Stream the new Pet Shop Boys single “Vocal” (playing the Mann Center on 9/22)

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Pet Shop Boys shared the second single from their new Electric LP this week, which will be released on July 16th on their own label.  ”Vocal” is a steadily-building dance floor jam with self-aware lyrics about the personal connection people make with music.  The English duo have primed the song to be a summer hit inside and outside the clubs with lyrics like “everything about tonight feels right and so young” and “everyone I hoped would be around has come along.”  It’s a euphoric six-and-a-half minute experience that counters lead single “Axis“‘s darker, more hypnotic tones.  Pet Shop Boys will be in Philadelphia for a show at the Mann Center on September 22nd.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Listen to “Vocal” below.


Just Announced: Pet Shop Boys coming to The Mann Center on 9/22

English electronic duo Pet Shop Boys are making the rounds this summer and will stop in Philadelphia for a show at The Mann Center on September 22nd.  On the heels of 2012′s Elysium and after signing a contract with a new label, Pet Shop Boys have announced that their 12th studio album Electric will be released this June.  Though they got their start in the 80s with hits like “West End Girls” and “Suburbia,” Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have maintained their dance-floor relevance over the years with a steady stream of releases. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 3rd at Noon. Below, watch a couple classics from the Pet Shop Boys and a video for a new song, “Axis.”


Just Announced: The Monkees playing The Mann Center on 7/20

The Monkees - Press Photo The Monkees are coming! The Monkees are coming! They are playing The Mann Center on Saturday, July 20th.  By now, the history of The Monkees is the stuff of musical legend.  Beginning as a TV show band in the sixties and recording pop hits like “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer,” the “British” four-piece (Davy Jones was the only actual British band member) experienced the ups and downs of stardom before ultimately folding in 1970.  After a series of partial reunions and side-projects, the band got back together for a 45th anniversary tour in 2011 without Mike Nesmith.  Following the death of Jones last year, Nesmith rejoined Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork for a string of dates in the U.S., which continues this summer.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 4th at 10AM.  More information is available here


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.