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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Michael Kiwanuka at The Trocadero, Glen Hansard at Union Transfer, The Sheepdogs at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Last week Barclaycard announced their Album of Year shortlist for the 2012 Mercury Prize.  It surprised no one that London-based singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka was one of the names on that list, nominated for his debut full-length Tell Me a Tale.  Though he’s only 25, the BBC Sound of 2012 winner’s music is unequivocally inspired by the soul and folk musicians of the sixties and seventies.  Kiwanuka plays The Trocadero tonight, along with fellow British folk singer Marcus Foster and Australian singer/songwriter Matt Corby.  Doors are at 7:00 for the all ages show, and tickets are $16.50 here.  Below, watch the video for “I’m Getting Ready”.

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The Sheepdogs rocked The Porch at 30th Street Station for Free at Noon (photos, audio)

This afternoon, four-piece Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs played free at noon at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Check out a gallery of the show above, and listen to their set in its entirety here. (via the WXPN media player). The band returns to Philadelphia in a few short weeks when XPN welcomes them to Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday, September 20th for a headlining show.

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Listen to The Sheepdogs new album (see them play WXPN’s Free At Noon at The Porch at 30th Street Station)


Canadian rockers The Sheepdogs are playing WXPN’s Free At Noon this Friday, September 7th for a special show at The Porch at 30th Street Amtrak Station. The event is free however you need to RSVP here. The Sheepdogs’ self-titled album (produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys) is out today; you can purchase it here. The band formed in 2006 in their hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Between 2007 and 2011 they released three full-length albums before appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone in August 2011 after winning the magazine’s “Choose the Cover” competition. They were the first unsigned band to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone and are signed to the Warner Music Canada label and Atlantic Records. Below, listen to the album in its entirety and we hope to see you at the show on Friday.

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The Sheepdogs playing outdoor Free at Noon from the Porch at 30th Street Station in Sept.

Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs came into public attention in 2011 when they appeared on the August cover of Rolling Stone. Before that, the band had independently released three full-length albums with mild success, but after gaining recognition it was signed to the Warner Music Canada label and Atlantic Records. Sheepdogs have since garnered critical success in Canada, winning awards such as “Favorite New Artist,” “Favorite Indie Album,” and “Favorite New Album” at the CASBY Awards in 2011, “Rock Album of the Year” at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards, and “Rock Album of the Year,” “Best New Group” and “Single of the Year” at the 2012 Juno Awards. They just released the song “The Way it Is” in July as the first single for their new self-titled album, which was produced by The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney. It’s set to release on September 4th, just in time for their Free at Noon performance on September 7th – WXPN’s first to be broadcast from The Porch at 30th Street Station. Listen to Sheepdogs’ new single in the player below and, if you like what you hear, be sure to RSVP next week for their Free at Noon performance.