty Work,” Steely Dan blended jazz with rock, funk, pop and R&B and released nine studio albums throughout their career, most recently 2000′s Grammy Award-winning Two Against Nature and 2003′s Everything Must Go.  Founding members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have also recorded solo material, with Fagen releasing Sunken Condos last October and finding himself charting midway on Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 list.  Tickets for the September show go on sale Saturday, April 20th.  More information will be available here.  Below, watch Steely Dan perform “Reelin’ In the Years” on The Midnight Special in 1973, introduced by Bill Cosby.


Just Announced: New Order and Holy Ghost will play The Mann Center on 7/26

NewOrder02PR011111British new wave group New Order will join Holy Ghost! at The Mann Center on July 26th.  Though the band went through a pair of long-winded break-ups, original New Order members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and returned-keyboardist Gillian Gilbert brought in Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman in 2011 for a handful of international dates, which were followed up by the 2013 release of Lost Sirens.   The new album featured tracks that were not included on 2005′s Waiting for the Siren’s Call.  Known for their synthy dance jams, the Manchester-bred group set the record for the all-time best-selling 12″ release with their 1983 single “Blue Monday.”

The legendary dance group will be joined by their American 21st century contemporaries in Holy Ghost.  The Brooklyn duo, who are signed to James Murphy’s DFA Records, released their debut album in 2011 and their hooky, 80s keyboard / modern day hip hop influenced dance tracks caught on quickly.  The band will be working out some new music during this summer tour as they prepare their sophomore album.

Tickets for the July 26th show go on sale this Friday, April 19th.  More information will be available here.  Below, watch New Order perform “Bizarre Love Triangle” and check out Holy Ghost’s video for “I Will Come Back,” in which they “cover” New Order’s video for “Confusion.”


Just Announced: The Black Crowes and Tedeschi Trucks Band will play The Mann Center this August

blackcrowes Southern rockers The Black Crowes will take over The Mann with Tedeschi Trucks Band on August 11th.  Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 12th at 10 AM. The Black Crowes are back with their fourth live album, Wiser for the Time,that includes 26 songs – 15 acoustic and 11 electric – from their 2010 Fall tour. Tedeschi Trucks band, meanwhile, have been going strong since 2010 when husband and wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi teamed up for their joint record Revelator and subsequent 2012 follow-up Everybody’s Talkin’. Below, watch Tedeschi Trucks Band perform “Everybody’s Talkin’” and The Black Crowes doing “Hard to Handle.”

Go here for tickets and more information about the show.


Just Announced: The National and Dirty Projectors coming to The Mann on 6/7

NationalBrooklyn-via-Cincinnati indie rockers The National will be stopping by The Mann Center on Friday, June 7th.  The Non-COMM alums released their much-loved fifth studio album High Violet in 2010 and are still going strong with tours supporting the anthemic record.  They will be joined by Dirty Projectors, the experimental rock project of David Longstreth.  The Brooklyn outfit released Swing Lo Magellan last summer followed by an appearance at Made In America in Philadelphia (watch a video of them performing “Offspring are Blank” from the festival here).  Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m.  More information will be available at the XPN Concert Calendar.  Listen back to The National’s 2010 Non-COMM set here and watch their video for “Bloodbuzz Ohio” below.


Just Announced: The Postal Service will play The Mann on 6/17

Following the announcement of a 10th Anniversary Give Up reissue and the release of a brand new track, The Postal Service have scheduled a North American tour that brings them to The Mann Center on June 17th.  The Benjamin Gibbard / Jimmy Tamborello partnership released Give Up in 2003 with widespread acclaim thanks to stand-out tracks “Such Great Heights” and “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight.”  The reissue, out through Sub Pop on April 9th, will include all ten original slots along with a second disc of remixes, covers and a pair of new tracks including the just-released “A Tattered Line of String.”

The accompanying summer tour sees The Postal Service bringing along Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) to add some guest vocals to the mix.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show at The Mann on June 17th can be found here.  Below, stream “A Tattered Line of String” and view the full reissue tracklist here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Neil Halstead at World Cafe Live, Animal Collective at The Mann Center, Nick Waterhouse at Johnny Brenda’s, Polica at Union Transfer, Ben Harper at The Merriam Theater

British singer-songwriter Neil Halstead will be at World Cafe Live tonight.  A founding member of indie-folk group Mojave 3 and shoegazers Slowdive, Halstead has spent the last ten years building a solo career and released his latest record, Palindrome Hunches, in September.   Also playing tonight are Jim Hanft with Samantha Yonack.  Tickets are $15 at the World Cafe Live website; doors open at 6:00 p.m. with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Watch Neil perform “Tied to You” off of Palindrome Hunches below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: 2nd Street Festival, Steve Kimock w/ Bernie Worrell at WCL, and New Edition w/ Salt-n-Pepa and El Debarge at The Mann

The Fourth Annual Second Street Festival kicks off today in Northern Liberties. The section between Germantown and Green Street will be closed off from noon to 10 p.m. for a free concert, festivities and fun. There will be musical acts on four different stages, sponsor tables, vendors selling food, drinks, jewelry, clothes, and other goodies. At 3 p.m. there will also be a pie eating contest at the Germantown stage. I might very well be entering, so that will be quite a sight to see.

Some of the featured performers for this year include headliner Man Man, as well as Blayer Point Dujour and the Rockers Galore, The Spinning Leaves, The Great Unknown, Lushlife, and many more.

If you’re planning on not staying too late in Northern Liberties, head over to World Cafe Live to see Steve Kimock‘s Summer Tour. Kimock is known for his improvisational stylings ranging from jazz to world fusion to funk and anything that inspires him at the time. He will be performing tonight along with Bernie Worrell. The show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $20-30. Below watch a short video preview of the tour.

Blast to the past! Look back to 1995 when wearing plaid outfits was hip and boy bands were popular. Some of the all stars of decade will be featured in Party in Fairmount Park, including New Edition, Salt-n-Pepa, and El Debarge. Tickets to the show at The Mann Center range from $39.75-125; doors open at 6 p.m.